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You Could Be A Gardener




I haven’t always been a gardener. I’m not even sure I can officially call myself a gardener yet. I mean, I garden, but Kath, now she is a real gardener. Kath has taught me to be patient with my edibles; she’s been at this a long time and knows just what edible plant-life needs. I’ve always been able to keep a jungle thriving indoors and grew up in my grandmother’s garden, but until about 2011 I personally didn’t have a ton of edible gardening experience.

When I consult to patients and with clients here at Garden Eats about food therapy I always suggest growing an edible garden. It doesn’t matter if it’s on your window-sill, balcony, in containers, on the roof… Wherever you can- you’d be surprised how many edibles you can grow in funky conditions and well! So many of us are quick to create a list of reasons why we can’t do something though- I love challenging this notion or belief in a constructive way. It’s a natural tendency of us humans- you know, to get in our own way sometimes. We know you can create an edible garden in just about any space though- we know because we do it ourselves and teach people how everyday. You might not be a pro gardener today, but you can learn a lot fast and save your family tons of money by growing at least some of your own food.

If you’re skeptical about growing a thriving garden, get in touch, we can help you grow microgreens, baby greens, your favorite vegetables, a ton of different herbs… Did you know we offer a service that combines a food therapy consultation with a how-to grow the food you were just prescribed consult? Our baby food gardens are fun and popular- they often end up turning into family gardens because let’s face it, digging in the dirt and spending time with green leafy things is healthy for everyone.

Although you won’t find it on our services page yet, we’ve just started offering group virtual consultations and in-person group workshop style consults- this fits into our newer, build your own service model to make what we offer more accessible and personalized. We’re open to a number of platforms and even recently did a cool consult via Google Hangouts! We’ve toyed around with creating recorded, virtual one-time purchase workshops, but currently we try to answer commonly asked questions in our regular blog posts. The only thing standing in the way of us creating virtual workshops at this site is the unique nature and needs of our clients and audience. Some of you live on hillsides with rocky soil, some of you have overly acidic soil and everyone has different microbiological influences in the garden. Creating a one-size-fits-all approach might make answering these very specific questions difficult. We’ll keep thinking on it and are oh so flattered that you guys, our awesome readers keep us on our toes by requesting cool services like this!

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.

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