“Only by restoring the broken connections can we be healed. Connection is health. And what our society does its best to disguise from us is how ordinary, how commonly attainable, health is. We lose our health — and create profitable diseases and dependencies — by failing to see the direct connections between living and eating, eating and working, working and loving. In gardening , for instance, one works with the body to feed the body. The work, if it is knowledgeable, makes for excellent food. And it makes one hungry. The work thus makes eating both nourishing and joyful, not consumptive, and keeps the eater from getting fat and weak. This is health, wholeness, a source of delight. And such a solution, unlike the typical industrial solution, does not cause problems.
“The ‘drudgery’ of growing one’s own food, then, is not drudgery at all. (If we make the growing of food a drudgery, which is what ‘agribusiness’ does make of it, then we also make a drudgery of eating and living.) It is — in addition to being the appropriate fulfillment of a practical need — a sacrament, as eating is also, by which we enact and understand our oneness with the Creation, the conviviality of one body with all bodies.”
Thanks for checking out Big Blog Of Gardening. On this blog I share advice on caring for your flower gardens, vegetable gardens and lawn using no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Some call it organic gardening, some call it sustainable gardening, I just call it gardening and landscaping.
I grow in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, United States, which rests where the Lehigh and Delaware rivers meet, about 70 miles northeast of Philadelphia and 80 miles west of New York City (just so you have an idea). I also spend a great deal of time photographing whatever I find interesting. Many of the photos which accompany my posts were shot by me and I’ve created a section with my best photos of vegetable and flower gardens.
In my home vegetable garden I grow as much food as possible. Any year my raised beds might include sweet corn , beans, tomatoes, basil, sweet peppers, parsley, carrots, potatoes, spinach, thyme, cucumbers, mint, melons, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, oregano, brussels sprouts, stevia and asparagus. I also find myself continuously expanding my flower garden . I mean, if there’s a sale at the garden center on a cool plant, I need to find a place for it, right? My wife claims I have “a plant problem” and she may be right.
I’m not formally schooled in horticulture or botany, but I started gardening when I was in elementary (primary) school, alongside my mother and grandmother. There were more than a handful of farmers in our family until my generation, so I’m pretty sure that growing things runs in my blood. As many gardeners will attest, I’ve learned from my failures and by listening to the advice of more experienced gardeners. We gardeners like nothing more than sharing.
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