Why I Grow My Own Food

Because it just feels right.

I have always had an immense want to have a garden.

I absolutely LOVE watching the seeds I plant sprout and mature.

I thoroughly love tending weeds and taking care of the plants.

I love the colors! Greens, yellows, reds, oranges, blues, … it becomes a field of beauty.

Harvesting…there are no words. Picking the food you have grown is indescribable. There is so much pleasure that comes from knowing this food grew for you.

And speaking of…the food you grow – grows for YOU. I am not an expert in this, however I do plan to be. I have read the plants you tend to grow specifically for your needs. I feel I see this in my own garden. Certain plants become more abundant, certain obstacles arise that mimic obstacles in my life, a desire for better eye health created an abundance of yellow and oranges I wasn’t expecting, plants I thought were weeds turn out to be medicinal, specifically for an aliment that I am currently facing….the list goes on.  I find this unbelievably fascinating.

( ↑ the big picture on the top right with all the yellow flowers…..this is not a good plant. I learned my lesson. I thought it was growing like crazy about to give me some serious watermelons – my neighbor thought it was a watermelon plant – I soon learned it was some kind of thorn thistle or something of the such that was decently poisonous….it was a pain to remove as well – hence THORNS 🙁   but it all worked out and its funny to think about now )

It gives me the ability to give to others.

We can’t give unless we have something to give.

We can’t receive unless we ourselves give in return.

What we sow we reap. What we reap we sow.

I find immense peace when I am in my garden. It is a mediation for me. No matter what, I know my mind will settle and my intuition will kick in when I spend time in my garden. It is the perfect place for me to wind down and reconnect with my greater purpose.

( ↑ my basil had some kind of worm eating it….but those were the best basil plants I have ever grown….flash forward to now – I fully understand how to use a basil plant and can’t wait to grow another! )

 

And if none of this has convinced you yet to start your own garden …. its cheaper, a lot cheaper. And it is so wonderful to be making a meal and think of darn I didn’t by that ingredient at the store…..oh wait!!! ITS GROWING IN MY BACKYARD….let me just go pick some  🙂

Yes there is time and money that goes into it – but the abundance you receive is unbelievably worth it. Not just an abundance of wonderful foods but an abundance of joy, community, friendship…and so much more.

I hope this inspires you to have your own garden.

Start small. What you see here was years in the making. When I started I was living in an apartment. My boyfriend at the time ( husband now 🙂 ) collected pallets from behind a local hardware store and built me some small planters to fit in the few square feet of room we had right by our front door. I planted tomatoes and swiss chard.

Start small and before you know it you will be standing in a garden full of abundance.

I do want you to know that I do not grow ALL of my own food. I do still grocery shop and visit local farmers markets.

One day I just might though. I love the idea of being completely sustainable in that way. And it seems like I am headed in that direction.

If you have any questions about where to begin, what to plant, anything really,  leave me a comment in the section below. ↓  I love hearing from you all 🙂

Jody Vining

I spent part of my adolescent life feeling depressed, lost, and trapped. It wasn't until I was on the verge of passing out with stomach pains, a chronic headache, blurry vision, and adrenal fatigue that I finally WOKE UP. 'Okay, something isn't right and I need to figure out what, and change it.' So I did. I saw that Naturopathic Doctor who had been in the back of my mind. My lack of knowledge about food and balancing my plate was causing some serious havoc on my body and preventing me from being able to think clearly and live in a state of health. I hadn't made the connection the reason I was feeling so poorly was because of the food I was eating. I pushed myself way past my comfort zone by listening to my gut feeling and enrolled myself into the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. This is where it all started. I was finally able to start healing. My ability to make this change came from Switching my Mindset, Pushing Past Fear, Putting Myself First, and Listening to My Intuition. I listened to myself and my body and what it was trying to tell me, instead of what others were telling me what I should do. It allowed me to see how the advice I was given by others may have been good, but it wasn't what I needed in order to get to where I wanted to go. The only way we can heal ourselves and accomplish the things we want to in life is if we Trust and Listen to our Own Intuition.

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