I’m totally plant happy. When I become passionate about something, it can really take on a whole new meaning in my life. It’s always been like that.
When I was a kid my father said I had an addictive personality. If I loved something, I became a golden retriever and couldn’t get enough. I discovered this when my parents gave me a roll of Life Savers. I loved them. There was no shut-off valve. The roll would be gone in no time.
It’s been like that with everything I’ve loved throughout my life, but one of the biggest silver linings to growing older is temperance. I now know it’s wiser to have healthier addictions than Life Savers, potato chips, and wine. Maybe addiction is hereditary. One of my relatives had a bar in his Cadillac, but we all have choices to make!
The good news is I know I can get addicted to all sorts of things, so let’s just say becoming addicted to creating recipes, doing yoga, and plantings things is a very good idea.
Enjoyable spring chores
I’ve planted part of my heirloom garden (using heirloom seeds used in an earlier era). Being a novice is a tad challenging, but we all have to start somewhere. This weekend I’ll be buying many varieties of tomato plants and a few peppers and, most definitely some cucumbers.
As a back up, I decided to go ahead and buy a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share, but more on that in a later post.
I’m going to have faith that all will turn out well with my garden. At the very least it’s going to be a heck of a lot of fun. There is nothing quite like playing with seeds and plants and dirt.
I want to absorb it all and take it in! My next-door neighbors, Teresa and Dave, just purchased chickens. One of my dogs is a bird dog, her name is Anya. I really enjoy their chickens. They just gave me a dozen eggs. Anya is passionate about visiting those birds. We’re thinking of installing a fence . . .
And let me just say, there is no comparison to eating an egg that comes from a hen who is enjoying her life. Teresa babies her hens and feeds them a steady diet of kale, cucumber, and corn. She gifted me with close to a dozen eggs from her hens, and it was like winning the lottery. The yolks were a deep golden color. There is no comparing their taste to that of store-bought eggs.
And that is why I’ve made my way to farmer’s markets as often as possible and have decided to go ahead with purchasing a CSA share. In large part, it is why I am growing my own food. Growing your own food and eating local produce and eggs is an experience not to be missed.
Do you have a great story that relates to growing something or a favorite local food producer? What richness does it add to your life?
About Heidi Boone
Heidi Boone is a sales professional on the outside and a tree hugger on the inside. She strives for well-being at every level and blogs about her experiences with yoga, eating a largely plant-based diet, and exploring the many ways to make the journey both joyous and life affirming.