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Ramblings from a 30-something ultra-marathoning yogi with a day job.

Growing My Own Food (some of it at least!)

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I grew up in a rural community (the cows outnumbered the humans) and we had an acre of land, a large portion of which was planted with rose bushes, fruit trees or vegetables. I spent a large portion of my weekends growing up tending to the gardens. Tilling the soil, weeding, watering, planting, harvesting and eating gooseberries until I exploded when the time was right.

I took care of the garden and at times, resented having to spend so much time doing it. I always loved eating the fresh produce, but the whole gardening thing started to get old after a number of years. I preferred to spend my free time horsing around with my friends, playing games, reading or doing anything but getting dirty!

This mentality stuck around for years, as I went to college and moved into a series of rental houses and apartments. I loved eating fresh produce, but could care less about growing it myself.

Fast forward 15 years later, and I am now the proud owner of my first home. While my property is not that big (1/5th of an acre!) and mostly shaded, I now have a new-found appreciation for doing things on my own, and that includes growing stuff. I’ve surprised myself with how much my own mindset of owning land has made me want to take care of it, and do something useful with it. There is also something more freeing now that gardening is something I want to do, not something I have to do.

So far, I’ve planted carrots, several types of kale, red cabbage, collards and a planter box full of snap peas. It’s not much but a start. Eventually I’ll get some more planter boxes going in the sunny spots in my back yard with tomatoes, hot peppers, squash and more salad greens.

Collards, carrots and kale

Red cabbage, two kinds of kale, carrots

Snap peas in an Earth Box

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Written by Ravi Raman

April 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

4 Responses

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  1. Ravi, the most amazing thing about your family’s backyard garden, to me, was your mother’s night-blooming jasmine. I’ll never forget the first time I smelled it–it was just like in the cartoons, where the dotted line connects the nose and the target, and the character is pulled along as if attracted by an irresistible scent magnet. Even several decades later, it’s still one of my favorite flowers, and often brings back memories of those times.

    The gooseberries were delicious too. Thanks for sharing!

    Grego

    May 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    • The jasmin was the best! …well, after the gooseberries :)

      YogiRavi

      May 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm

  2. It is so touching to me to feel your enthusiasm for the simple things of life! Thank you, Ravi!

    Reemi

    April 30, 2012 at 11:07 am

  3. How cool! Thanks for this :) Just made my monday very happy

    Ryann Kim

    April 30, 2012 at 7:41 am


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