For our low-cost, healthy diet, we enjoy an advantageous fun rewarding pastime: time spent outdoors. We get on top of garden freshness, crunchiness and flavour. In my household, we do a generous serve of fresh vegetables, our home-grown, delicious, nutritional vegetables, beat store-bought products every time!
We grow a surprising amount of food in a little raised bed (made out of an old staircase) that is 2 by 4 meters, with nursery-bought soil and add animal manure in the soil (it adds benificial nutrients and it is full of bacteria ) in our self-sustaining veggie garden.
At the end of the season we’re rewarded with a lush garden, full of delicious fruits and veggies. You can’t beat savoring a delicious, sun-warmed tomato, fresh from the garden, sprinkled with a dash of pink sea salt. And to be honest it feels a lot safer, as we all know that the use of pesticides and chemicals in growing vegetables, is unregulated in many countries from which we import vegetables…
Our garden and paths become even more appealing with rosemary, thyme, sage, mint, coriander, and I’m not even talking about their culinary value. One needs to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to the garden, so that the vegetation can flourish, so we made sure to make space for the plants that would get them there. They are our useful herbs, smelling sweet, adding flavour to our cooking and keeping pests at bay.
Growing fruits and vegetables isn’t rocket science, but it does involve science – So we do our research, our latest garden book is “Grow for flavour” by James Wong. He amazes us with hundreds of groundbreaking scientific tips to obtain peak flavours, that can’t be beaten.
This year we bought different tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, melons, pumpkins, ( chilies and more stuff are still to be bought and planted):
Our rhubarb from last year has just been harvested and seems to be doing well.
Our chicken get all the things we can’t use! When our grandchildren come for a visit, they can give a helping hand whilst learning about nature, horticulture, healthy eating.
My grandson Senne already enjoyed picking the first harvest: our broad beans.
Around our strawberries we put marigolds, as they are known to repel nematodes (the root damaging eelworms).
In the vintage wheelbarrow we’ve put flowers:
For today we can put trowels, gardening gloves, sun hat, water hose, wheelbarrow, roundhead shovel, flat spade, pointed spade, hoe, rake, shears and pitchfork away, knowing we created a vegetable garden full of future bounty. The coming months we can just watch our Garden of Eden grow and bloom, with the occasional weeding to be done of course. We’re now awaiting the satisfaction of picking wholesome, fresh and organic ingredients for our dinner table, eating our very own homegrown food, enjoying the taste and textures of delicious, organic fruit and vegetables.
We can rest assured that having done our veggie garden maintenance, we’ve done physical exercises too!
Living the healthy life, sowing seeds of love and as I recently read somewhere, we can’t forget to : plant smiles, grow giggles, harvest love.
With an epicurean appetite