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Gardening: A Harvest of Healing

This year, same as last year, I froze single servings of homemade chicken broth (using free-range chickens from the farmers’ market), with one single homegrown cayenne pepper suspended in the golden broth. It’s my cold cure for grown-ups only (kids get the plain old broth). One day, when I have more time, I’d like to study the healing power of herbs, flowers, and plants so that I can grow and make actual medicines for my family. Ever since I was little, I’ve had a feeling that if I was lucky enough to get old, I’d be one of those scary witchy ladies who lived at the end of the lane. So far, so good…I’m on my way!

Freeze with Ease

The garden also offers another type of healing that is not physical, but spiritual, which is perhaps the greatest harvest of all: A hard day spent quietly weeding provides an opportunity to pull out weedy thoughts so productive ones can flourish; a morning spent sitting quietly and watching chipmunks and woodpeckers do their business can teach us about the joyfulness of work. In a garden, we see firsthand the cycle of birth, reproduction, beautiful aging, and then death—and see new life born from the old. We witness the healing that happens after storms and crisis and know that with good soil and good gardening practices, we too can recover.

As organic gardeners, we can add an extra level of healing—the healing of our planet. We know that the ground we tend without toxins is always better off than when we started, the soil will be richer in nutrients and carbon, the wildlife more diverse and healthy. I’m always thrilled when I find bats, bees, frogs, butterflies, and birds. If they are happy and healthy in my garden, then I know that my family and I are likely to be healthy too. Gardens are more than just places to show off our landscaping skills, or to produce enough food to get through the winter (although both of those are good things!). Gardens are microcosms of our approach to living on this planet. If we heal the land, the land heals us. And then we have a bountiful harvest of healing.

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5:49AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

.all of your comments are excellent when we launched the Say No To Drugs and Yes To Mother Nature Project http://goo.gl/SvjgC our concept was about caring and sharing

4:56PM PST on Nov 21, 2010

Healing, indeed!!!

6:23AM PDT on Nov 3, 2010

I love to see a gardening article at the end of October! Gardening tasks don't end on Labor Day. Collect those leaves like Melinda M. for composting. If you have enough, you can save some leaves for brown material to balance out your spring & summer greens for compost batches next year. It really helps to shred those leaves with your mower or shredder. They'll break down much faster into usable compost.

8:42AM PDT on Oct 31, 2010

I wish it were easier to grow food here. but we still have our full pantry and freezers -- full of berries and mushrooms and elk.

1:06AM PDT on Oct 31, 2010

I'm quite envious of those wealthy enough to have land for a garden, especially city dwellers.

11:26PM PDT on Oct 30, 2010

I'll never forget the day I came home to find all my green tomatoes all over the yard. I couldn't help but to laugh, my puppies thought I had grown green balls for them to play with.

5:36AM PDT on Oct 30, 2010

Gardening is great and harvesting is better! All that good food to eat!

10:17PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

I would love to have my own garden someday. Thank you for posting.

9:09PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

Gardening makes you feel good. Thanks :)

4:43PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

I love it. Thanks.

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