Thursday Thoughts: Gardening

Thursday Thoughts: Gardening

I never ever thought I would say this, but I’m enjoying gardening!  I wasn’t a fan of gardening when I was growing up, but I guess it’s in my blood and I shouldn’t fight it! 😉 My grandpa and my mom must have passed the gene on down despite my resistance!  Now, I’m thankful.

I really started appreciate gardening since I’ve been on a quest to live and eat healthier.  There’s something very satisfying in cooking food that we grew!  You know…that whole “I-can-do-it-myself” pride that you see in your toddler, well now I remember what it feels like with gardening!

Another bonus: I know exactly where the food came from and what was put into it!  And now it’s really helping our grocery budget! We have a pretty short growing season in Minnesota, but I’ve still been able to harvest lettuce, zucchini, green beans, and sugar snap peas already! I didn’t have to buy any veggies this week on my grocery trip! Mostly fruit and a few other staples! Maybe “going green” ain’t so bad!

Other things I love about gardening:

  • My kids are involved and learning so much!  They’re learning science, health, and good eating habits as well as spiritual concepts like “What you sow is what you grow!”  (And they are having a LOT of fun! They beg me to water the garden or pick vegetables!)
  • There’s something therapeutic in pulling out weeds! I don’t know what it is, but it feels good to yank a weed out by the root and toss it aside!
  • We get off the couch and enjoy the outdoors while gardening.
  • Fresh food takes flavor to a whole new level! You may never buy another canned vegetable from the store once you try growing your own!
  • When we live 28 miles from the nearest big grocery store it’s nice to be able to just go to our yard and pick something last-minute for a meal!
  • It’s a meaningful (and frugal) gift to share homegrown veggies with a friend or neighbor!

Have I convinced you to try gardening yet?!?!?!  Don’t let having a small (or no) yard hold you back.  We have a few containers of herbs and lettuce on our porch that really supplement our meals nicely!  You could try a tomato plant in a container and make your own spaghetti sauce or fresh BLT sandwich!  The possibilities are endless! You might just grow a green thumb while you’re at it! :)

 

Our garden

 

 

Fresh salad for lunch, anyone?

 

We’ll probably eat this for dinner tonight!

Fresh herbs! Basil, oregano, rosemary…and a cute toddler (pick at your own risk!) ;)

He’s happy to help…especially if it involves water and mud! Win-win!

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  1. well i am not sure it is a gene or if it gets more basic than that…. pulling weeds is satisfying and when you start the row, pulling and tossing as you go… well that is satisfying in itself, but what really feels good is turning around at the end and seeing the nice neat orderly plants with new room to grow. that is fun and you are filled with a great sense of accomplishment…. but… beyond that… i realized somewhere along the line that it was the dirt…. for whatever reason, when i have my hands in the dirt, it just helps me feel more grounded. i seem to get a boost of energy when playing in the dirt that calms me to my very core. when i was a child i used to lay in the grass in the yard and just watch the clouds go by… i felt grounded then too and now i find it in the garden and flowers around the house. native American Indians knew this secret and now you do too. we all need to move back to the earth and respect what we have and work to make it better. i love the fact that you found the earth and are sharing it with the kids… “you are passing on the gene” :) Love and miss you all. hugs to everyone!

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