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OMG - What a wonderful surprise!

When I woke up yesterday to water my plants in my little patio garden, I kept searching for baby pepper plants since I saw it had started to flower.  I kept looking up and down for a tiny baby pepper. To my astonishment and delight, there in the midst of the chives and parsley lay a full-size pepper!  Where did this come from?  I was totally taken, here I was hunting for some tiny little thing and all of sudden I was the proud parent of a real pepper. What a thrill!  I gave a shout of joy and surprise when I first saw it - I couldn't believe my eyes.  This is the first time I have grown a pepper.  Gardening is new to me - started a mini garden last year and was afraid to go on vacation in case the tomatoes would die. You can relate to that can't you?  Yes? 

I get my gardening tips from my friends Lydia and Perla and also from Trina, of Silver Heights Farms, who is at the Union Square Farmers Market on Wednesdays.

Gardening is therapeutic - very relaxing and fulfilling.  It motivates one each day to get up and see what new fruit has been borne.  When you see a new flower or tomato or, in this case, pepper, it's the same sort of feeling you get when you open your presents on Christmas or your birthday - surprised, excited and HAPPY!

If you are stressed or upset, just go to your garden, take some nice deep breaths, admire your plants and herbs, run your fingers through your lavender plant and inhale the fragrance of the lavender to soothe you.

Every morning when I water my plants, I love 'em up and speak to them 'cause I really care for them and want them to grow and be happy and healthy, and I know that they will in turn nourish and heal me with that same love and joy.

Eating something from you garden that you have grown and cared for, feeds your body, mind and soul. Somehow your meal with those freshly picked ingredients has a different energy level and when you eat it, you appreciate and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Happy Gardening!

Recent Addition  - Lettuce


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