Harvest. What comes to mind when you hear the word? I think of abundance. I think of fullness and wholeness. I think of a time of lacking nor wanting anything. What comes to mind is a time to rest and pause, being completely grateful, hopeful, and thankful to my Creator for all I have and all I was blessed to give. So, to say this time is my most favorite time of the calendar year ?? Understatement.
Traditionally, most people are not thinking of active gardening as much, as this is typically a time when families are slowing the pace, and settling down for winter and for gatherings. Welp - this year is not typical in any sense of the word, but let's not go down that road.
I am all about taking challenges and using them for leverage and learning opportunities. If we choose to see the year from this perspective, we can see a great deal to be thankful for.
(I challenge you to make a list of 10 things you're thankful for. )
I believe fall and cool weather gardening is an exercise in transforming challenges, creating abundance. Gardening for me is becoming very spiritual. It's connecting with something (the Earth) and Someone (Yah or God) that is bigger than us. Wow.
Above is a picture of some of my harvest.
Here are a few other reasons, I highly recommend undertaking a fall or "winter" garden:
Gardening is great for mental and psychological health. It's been proven that real improvements in mental health, healing from substance abuse, and reductions in depression happen when gardening. 2020 has seen a marked increase in ALL of these issues including domestic violence, because so many feel out of control. . Going outside and putting your hands in the dirt is absolutely therapeutic. I can attest to the validity of that statement. Being connected to the earth helps reduce anxiety and promotes positive thinking and inner tranquility. Peace.
Eating "fresh", "green" and "clean" in to the winter months builds your immune system against radicals like viruses and other germs that can have an impact on your health. It just makes sense to build your body's well-being against the flu season and possible the pandemic by doing this. (While I am not a medical doctor, I am a mom and woman who has practiced natural healing remedies with myself and family for years. This works with no adverse side effects. Make decisions in the best interest of your family's health.)
There is something really gratifying about feeding your family with food, from your land (whether in a pot or in acres), with your efforts that is not only nutricious but is also delicious. Foods organically grown tend to deliver more color, vitamins, and taste as opposed to canned foods and even some frozen options. Consider truly feeding your family from your garden. (By the way, composting is an awesome way to provide food for your plants without chemicals, reduce food waste, and provide less damage to the environment. Consider it.)
So, there are a ton of reasons to grow your own food. Whether it's to conserve more resources and not spend as much on take-out, mental health, or building a stronger, happier version of yourself, gardening is a gift to you.
So, to the left is a picture of the harvest stew I cooked for my family. In this copper pot of goodness are carrots, squash, white potatoes, onions, garlic, celery, in a chicken broth and piece of smoked turkey meat. It was divine!!! We enjoyed the return on our investments in that pot! LOL!! I want that for you and your family as well. Especially now.
So here is a list of potential crops you and your family can plant even now, in November! Order your seeds or better yet, go to a farmer's market, a local gardener, or a community garden and ask for seeds there. Those seeds are likely better conditioned to thrive in your climate. (Climate has a great deal to do with the success of your gardening.) Just get started!
Get your children out of the house. This is great for exercise to offset the sedentary lifestyle so many of our children live and get them re-connected to the earth.
This is a topic we'll talk more about in the future. If you have comments or would like to know more, please leave a comment on this blog and share it with others.
Are you interested in creating an edible landscape? Greenhouse gardening and other land enriching activities, please send us a comment. We're planning an event with you in mind.
May abundance and harvest be yours!