It sounds cheesy, but no matter how you turn the tables, you have to admit all life forms, have always and will always rely on the gardens of this earth. As Homestead Farms is busy plowing fields, starting seeds, and spreading compost, this farmgirl has a challenge for you: Start your own garden. Weather it is a potted basil plant or a half acre of tomatoes, try growing something edible this spring and summer.
Beyond the fact that you might end up with some amazing fruits and/or veggies, here is why I am such a fan of gardening: It’s good for you! You might find out your yogalates class has nothing on hoeing and weeding, or that a little dirt and vitamin D is good for your complexion. I have always thought the number one diet should be the garden diet, as it gets you out moving and sweating and your start to really think about where your food comes from and excited to make healthy food choices.
It’s good for your soul! What’s more comforting then surrounding yourself with simple unadulterated life? Nothing warms my heart like seeing those little seeds turn into sprouts or finding my first fruit. I might be 23 going on 60, but I would much rather get lost in the monotony of pulling weeds than sitting at a desk staring at a computer.
And most important, you may end up appreciating your food more! As you deal with pesty worms, gambling on the weather, and overtaking weeds I hope you can empathize with your local farmers! If you start pondering of the cost of seeds, all your hard work, and inevitable losses, you will understand why good food is more expensive then junk. The more I learn about growing and raising food the more I am willing to pay for quality food.
So, whether you have been growing tomatoes since before I was born, or you are going to have to Google ”gardening” before you get started, give it a try and tell me how your garden grows!