Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Homegrown Veggies

This is today's haul from my small garden. There is something immensely satisfying about growing your own vegetables. It makes you feel more connected to the earth and nature. Planting a seed, nurturing it along and knowing in the end it will nurture you, giving health and life to your body is a wondrous thing.

Tending a garden can be a spiritual exercise as well as a great stress reliever. What better way to release tension than to rip out weeds. Taking a break from the fast pace of life and all of the technology by spending a little time working on the garden can be so refreshing. You don't have to live on a farm or have a huge yard to reap the benefits, even a few pots will grow some delicious veggies and give you the opportunity to get back to nature.

If more people grew some of their own veggies I believe they would pay more attention to what they eat as well as how they treat the environment.

Here is a smoothie I made with this morning's swiss chard and beet greens. I don't mind my smoothies being green or the color of sludge, but it's more appetizing to add a handful of blackberries for color. Blackberries also add a lot of nutrients.

In blender or smoothie maker combine:
Large bunch of beet greens and/or swiss chard, stems removed
4 ice cubes
1/2 c. 100% juice
8 strawberries
2 ripe bananas
6 oz. container organic yogurt ( I used strawberry)
handfull of blackberries
Blend till smooth, makes 4 servings.
What are you growing?


Lisa Curcio August 26, 2009 at 3:12 PM  

That smoothie looks so good! Your right about the tomatoes (from your comment on my blog) It has been a very cool summer for us too, it has only been hot hot hot for the past few weeks and that is when everything finally took off growing.

I think next year I am getting some growing lights to get even more mature plants in the ground early on.

I love your cute little yellow tomatoes!

janet August 26, 2009 at 4:23 PM  

The yellow ones are my favorite, and the little yellow ones are heirloom pear tomatoes.

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