Growing Peppers

Michelle RobertsGardening, Planting Tips

Peppers

I have fond memories of visiting Santa Fe and seeing the huge cylindrical drums of roasted chili peppers as they turned  over an open flame. Red chili peppers were hanging nearby.  It was fascinating to see how peppers are used in different cultures around the globe.I love growing hot peppers every year and I usually wind up growing a whole lot more than I will ever eat. After seeing the huge drums of roasting peppers, I keep trying to roast them myself to the point where that outer skin comes off easily. The learning curve has been great!  I’m still … Read More

Growing Onions

Michelle RobertsGardening, Planting Tips

Onions

Onions – the mystical cure all, with no definite place of origin and found to be a part of ancient cultures all over the world. From the Sumerian’s to the Chinese, the Egyptians to the Native Americans, onions have been used as a food staple, burial adornments, and a healing herb since before written history. The medicinal and nutritive value of onions would surprise most. Possessing generous amounts of quercetin, the onion protects against cataracts, cardiovascular disease, cancer, cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Onions are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti fungal! The list of positive properties goes on and on. We once … Read More

Growing Broccoli

Michelle RobertsGardening, Planting Tips

Broccoli

Whether you love it or hate it, broccoli is definitely a nutritional wonder and a vegetable worth its weight in gold. It benefits the nervous system, immune system, bone health, heart health, blood pressure, is a diet aid, prevents cancer, repairs skin damage, is full of vitamin C, K, and also contains protein!

How To Grow Potatoes

Michelle RobertsGardening, Planting Tips

potatoes

Two of the top most nutritious veggies and staples of the Inca Indians are the potato and the sweet potato. Potatoes come from the Andes Mountains of South America.  It is said they have been cultivated there for more than 7000 years.  The Incas were impressed by the potato’s ruggedness, storage ability, and nutritive value. The Conquistadors brought the potato back to the Old World in the 1500’s, but it would take decades for the potato to spread to the rest of Europe.  It was considered a food for the underclass of people and being a member of the nightshade … Read More

How To Grow Carrots

Michelle RobertsGardening, Planting Tips

carrots

Carrots come in all sizes and colors from short “Little Fingers” that only grow about 4″ long to the standard 8″ – 10″ carrot.  They also come in purple, yellow, creamy white, and orange.   The carrot is a relative of anise, caraway, and parsley, originating over 2000 years ago in Afghanistan. Carrots are exceptionally rich sources of vitamin A, B complex, vitamin C, carotene, and cancer fighting agents. Carrots will keep for a long time in the refrigerator or root cellar (with tops off).  They are loved all over the world by man and animals alike. If you’ve ever … Read More

Quick Tips for Terrific Tomato Plants

Michelle RobertsGardening, Planting Tips

tomatoplant

Here are a couple tips and tricks I thought I would share with you to try out in your own garden. [spacer height=”30″ mobile_hide=”true”] Sue Parker shared this tip in Mother Earth News 1/3/2012: [pullQuote position=”center”]One of the many things I learned from my grandmother was how to plant tomatoes for a maximum crop. She would work the soil until it was nice and loose, mixing a generous scoop of well-aged manure into it. She dug the hole a bit deeper than needed and added 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of well dried and crushed egg shell and a … Read More

Planting a Garden in Succession

Michelle RobertsGardening, Planting Tips

succession-planting

One of the challenges of gardening is planting so that you can enjoy your harvest throughout the season.  In the excitement of planting a garden, we don’t often consider planting in succession so everything doesn’t ripen at the same time. What often happens is we enjoy the first few pickings, then we are challenged with consuming the whole row within a couple of weeks, or finding neighbors and friends to share the harvest before it gets too mature.  For those who are going to preserve their fruit and vegetables, this really isn’t a problem, but if it isn’t something you’re … Read More