Hydroponic Organics

Hydroponic Organics approved by USDA

If you think organic vegetables and berries should be wholesome, pure and grown in rich black earth, you wouldn’t be alone. But the US Department of Agriculture just destroyed that myth yesterday by allowing hydroponically grown vegetables to be certified organic. Hydroponic vegetables and berries have inexplicably slid under the organic regulations for several years. … Read moreHydroponic Organics approved by USDA


The Many Healing Secrets of Lavender

If you could grow just one herb on your windowsill or in your garden, what would it be? Lavender is hands down my personal choice. It offers the biggest health return for my investment of time, energy and real estate in my garden and the essential oil is inexpensive and even enhances the benefits. So … Read moreThe Many Healing Secrets of Lavender

Natural Skin Protection

Natural skin protection under the summer sun

Now that beach vacations, gardening, outdoor sports and more summer sun activities are on most of our calendars, it’s time to consider ways to protect skin from damage. The medical profession has broadcast its message loud and clear: Too much sun exposure causes dryness, wrinkling, premature aging and can lead to skin cancers. Certain types … Read moreNatural skin protection under the summer sun

Bee Healthy Gardens

Monsanto-free and bee healthy gardens

It’s gardening time again—and I am so ready for it! I imagine you are, too. My lettuce, spinach and broccoli are in and thriving in the cool spring weather. Since it’s that time of year, I’m giving you a primer on how to have a healthy, non-GMO garden free of the seed patents that Monsanto … Read moreMonsanto-free and bee healthy gardens


Food Is Medicine: Prescriptions from the Garden for Migraines

HEADACHE, MIGRAINE Your Garden RX: garlic, spinach, sunflower seeds, feverfew, mint, valerian Migraines are debilitating forms of headache that affect about 10 percent of us and are more common in women than in men. It has long been suggested there is a hormonal component to migraines, although the headache pattern is highly individual. Known migraine … Read moreFood Is Medicine: Prescriptions from the Garden for Migraines


What would life be without home-grown tomatoes? Not much.

“Home-grown tomatoes, home-grown tomatoes, what would life be without home-grown tomatoes? Only two things that money can’t buy, that’s true love and home-grown tomatoes…” I hummed this favorite John Denver song to myself throughout the spring when I planted my seeds indoors, tenderly transplanted those little plants into my garden in May after the danger … Read moreWhat would life be without home-grown tomatoes? Not much.

organic food

The myth of organic food

Organic food is good for you and good for the planet. Most of my readers would agree on that point. In the U.S., organic foods are subject to federal regulations that govern how the foods can be grown, raised and processed. Definition of organic foods In general, organic foods and livestock must be grown without … Read moreThe myth of organic food


Tired of Being Tired?

Do you wake up feeling like you’ve never been asleep? Do you lie awake at night? Do you feel fuzzy-headed and you’re prone to headaches? Muscle aches and pains? These symptoms are part of a basket of maladies that might be chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). They could also describe hypothyroidism or adrenal fatigue. Unfortunately these … Read moreTired of Being Tired?

home-grown elderberries

What would life be without home-grown elderberries?

  This has been a somewhat difficult gardening year. Thanks to a neighbor who likes to kill everything in sight, there are no coyotes or snakes to control the squirrel and rabbit population, so we lost all of our tomatoes and most of everything else. Sigh. The good news is that we have a bumper … Read moreWhat would life be without home-grown elderberries?

Joint Pain

Foods That Ease Joint Pain

Excerpt from from Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden By Kathleen Barnes JOINT PAIN Your Garden Rx: chili peppers, oregano, spinach, cantaloupe, broccoli Joint pain is almost always caused by some sort of inflammation of the joints, usually due to wear and tear over the years that causes deterioration of the cartilage, a soft … Read moreFoods That Ease Joint Pain