i garden for many reasons. digging in the dirt, fussing over baby plants, just flat-out makes me happy. there's also the deep satisfaction that comes from raising my own food. it gets me outside, enjoying the elements and working my muscles. we save money on produce, and decrease the amount of processed-packaged-shipped-from-far-away-food that our household consumes. but i think the number one reason, is cosmo.
i like that he sees me gardening, observes the growing plants throughout the season, and sometimes, he even helps out. but what pleases me the most is how much he enjoys the food, fresh off the vine. cosmo loves fruit, but vegetables are a much harder sell for him. unless he can pick them himself. he'll grab spinach leaves and pop them into his mouth.
he adores fresh, raw, peas, hand-over-fist.
and even broccoli and broccoli leaves. this year, we taught him how to cut a broccoli stalk, but he regularly strolls through the garden, and stops to nibble the leaves. such a sight fills this mama's heart with joy.