Planting A Garden

Planting A Garden

This week, I needed a spark of life.

For the last month, everywhere I turned, I have seen destruction and death: working at the hospital, watching the news, or reading about the economy. It’s been seemingly inescapable.

I do as much as I can to keep my sanity. I run like Forrest Gump when I’m stressed. I meditate for short periods of time. I walk my dogs. I spend time with my family.

Still, I needed to see something come to life; a way to focus on growth instead of loss. To start, I planted clover seeds all over my lawn, an activity that has brought me a shocking amount of satisfaction. Who knew that watching the replacement grass seeds sprout and fill in the gaps in my brown lawn could bring such joy?

This week, especially after seven straight days in the hospital, I wanted more.

Even without a lot of convincing, my thirteen-year-old daughter and I decided to start an herb garden together. I hope you watch the video of our beginnings, and I hope it sparks some inspiration. We didn’t follow many rules, and I don’t have a green thumb, but we still laughed and had a lot of fun.

In the next few months, I plan to use these herbs in the kitchen as I spice up my home-cooked meals.

Here is a nice little article about starting an herb garden.

If you don’t have outside room, try starting an indoor garden:

We are growing basil, cilantro, oregano, and mint. Check out these recipes to see my favorite ways to use these herbs. Herbs are a great way to #changeyourbuds to appreciate healthier foods. You need less salt and fat when you use fresh herbs, thus creating a healthier dish. And, if you are making #meatless or plant-based meals, herbs can elevate your flavors to the next level.


Tea with Orange & Mint

Herbed Citrus Couscous


Summer Pasta Salad with Vinaigrette


Homemade Pico de Gallo

Sheet Pan Chicken with Coriander, Orange + Fennel

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