The “First” Garden

Today is the first day of Spring, and although the rain is falling and the skies are overcast in Seattle, I have high hopes for this new season. My optimism is encouraged by news that the Obamas are planting an organic garden on the White House South Lawn, something that food activists have rallied around for years.

The First Lady is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the garden today. How appropriate for the first day of Spring, a season of re-birth and new beginnings. Barack, Michelle, Sasha, and Malia will not be the only ones enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables from the earth. The produce will also be used at state dinners and other official events. To read more about the Obamas’ garden, read the full article at WashingtonPost.com.

What a beautiful example the President and his family are setting for the rest of the country! Over the decades, less and less people seem to be concerned with planting gardens, probably because they’ve never known how satisfying it is to plant, nurture, and eat from your own land. Not to mention incredibly nourishing and beneficial to your overall health and wellness.

For many, there’s that classic dilemma of time. You think that there aren’t enough hours in the day to work in the garden? I think that you should turn off the TV or stop surfing the internet. Get outside and breathe in the fresh air. Open up the ground with a shovel and inhale the sweet, sweet smell of the earth.

If you live in an apartment complex or condominium, with no garden of your own, why don’t you offer to help a friend or your mother or your brother with their garden? In exchange for a share of the goods, of course. In the meantime, start with some house plants, an herb garden on your window sill, and maybe even a few potted flowers on the balcony.

I’ve already started spring-time planning for my own little garden and I’ll be outside with a shovel in hand this weekend. I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed that the sun also decides to make an appearance…

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