Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Spreading Wellness: What would you do if something was eating your garden?

Photo by: Jodi L Tervo Roberts
Spring planting
A simple lifestyle has always been a living motto of mine, so when I met my (now) husband, I was happy to hear that he enjoyed simple living as well. Simple living to me is - small house, big garden, and much outdoor play. I moved to Duluth in the spring of 2012, yes, the year of the flood. I was pleased that among all of the construction required on my place, that I had gotten a few things in the ground, and potted some tomatoes and peppers. Almost everything survived the rains, and I was enjoying the down time taking care of the plants. 

Photo by: Jodi L. Tervo Roberts

My peppers were growing well, but when they were about 1/2 grown, something began taking bites out of them. The bottoms of all of the peppers eventually had tiny teeth marks...they stopped  growing, and I figured that a chipmunk was eating them. My significant other was about to put some hot sauce on them to deter rodents, when he thought he'd ask his little girl about them. She was very honest and said with a smile, "yes!, I've been eating them." Oh boy. We couldn't scold her for eating veggies, so instead we said, "OK." What did we decide to do after that? We picked them, and cut them up to eat. And ever since this incident, she has planted her very own garden. She can eat anything, at any time, from her own garden. This year, she has asked if she could eat our peppers before they were ready, and we were able to say "no, but you can go into your garden and eat anything you would like." She has pepper plants in her garden, but they aren't as plentiful as the family peppers. We had some peppers for supper last night, and they were delicious.

Kids that know where food comes from, and can watch the plants grow, are more likely to enjoy eating it. So if you have kids, but don't have time for space for garden, pots work really well. Even if you plant just a few herbs, peppers, or tomatoes. Try it, and let me know how it goes. :)

Over the past few years I have had quite a few people ask me about healthy eating, gardening, and kids. Gardening isn't for everyone. For us it is therapeutic, and rewarding. And, we know that there isn't anything tastier than picking fresh veggies to eat for the meal you are preparing. But, there are many CSA's here in Duluth, and around the country for those interested. Farmer's markets are also a good place to get fresh food, if you have access to them. And, of course you can always go to a store, and purchase in season fruits and veggies.

Cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables is fun, beautiful, and tasty. In the past couple of weeks I have had a few different requests for healthy cooking recipes. First of all, I say that you should eat things you like and enjoy. Secondly, beautiful presentation of the food has a rewarding satiety factor. And, finally, if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables, you can eat a lot of food, and not feel deprived. I personally enjoy Jamie Oliver. His passion for educating children (and anyone who watches his shows) about food is contagious, and spot on. You can find him on facebook, youtube, and his website. He has also given Ted Talks. He travels around the world, and does cooking shows with local food, foraging for some of it, and going to local farmers markets as well. Check his sites out if you are interested in healthy cooking and education. He is entertaining, and his recipes are delicious!

Now I ask you, what would you do if someone was eating your garden before it was ready? For us, we made it fun, and our little girl has taken care of her own garden for the past 3 years. Each year her garden grows, and she wants to plant more. I love fostering growth, and leading by example. And when it comes to simple and healthy living, it fills my bucket with happiness watching those I have taught begin to flourish.

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