Gardens give you more than good food

Updated: Sep 30, 2019

We were staying with family while in Codroipo. Not only did that give us a chance to spend lots of time with people we don't get to see very often, but it also meant we were in the home of someone near and dear. One of the biggest perks was getting to spend time in the backyard garden.

You know Garden of Esther began in my own garden, so to have the chance to spend time in such a lush, organized, producing one was a true gift. There was head after head of lettuce plus a bevy of other salad staples like tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs. Is there anything in the world like a just-picked tomato?

While we are traveling, we are spending a fair amount of time in restaurants - to a certain extent, that's part of the travel experience. And we have had some fabulous meals out.

But it was so nice to be able to wake up in the home of a loved one, wander into the kitchen in pajamas, and take coffee outside to look at the garden. A well-tended and appreciated garden is a place of wonder, tranquility, and rejuvenation, and I was grateful to have some moments alone there.

That most of our meals also contained food grown a few feet away? That was pretty awesome, too. We may be far from home, but were reminded of the joys of eating food you've grown yourself. It may be impractical to grow and raise every morsel of food you put in your mouth, but whether you're growing basil on your apartment windowsill or ranching cattle or selling fruits and vegetables, they are all ways to stay connected to and take care of our planet.

Maybe a full-size garden isn't in the cards for you right now (or raising cattle). But why not try growing just one plant you can eat? Even those of you with brown thumbs could raise a tabletop pot of mint or one outdoor pail with a zucchini plant in it.

Food just tastes better when you know where it came from!

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