Growing Onions

Michelle RobertsGardening, Planting Tips


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


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


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 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


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


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

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