edible landscaping, nutritional value of plants, organic

Produce Chart with Pesticide Levels

Several folks asked for a LABELED produce chart showing pesticide levels, so here it is! RED means it is likely to have a higher level and GREEN means a lower level usually.

edible landscaping, nutritional value of plants, organic, sustainable

Always Best to Buy (or GROW) Organic Produce?

Lately, I'm getting more requests from my landscaping clients who've never considered themselves gardeners to grow their own food. And they want to do it organically. Horror stories of tainted greens drive many to question what else they might be buying in that bag of lettuce or spinach. Restaurants, bars, and even airlines blame skyrocketing prices for dropping lime… Continue reading Always Best to Buy (or GROW) Organic Produce?

edible landscaping, heirloom plants, plant selection, recipes, sustainable

Figs gone wild: YOU CAN GROW THAT!

A few months ago my doctor put me on a LOW-FODMAP diet.  The bottom line is I can't eat lots of things I love anymore. Including figs. That might not be a big deal to you, but it is to me. Making fig preserves each autumn is a tradition for my dad and me to do… Continue reading Figs gone wild: YOU CAN GROW THAT!

heirloom plants, plant names, plant selection, Uncategorized

Biblical plant names (and life) can be confusing, depending on your perspective

Scary to see someone you love labeled as sick, isn't it?  The feeling of helplessness is overwhelming.  However, after 5 days in the hospital with a family member who I almost lost, I'm back out in my garden, thankful for the abundance of life around me and recognizing its incredible fragility.  What I labeled as "healthy"… Continue reading Biblical plant names (and life) can be confusing, depending on your perspective

CSA, edible landscaping, Gardening Jones, heirloom plants, organic, plant selection, vegetable gardening

YOU CAN GROW THAT: squash isn’t just a child’s game!

When you follow the rules in gardening, it works.  When you don't, it doesn't. But the rules we must follow are not OURS.  They are nature's rules.  That's why gardening seems difficult.  We Americans tend to be proud of our rule-breaking ways! Actually, rules make things much easier and as Andy Rooney loved to ask,… Continue reading YOU CAN GROW THAT: squash isn’t just a child’s game!