Top Ten Most Popular Vegetables to Grow and Eat

Michelle RobertsGardening, Self Reliant Living


Have you ever wondered what the ten most popular vegetables to grow and eat are?   After a few years selling vegetables at the Farmer’s Markets, that is a question I began asking. Not only did I want to know which were the most popular, but which were relatively popular, maybe not the top five, but still popular, yet not well represented at the market. After reading through five different articles from various companies that ranked the most popular vegetables,  and combining their results, I discovered that TOMATOES are the #1 most popular vegetable  based on how often they are purchased … Read More

Plant A Green Drinks Garden

Michelle RobertsPlanting Tips, Self Reliant Living

Green Drink Smoothies

The green drink morning pick me up is the best thing to hit the breakfast menu! Green drinks are packed with vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and energy.  Best absorbed on an empty stomach, they are an excellent way to start your day.  Just knowing I had a green drink helps me relax about my nutritional needs for the rest of the day. Dark leafy greens are the powerhouses of the juicing world.  How much better for you would that green drink be if it came from your own garden, was not sprayed with pesticides or fungicides, and was not fertilized with … Read More

How To Grow A Tomato Plant

Michelle RobertsGardening, Planting Tips


There are over 7500 varieties of tomatoes today and it is the most preserved food in the world. The Spanish Explorers were responsible for distributing seeds of the tomato plant all over the world.

Calcium – An Important Plant Nutrient

Michelle RobertsPlanting Tips

Preparing beds

The time to start planting a garden is fast approaching.  In some areas of the country, it is already here.  One of the most important steps to success in the garden is proper soil preparation. The soil is key to healthy, vibrant plants and people. In studying how to plant a garden, focus a lot of attention on the soil and necessary plant nutrients. “The nutrient delivery system for our food must begin with calcium in the soil. Calcium is an important mineral and absolutely necessary for proper function in plants and in people. It is vital to all biology.” … Read More

The Earth Worm – Nature’s Plow

Michelle RobertsPlanting Tips


A farmer’s plow and a gardener’s tiller will loosen soil just like worms do.  However, the  plow and the tiller destroy microbes, fungi, earthworms, and the underground relationships that have developed over time and through much effort.  Additionally, the weight of the plow actually contributes to soil compaction as it rolls along.  Tillers create dead pan layers from numerous years of same depth tilling which tends to compact the soil just beneath the tiller tines.  Because of the hard packed “dead pan” layer, water and roots have great difficulty penetrating it. When a worm loosens soil, the roots of plant … Read More

The Benefits of “No Till” Gardening

Michelle RobertsGardening

Tessa with the broadfork

By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest. ~ Confucius (551-479BC). When it came to planting a garden, it used to be that we pulled the tiller out in both fall and winter and diligently turned the soil over and over thinking that we were creating an ideal planting medium, a “well mixed” loamy soil. Hopefully some compost was incorporated into the mix and in the spring some supplements too.  It was unthinkable to “not till” the garden bed. Yet, … Read More

Learn More about The Incredible Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice

Michelle RobertsHealthy Lifestyles, Self Reliant Living

Wheatgrass grown indoors

We began our series of lessons with Wheatgrass Juice and Sprouting because anyone who lives anywhere can sprout and juice in their own kitchen.  It is the number one easiest most self-reliant thing you can do.  The benefits are just amazing too.  Not only are you provided with incredible nutrition that will keep you VERY healthy, but you will not be ingesting any pesticides, herbicides, GMO’s or paying outrageous supermarket prices.  Learn more details and How To’s by connecting with Living Whole Foods Blog and get some great tips on how to grow without mold, the nutritional value of grass juice … Read More