Growing. Growing. Water. Growing More. Weeding. Eating Greens! Smiling.
Deciding last minute this spring to DIY a garden on our property has been so rewarding.
I've already made so many salads and smoothies from our kale plants. This return to nature, the earth and growing our own food is making my spirits soar and connecting me to Mother Earth.
Each day I wander barefoot outside to care for it. Walking, talking, watering and of course weeding. All while the birds, bunnies and squirrels eat and play around me. A far cry from last year in my city apartment. Tending to this space reminds me of my parents' garden that I fluttered around in as a child, but didn't really pay too close attention to. Unless my mom sent me out to get mint for our iced tea. I remember smelling it and today that memory floods right back when I grab a fresh bunch.
Today I feel grateful to have the time, energy and space to have a simple garden. What a magical gift it has been to be it's caretaker. I feel it has given me so much already and the crops are just beginning to grow.
Being present, grateful and mindful in our daily lives helps me stay calm and focused for the work week ahead. And knowing that my garden is waiting for me at home, greeting me with it's green colors and vibrant nutrition. I'm reminded that mental health, eating real food and physical health are all connected.
So today I encourage you to plant your own garden. Even if it's just a small pot of basil on the windowsill or a DIY raised bed out back. Get your hands in the dirt. Gardening not your thing? That's OK...visit a farmer's market and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Discover vegetables and fruits that you've never tried and bring them home and enjoy them..
Wishing you all a happy, healthy plant strong week!