Cottages and gardens go together. There is an affinity between creating a nurturing home with natural materials and growing our garden that naturally nurtures us. There is an affinity between made by hand and grown by hand.  

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Why do we grow fresh food in our cottage garden? The first is easy; it’s as fresh as we can get and that means it’s more nutritious, wholesome and we know what has been used is its growing process. We know if it is organic or not. If we are building our garden from scratch, there can be expenses involved, but growing food naturally in our home garden is generally less expensive than buying commercially grown food in the market.

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Growing our own food is highly therapeutic and having our hands in dirt, nurturing live plants, can feel connective, especially in a time when we feel isolated, sad or overwhelmed. We can contribute to the environment when we garden in a sustainable way, reducing waste. We can learn, experiment, nurture and harvest, all of which contribute to our thriving. And we can share every step with our friends and family, ultimately feasting together in sheer enjoyment.

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Our garden can allow us to feel gratitude for life, in a silent way. The whole thing includes us, makes us part of the process of expansion, creativity and love. It is symbiotic and simple; putting a seed into the ground and allowing life to accept our contribution while life gives back to us an amazing abundance.

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