Gardens of California ® LLC 
Bridget Guzzi, Owner
PO BOX 3773, San Ramon, California 94583


Home edible organic Gardening

VIEW MY home grown Edibles!

Home health gardening is a broader concept than the traditional gardening concept that we often defer to. There are few who can argue the biggest juiciest tomato is usually the winner, but there is much more to home gardening than the great nutrition that tomato will provide once consumed. As a strong proponent of horticulture therapy, Gardens of California ® recognizes substantial intangible rewards that are often overlooked or neglected when designing and working in a garden. The garden provides a nurturing safe environment in which we may think and heal, and strengthen our bodies and minds. Families, couples and individuals may use the garden to build their own family tree on which they print their life story.  I, myself, see my garden as a canvas that tells the story of my life; developed as I have developed over the years. Together or alone, the garden is a hospice of nurturing and growth. 


The Heart of the Home Edible Garden Family

Some reasons to consider a home edible garden include:Spend your water dollars on the food you produce. A very healthy return.  Attain physical fitness and build body strength.Feel spiritually and mentally well working in one of nature's wonderful settings.Feed on high energy fibrous carbohydrates, loose weight and energize your body.Save dollars and increase health in the near term.No longer worry where your fruits and vegetables came from or if they are safe.Freeze, can and store your yields and learn how to stop wasting food.Share and support a neighbor or friend with fresh food for their table. 

SWEET POTATOES JUNE 1897 The Mayflower Magazine

If you just do not have the space for a back yard garden, there are other options. Patio .. deck .. in the house replacing non-edible plants, and even verticle gardening. If you have exhaused all possibilities why not visit your City listings for community gardens! Our Crow Canyon Community Garden and Senior Center Community Gardens are built to please.



Happy Gardening

A Pumpkin Day Spa

by Bridget Guzzi

As excitement for home edible gardens "grows" I would like to share how much beauty and fun can be derived from one heirloom seed.


Let us pretend that this 16 lb. pumpkin grown from one heirloom seed is ready for a  day at the spa! 
I will be the assistant and she the pampered client!

She got totally coiffed as you will soon see!
 I started by removing her seeds (or shall I say family jewels).

Family Jewels

Next I roasted her golden nuggets and added some salt from the sea, adding a little shine to the bling! We were both watching our weight so I did not add oil or butter. Besides, she is independently wealthy in goodness.

A Toast to You!

While the jewels roasted, she received a deep exfoliation, cleanse and manicure. 

Next, were two wonderful hot and cold therapy sessions.


While she basked and chilled I gathered some of my garden favorites (roses, fennel and eucalyptus) for our evening table.

I saved some seeds for next year and threw a couple that looked like they wanted to "grow right now" in the garden.

My next stop was the compost pile while singing "16 ways to love your pumpkin".

While coming back in I collected a couple of veggies to fill the empty compost pan and checked on the sweet potaoes and zucchini.


Next were 2 fab massages.


Which she said thank you for with this bread and pie.

All this on our birthday. She was 85 days old and I, 59 years. We both made a wish. She, that I continue to honor her legacy and protect her family jewels and I that you will find your own at home edible garden heart!


Peace from my garden heart to yours. Bridget






Starting a home health garden does not have to be overwhelming nor does it have to be more than you can afford. There is a good starting place for everyone.

Have a big pooch? Just put up a fence to make a clean bathroom break and protect your edibles.

Gardening has so much to offer. The costs associated with a home health garden vary but one may truly believe when  you divide the initial cost, by any one of the numerous benefits, you will come up with a figure that is pennies on the dollar. There will be many happy returns.

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