It’s difficult to think unpleasant thoughts while eating a home-grown tomatoe. -Lewis Grizzard
This year, I am attempting to garden with my good friend and neighbor. I live in a townhome and only have the space for a few containers on the deck. My deck garden has been a lot of fun for me in summers past, but this year the opportunity to rent a garden plot, work hard in the sun, and see sprouts pop up has been peaceful work for me.
I most definitely do not know much about planting food, but I am very skilled at digging holes, placing seeds or plants inside of the hole, watering it, and crossing my fingers. I am learning along the way. Would you believe that through our efforts and my friend’s experience, we are actually beginning to see the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor!
The opportunity for all of us to plant some food and eat it this summer provides an easy way to ensure that we are eating a healthy diet. We are avoiding GMOs, chemicals, and pesticides that the grocery store produce has been treated with. We are eating natural, real, whole food products, and avoiding the processed, fake foods that line the aisle of the grocery store. We are exercising and being active because of the maintenance that caring for your garden requires. We are also reaping the holistic benefits of being out in nature, getting fresh air, and mindfully being in the sunlight.
If you are interested in how to care for the small containers of tomatoes on your patio, or are looking to grow in your knowledge of your garden, check out these great resources!
Fairly soon, all of us are going to begin to harvest. When that day comes you can simply enjoy your produce as is, or check out some recipes specifically designed to use the items you are growing in your garden! Here are some great tomato recipes I am looking forward to trying and sharing with you!
But again, why? Why is it important to think of eating this way? Personally I do not believe in diets. I have been down that path before and failed in many ways. However, I do believe that eating whole foods thoughtfully and responsibly is not only good for your overall health, healing, and vitality; but your waistline will shrink as an added bonus! Food Matters is an educational documentary that will cause you to pause and reflect on what and how we eat. Check out the trailer!
If you do not have the space and time for a garden right now, there is always a way to shop smart in the grocery store, and support you local farmer’s markets.
I see it now…you just spent so much time giving your plants the TLC they need to thrive. Your hands are dirty, and your back is sweaty. You come in feeling productive and peaceful. You rinse yourself off, pour yourself a glass of wine or an ice-cold brew. You have a seat in your favorite resting place. Now read a chapter of your new book while you sip, rest, and bask in this hobby! Well done!
Do you garden? What are some of your tips for maximizing this hobby?