PUB­LISHER’S NOTE

Eating Naturally - - Contents - Dick Benson PUB­LISHER

Last sum­mer, our fam­ily moved into a new house. This meant leav­ing be­hind our beloved veg­etable gar­den that we worked on for sev­eral years. It pro­vided us with our sum­mer sup­ply of green beans, salad greens, cu­cum­bers, zuc­chini, car­rots, toma­toes, pep­pers, and even a small crop of fall squash. But be­cause we moved in June, we were too late to plant a gar­den in our new yard. So, we re­lied on our lo­cal farm­ers’ mar­ket for our fresh veg­eta­bles.

The seed com­pa­nies have fol­lowed me to my new ad­dress, send­ing me all of their sales cat­a­logs. It’s ex­cit­ing to see the many new va­ri­eties of plants, and it’s even more fun to find clas­sic heir­loom va­ri­eties. Tak­ing a year off of gar­den­ing, I’ve had time to think about what we will plant in our new gar­den. Less space will be de­voted to green beans and cu­cum­bers, be­cause they are read­ily avail­able at the farm­ers’ mar­ket. More space will be de­voted to plants such as berries, as­para­gus, and rhubarb, which will grow back year af­ter year.

I’m also plan­ning a small herb gar­den and some space to ex­per­i­ment with new plants that I have never grown be­fore. But the most im­por­tant part will be a small area that I can share with my grand­chil­dren. I think they missed our gar­den last year even more than I did. Their fa­vorite plants are the pur­ple beans that turn green when they are cooked. They also love watch­ing their Hal­loween pump­kins grow as sum­mer comes to an end.

Gar­dens are a great fam­ily ac­tiv­ity. Even if you don’t have a lot of yard space, a few con­tain­ers can pro­vide some fresh veg­gies all sum­mer long.

This is­sue of Eat­ing Nat­u­rally in­cludes a fea­ture on smooth­ies. Though we have in­cluded sev­eral smoothie recipes (along with many more at Eat­ingNat­u­ral­lyMag.com), there’s no wrong way to make a smoothie. If your smoothie is too bit­ter, add more fruit. If it is too thick, add some wa­ter. But re­mem­ber: Don’t over-spin it in your Vi­taMix or you’ll wind up with hot soup! Take a shot, and send us your best smoothie idea. You can share recipes and photos with other read­ers on Pin­ter­est or Face­book. Make sure you visit our website

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