When I first started researching whole-eating and natural living, my all or nothing personality had me ready to move to a farm, buy a herd of goats, and take up beekeeping.
One of these days, I may get my homestead. 😉
But until I get there, I’m paying down a mortgage on a townhouse in suburban Nashville where my HOA won’t let me plant vegetable bearing plants in front of my house (even though that’s the only place there’s sun and I promised to keep them in pretty pots).
At first I thought that meant I was doomed to processed, unhealthy living until I get married, buy a farm, and live happily ever after.
But God’s been teaching me to appreciate the gifts of the moment better. And that means looking around for solutions that can bring whole living to me where I am now. Ways I can be a better steward of what I have right here and now. I’m hoping I can share some of those with you here.
A miniature herb garden
One of my solutions is the miniature herb garden I planted on my front porch this spring. No vegetable bearing plants here! Just pretty, delicate herbs that smell beautiful when they’re wet after the rain.
I didn’t know what I was doing when I got started, so I started with the first step anyone uses these days.
1. I went to Pinterest. I’ve seen so many beautiful little herb gardens with miniature worlds built into them on Pinterest, so I started an inspiration board. I also included pins about the types of herbs I wanted and how to care for them. Check out my board here.
2. I collected some supplies. The pots I’ve amassed from various yard sales, Freecycle hauls, and family members. The broken china came mostly from one major crash that sent both my cats across the room and halfway up the stairs in terror.
3. The herbs. At first I wanted to do this garden all for free, but that didn’t quite work out. It started well. I got mint, violets, and succulents from my mom at Easter. Then I found thyme, oregano, and sage available on Freecycle (if this place isn’t in your life it needs to be).
I had to supplement this with some herbs from a local nursery. Catmint. Lavender. Marjoram. Cilantro. But these were only $3 apiece, so I still went easy on the budget.
I know only a few of the applications of these herbs so far. Lavender is good for relaxation. Marjoram is great with vegetables, or so the guy at the nursery said! Catmint is good in tea and it will keep the pests away from the rest of my garden.
I know I’m going to appreciate these herbs f0r cooking with my CSA vegetables this summer.
Until then, I’ve got some research to do!
Don’t let perfection stop you
The important thing is that I didn’t let the lack of the “perfect” circumstances stop me from taking my first step in the gardening department!
It’s so easy to think we’re going to arrive somewhere, where everything will click into place one day. But here on earth, nothing’s every going to be quite perfect. It’s complicated and messy instead. But I’m done letting that stop me from moving forward with the dreams and goals God has put before me now.