Gluten free? Start a garden!

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Gluten free? Start a garden.
Not gluten free? Start a garden.

Can you tell where my thoughts are, deep into January, the ponds all frozen and the winds still biting? Cold cold January – my favorite month to start dreaming about gardening. Seed catalogues arrive, and are soon dog-eared and marked up. Websites are visited. Seeds from last year are sorted through (and, lets be honest, seeds from the year before that, and before that, and before that…I’m a seed hoarder). My garden this year is going to be the biggest one yet! So exited!

Vegetables, fruits, and many grains are gluten free. Grains and the like that we are experimenting with this year include amaranth (last year’s crop didn’t do well), quinoa, chia, and sesame. We are even going to try a type of rice that doesn’t need the typical flooding…not sure how that will go, but I like to try things out. We will also be growing corn again, and potatoes.

One of my favorite things to do is to garden. To grow things. To plan it out, purchase and organize for it, plant it, care for it, harvest it, preserve it. It’s a thoroughly complete cycle for me, and allows me to provide for myself and my family – with the knowledge of what precisely went into the food. It’s been fantastic for my kids as well – a son who didn’t care much for green beans can never get enough Dragon Tongue beans (going to grow more of them this year). It allows us to try unusual produce that we would never otherwise have access to, at the absolute freshest it can be. Saving what we love for use later in the cold months. My kids learn a lot every year, about different plants, pests, and life.

Plus, it’s just plain fun.

Growing your own allows you to KNOW more about your food. I am all for that. It also is inspiring, in the sense that it is almost like a kitchen antagonist, spurring you to create inventive meals with what you have on hand. For example, making pad thai ~ Throw in halved cherry tomatoes and fresh snow peas, chopped green onions and maybe some fresh corn. The options are endless, and delicious. Need suggestions? My favorite seed company is the one I wrote about here.

Do you have garden plans already?


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