My passion for gardening began long ago when I was young. Memories of planning and planting a garden still ring fresh in my mind – my garden at the back end of the yard I grew up in, the garden in my first home, the HUGE garden in our second home and all my garden adventures since. The last few years I have been experimenting more with different varieties and different methods not only out of my own curiousity but it seems more and more people are realizing the importance of gardening in our daily lives. Harvesting food for our table, sharing with others our plentiful bounty and teaching others the knowledge we acquire along the way are real benefits that can motivate us to learn more and do more! There are also the unspoken benefits of the satisfaction we find in carrying on as our ancestors did by learning basic survival skills such as planting that one seed and harvesting a crop of lettuce throughout the spring season or canning up our tomatoes and relishing in the garden taste during those long winter months.
With the whirlwind of activity and pressures of our society the basics of simple gardening are almost forgotten. Even at times the gardening world themselves put on the pressure to have the best looking tomato or the best weedfree garden on the block. It can be intimidating at times especially for those who have never gardened before since seeds don’t always sprout as we hoped and plants don’t always produce as we planned. There is no competition in growing your own garden – what works for one may not for another, what brings a smile and peace to you may not be the same for your neighbor.
My passion for gardening is an inner drive that brings me contentment and a closer understanding of the works of Mother Nature and all her wonders.
This past garden season I participated in the GROW project created by MrBrownThumb which connected garden bloggers across the country by comparing their growing progress with the same planted seed – the Nasturtium. It was very interesting and enabled us to visit different places and meet other gardeners. As a spinoff, I suggested that gardeners not only grow but also cook what they grow and share that with each other and others across the internet. With that idea in mind I set up a blog and named it Garden Dish, a Flickr group to share pictures and a group at MixingBowl where we can easily add recipes to share.
Although I set up all this a few months back, I was working on the Garden Dish blog recently trying to find the WordPress theme that would make this an easy interactive project for all of us. The current theme follows the Twitter pattern and may or may not work (inserting links was confusing). Feel free to add something to any of the above sites; recipes, pictures, links.
Any and all suggestions on a theme or an easy way to share our recipes created from the garden?