gardening

Gradi’s Organic Garden: The Joys of Canning

Gradi’s Organic Garden: The Joys of Canning

Preserving foods has been practiced by cooks worldwide from the beginning of time. Whether storing food in clay jars, burying it, freezing or canning, the ability to save food has been essential to survival. As a part of my Mormon heritage (not something I choose to believe in, but can’t deny), we were taught the […]

Gradi’s Organic Garden: Beautiful, Bountiful Basil

Gradi’s Organic Garden: Beautiful, Bountiful Basil

Gardening in climates such as Utah, part desert, part mountains, always changing, can be a challenge, to say the least. This article is based on a garden located in the Salt Lake valley at approximately 4,500 feet above sea level. Gradi’s Organic Garden is this writer’s small, urban garden my daughter and I have created […]

Gradi’s Organic Garden: Crazy for Cucumbers

Gradi’s Organic Garden: Crazy for Cucumbers

 Summertime in our garden in the Salt Lake valley tends to be an ideal environment to grow a variety of Cucumis Sativus (the botanical name for cucumbers, a vegetable which thrives in USDA “Hardiness Zones” 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11 (our garden is a “5-B”). These warm season lovers enjoy full sun, […]

Recipe: Quick Fridge Pickles

Recipe: Quick Fridge Pickles

If Mother Nature is kind and you are lucky enough to grow some nice veggies this summer, especially cucumbers, cauliflower and carrots, exploring the world of pickling can offer a whole new appreciation of recipes and canning/preserving methods. This article will focus on this writers’ garden, Gradi’s Organic Garden, which features all organic fruits and […]

RECIPE: Perfect Pot-Infused Pesto

RECIPE: Perfect Pot-Infused Pesto

Both home and professional cooks appreciate the ability to utilize fresh herbs in many dishes. Basil is an excellent choice of a highly versatile plant which can be used fresh or frozen form and is easy to grow in containers, allowing easy access. Basil grows profusely in warm weather and must be pruned by pinching […]

Grow Your Own Food: A Spring Gardening Primer

Grow Your Own Food: A Spring Gardening Primer

Photo courtesy: DumboCSA With the price of food increasing along with the prevalence of GMOs and other nasty sprays and insecticides, growing your own fruits and vegetables makes sense on so many levels. Creating a garden does not have to be expensive. This article will examine a small garden that was created by one person for less […]

Grow Your Own, Part One: Starting a Garden

Grow Your Own, Part One: Starting a Garden

As cannabis use becomes more accepted throughout the world, many women are often faced with the prospect of growing their own supply, rather than relying on a private dispensary or other provider. Creating an indoor garden can seem overwhelming for a first time grower; however, do not let this deter you. This article is the […]

Gardening Genius

Gardening Genius

PHOTO: Woman in Eden, framed against the Eden Project biomes There really are a million ways to be. I’ve said this before – Cat Stephens’ tune just says it all – but for me, the way to BE must be in combination with nature in some way, shape, or form. The word “amazing” can mean so […]

In Praise of Plants: A Poem

In Praise of Plants: A Poem

.   For those who fight for freedom for the plants Let’s give some fruit and vegetables a chance We detail strengths in on-line magazines And spend time touting what the research means Why not praise several other leafy greens? When Prohibition’s pinned us to the ground Remember we evolved with plants around When arguing […]

Healthy Plants: It’s In The Dirt

Healthy Plants: It’s In The Dirt

Plant health? It starts in the dirt! The health of your plants begins with the health of your soil. It is an amazing and complicated ecosystem of it’s very own. Leaves fall in the forest and (whether they make a sound or not) they are quickly consumed by the same system that pushed them out. […]