The gardens on our homestead are quickly becoming my place for reflecting & taking a few moments for myself.
With that being said, I have also earned a callous or two & gotten my fare share of dirt under my fingernails out there. I suppose that’s the beauty of the homestead way of life – it all balances itself out.
Rest & relaxation, while at the same time getting a good detox through sweating works for me. You can’t beat a few minerals from Mother Nature via good old dirt either.
The garden has also become a place where Klaire & I can spend time together. Seeing the look of wonder & amazement on her face while gazing at a green bell pepper is incredible. Her pronunciation of the word “arugula” also makes me giggle.
In a nut shell, the garden is a good place for all of us.
Did I mention how much $ is has saved us just in the short time we’ve had it? We are definitely learning as we go, but we earned our investment back with the first harvest alone this summer.
It’s always a work in progress out there & I love it. We decide what to plant as a family. Each plant is grown from seed & all they need to thrive is sunshine, water, & a bit of organic compost. Absolutely ZERO pesticides around here.
Here are my 3 must haves for a fall garden:
- Acorn Squash – I could eat it every day! Versatile, tasty, & nutritious. What more could you ask for? Huge yield & super easy to grow.
- Arugula – Who needs lettuce this fall when you’ve got this tender green with a kick? Nibble on it straight out of the garden or dress it up in a salad.
- Carrots – Peter Rabbit knows to stay away from our carrots. Not only fun to watch grow, but packed full of vitamins! Just add a healthy fat like mashed avocado or homemade ranch dressing to get full benefits.
In my opinion, pulling weeds is little to pay for knowing that I am truly getting the real deal, farm to table experience.
Growing your own food is where it’s at, y’all. I encourage you to give a go NOW. No time like the present. Start small with a container garden or go big like we did. Just know that the amount of hard work you put into it will determine what you get out of it.
Already have a garden? Commented below with your fall garden favorites. Want recipe ideas for these jewels of the garden? Let me know & I’ll be sure to share next time!
One more thing… Did you know that tomorrow is Thanksgiving in Canada?! One of the many perks to having a Canadian husband is the fact that we get to celebrate Thanksgiving twice each year. I look forward to sharing all about our first Thanksgiving of the year with you next time…