The trouble with my grandmother …

"Never eat what your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food." It's a pretty ubiquitous caveat today. Somehow that one sentence is supposed to conjure up a homey, heart-tendering scene of all of our grandmothers, and the wisdom she brought to the kitchen. If it doesn't for you, don't worry. You're not alone. Because in America, we [...]

7 ways your garden can save your life

  Gardening is not just for flower lovers, and is moving out of people’s window boxes and into their backyards. In the past few years, food gardening has increasingly become an activity done to facilitate better physical fitness, healthier eating and well-being. And science backs this up. Gardening helps you: To fit exercise into your day Regular [...]

Mercury Rising! Keep your cool during dog days of summer

Summertime in the desert can be brutal if you aren’t prepared for it. The hot sun and relentless heat can sneak up on you, and cause harmful effects - even fatal ones. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, though, the population most at-risk for emergency room visits and fatalities are the elderly population. [...]

From scraps to scrumptious: Regrow your groceries!

  Mother nature always shows that when there is a will, there's a way. I never realized until I started gardening just how easy it is to grow food. Because life, in any form, is engineered to grow, live, and flourish. It's just the design. And any living thing in nature is also endowed with [...]

Composting Lessons: Be wary of the seed

Well, now I know why they tell you not to put anything with seeds into the compost. We laid down some of our homemade compost in with our fresh dirt for our two new raised beds back in March. For over a month, we've had fast-growing, gargantuan rogue plants popping up everywhere before a single [...]