Simply Nahala

Writer. Photographer. Soul Traveler.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Homegrown


There is something very rewarding about growing your own food. My mother taught me about flowers and gardening. When I was four, we moved from the suburbs of San Francisco. My dad grew up in Montana and is a cowboy at heart. After experiencing the city life, he craved to be in a more rural area, so he bought some property among the oak trees in Northern California. It was here that I developed a deep love of nature.


My mother is more of a city girl, but loves flowers! When we moved to the country, she started planting flowers everywhere. I was right there by her side absorbing everything she taught me. The property already had peach, apple, plum, and nectarine trees. I still haven't tasted fruit as delicious as those trees produced. Food from the grocery store doesn't taste like I remember growing up.


Throughout my adult years, I have grown my own fruit and vegetables when possible. There is nothing more convenient than to step outside of your home to grab some food rather than having to run to the store. Also, homegrown foods are higher in nutrients than ones that have traveled many miles and days to get to the grocery store.


Growing your own food reduces exposure to genetically modified food, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and sewage sludge that most conventional produce are grown with. For instance, most conventional lettuce, spinach, kale, and collard greens are doused in pesticides to ward off insects and watered with sewage sludge. Yum!


When possible, it is important to purchase organic when selecting leafy greenspotatoes as they are sprayed with pesticides, and the soil is treated with fungicide; apples, peppers, celery, peaches, pears, strawberries, cherries, nectarines, grapes, blueberries, and cucumbers are like a sponge and the chemicals won't wash off as they have been absorbed through the skin; and dairy products because non-organic dairy products may come from cows that are treated with hormones and antibiotics while being fed a diet of genetically modified corn and soy.


So this week, I thought I would share some of my garden goodness with you in hopes of inspiring you to grow something yummy for yourself.


Before

Soon after I took these photos of my edible garden, some clever deer found their way into my back yard and ate all of my sunflowers, one blueberry plant, and devoured my strawberries. Bummer! Although they need to eat too, so I'm happy to share for now until I can construct a taller fence.


After

Many Blessings!
Jan

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