Hello & Happy Wednesday, Everyone! If you’re new here, welcome! Allow me to introduce you to my Wellness Wednesday series. Each week, I spend a few minutes chatting about something I’m doing to improve my overall health and wellness. So far this summer I’ve covered a variety of topics from skincare to nutrition supplements. One thing I haven’t touched on yet is the importance of eating whole, natural, real foods.
A couple of years ago, after the birth of my daughter, I started to research what was in the foods that we were eating. As she transitioned from a newborn to an older infant (especially when she transitioned from breast milk to solids), I knew I wanted to provide her with the best, most nutrient rich foods that I could. My goal was (and is) to start her on a healthy diet so she doesn’t have to learn how to eat better as an adult (it’s hard, trust me!).
Part of my goal to provide healthy, natural foods for my family included the desire to start my own garden with fresh vegetables and herbs but, until this year, I’ve never really gotten my feet wet with that particular part of living a more organic lifestyle. My love for sustainability, my desire to raise my daughter with an appreciation for home grown foods, and a yearning to try something new led me to plant my own garden in 2014 instead of waiting until I was “more ready” to dive in.
I started out small, growing several of my plants in pots on my deck (I’m absolutely terrified of even the remote possibility of snakes in the yard) and I’m really happy with how well they’ve done so far this year.
I started several of my plants from seeds (lettuce, summer squash, spinach, catnip, basil, cilantro, tomatoes, and a couple of other plants) and purchased a few starter plants (green peppers, jalapenos, and a supplemental tomato plant). Much to my surprise, most of my plants have done really well with the exception of a few that stopped producing once the Summer heat settled in.
Even though my little garden hasn’t produced enough home grown goodness to supply my family of three with all of our produce for the season, I’m really happy with how much I’ve accomplished. As a novice gardener, I wasn’t expecting my plants to do as well as they did on my first attempt. Needless to say, gardening exceeded my expectations and I discovered that I actually (really, really) enjoy spending time tending to my plants. If I can grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers in pots on my back deck, so can you. I truly believe that anyone with a little outdoor space can grow their own food. Gardening is such an incredible experience. It provides me with an appreciation for this planet and the amazing power of nature. There’s something truly magical about creating your own food and I can’t wait to grow my garden again next year.
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