Creating a container garden on our deck began with flowers for color and design. Then February 2008 I received my diagnosis of Stage IV cancer! Yikes, everything changed.

My healing journey led me to understand the correlation between food and health. My choices in food and water were immediate and obvious: alkaline water and alkaline mostly raw foods.

Then in the Spring of 2008 when it came time to fill our containers, another change emerged and we created an herb garden on the deck.  Today we are creating vegetable gardens on more of our yard. This city girl has fallen in love with fresh produce from her personal slice of heaven right here in Springfield, VA.

Enjoy the video and alkaline raw food recipes.

Video transcription:

Hello, this is Elaine Gibson here, Renewed Living! I want to welcome you to the deck of our home, and show you how I do some herbs and vegetables in containers.

I have some patio tomatoes here and, of course, I am sure that each one of them harvests at different times. I use them a lot in my raw food recipes like salsas and my marinara sauces. (See recipes below)

phone 4712 020smHere are different kinds of parsley; curly and regular parsley and here’s a little tomato that was actually left from last year. I have got my mint, I have got chives and lemon balm; I use my use my mint and my lemon balm in my water and I also use them in my algae drinks.

I will get my alkaline water in a water bottle and I will throw some mint or lemon balm in and I’m all set!  My chives, I love in everything but my salsa is the favorite that I put that in. Here we have some more tomatoes – here is some basil and some oregano.

Again, my oregano, I use when I make my marinara sauce. And my basil, I love taking cashews and photobasil, putting them in the foot processor and going from there. It’s a must and roll it up in some lettuce and it’s part of my regular tacos, actually.

Here we have some dill; my goodness it’s big; I actually used it in my green juice yesterday and a little tomato and here is some more basil and here some lemon thyme and here is some of my purple and white petunias.

So, I want to show you how easy it is. There is no excuse if you have this much space (showing a small space with hands), you can do something that is living and it is a wonderful feeling to get your hands in the earth and just feel that close to all of the goodness and the living foods inside you. Wishing you a healthful and a grateful day!


Marinara Sauce: Version 1
  • 2 cups sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 red pepper
  • ¼ onion
  • 2 cloves garlic (fyi, I use 1 clove)
  • 1tbs olive oil
  • 3 oz. oregano
  • 3 tbs chopped thyme
  • 3 tbs rosemary
  • Bunch of basil
  • Sea salt pinch
  1. Combine in food processor and spread on top of pizza.



Marinara Sauce: Version 2
  • 2 ½ cups tomatoes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (fyi, I use 1 clove)
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 12 sun dried tomatoes, soaked
  • 2 tbs parsley
  • 3 dates, pitted
  1. Combine in food processor and spread on top of pizza.



Corn Avocado Lime Salsa
  • Fresh corn from the cob
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Avocado
  • Chives
  • Optional Toppings: Sprouts, Sunflower seeds, Rosemary, Basil
  1. Cut avocado into bite sized pieces
  2. Add corn to chopped avocado
  3. Add juice from the lime
  4. Cut up chives
  5. Mix and enjoy


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In health and gratitude,

Elaine & Nevin

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