gardening

Happiness IS: Spring Seeds in the Garden

20150413_110528 Gardening is my newfound source of joy, thanks to my bf who says our yard (which is entirely a garden) is "his labor of love".

It's so amazing how your heart whispers to you what it wants through images or feelings, and one of the best way to find out what it's telling you is by creating a vision board! Years ago I created one and started to see that my heart had interest in learning how to garden because it was showing up in the pictures I cut out! Little did I know it would manifest itself through my boyfriend!

When we first met last summer, I would help him out in the yard, not really knowing what I was doing, (check out this post) but by the time fall came around and we had 'fall cleanup' duties, I started to understand his mastermind systematic organic gardening amazingness! (I seem to learn that way--by dissecting and following it back to the beginning, rather than understanding it at the start) Now that we're in spring, I'm seeing it from the very beginning, and it's SO COOL!

First of all, there's SO MUCH TO KNOW!!!! And it's a LOT of work! But being one with the earth, is where you find so much connection to life itself!

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We started by planting seedlings indoors, at the beginning of March, and placed them under a 'grow lamp' inside the house until the little babies grew to be able to graduate to bigger pots, and finally, to the raised beds outside.

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We also used 'cold frames' outside when there was still snow on the ground! We shoveled the snow off the hardened, winter soil, churned, cleaned it off, and spread it flat, then covered it with window frames to trap the heat from the sun so that the soil warmed up on the inside. Once it was warm (you can tell because when you take the frame off, steam comes off), we planted seeds. :)

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Thus far, we've planted beets, carrots, peas, lettuces, we have a thriving kale and parsley winter garden already, we've planted all sorts of herbs, edible flowers, wheat grass (the top pic), which is almost ready to harvest, and much much more!!

There will be lots to share in the coming months as our organic garden progresses, (he wins blue ribbons for his veggies, folks!) but what I've found so far, is that I'm completely connected to the universal Spring energy of planting seeds!

Digging my hands in the dirt, feeling one with the earth, watching and feeling it literally thawing out helps me understand what's going on in our bodies and in the energy surrounding us. It's just so amazing, and has taken me to a new level of consciousness and awakening!

I urge everyone to get out there and dig in the ground, listen to the birds, feel the warmth of the sun and the wind on your face. There's nothing like being out in natures elements! It helps me appreciate life itself ~ from the seed to my fork to my body, there's so much 'love tending' that happening!  Being that close to the source, it's as if I am one with the universal forces of the creation of life, and it's such a blessing!

Spread your love to your local farmers, and go organic and non- GMO as often as possible!

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Happy Earth Week everyone!

KATE-SIGNATURE

 

Evolve: Tending to the Garden (of life)

bamboo gardener gloves O.M.G., I can't even believe who I am becoming these days! I would have laughed if I were to have told myself a few months ago that I would be face to face with baby chickens, baby ducklings, (which also means their poop smushed between my toes) weeds galore, dirt under my nails, raking, mulching, planting, harvesting and sweating in the hot sun of the summer in my boyfriends beautifully elaborate garden this past sunday afternoon.

Anybody who knows me, knows that I'm not a 'get down and dirty' kind of girl...there's definitely a bohemian kind of girl in there, with a love for earthy crunchiness, but I've never been known to really get my hands in the earth and exert such manual labor! (what a girl!) I earned my first pair of gardening gloves above after doing 'such great work' though...hahaha!

I've always wanted to learn about gardening, and since I was initially inspired by Alicia Silverstone's 'kind' lifestyle to clean up my diet and eat whole foods, the farm to table concept and locally sourced, sustainable living practices become one in the same...we are what we eat. I've mentioned before in a previous post, about how your energy is a direct reflection of what you're putting into your body, so, as I have naturally evolved with my diet, it only makes sense that I am becoming intimate with the food source itself. And have thus been given the gift to really cultivate this circle of life from seed to fruit, from the guidance of my Master Gardner BF! :)

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(a pic of the aftermath of the newly planted japanese maple, and the freshly weeded and mulched blueberry bush area)

What I learned in the garden this weekend was that it's just like my yoga practice; it's meditation in action. It's the action of mindfulness, love, connection, nothingness and everything. It's where LOVE lives ~ in every step of our lives.

At one point, while we were weeding (and I was face to face with the chickens), Paul was telling me how he likes to think (or not think) when he's out in the garden, and at that point I realized I didn't have any thoughts at all...it was amazing! The earth is so healing that it gets us out of our heads and into our hearts...

I realized that the Weeds symbolize our thoughts...we must constantly get rid of what does not serve us, just as we do in the garden. Some weeds take on strong roots and take over, as I was seeing...just the same as our negative thought patterns can run wild, manifesting into something we don't want in our lives...that's why  it's so important to take the time tend to them!

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Preparing the earth, planting the seeds, watering and mulching the area takes great care, love and intention. We are literally eating what we're growing, so you better believe there are no chemicals or pesticides here! It's such an abundantly rich practice in realizing that we can cultivate whatever it is we want for our well being. All of our resources are available, we just have to seek them out and put intention and energy into it and patiently evolve with it.

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(the ducklings that are growing so fast!)

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(New baby chick delivery!!)

To be able to eat what you sow (literally) is such a blessing! Watching all the responsibilities that Paul's "Companion Garden" entails seems overwhelming, but he is such a great teacher and is teaching more about life and love than I could have imagined...I am open and receiving of learning all of it in due time! ;)

I'll be sure to keep you updated on what I discover in the garden, but til then, please do yourself a favor and embrace all of life's duties and responsibilities with mindfulness so that you can start to experience the oneness  (and wonder) of it all.

Sat Nam,

KATE-SIGNATURE