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