Slow Food and Slow Gardening are related.
What is slow food you ask? Sourcing your ingredients locally and using high quality is the gist of it. Growing your own would be a part of it, but patronizing the farmer’s markets and encouraging your grocer’s to supply locally produced products would be part of it, too.
How about slow gardening? I suppose there is something of an official definition, but I think of it as the way I garden plus a few additional considerations thrown in.
My Own Slow Gardening
- I don’t sweat the small stuff, but I sure do sweat. (I betray my Midwestern roots, since I am given to understand that Southern ladies do not sweat under any circumstances)
- That means weeds are taken care of by hand, usually with hand tools. And as I age, that means weeds have a place, albeit a controlled one, in my gardens.
- My gardens are not just for working. They are for gazing at an impossibly perfect summer sky, getting my hands dirty, taking time to smell the roses, …and the honeysuckle,… and the lilacs…. and, well, you get the drift.
- While I plant more vegetables and herbs than I eat… because I have become a lazy cook, I like to grow them every year with good intentions.
- I buy as many plants and seeds locally as is feasible.
Inspiration For This Post?
Actually I was researching something totally different and came across a few resource for those interested in slow gardening and slow food ideals and lifestyle. Thoughts of passing on to my readers gave rise to talking a little about the concepts for those who want to join in on whatever level to encourage local growers and gardeners.
In Columbus, Ohio the Slow Food Columbus site has a nice map where you can identify many local growers and the list of what they are known for.
Map of Locally Grown Produce in Ohio
From the LocalHarvest site is a way to locate your own nearby Farmer’s Markets- how cool is that?
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See, you must have been inspired by me saying that I was going to trial some Proven Winners, and now you have some lovely wildflower seed to trial! I can’t wait to see your results, and mine. I got a notice from FedEx saying that a 19lb package was on the way from Proven Winners. I thought “Hmm, 19lb?” I figured two or three plants, but I got 17! It was a treasure trove of goodies. What fun!