There were sessions that included an update on an amazing community gardening project for refugees in Concord, advice for taking time to smell the roses in our gardens, the beginning of our fascination with English gardens, a holistic approach to growing apples, and how important it is to eat vegetables and fruit grown in healthy soil.
Each session was informative and entertaining, but the positive effects of gardening in healthy soil was the topic that captured everyone’s attention and kept them talking during breaks and in cars on the way home.
The importance of healthy microbes in the soil and how it directly affects the humans who consume the plants grown in that soil should be high on our list of gardening factors.
Our gut is considered our second brain and is linked to the brain in our head by the vagus nerve. It made me think of the old computer saying – garbage in, garbage out.
I could go on and on but some may be interested while others are not. So, I’ll just say if you’re one who is concerned about Monsanto, GMO’s or non-organic foods, then google microbiomes and gut health. Interesting and scary stuff.
Suggestions made to protect your health include:
- spend quality time outside in nature
- research and invest in a healthy diet, buy organic when possible
- eat plenty of fiber
- eat fermented foods like freshly made sauerkraut
- avoid taking antibiotics if possible
The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension offers soil testing services, and I’m thinking they’re probably going to do a land office business this year.
Are you concerned about the health of your garden soil? When you buy local fertilizer do you check to see if the animals are routinely given antibiotics? Do you buy organic products when possible? Is your gut doing okay or could it use some healthier options? Or is this a topic that you aren’t concerned about? 🙂