Harvesting fruits and vegetables from your own garden and preparing them for the family meal is very rewarding. Here are a few tips for making the most of your organic garden:
1. Choose gardening over grocery shopping. Food prices are soaring, and when produce is shipped in from across the country (or the world), it loses most, if not all, its nutritional value. When you eat directly from your garden, all the vitamins and minerals are at their peak. The adage “You are what you eat” is so very true!
2. Grow what you love to eat. It sounds simple, but folks often get so caught up with the romance of gardening that they don’t think about the reality of it. If your family won’t touch butterbeans, don’t bother growing them!
3. Say no to GMOs. Many of the nation’s oldest and most respected seed companies have been bought by the giant corporation Monsanto, the leader of the GMO movement. As the GMO battle rages on, it’s clear that the most important step in planning your organic garden is using only organic and heirloom non-GMO seeds. This step is so important for our families’ health.
4. Use a trusted source of seeds. My all-time favorite seeds come from the Seed Savers Exchange, which started in 1975 and carries hundreds of varieties of organic, heirloom, non-GMO seeds for vegetables, herbs and flowers. You can order seeds online at SeedSavers.org. (Or if you happen to be in the area, stop by their farm in Decorah, Iowa!)
One of my favorite books—and I have many—is Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food II. It includes this passage, which in my opinion says it all:
Treasure the farmer
Nurture the soil
Plant wherever you are
Learn from nature
Cultivate your plate
Eat whole foods
Share the harvest
Teach children the art of simple food
Contact us and learn how easy and satisfying having your own garden can be. Healthy food you’ve grown yourself tastes so much better than store-bought produce. You won’t believe it!