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Three Things we Love About Gardening April 20, 2017 09:30
Gardening is such a fun activity and for so many reasons, but here are the three main reasons we love to garden.
1) It's fun!
Gardening is an activity enjoyed by many and it's because it is genuinely fun. Seeing your plants start popping out of the soil and being amazed by the speed at which they grow are a big part of it. The planning, the planting and especially the tasting contribute as well.
2) It's a learning experience
For toddlers, kids and adults, gardening means learning about how food is grown. When you take the time to garden, you learn what a pea sprout looks like and how long it takes till the plant produces the food. You also get to learn what kind of plants grow best in which climates and how much sunlight and water different plants require. For a quick beginners guide to starting a vegetable garden, read this article provided by the Old Farmer's Almanac. You can also just go the trial-and-error route but you may get less produce your first year.
3) It means local and fresh food at our doorstep (literally)
Gardening means that tomatoes, peas and other veggies can be enjoyed at their freshest ! The peak season here in California is summertime, but we enjoyed fresh tomatoes last year up until January. Eating locally is a very eco-friendly gesture, so be assured that the time and effort put into your little garden is also great way to be green.
Gardening doesn't require a big backyard or elaborate tools... it can easily be done in big pots or square "beds". You can even upcycle pallets to make a garden if you want an extra project to add to the fun. It's also possible to garden on a balcony, if that's the space you have. The only really big limiting factor when it comes to gardening is lack of sunlight. If your backyard or balcony is really shady, it'll be more difficult to grow your own vegetables. But, other than that, you can just get creative with the space you have and enjoy the process.
And if you're gardening with little ones but need some ideas as to what to plant, click here for a list of ten easy veggies to grow with kids. Also, we would love to see some pics of your garden if you decide to start one (or if you are already a fan of gardening), so please feel free to share!
A Green Tradition March 17, 2017 04:57
St-Patricks day is one of those Holidays that has changed SO MUCH over the years. Other than it being a day to wear green and decorate the house and/or office, do you know who St-Patrick is or why he has a place in our calendars?
A (very brief) history lesson
Saint Patrick wasn't born in Ireland and his real name was probably Maewyn Succat. His Romanicized name was Patricius and he eventually came to be called Patrick. He was born in Britain, but spent time in Ireland as a missionary. His life mission, after joining the Catholic Church was to convert the Gaelic Irish to Christianity - and he was very successful at it. He passed away on March 17th, AD 461, which is why we celebrate St-Patricks Day in the middle of March. If you're interested, you can learn more here.
Each family has it's own traditions to celebrate Holidays. As for us, it's the time of year we start choosing what to grow in the garden! Gardening is a way to connect to nature, eat locally and reduce the distance our food has to travel to get to our plates.
Taking the green tradition to a whole new level
Since this holiday has changed so much over the years, why not change it some more and turn it into a time of year where we choose to do something for the planet, where we choose to "be green"? Gardening, if you like, is one of the ways we choose to be green on St-Patricks Day.
There are other ways of course and we'd love to hear about your ideas and/or current green traditions. Let us know!