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5 Tips for an Enchanting Summer Garden

4. Build an Outdoor Kitchen

A wonderful way to encourage friends and family to spend time in the garden is to build a little summer kitchen with a grill, a sink and counter space for preparation. Place your table and chairs in the garden, pretend you are French and eat all of your meals outside!

Pick the vegetables for a summer salad and stir-fry and take them directly from the garden to the pot. Eating fresh vegetables and herbs within 30 minutes of picking is an entirely different taste experience you will truly never forget.

Ingredients for a Fresh Summer Salad

My sister has a fabulous community garden she tends and always has the most wonderful summer salads. She is always the designated salad bringer to our potluck gatherings. Here are some of the fresh ingredients she grows and adds to  her fresh and amazing salad concoctions:

Use varieties of lettuce, arugula, broccoli florets, raw grated beets, parsley, spinach, nasturtiums, calendula and borage flowers, chervil, grated carrots, cilantro, sweet basil and fresh herbs. Add a fresh avocado and fresh strawberries or other berries in season. Toss together with my favorite dressing of seasoned rice wine vinegar, 1 tsp of Dijon mustard, a lighter olive oil, salt and pepper or substitute fresh organic lemon juice for the vinegar. Enjoy!

5. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and go barefoot in your garden!

One of the most wonderful benefits of having a garden is that you get to spend time experiencing healing properties of connecting to the natural world. As we  tune in to our garden, our bodies seem to come into balance with the natural rhythms of the earth. Your plants will begin to communicate with you and you will intuit what they need.

A wonderful book I read recently, called Earthing, talks about how spending just 30 minutes a day sitting or walking on the earth, called “grounding,” is scientifically proven to discharge inflammation, pain and stress. It is simple and free. All you have to do is place your bare feet directly on the earth!  (See my article Healing Benefits of Walking Barefoot)

I hope you will enjoy this magical time of mid-summer and walk barefoot in your summer garden!

Please tell us about your garden experiences and share your tips with us!


Bridget Brewer can be reached at Top Picture is my sister’s wonderful California Native Garden.

Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D. and Martin Zucker at:

Erica Sofrina is an International Speaker, teacher and author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World.

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Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at

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9:53PM PDT on Oct 28, 2014

Thank you so much for such a great blog. Bristol Block Driveways

11:05PM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

Great article...Great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

9:02AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013


8:52AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Thank you.

4:19AM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

I'm so very new to gardening and love reading all these fabulous tips - will try at least some of them!

4:48AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013


8:51PM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

is this a repost? great article again

12:53AM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

thanks for the info

8:50PM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

I have great admiration for people who can plan and bring such a garden to fruition.

2:29PM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

I first made a Dijon vinaigrette while taking a cooking class in France-sounds delicious! I wish I had a garden farm

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