Dear MOTHER: Therapeutic Planting

Letters from our readers about planting for therapy, generous gardening, tropical forages, and more.

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Therapeutic Planting

I’m proud to report that our little garden — just under an acre — is steadily producing 700 pounds of heirloom, beefsteak, and cherry tomatoes; 1,000 pounds of zucchini and acorn squash; 300 pounds of slicing cucumbers; and 100 pounds of various ‘Anaheim,’ bell, and jalapeño peppers. Not too shabby for some amateurs!

I’m sure professionals could get more, but our work in the garden feeds the men in our correctional facility, so I’d say that’s something to be proud of. We even have enough leftovers to donate to the local food bank; because of our gardening, they have more than enough to help those in the community who are down on their luck.

Every time I introduce someone new to MOTHER EARTH NEWS, they’re instantly inspired to pursue healthy living, organic farming, and righteous business. Gaining access to all this information has brought me to understand how calming and therapeutic it is to work around plants — a feeling that’s hard to come across easily. I appreciate the changes this magazine has helped me make in my life.

I think it’d be great if readers considered donating old or overstocked magazines to institutions, prisons, and hospitals in their areas. MOTHER EARTH NEWS made a big difference in my life, and I know it could do the same for others in a similar position.

Patrick McKeachie
Salem, Oregon

2/22/2019 6:39:19 AM

Science is finding new advantages of medicinal plants every day. These plants must be part of our garden.

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