Garden Your Way to Health

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Remember planting a seed in a cup as a kid? I took an immediate liking to radishes. They grew so fast, I could see the results of my attention and effort of watering the soil and making sure it had “good light”.

Energy flows where our attention goes. As an adult, my radish success wasn’t as memorable. I’d toss the seeds on the soil, not paying much attention to how deep in the soil, or if their location in the garden was sunny enough. Water. Don’t forget to water. Even when you don’t see green leaves spout up a week later. And no matter how much you like a full-sun plant, if all you have is shade, it’s not going to grow in there. (Thus my plethora of fern!)

When I knew I was going to have chemo, I got rid of any plants that didn’t look healthy. I had no intention to have a reminder of frailty or death. I quickly learned I wouldn’t have the energy to spare on needy plants or people. If I’d had kids, I think I would’ve encouraged them to have a garden during my chemo. For the same reasons I didn’t want to tend to one, I’d promote it for kids having a parent or friend going through cancer. If they’re interested, that is. It can double as a way to teach good nutrition, cooking, and a chance to get in the dirt and play all while having an exchange of positive, life-force energy of nature.

If children around you can get excited about cherry tomatoes, they’ll eat more of them. Depending on how interested and involved your young charge gets, they can sit down with you and a seed catalog, look on-line, or make a trip to the garden center to see what seeds are in season. They may get involved with planting, weeding, and harvesting. Even a big planting pot can be their garden to tend. This may be your opportunity to have them try something new. Even if they’re picky, if it came from their garden, they just may eat it! Or, maybe it’s a garden of wonderful smells or textures.

The opportunity for kids to garden brings their focus to life—not your wilting, or drooping. Their garden may also remind you to drink more water, or to eat fruits and vegetables. Depending on their age, the garden may need little of your oversight. If they offer you some of their harvest, accept the gift of life, the gift of love. Here’s to your health and well-being.