In farming, as in gardening, I happen to believe that if you treat the land with love and respect, then it will repay you in kind. – Prince Charles
The life of a garden is in perpetual motion. It’s a dynamic place, hustling and bustling with the growing harvest and buzzing with life. It’s a place were nature thrives and in so doing nourishes hungry family and friends.
This beautiful bouquet is not a gift from my husband, but our dinner salad! Full of an assortment of fresh salads from the garden as well as carrot tops, baby kale, dandelions, cilantro and peppery nasturtiums we snipped it just before dinner and it is a crispy delicious addition to our meal.
Growing your own organic vegetables is practical in many ways – from reducing use of fossil fuels and exposure to toxic chemicals to increasing the vitamin content of your meals – although as modern consumers “organic” seems a relatively new concept, this is how our great grandparents gardened. They didn’t “certify” it or have any special name for it. Caring and nurturing the land was just a way of life – and in return the earth gave sustenance for their nourishment. Our forefathers had a greater understanding of healthy soil and plants than do we.
In my own family, it was my German grandmother who gave me a love of gardening. She tended her little plot of backyard garden with a vibrant happiness and care – even to the point of setting aside water in the morning and waiting a few hours to hydrate the plants so that it would warm to the air temperature. I am not sure of whether that made any difference to the plants, but I can say that hers were some of the best beans and tomatoes I’ve ever had and she always had a very high yield. But the point is that small farmers tend the planet better than big business. Small farmer’s and family gardeners work in harmony with the seasons and Mother Nature rather than fight her and that makes all the difference.
If you are not sure about growing your own food, but are thinking to give it a try – remember that it’s not necessary to have a green thumb. Seeds want to grow. Even if you make mistakes, you’ll learn from them and that is a great blessing! The best part is that your little victory garden will give you the chance to reacquaint yourself with all you thought you knew, from radishes to carrots to kale. Cultivating the land gardeners cultivate patience – the joy of waiting to taste a strawberry or sugar snap pea and also forgiveness for the imperfections those natural and organic sometimes yield – while not always perfectly shaped they are always delicious! In so doing a gardener also learns a little something about life and community.