A Bouquet Worthy to Stick Your Teeth In. Are You Worth It?

This morning I was in the garden to get some greens for my smoothie.


I have a decent size garden and although it is not perfect (who has time for perfection any ways), it suits us and helps sustain us.

I actually was looking at my “volunteer” kale plants. The ones that had seeded themselves from the crop from 2 years ago and that have come up in many places. I have found them between my strawberries, between my herbs. I have found them in my pathways when I got rid of the grass that was growing there and now I looked at a bathtub I placed in my garden to grow my carrots in and there they were, mixed in with the other “weeds”.

Since my jobs for today include seeding my carrots in that bathtub I realized that I needed to weed the greens out and I felt this wave of gratitude coming over me. Here was food growing even though I had not done anything else but to create the opportunity.

It made me think of all the wonderful food that grows around us and is there just for the taking. We have not done anything for it. We have not seeded it, watered it or fertilized it, but may have walked by it and seen it (although not everyone does).

It made me think of all the people who say they cannot afford nutritious foods, but what about the dandelions that are growing in the fields in the spring, the nettles, the wild blueberries and blackberries. I thought about the fruit trees in other peoples yards. Some of these people have too much to harvest themselves and they would love someone to come and help them and let them take some of that harvest home.

And what about having a small “garden” where you live. Even if you live in a town house or a condo, there is still an opportunity to grow some of your own. You may be able to have a potted tomato plant, zucchini and cucumbers come now in a smaller plant, especially created for these occasions.

We can also grow some of our own kitchen herbs. Herbs are powerhouses of nutrition and healing properties.

It is not about being perfect, but about doing what you can.

As I came in the house with my little bouquet of kale in my hand I just had to put it in a vase and take a picture of this wonderful green and feel so rich for being able to have that for my breakfast as part of a smoothie, with other ingredients like;

  • 1/2 banana (bought when they were getting too ripe and sold for $5.00 per box, taken out of the skin and frozen),
  • some rhubarb (picked from my garden. That can be grown in a large pot),
  • The white part of a watermelon (which was priced down as it was bought in season. We ate the sweet centre and I peeled the green off and cut up the white part and froze it),
  • Some celery (paid full price on that),
  • 2 tsp hemp hearts,
  • 2 tsp of flax seeds,
  • 1/3 of a small avocado (on special),
  • 1 cup of home made kombucha (fermented tea made from 1 tea bag of black or green tea, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 litre of water)

This breakfast had a rich flavour and was filled to the brim with nutrients. I love this kind of breakfast that I have it most of the days and vary the ingredients by what I have available from some of the fruits and foods I pick from my garden, from nature, from my neighbours, from the local farmers (markets) or what is on sale in the stores.

I always try to look at the future when there are deals to be had. I freeze a lot (raw to keep the enzymes in tact) and I look at the season to see if there are foods I can pick from nature.

If a food needs to be canned I will do that as it is still more nutritious than when you buy cans from the stores and there are no weird additives in my own canning, which means I am not putting extra toxins in my body.

All this does not have to cost a lot of money, but it does cost in time and effort.

But hey, I (and my family) am worth it and if I am not doing it for myself, who is going to do this for me?

Are you worth it?

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2 comments to A Bouquet Worthy to Stick Your Teeth In. Are You Worth It?

  • Marlaine

    Just wanted to share with you that for several years, I have grown mixed greens in a long narrow window box planter on my deck. I plant a row close to one side and a week or so later I plant a second row close to the other side. With two of these boxes, I have greens all summer for the price of one package of seeds.

    • Kitty Clemens

      What a great idea, Marlaine. Greens are such an easy vegetable to grow and so rewarding. Thanks for sharing. You may even try to grow some green onions in that box, which will not use up much space and maybe a short tomato plant, which will cascade over the edge and you have half of your salad right there.

      Thanks for sharing

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