October Gratitude Message: Today I share my immense gratitude for my food, specifically my homegrown food. I am so grateful that I have both the desire and ability to grow some of my own food, and so grateful that I have made this one of my life priorities since 2011. With each year, the journey and experience of growing my own food increasingly enriches my heart and soul, strengthens my connection to nature and enhances my whole life experience.

Interacting with the Earth, learning nature’s ways and respecting life’s natural balance has bestowed me with so many amazing benefits that go above and beyond just nourishing myself with the highest quality of food possible. It brings out and nurtures humility, curiosity, awe, wonder and joy, and for all that I am so utterly grateful!

As every year thus far, this year’s garden season was fruitful and delightful, though not without its challenges. Where as last year was very hot and dry, this year right from the spring and throughout the entire summer was very cool and wet. Our local climate changes have also brought about the earliest frost in the area, perhaps as far as records go, on both August 31 and September 1! Luckily my garden did not endure any frost, but two very unseasonably, near-freezing cold nights. Fortunately, everything survived and most things did well all season, providing an abundance of homegrown goodies that are as local, fresh and organic as it can possibly get.

As this year’s garden season comes to an end for me, I share with you a photo of some of the goodies I grew this year. And if you missed my video from earlier on in the season, in it I share a tour of my garden and harvesting tips to help inspire, motivate and support you, to hopefully grow some of your own goodies too!

Video: Grow Your Own Food — Harvesting Tips — Part 5

  1. Grow Your Own Food — Part 1

  2. Grown Your Own Food — Part 2

  3. Grow Your Own Food — Part 3

  4. Grow Your Own Food — Part 4

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