GARDENING WITH LOVE
Volume 9

A “Back-to-Basics” Awareness
There is this growing movement in the world today, to eat healthy, to go back to the basics, where you know where everything comes from. Here the basics refer not to genetically modified or engineered to produce the fattest, fastest growing animal or the most perfectly shaped, brightest color fruit or vegetable but a fruit or vegetable planted lovingly by the neighborhood farmer or with your own hands. This way you know for certain that it is natural, chemical-free (well, minimal chemicals), not artificially enhanced and as healthy as can be. When it comes from your garden you truly will know what did or did not go into that produce.

We worry today about the big C, cancer, what additives, preservatives, coloring, antibiotics and so on can do to our bodies, or to our children’s bodies and their minds. We don’t know how these chemicals have changed the DNA of the last few generations as governments keep assuring us that the man-made stuff are harmless; but deep within our hearts we know that these chemicals aren’t as harmless and not all as great as they have been made out to be.

Love – An Important Ingredient In Growing & Preparing Your Food
Imagine plucking a produce from your own garden and then lovingly preparing it for your family, just the way they like it, with the condiments and spices they love. What do you think will be the effect of this on your family? Will they be ….healthier? Happier? Is there a better way to discover this than to try it out? You can start now even if it means buying organic food and then cooking it yourself.

When we grow or prepare our food with love and care it makes a significant difference to the DNA of the food. It enhances the food’s taste as well as appearance, and increases its energy vibration. Eating such food raises our body’s vibrational energy and enhances our well-being and our family’s. Monitor any changes, for example, in bowel habits, and your family’s reception to your fresh, lovingly prepared meals.

A Little Tutorial To Start Your Own Home Garden (for those who’s never tried it)
Find a space which has enough sunlight, preferably light of the morning sun which isn’t scorching hot. Dig a space 2 feet wide or find a container with a minimum depth of 6 inches for each plant.

Fill the space or the container with a soil mix of 1 part organic manure/compost soil, 1 part sand and 1 part earth. Or wait for, e.g., the next CETDEM (Center for Environment, Technology & Development, Malaysia) Organic Day and buy the ready mix soil. It is full of nutritious vermicompost. The perfect soil that all plants love. If your soil is healthy, so too will your plant be. It will be hardy and less susceptible to disease.

Sow the seeds in a shady corner of your garden or place it in the porch. Do not cover the seeds too deep with soil. Wait until the seedlings grow to 2 to 3 inches tall before transplanting them to your garden. My favorite way is to just pop leftover stalks of herbs, or the base of vegetables after chopping off the leaves, into the nursery’s soil.

Water the plant according to the type that you have planted. Some plants need more water (twice daily) and some just enough, that is, feel the soil as it shouldn’t be dry, just moist. I would like to share a little love with my plants so that they grow well.

Every 2 to 3 weeks sprinkle organic fertilizer around the plant. Not on it directly as it may kill the plant. The terminology is not to “burn” the plant with too much goodness. Dilute first the fertilizer, or water the pellets if the fertilizer is in pellet form.

Look out for plant diseases and pests, whether insects or fungi. Counter them with homemade pesticides if possible. There are many concoctions found on the internet depending on the type of pest that is a􀅋icting your plant. Be wary of the neem water treatment as it should be in diluted form in order not to turn all your leaves brown.

Just give your plant tender loving care, sunlight and water. You will be rewarded with the fruits of your labor in no time. Record its growth with your camera. The satisfaction will spur you on to the next planting. If this time it didn’t survive, try again. There is no harm in failure. It just means more experience under your belt; including lessons on what not to do the next time or where not to plant. Be patient. Gardening instills this virtue.

The act of planting rewards the grower. You absorb Mother Nature’s positive energy and in return expel negative energy. Walking amongst the green enhances this effect as well and your family will delight in this endeavor. Get family members to help in harvesting, and when you eat the produce, it should be done with reverence. After all they were created by your soul, filled with love.

Yeoh Joo Lee’s passion for a career in advertising was replaced with a passion in raising her 8-year old daughter. The seeds of her spirituality had became latent when she was in advertising. It germinated during motherhood, and flowered when she re-ignited her spiritual fire by taking positive action to make this world a better place. She shares her love for nature and preservation with her daughter and believes that we are truly children of the Universe. She is open for a chat at joolsyeoh@yahoo.com.