Great news! My husband and I harvested our very first cherry tomatoes and cayenne peppers this August. So scrumptious! We started our tiny garden bed in early Spring along with some of my favourite herbs: peppermint, lemon balm, thyme, oregano. We grew some salads in separate containers, mostly from seed. Our landlord has been so generously caring for our plants whenever we needed to go on weekend exploration trips or to visit the family. This has been excellent help for us. Plants really are like children, and I'm so lucky to live with friendly people who love them as much as we do.
The tomatoes have turned up beautifully bright, juicy and bursting with flavours! The chillies are oh so spicy- I bet if I make a powder it will definitely be going in many meals in very small quantities. Inside on our kitchen window sill, we also have some lovely basil and coriander. Not only do they give off a wonderful aroma, they're really great company to have around. Gardening this year has been pure joy. Just the way in which everyone has been so enthusiastic for our little experiment has made it so meaningful.
If someone was to ask you, how do you like your breakfast? For me, I'd probably say: "I like it picked freshly from my garden." For my lifestyle, eggs in the morning have always helped me get going. However, I'm thrilled to have discovered that I would in fact be able to organically grow all the ingredients I cook my eggs with. From mushrooms to broccoli, tomatoes and spinach, chillies and a variety of herbs. One of the fun lessons about growing a kitchen garden in your home is that you cannot have the fruits of all your plants all year. You definitely have to log each plant's growth cycle, in order to plan your meals around these. A positive challenge designed by nature, so that we eat a variety of food throughout the changing seasons.
As part of this logging exercise, at this point I find myself regularly at my favourite spots in the forest. There's this little bench under a tree with heather and berries growing at its foot. As my herbal literature and references build up, I really enjoy coming here. There's still some organising to do, while I wait on some new plant potions I'm working in the sun. It's important to feel into the pace. Now that I've discovered around 8 wild herbs and many berries, I certainly have much work to do!
In the next post, I might be sharing a little sneak peak into my herbal. For now, I encourage you to go outside, take all the beauty, soak it all in. The symbiosis by which all other life participates in creation, is itself a wonderful healing process. Find your balance with every day, every hour spent in gratitude.
There's no final goal in this course, even though the aim is to temper any useless habits into useful energies. In this way we can spend them on harvesting nature's gifts, one fruit at a time.