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I recently shared how I Gro Something Greater through connection to family, place, the earth, even those who dwelled in my home before and eventually after me. While that is all true, I grow something more directly from gardening, as well (actually many things, but that is for another day). I grow nourishment.
In it’s most obvious meaning, I grow nourishment in my herb and vegetable gardens. The fresh produce and herbs, go into meals for my family. Their bodies are nourished by this fresh bounty from the garden, so I have grown nourishment.
Due to an especially chilly spring, I have not planted my vegetable garden yet. Turning over the dirt is about as far as I’ve gone. This week I will put in tomato, eggplant & Russian kale plants (the only vegetable plants I’ve bought so far), and squash, cucumber and dill seeds.
There is a whole other sort of nourishment that I get from gardening in though. Nourishment of the soul, comes from gardening in many ways. Designing and creating an aesthetically pleasing garden is a form of art. If the plantings fair well, we get the enjoyment of the lovely blossoms and greenery they provide. Birds, insects and small wildlife are likely to visit a garden adding even more pleasurable sites. Perhaps the most enjoyable though is seeing your child pull up their first carrot. The joy on their face as they realize they grew something that like to eat, is priceless and if that’s not soul nourishment, I don’t know what is.
I’m currently, putting in clematis and climbing roses to try an mask my neighbors open (and full of junk) shed. I’ve also been making some flower and herb additions to the butterfly garden next to our gazebo. I’m crossing my fingers that these clematis take, i love the flower, but my dogs always seemed to dig them up.
Over the years Miracle-Gro has been a dependable and effective helper in my garden. Their potting and garden soil are regular purchases for me each spring, and their fertilizers nourish my garden, so it can go on to nourish my family and I.