June 25, 2019
From the Garden of Zen, that I planted and nurtured. I am finally embarking on my urban sustainability journey. When I began I didn’t really understand how the process of getting closer to the fundamentals of living would positively impact my life.
How I would find myself in love with living a lifestyle conducive to my overall wellbeing. After almost 20 year’s in the big Apple. I had become used to amenities. 24/7 access had spoiled me. In the back of my mind, I was holding on to the hope of having a small garden someday and house I could refurbish. A house that I could also use as an example of urban sustainable living.
Fresh food, water and air. The best part of my journey thus far is my garden. It’s become the place I go to reflect after a hard day at work. I’m amazed every time I witness a seed grow to fruition. The life matrix of a plant is a wonderful thing to watch unfold. In those times when I’m depressed or just need to be. I often go to my garden to reflect and gather my thoughts. For me it’s absolutely spiritual. Just sitting there is catharsis .
With every harvest I am blessed. No pesticides and no genetically modified seeds. I’m confident when I eat and the food actually tastes better. To compliment my garden I purchased a food dryer. I have saved a lot of money and waste. Not to mention the convenience and satisfaction of reaching into the cabinet and grabbing ingredients you have grown. With my food dryer I can eat fruits and vegetables even when they are out of season.
My garden of Zen, my sanctuary is everything I hoped it would be. It has even turned into a bird refuge. Especially for a pair of Red Robins. I watch them gather the hay and eat bugs and It makes me happy that I could contribute in some small way to their well being. This year I have planted Okra, Corn, Cucumbers, Aloe, Halepeno and Bell peppers. I also planted Beets, Red Sun Flowers, Squash, Rose Mary, assorted Beans, Dill and Oregano. To top it all off, I planted 6 fruit trees as well. Yes, I’m having a good time. My garden of Zen turned out to be everything I hoped for.
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