One of the favorite things I have seen in the past week or so was a short video made by Willie Nelson and his sons in which they introduced a song called “Turn Off the News and Build a Garden.” That is sound advice, which I actually took to heart about 40 years ago.
For those who don’t have much experience with gardening, I thought I could do a short series describing the simplest way to start a garden. The first step, obviously, is to get access to a sunny, hopefully, unpolluted patch of ground. Assuming this is possible for you, I have some very simple suggestions for you to do right now. The first is to purchase the book by John Jeavons called “How to Grow More Vegetables.” This book describes in detail the best way to grow any vegetable and is the only gardening book or information you will ever need. It shows how to prepare the soil, make compost, plant seeds, transplant, water and anything else you need to do to be a successful gardener. It is literally the only book I have ever followed in my 40-plus years of vegetable gardening.
The next thing to do right now is to buy the best quality digging fork, rake and trowel you can afford. These are the basic tools you will need. You’ll have to check around to see who is open now, and quality is everything in garden tools. The usual tools at your local big-box store will often leave you frustrated and angry. One source for good gardening tools is the gardentoolcompany.com; look for the garden digging fork. It’s expensive but will likely last a lifetime. The rake is simply called “the garden rake,” and the trowel is the half-round transplanting trowel.
These three tools will get us started, and, along with the Jeavons book, will set the stage for a successful garden season. Let’s all turn off the news and start planting our spring gardens.
Trifling With Chia is perfect for those moments when you have decision fatigue. What should I eat? Trifle or chia? Now there’s no need to choose; you can enjoy the best of both puddings.
If I had my way, every dessert menu would be a tasting menu. I’d choose 3 or 4 plates without anyone batting an eyelid. But alas, that’s simply not your average dining experience. This recipe is for those who like to enjoy more than one delicious treat at a time, without feeling guilty. It’s guilt free and full of naturally raw, wild, and minimally processed ingredients like fiber-rich chia seeds, baruka nuts, beet powder, coconut butter, turmeric powder, bee pollen, cacao, and sweet spices like cinnamon and lucuma (optional). With a little ingenuity, you might be able to eat all the colors of the rainbow in one mouthful.