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

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.