Gardening Blog: March 9, 2012

 

After many years dreaming about starting a garden and living a greener life, I began germinating seeds for my garden two weeks ago.  I was stoked!  I’m germinating tomatoes, a lettuce mix, sweet basil, parsley, spearmint and garlic.  My husband is clearing off the old space where his grandparents grew their vegetables and we’re off to a healthier life and the re-start of the family farming legacy….or so I thought!

OK.  The good news is that we’ve begun the work of getting this endeavor underway.  The sucky news is that I just bought a bunch of heirloom seeds and a book about heirloom gardening.  Why does this suck?  Well, let me elucidate.

Today, I began reading The Heirloom Life Gardener, by Jere & Emilee Gettle.  I learned what heirloom seeds are and why they are important our health.  Heirloom seeds are passed down through generations of seed preservation.  Many seeds are hundreds and even thousands of years old and have never been genetically altered.  Heirloom seeds are pure.  All of the seeds I purchased two weeks ago from Lowe’s are genetically altered.  So I’m pissed about this!  It would have been nice for the label to read “ Genetically Altered Seeds”.  The absence of truth in advertising and labeling makes me so mad!  I want to eat pure food.  I don’t want this genetically altered crap.

I have gone out of my way to create an organic garden so the last thing I want is to grow GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) in my organic space.  The discovery of the GMO status of the seeds I purchased was a real awakening, because in addition to a desire to eat pure food, I want to share pure food with the people I love.  Gardening is important to me.  It’s not simply because I like growing things, it is part of my commitment to live better life.  I truly want to live in harmony with the earth.  I have high blood pressure and am borderline diabetic and just turned 44 years old.  I am dangerously overweight. I have to stop my current pattern of poor nutrition and take better care of my body.  Otherwise I will not live a very long life and even if I do I’m not likely to have a good quality life.  I want to live better, feel better, look better and I strongly believe that what I eat is central to my path to a healthier me.  This includes the quality of the food I consume.  Yes, I could do Weight Watchers or some other nutritional program, but I am undisciplined and don’t like structures and know that I’ll quit.  I’ve been there, done that and none of them worked for me.  I’ve decided that since I have this passion for gardening; why not grow my own food?   I get the best of everything.

I’m going to start germinating my heirloom seeds this week.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.  Be on the lookout for stories and links about GMO food, truth in advertising in the food industry and heirloom gardening.

If you want to start your own garden or make changes to your existing garden, I recommend Jere Gettle’s approach to heirloom gardening.  You can buy heirloom seeds from his website at www.rareseeds.com.  You can also order a signed copy of his book The Heirloom Life Gardener from his website.  I love this book.  I’m nearly finished and can’t wait to see the results of my new heirloom garden. Many thanks to Jere for helping me find the right path to growing a pure, healthy garden!

Peace out y’all (I’m still mad that I started out growing GMO grap! 😦 )

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