Why I Love to Garden

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There are so many reasons I love to garden. Probably too many to list in this blog. I seem to discover a new bonus every day I’m out in nature, tending to the plants.

My neighbor tells her dogs I’m out there talking to my plants when she sees me. It’s true, I do talk to my plants. I tell them I love them, they are beautiful and I can’t wait to eat them!

One of the best things about gardening is you always have a little gift to give a friend. This year I mailed dehydrated morels to my sister in Portland, gave away tons of noodle beans, squash, tomatoes, okra, herbs, eggs and black-eyed peas.

The photo above was left on the seat of a neighbor who had just come home from the hospital. I have no idea if her receiving it made her as as happy as me giving it but that’s not really the point.

The point is it is so rewarding to share the fruits of your labor with the people in your community. Growing fresh organic produce allows me to take control of the situation I found myself in here in Spanish Lake MO.

I live in a Promise Zone, a food desert and I can not understand why. We have premium rated farm land that is fertile and overflowing with fat juicy worms. It just doesn’t make any sense. I am on a mission to not only overcome food scarcity but to teach others how to supplement their diets and offset there grocery bills with home grown food. Like the old saying goes “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” It works for learning to grow also!

So why do I feel called to do this? Eating fresh food is better for your health. Access to fresh food is something that every person should have. I want to see what effect a local growing operation can have on a small community of about 20,000 residents.

I invite you all to join this marvelous adventure. You may find you also love to garden. If you’re local sign up to be a member of GROW Spanish Lake. If you don’t live in the area, we will be creating an online vlog/learning channel. I encourage you to plant a seed and see what happens. Love your plants and they will give and give. Connect with nature and allow her to nourish your body, mind and soul.

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