Good Day Brave Hearts
During the cold and dark days of winter, we rise to the challenge of a nutritious food supply. The fall canning season filled the larder with a precious stock of daily living that will take away the winter chills and stave off the winter flues. A nutrient packed diet from your organic garden to save you all winter long. It saves the pangs of hunger, it warms the body, it cures the winter chills.
Your food supply is your health and wellness which feeds your mighty brain and helps to cure your aches and pains. Food to cure the common cold, food for the brain, food for aches and pains, food for your social happiness.
There is a long list of comfort food that nourishes the mind, heart and soul. It’s divine and the time is now.
Those special little seeds that were stowed away last fall, come to the forefront of the mind. Each little one, packed with the energy to produce a bountiful crop of fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs or spices. That decadent nasturtium, so showy and bright in the garden, yielding a powerful pack of seeds full of earthly delight. Those spunky little violets, such a gorgeous floral treat decorating those cupcakes. Winter is gone, bring on the harvest!
Bring on the watercress, the chocolate mint, the sunflower, the basil. This year’s garden will be a splash of colour and dietary indulgence. Oh the yellows! Nasturtium, sunflower, pumpkin, squash (flowers) and tomato. The reds of rose, dainty cherry blossoms, and olive. Purple violets, blueberry and saskatoon. White of potato and apple blossom. The garden comes alive with colour and nutrition. The food supply is back!
Plant your pallet of garden colour. A pallet of herbs, vegetables, fruit, flowers and spices. The choices of fragrance to add to the show. Musky black current, fragrant rose. The garden of earthly delights is as aromatic as it is healthy. Enjoy a sip of summertime wine, made for last years wild rose petals. Indulge in sorbets of fruits from the vine, sip that delectable apple leaf tea.
We are blessed.
From our small properties, filled with natures harvest, we dine. Dine with fine delicacies from our own backyard. This oasis of healthy bliss to indulge ourselves in. Choose your flavour, choose your colour, choose your diet, it’s just divine. That backyard of ours, so pretty and colourful, so full of natures wonderful diet. Enzymes, and nutrient, vitamins and minerals, all from carefully selected plants, flowers, herbs and spices. The garden cure all. It cures your senses, so fragrant and welcoming, the garden tantalizes us with beckoning gestures. Come in, come in, it calls us to indulge. Plant the seed, plant for what cures you. This organic garden could save your life. Plant with anti-oxidants to stave off cancer, plant with brain power to retain your fine mind, plant with cures for heart disease and arthritis. Yes, your garden is heavenly.
The backyard is not just a playing field. That land has a useful life. Not just the trampoline, but also the garden of earthly delight. Pick your flowers, pick your colours, plant away and enjoy the benefits of a well planned garden. Plant, enjoy, harvest, enjoy, this is a stellar room with a view. That room which pulls us out of the house. Out to the great outdoors. To till the soil, to enjoy the land, to mix and meddle with the array of botanical inspiration. Not just a flower garden, not just weeds, those are precious edibles that garnish soups, mix with salads, add colour to the plate and surprise us with yet another flavour. Something nutty, something spicy, a bit peppery, maybe sweet. Your internal chef might be inspired.
It’s time to plant, forage on. This is spring and it’s time to garden.
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
March 23, 2022