Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Simply Heavenly Garden....




I love gardening, and after having lung cancer and going through the rigors of chemo therapy I decided that I wanted to change my lifestyle and instead of using so many foods that are preservative filled, I wanted to get back to basics.  Get back to the earth and plant herbs and vegetables that my family could enjoy year after year and save tons of money while I am doing it.

I have the world’s best husband, who is so great at gardening, he knows plants and he started my garden for me.  He cleared out a space for me in our yard and made eight separate wooden beds.  I have basil, lavender, cucumbers, tomatoes, all different kinds of lettuce, celery, wheat grass, rosemary, English thyme, my own bay leaf tree, lemon grass, green onions, green peppers, Hawaiian chilies, green beans, taro, carrots, kale, and beets.  I also have many pots of herbs on my deck that I can clip from while I am cooking up Simply Heavenly meals from my garden.

I started juicing just recently and I love being able to harvest the plants from my garden for juicing. Not only does it save me a ton of money, but I enjoy being out in the fresh air and sunshine.  If you didn’t know, I live in Hawaii where we have sun pretty much all year long so it is a great place to live if you want to garden. 

I went to Home Depot and was delightfully surprised to see they had a large selection of organic seedlings. I picked up many of the plants that I started my garden with there.  They also have non-GMO seeds from the University of Hawaii that grow very well in Hawaiian soil.  My husband Peter planted many of my starter plants for me from seed.  Like beets, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, radish and many more.  They germinate quickly here because of the warm weather and I had them transplanted into the garden a few weeks later. 

If you live in an apartment they have great planters that do nicely on the balcony of your apartment.  I like the fact that I know what I am putting into my body.  That it is healthy and good for me.  I hope all of you get the bug for gardening so that you can live a healthier lifestyle.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

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