Like fishing, growing your own vegetables probably costs a lot more than dropping in at your local market.
However, planting seeds in richly turned black soil, watching the small green shoots grow with sunshine and water, is really fun (well, interesting) and I like to encourage them with a lot of love, hope and sweat – heck it sounds like the same process as raising kids, but luckily you get to eat the produce before it turns into teenagers.
When you sit down to eat the gorgeous veggies, it brings back the smell and sweetness of real food. Being grateful seems real – and easy to feel.
Course your finger nails may look shockingly dirty around the edges, but when you look at that colour bursting array of delicious foods and flowers – it’s all worth it.
The garden seems to ask for the same qualities from us that are necessary to living a good life – patience, work, love, discipline, sweat, searching for light, and an openness to grace…
Photo © Janice Henshaw 2015