Raised Bed Gardening Blog


Artichoke Cenederli with Prosciutto, Fresh mint, and Olive Tapenade

For a quick and easy mid-week pasta dish, try the delicious Artichoke Cenederli recipe in the recipes section!

California Drought

The drought in California is scary and severe. Farmers drilling wells into the acquifers that will ultimately deplete them for the sake of continuance. Its time somebody figured out how to extract sea water and make it useful for irrigation. With this period of climate change, it is not going to be by natural means that they get enough water to keep crops alive. And if California food production slows to a trickle, its going to put a tremendous financial strain on where we get our food from and how much its going to cost. Better to start growing your own wherever you live, and be ready for the 'hit' should it come sooner than later!

Symphony of the Soil

Filmed on 4 continents, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil's key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental problems of our time. A must see for any gardener!


Two weeks spent in Sicily over a year ago, and every day we ate eggplant. Eggplant parmigiana, caponata, rolled and stuffed with ricotta or in a tomato sauce, grilled in a garlic sauce, on pizzas, and so many more ways. A native to India, eggplant contain an alkaloid thought to aggravate gout and arthritis, but at the same time, they have much nutritional value, including phytonutrients for fighting free radicals. Tonight we're making it dipped in an egg/panko/parmesan mixture, and lightly fried in olive oil, before layering it into a casserole with mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, arugula, and fire roasted tomatoes. Add a nice Nero d'Avola to this and a crisp, fresh salad right out of our Grow Y'own, and it becomes a meal to remember on a snowy night with a blazing fire! Salute!

Weed Spray

For the majority of the folks who don't want to use a toxic weed spray, here's a simple formula to try and find very effective! Mix 1 gallon vinegar, 2 c epson salts, and 1/4c Dawn dish soap. Spray away and watch those nasty buggers disappear!!

Veggies for Allergies

Allergy season has begun, early, here in NM. The winds are blowin', the juniper pollen is flyin' through the air, dried grasses are piling up in corners and against walls, and people all around town are sniffin' and cryin'! And its only mid-February!! If you've got veggies in your Grow Y'own's, then more than likely you have some of the best things to eat to counter the allergies. Dark, green, leafy veggies- especially kales, deep yellow and orange ones like carrots, beets and their tops, onions, and garlic to name a few. Also very helpful are ginger, horseradish, cayenne, yams, and cabbage. One season I eliminated bread, dairy products, sugar, and chocolate, and it made a world of difference! Yes, unfortunately....chocolate!! Oh NO Mr. Bill!!

Chard and Kale Chips!

For chard and Kale chip recipes, go to the Recipes section on this website!! YUM!

Make Someone REALLY happy!!

GIVE. Give a bed to a school. Give a bed to a prison program. Give a bed to a shelter. Give a bed to a home for abused women or children. Give a bed to the elderly. Give a bed to community housing. Give a bed to a youth shelter. Give a bed to a friend in financial need. Give a bed to a loved one. Help this circle continue. If you have the money to spend on extraneous things, then give to someone who can truly use it to grow their own food. 
Without food and water, nothing else really matters. Grow Y'own!!!!


So many people, with so much money, have no idea where to put it to the greatest benefit. I've got a solution. Give to a local school. Give to a local prison system. Give to a shelter of very needy, homeless individuals. Give, by giving them the ability to grow their own food supply. Give them a Grow Y'own. One bed. What a difference it will make in their lives. 

Eric DiStefano

The passing of friends always puts your own life into such immediate perspective. The news that Eric DiStefano- culinary master and chef at Coyote Cafe and Geronimo- had died, has hit the City Different community very hard, and has left all those knew him, his talents, and his cuisine with a great sense of loss. This year, with every planting of gardens, I shall think of him, and celebrate his remarkable career, as I watch new growth emerge, becoming foods that he used so skillfully for his ingenious creations.