Grilled Lunch & Garden Therapy

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When I hear someone say they “hate” to garden, the hair on the back of my neck stands up. I have to seriously question whether we are going to be able to be friends.

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What’s next…they’re going to tell me they don’t like to read either? Or they hate the sun? Or kittens and puppies are ugly? Chocolate is bad for you? Massages are horrible?

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But seriously, in my world, gardening is a privilege, a blessing, and an inexpensive form of mental health therapy that keeps my head from exploding and reminds me there is so much beauty to experience even right in my own back yard.

High tech gardening tool.

High tech gardening tool.

My mom is retired now and is really embracing gardening since she has some free time on her hands. We’ve been out and about searching for flowers for our yards, containers, and window boxes, picking up little items here and there.

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 We both get equally excited over an interesting plant or flower we’ve never seen.

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My Grandma, my mother’s mom, was an amazing gardener. Some of my fondest memories are of her garden or me stopping by and finding her digging in her garden with a big floppy sun hat. I can still smell and feel her garden when I think about it. So many gorgeous flowers and neat little surprises tucked here and there.

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Surprises that people who “hate” gardening would never notice or appreciate, sadly. My heart aches for them. Picking fresh vegetables out of her garden and eating them right on the spot and snacking on raspberries off of her bushes was a true treat.

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I was never ever told “no” if I wanted to pick something or discouraged from digging or poking around. And to this day, I have never been able to find a plum or apricot that tasted like the ones on her trees. Just being in her garden was a pure blessing in itself.

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The house we’re in now doesn’t have a lot of ideal gardening space. Tony wanted low maintenance “flower” beds that are full of rock, so I’ve had to improvise with raised bed containers for my vegetables and herbs. The downside is that I can’t plant as much as I’d like, but the upside is that with it all contained, there will be less weeding, if any.

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For the last couple of days I’ve been planting things here and there.

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We are having a very rare for us, early spring. I planted my vegetable seedlings 2 weeks ago and now each day new sprouts are coming up. I’m going to try something different this year. Every time I pull something to eat, I’m going to plop another seed in. If we continue to have a long growing season, then that should give us veggies clear into late Fall. We’ll see how it works.

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Spending a day in the garden is my all around, heal everything salve. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the smell of fresh earth… Deer are milling around in the hills. Robins are hunting for worms in the grass. Abigail is sunning herself. That peaceful feeling…there’s nothing like it. And as if those things aren’t reward enough, you get to watch things grow and change. It’s extremely satisfying.

Add a grilled, relaxing lunch out on the patio to a gardening day, and you really can’t get much closer to a perfect day.

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Grilled Chicken Legs

5-6 Chicken legs. Place them in a plastic bag with about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, about 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce, a good amount of Sriracha, about 1 Tablespoon of coconut sugar, about 1 teaspoon of sea salt, about 1 Tablespoon of dried oregano (or fresh)…and marinate for 2 hours before grilling on medium.

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Grilled Yellow Squash

 1 Squash cut in half lengthwise, drizzle with olive oil, season with garlic powder and sea salt. Sprinkle with fresh herbs. I used rosemary and thyme. Grill to aldente.

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8 thoughts on “Grilled Lunch & Garden Therapy

  1. I never realized that I had a green thumb until I moved to Florida. I have a plethora of mango trees that were started from pits. My avocado tree is blooming and fruiting. I’ve had luck with macadamia nuts, carambola, grapefruits, and oranges. My one attempt at vegetables was successful to a point. The point being that I was tied down to watering three times a day and the tomatoes and peppers were crawling with strange caterpillars. It was to much work for little gain.

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  2. Compliments on your very handy and beautiful vegetable beds. Nice and practical. We have a small courtyard with only herbs in pots, and put our lemon tree in front yard. Nothing beats your own fresh produce, we are lucky recipients of wonderful organic tomatoes from our friends garden. They are sweeter than commercial apples.

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    • Thank you! I stumbled upon a website for a company that makes those raised beds for a steal! I would love to have a lemon tree. And your neighbor’s tomatoes sound amazing!

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  3. Your garden is beautiful, like everything you do. I agree with you, working in the yard, in my garden is my sanity. I love it. And not only is it wonderful to pick and eat fresh now, but with canning, freezing and drying you eat it all winter. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful work. Jean

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  4. My grandmother was very good at gardening too. I truly believe in the benefits of gardening not only for physical health but for mental health. A lot of people who garden live long lives in good health. I can’t wait to plant a garden of my own xx

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