Lift your spirits with plants
When today’s youngsters hear the words “Blackberry” or “Apple”, they’re more likely to think of smartphones than fruit. And who can blame them? These days fewer people have relatives living in the platteland, so don’t have the chance to visit and experience being close to nature. So many people live in townhouses, apartments and security complexes, either with paved grounds or a tiny (often pitiful) garden. Some children don’t even know where fruit and vegetables come from, much less how, where or when to plant them.
On a recent visit to a dairy farm I heard a boy tell his dad he’d rather stick to the supermarket milk in a plastic bottle, because he couldn’t see himself trying cow’s milk – not even in his coffee. (I shudder to think what will happen when he finds out where eggs come from.)
There are ways to bring children closer to Mother Earth to learn more about the food they eat, even if it is only by planting a few fruit and vegetables in your own garden. Some veggies will deliver remarkable harvests when planted in pots – there’s something very special about the taste and flavour of home-grown produce, as well as witnessing the joy of a child who has plucked the tomato he’s eating.
Every house once had a vegetable garden, but nowadays most people don’t know that experiencing the beauty of a flower developing into a fruit can lift a dark mood. Or that a sour face will inevitably smile when you feel the smooth texture of an eggplant, or smell and taste the “perfume” of a sun-ripened tomato. You’ll feel so much happier if you allow your kids and loved ones to share in the fruits and joy of your garden, even if it is growing in a pot on the veranda.
Thank you for the regular veggie garden and pet articles in Platteland.