Garden Therapy & Digging a new Pizza

butterfly weed

butterfly weed

What makes creating a garden so therapeutic? A day spent in the yard is typically hard work that involves getting sweaty and now (at my age) a little achy. What is so great about clearing weeds or worse picking off icky intrusive insects and dropping them into a glass of soapy water? Why do I choose to dig my hands into the dirt rather than that soothing soak at the salon followed by choosing a trendy shade of nail color?

baby butternut squash..needs more time

baby butternut squash..needs more time

There is something healing about the interaction with nature. Much like cooking and baking, gardening is a bit of science, art and magic that result in a feast for the eyes, nose and taste buds. It is a wonder every single time a seed planted grows into something beautiful to decorate the living room or so delicious it sends me into a creative frenzy in the kitchen. Clearly, the garden is like a private grocery store, only better. More fragrant and fresh what’s just picked is what’s for dinner and totally worth digging dirt out from underneath those unpolished finger nails.

a good place to hide

a good place to hide

The garden also brings me back to simpler times with my kids. The lure of the internet and video games wasn’t there for them. Playing in the dirt or in the woods is where they’d be. Today, as I see my Caitlin designing her own gardens and planting her own seeds I am ever so grateful that she continues to find comfort among the beauty only Mother Nature can give. As we continue to share and grow our spaces together there is nothing better than the joy in her voice or the stars in her eyes as she marvels over fields of sunflowers or the tasty fragrance of fresh picked herbs. Yesterday, we discussed some new shrubs for fall planting. This is what makes gardening therapeutic.

yellow roses are her favorite

yellow roses are her favorite

Here is what I picked today:

fresh picked

fresh picked

And here is what I turned it into for dinner:

Vegetable pizza with caramelized BBQ onion sauce, bacon and basil

Vegetable pizza with caramelized BBQ onion sauce, bacon and basil

Checkout my new favorite pizza crust recipe from Jeff Hertzberg,M.D. and  Zoe Francois. Their story and book, The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day is inspiring. What seeds are you planting?

catching garden toads

catching garden toads

4 thoughts on “Garden Therapy & Digging a new Pizza

  1. great pics of Caitlin! Looking forward to seeing the gardens this Saturday.

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