I have been gone nearly forever but fear not, I am still vegan. I really don’t have any excuse other than the fact that life got in the way. Too many details for me to go into at this time. However, I did pick up a new hobby (okay slight obsession). I found my love of gardening. I spent much of last summer growing veggies on my balcony. I enjoyed it so much that soon my balcony was not spacious enough. I ended getting a community garden space as well.
I became inspired to start a garden after watching Ron Finley’s Ted Talk on Youtube. Click here to see his speech. Ron is an urban gardener/activist. He became frustrated with living in a food desert and seeing the people around him afflicted with illness and obesity. He decided to do something about it by planting curbside gardens in his neighborhood in an attempt to heal his community. Something Ron said really resonated with me. He said “Growing your own food is like printing your own money.” I remember being blown away by that statement.
As a vegan, I am not always able to buy organic fruits and vegetables because I am intimidated by the high prices. I don’t live in a food desert far from it actually. But when living on a budget , it can be difficult to justify paying $15 for organic oranges, or $4 for an organic avocado. If I grew my own food and put in the work necessary for gardening, I could literally reap the fruits of my labor (free organic food).
I was so motivated to get started. It is funny looking back now at how naïve I was about gardening. I am by no means an expert now as I am learning more every day. But last year I thought all I had to do was pop my plants in the soil and voila…fruits and veggies abound! Boy did I get my reality check. Gardening requires a lot of care and finesse. You need special products, concoctions, tools and etc. You will find yourself commiserating with fellow gardeners about nitrogen, soil ph levels,and those dreadful ground hogs.
All of that aside, there will be joyous moments. Like your first taste of a home grown tomato, the crisp crunch of a fresh cucumber, or the fragrant aroma of fresh basil when the breeze blows gently. It is those moments and many others that make gardening so well worth the effort in the end. Last year I learned so much not just about gardening, but about life too. Gardening made me slow down and taught me to be present in the moment. I learned to appreciate nature. There is something so beautiful about watching a butterfly flitting around the flowers, or catching a glimpse of a colorful bird resting in a tree. However, I think the biggest lesson was that I made time for myself. Gardening was something I did just for me and it became an act of self love.
It is my hope that you will join me as I share my gardening adventures this year. I will still post recipes but I want to change the direction of this blog and discuss other things that interest me. I felt kind of limited when I was doing just recipes last year which is why I want to expand and change the feel of this blog. I will close here by posting a picture of my last harvest from fall of last year and by saying it feels good to be back blogging.