I gotta tell you, it has been most therapeutic! Besides my Mom, there had been some other events that hit my family hard, and required me to focus my attention on my family’s immediate needs. Around the same time my mom was diagnosed, I learn that a spot had opened up at the community garden! I had been on the waiting list for a year!
I initially thought that I wouldn’t have time to do any gardening, but my family encouraged me to go ahead since they know that it’s something that I really enjoy. When I was in college, I kept a small garden on the side of our house during the summers. That was my first time getting into anything botanical and I got hooked fast! I couldn’t believe you could grow all the produce that you see in the grocery store in my own yard!
Stevia is doing very well in the garden this year!
Gardening has really kept me sane this year. It’s been my escape, my solace. I can go there, and toil for hours and when I come home, I feel strangely satisfied, even though my back hurts and my legs ache. It’s one of the only activities where the work you put in is hugely rewarded in the end!
The best part is bringing home pounds and pounds of fresh, organic produce. Everyone benefits. My family, friends, and neighbors have been enjoying the bags of veggies I am always loaded down with. There is no way I can eat all of it.
So I’ll be sharing my garden with you too! I’ve been cooking up a storm over here at JSN headquarters, and there are lots of interested ingredients, techniques, and recipes that I’ve come across or have created to continue to cook and eat without sugar.