I am getting very excited. The time I have been waiting for is soon approaching – planting for the fall and winter!
I love gardening. I find it to be very therapeutic. It is an oasis of calm for me and a peaceful place of escape.
Studies have shown that gardening provides more than just food:
1) Promotes physical health and is a good source of full body physical activity
2) Promotes mental health through relaxation and satisfaction
3) Better nutrition
4) Shown to help dementia in seniors
5) Allows for more whole foods in place of processed ones
When I first started talking about planting a garden in my backyard a few years ago, people laughed! If you knew me then, I was definitely not a get-your-hands-in-the-dirt-and-bugs type of gal and I certainly did not have a green thumb. I killed a cactus once – it is very hard to kill a cactus!
So if I can do it, you certainly can! Even if you don’t have a backyard or much room, potted plants or small vertical gardens are great too! For those of you who use Pinterest, they have some great ideas on urban gardening. There are tons of books and magazines on organic gardening or you can download books onto your iPad, Kindle or mobile device or you can ask the people who work at your local nursery.
I wanted my family to have access to real, wholesome food that was free of pesticides and herbicides and whose genetic makeup was not altered in any way.
One of the biggest reasons I decided to plant a garden, however, is that I want my kids to learn how to appreciate the natural world around them. I want them to develop a sense of pride and responsibility by working the ground and watching it grow. It is a magical place for them and to see them pick the fruit off the plant, brush off the soil and take a bite, opens up a window in a world that is dominated by technology. I want them to have these childhood memories of not just gardening, but of being with mom and dad in the garden.
To eat something you produce is worthwhile, meaningful and empowering.
Food belongs to the people, not to the corporate food companies.
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“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” -unknown
Eat well. Be well. Vote with your fork!