I thought I would take a moment to talk about the importance of growing what you eat, and cooking what you grow. I have talked about my friends company, Goin Native, many times, but mostly about gardening. She also teaches people about the importance of growing and eating organically. I am not here to preach about it, but only to share some of my thoughts and ideas. I know that eating food that is grown naturally is better for you than food grown with chemicals. We need to be more mindful of what we put into our bodies. I am not saying you need to go completely organic tomorrow, but I am saying that food that you grow tastes a lot better than food you buy. Gardening can help you in so many ways.
Dirt therapy, or dabbling in dirt, can really help to calm nerves, relax you, and bring out that stifled creative child. There is no one judging you as you play in the garden. (Well, maybe yourself.) Whether you have acres, a yard, or a balcony with a few pots, you can garden. Go at your own pace, garden with family and friends, and you will soon create something wonderful. You can be whimsical, rustic, organized, or Feng-Shui. That is the best part about gardening, you can do whatever you like as long as you are planting the right plants in the right area. For this you can consult your local nursery. Or email a question to me and I will pass it on to Goin Native.
Growing your own food and using it in your cooking gives one a feeling of accomplishment. First of all, you grew a plant and then you harvested it and then you cooked with it and then nourished your body with it. Whether you can grow an entire garden of vegetables or just a pot full of herbs, I hope you will take the time to plant, grow, and cook your own food.
Here are a few photos of the gardens at Goin Native. I am redoing my patio garden as we speak, and I will be posting up my photos next week. For now, I hope you take some time to mull over growing your own veggies or herbs. You gotta start somewhere. If you already garden, Kudos!