Sowing the seeds


Over the past couple of years, I have gotten more and more into eating whole, fresh foods. Sunday afternoon, I took it a step further.

I started a veggie garden. Which for a girl who hates the feeling of dirt under her well-manicured nails is pretty impressive, if I may say so myself.

Heavily bundled against the early spring chill, I sowed a seed flat with jalapenos and sweet peppers, then stuck it on top of the entertainment center in my living room where they will hopefully, in 10 to 14 days, do something called "germinate." The seed package talked about temps of 75 to 80 degrees...the seed company obviously never lived in a Maine house where seed planting takes place even as snow shovels and winter boots remain close at hand. So, we shall see how long it takes.

I also plan to plant three varieties of radishes, and possibly scallions and cucumbers, but those, apparently, can wait. Not on the list: tomatoes (which are easy enough, but I can do without them) and zucchini (which begins to spread like a green plague throughout our offices every July, so why add to the problem.)

And this brings me to an important point about healthy eating. Go for what you like. If you don't like something, no matter how nutritious it is, you'll never enjoy it, which makes you unlikely to eat it, which defeats the whole purpose.

There's plenty of other options.

Theresa Flaherty