My wish list for springmelindahill | January 25, 2011
A couple of warm days and I’m reminded that spring is one day closer! Another sure sign is when you look at gardening displays in the stores and seed catalogs appear in your mailbox. There’s something about working in the dirt after a day in the office that eases the tension between the shoulders and allows me to reflect on childhood days when my grandfather used to tell stories as we worked side by side hoeing the beans and corn. While those opportunities are no longer available for me, gardening is a great family activity to share in both conversation and memories.
Some research indicates that for every dollar invested in seeds, you will reap up to $25.00 in produce from a maintained garden. Yes, you will still have to weed and water your garden, but how wonderful to walk outside and pick fresh tomatoes or cucumbers to wash up and slice for a salad on a hot summer day. Even if you don’t have a large back yard to cultivate an area into a garden there are options like a raised bed or a container garden that produce quite well. Or what about starting small with just a couple of herbs or even a fruit like strawberries? This is the time of year when the planning begins. Check out your local library or community center to see if there are classes available or seek information on line to get you started.
Gardening is a way to involve the whole family in daily activity and even a way to get picky eaters to try something new that they have grown. Why not give it a try?