If you are reading this blog, I hope it is because you have the desire to have, be in and love a Garden. It is where we came from, and a part of us is yearning to return. Whether the desire is passionate or merely curious, my purpose in writing this blog is to inform, engage and help all who read to find their way into their Garden, and thereby find the peace, beauty and abundance it offers us. The Garden is a place to be and experience, and can be a meditative place. The act of Gardening is, in itself, a meditation. The old monastic adage ” laborare es orare” means ‘to work is to pray’, and for those of you reading who do garden, that will be a familiar experience. For those who have not yet had their own Garden, it will be a rewarding thing yet-to-be-experienced. The Garden is also a healing place: Color Therapy, Light and Vibratory Therapy, Aromatherapy,and much more besides. And beyond all the esoterica, the practical purposes of writing this will be to share information and tips to help each of us become more successful at Gardening so that the work we do put into it will be rewarded with output – bouquets in our homes from our OWN Gardens, fruits and vegetables from our OWN Gardens, and perhaps have enough to share with our friends and families.I would also like to share ways of dealing with the inevitable hurdles that try to get in our way – the heat, the bugs, watering, etc. and to share ideas for harvesting and preserving the abundance that sometimes comes with success. Most of us hate to waste, and I find that wasting the abundance of our labors is so discouraging that many of us just give up. I hope to encourage each person whose goal it is to bring forth abundance to do so with a minimum of time and effort, to really grasp what it means to Garden, and to feel confident in ones ability to use that which is growing. There is very little that is more enjoyed by friends and family than giving them a tub of homemade Basil pesto from one’s own Garden. It is surprisingly easy, healthful and delicious, and can be kept in the freezer for more than a year. They remove it from the freezer, take out a few lumps to add to their pasta or lasagna, and put it back to be drawn out again when a quick and savory something is needed. They will think of you every time they eat it, and you have used up the over-abundance of your late-season Basil plantings. Yes, it is labor-intensive, yes it is time consuming, and yet, it is time well-spent, effort used wisely and thoughtfully, and beats a number of other unneeded or unhealthy things we might have hared with friends at the Holidays!
Some keep the Sabbath going to church,
I keep it staying at home,
With a bobolink for a chorister
And an orchard for a Dome.
God’s the noted clergyman
And the sermon is never long,
So instead of going to Heaven at last
I’m going all along.
Subjects to discuss in the Garden section:
Herbs – growing tips, uses and preservation/Plot plan sizes per number of people - expectable harvests
Fruit trees, bushes, plants
More to come…