When you’ve barely slept off your Thanksgiving feast, while deep thanks are still in your heart and your significant other is deeply absorbed in TV football, here’s an option that can lead to joy, nutrition, productivity, fulfillment, and calorie burning: planting a little winter-spring garden!
Tia Marta here to encourage you to think FUTURE FOOD! That is, take the simple steps–right now–to envision food from your own little piece of earth. Time to simply put some seeds or starts into the ground. Now–while the desert is rejoicing in rain! Now–before your to-do list or other emails divert your better intentions.!
Your little desert plot of good soil need not be spacious. It can even be in lovely or homely pots on your patio. Hopefully this post will fill you with inspiration, motivation, and access for planting your own food!
Begin gardening with the end in sight! We must believe in the FUTURE of our FOOD then take steps to make it happen. Gardening is an act of FAITH and HOPE, so let’s get down on our knees and do it!
For seasonal gratification, try Tohono O’odham peas, either in a pot or a garden edge where the vines can climb a wall or trellis. For the much longer view of gratification, try planting agave clones. It may be 10-15 years before they are ready to harvest but the wait will be a sweet, nutritious gift for you, or your grandkids, or some other hungry desert dweller dealing with global warming.
These are just a few fun ideas of the veggies suited for planting this season. Find lots more ideas by visiting Tucson’s Mission Garden , the NativeSeedsSEARCH Store , and Flor de Mayo website.
There’s no finer way to express Thanksgiving, or to exercise off your feasted calories, than to be outside in the dirt. So I’m wishing you happy winter gardening on your patio, backyard, or why not your front yard!! Now get out your trowel and pots, and those seeds you’ve been accumulating, get your hands dirty and sing a prayer-song as you plant your future food with faith and hope!