How Does Your Garden Grow? - 06/12/14

Mary Mary Quite Contrary

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I used to love that English nursery rhyme, and since you ask--- well, mine is growing just fine.  The weather has played a huge role this year since we're 2.10" above average rainfall for the month.  We've got carrots coming up, along with cantaloupe, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, pumpkin, cucumbers, broccoli, blueberries, basil, cilantro, thyme and rosemary. The watermelon and strawberries fizzled out this year, but you can't win 'em all.

There's something cool about digging in the dirt, helping something flourish and then getting to eat what you grow.  You know exactly what's in it and more importantly, what's not. 

Studies show gardening is a good mood stabilizer.  I'm not real big on studies since one contradicts the other depending on who's funding them.  However, a study out of the Netherlands shows gardening can fight stress. I believe this to be true even without the data. They had two groups of stressed out people either read indoors for 30 minutes or garden outdoors for the same amount of time.  The ones who gardened had lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, afterwards. 

Most of us, (if we have a smartphone or are on social media or have a boss or clients who like to email,)  are probably suffering from attention fatigue, where we feel this pressure to always pay attention and be accessible.  That feeling of always having to answer someone or something isn't very healthy.  I've seen gardening described as effortless attention, an escape that in return produces more than just food.

If you aren't gardening, give it a try... get dirty.  If you are, let me know what's in your harvest, besides the good mood and sense of well being that comes free with a little digging.

 

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Last Update on November 26, 2014 10:06 GMT

TOFURKY PARDON

SEATTLE (AP) -- Turkey pardons are common this time of year, as even the president gets in on the act. But Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is sparing something else -- a tofu turkey. The Seattle Times reports his honor pardoned a Tofurky at City Hall. The mayor's spokesman says it's an effort to draw attention to hunger in the community and to poke a little a fun at Seattle's granola image. But the faux turkey won't be sent to a tofu farm. It's being donated to a local food bank.

PRISON CHAPEL SEX

ROCKVIEW, Pa. (AP) -- It sounds like a scene from "Orange is the New Black." A female prison guard trainee in Pennsylvania is charged with having sex with a male inmate. According to the state Department of Corrections, 27-year-old Rebecca Zong hooked up with the inmate in a prison chapel. Authorities say while the sex was consensual, it's illegal for guards to have sexual contact with prisoners.

BOURBON AUCTION

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- It's one expensive bottle of booze. The first bottle of bourbon by Kentucky's Boundary Oak Distillery has sold for more than 28-grand. It likely ranks among the most expensive bottles of bourbon ever. Boundary Oak plans to fill its first bourbon barrel in December, and the whiskey will age for two years before bottling. The winning bidder gets the first bottle from that barrel. The distillery says the buyer is from Hardin County but is asking to remain anonymous. The money is going to charity.

MODEL DRIVE-IN

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) -- The days of Bower's Drive-In are long gone in Goshen. Folks will be able to revisit the popular Indiana restaurant, but on a much smaller scale. Dain Morehouse and Jim Mauer are recreating the drive-in for the Indiana Model Train Visitors Club. Morehouse tells The Goshen News Bower's was a popular date spot, and place for cruisers to turn their cars around. The detail on the model includes Bower's menu that ran along the top of the building.

 
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