Friday, March 03, 2006

Gardening for a Healthy Lifestyle

Home gardening has provided many health benefits and joys for me and my family. I never envisioned that we would become organic, home gardeners - raising our own fresh organic veggies, and smelling our own roses (and other fresh cut flowers). This home gardening blog is my attempt to share the love of gardening that we have developed, and is a testimony to the healthy benefits to be enjoyed. The health benefits, in addition to the sheer joy, have been numerous:
  • PHYSICALLY: Knowing that we are eating something that has not been heavily sprayed with pesticides, that is organically-grown and healthy for you, fresh from your own home garden. Also, it is physically invigorating to be outside with nature, breathing fresh air, getting your hands dirty with the rich soil of the earth in your home garden.
  • SPIRITUALLY: It renews trust that there must be a higher power that has created the marvelous variety and color spectrum found in nature.
  • EMOTIONALLY: You feel real joy to see something that you have planted from a tiny seed, and then nurtured (watering, fertilizing, pulling the weeds from), become a living thing that is beautiful to look at (like flowers) and delicious to eat (like veggies).
  • MENTALLY: It is both challenging and mentally stimulating to plan and execute the making of a piece of earth into a desirable home garden oasis to enjoy and linger in.
  • FINANCIALLY: When the crop does well, we reap bountifully. You may spend $3 on a packet of tomato seeds, but are rewarded many times over when a copious crop is produced. Consider, I have paid more than $3 a pound for organic tomatoes at the grocery store.

I want to tell about the joys and tribulations, we have experienced while gardening. Also, share gardening techniques and garden tools, that we have found that seem to work for us, in overcoming gardening obstacles.

I will include pictures of our home gardening efforts, and occasionally throw in a recipe to show ways to enjoy one's bounty fresh from your organic home garden. I will also include links to other home gardening blogs, gardening websites, and gardening articles that we enjoy and find informative. I hope you enjoy reading this home gardening blog, as much as I enjoy writing it! HERE WE GO!!


At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Allotment lady said...

My sentiments exactly


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