Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Today, I joined a few of the gardening groups on Sparkpeople. Six or seven years ago, gardening wasn't something I really thought too much about. There were a few Springs when I'd plant a few seeds and promptly forget about them. Then, I started focusing on eating better and getting more exercise. I read as many books, magazines, and website articles as I could fit into a day. Maybe I was looking for that one quick fix. I didn't find one quick fix but I found multiple strategies that I started to incorporate. Park further from the store. Take a walk on your lunch break. Drink more water. Eat more fruits and vegetables. The more I read about food, the more often I came across information about refined sugar and processed foods and chemicals. It increasingly became more important to me to try to know where my food was coming from and how it was grown. One summer the garden started out as 4 tomato plants and 4 pepper plants fenced in the front yard. Just a tiny plot about 4 feet square. I was hooked on fresh peppers and tomatoes on homemade pizzas. From then on through the next 4 years, each Spring the garden expanded and more varieties were add. Artisan lettuces and spinach on the back porch, finally utilizing the grapes that had always grown in the back yard, 32 tomato plants, more than a dozen green, red, and yellow pepper plants, 9 types of garlic and 4 kinds of onions. The best carrots I've ever tasted. The neighbors sharing their excess produce. A commitment to slower growing citrus trees in containers. Hours spent hoeing, weeding, watering and well, gardening.
When I joined those gardening groups on Sparkpeople today, I remembered how this hobby started. The closer I am to food production the healthier I become. I eat more fruits and vegetables. I process my food utilizing the best ingredients. I get more exercise without even realizing it.
The first seed catalogs came in the mail right before Christmas. I've postponed browsing the pages and creating my wish list. Since we moved this Summer (and may move again next Summer), I've been unsure that I would be able to plant a garden and harvest the benefits. But, I'm beginning to think that someway I'll make this work out.