Summer Gardens

Nothing is like fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs from the garden. Each Spring, we plant herbs and vegetables and watch our fruit trees and bushes flower. It’s a simple and fun project that delivers food, joy, tradition, and memories to our lives. It’s especially wonderful when children can partake in the planting, cultivating, and harvesting of this element of tamed nature. ( We actually plant our vegetables and herbs in pots, partly to keep the bunnies from making a meal of them, and partly because it’s engrained deep within my Sicilian mind. You’ll see this technique used upon many Sicilian rooftops in the ” old country”. )

Skills such as these, I believe, should be passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, many skills such as farming, hunting, sewing, fishing, preserving, and even cooking are not being shared as they were in the past. With this shared skill, seeing the children enthused to eat fresh berries right off of the plant is satisfaction enough, but also fulfilling is the ability to provide sustenance to my family in a truly organic form. We compost for the richest soil, and also use aged horse manure for fertilizer, which helps to bring forth a great crop.

A Summer garden is a fairly easy project. Just plant, water, and the sun does the rest! Occasional trimming and pruning take minutes, but the enjoyment lasts a lifetime!

Have a great 4th of July and enjoy these Summer days & nights! Until next month, John D.

About the author

John M. Di Fazio II
John M. Di Fazio II

John M Di Fazio II is a nutrition consultant, a personal trainer, and a massage therapist and has twenty years of experience working in the fitness industry. He was employed by Gold's Gym for thirteen years and in 2005 co-founded Remedy Fitness, a unique fitness establishment located in East Setauket, New York. While in the employ of Gold's Gym, he was recruited into Nutritionalysis, a nutrition company based in Venice Beach, California that specialized in individualized nutrition programs, and received his certification. Excelling in the field, his clientele grew by thousands. While establishing such a full clientele in nutrition and personal training, John also graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a bachelors degree in philosophy and also graduated from the New School for Holistic Health & Research on Long Island, New York with a degree and a New York State license for massage therapy.

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