“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus you get strawberries.”…”Growing your own food is like printing your own money.” ~ Ron Finley
One of the many reasons I’m thankful to have been able to be home with my family this past year is that I was able to assist in reaping the rewards from the seeds we sowed…my parents have been growing gardens for as long as I can remember. Some years they are bigger than others and it’s during those times when everyone reaps the full benefits of my Daddy’s green thumbs. Extended family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues and local food banks have all benefited from our small yet bountiful harvest.
This year we introduced a few different types of vegetables into our array of garden candy and everything we planted produced in abundance, well into the year. I have always been told that if you plant cyclically you’ll be able to take advantage of natures gifts throughout the year. For example, my Daddy and I were harvesting the remainder of the potatoes just a few weeks ago.
It’s hard to believe that these potatoes were grown from scraps and yet they yielded some pretty amazing results. Results that my stomach is thankful for!
Not only does gardening allow for you to ‘produce’ your own food, it’s also quite therapeutic. As well, it’s one way of ensuring what exactly one is putting into ones’ body given the wide spread use of pesticides that are being utilized and unknowingly consumed by the masses.
Fortunately, their has been an uptick in organic farming worldwide and I’m certain this is due to people becoming more informed about the old adage, “you are what you eat”. Countless studies have proven the affects of eating organically grown foods and I’m ever so thankful to have been raised on a plethora of homegrown – nutritionally packed goodness.
I’m certain some of you are saying to yourselves, well I don’t exactly have the yardage for such a garden. But, don’t be fooled! You can grow your own edible delights with even just a meager amount of space. For instance, you can grow various types of vegetables all by using a little ingenuity such as: a few five gallon buckets, a couple of planter boxes and some liter (soda) bottles all on the confines of your balcony or a sunny corner in your home.
Now that the seasons have changed and the frost has begun to settle upon our bits of black gold we’re taking the time to collect seeds from this years harvest, so that when spring makes it return we’ll be ready to scratch out a few rows – allowing for us to once again reap the natural benefit of being conscious farmers.
Please take a moment to enjoy some of the candy our little patch of dirt produced this year…