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A New Focus for Thanksgiving

A New Focus for Thanksgiving

Nov 25 2014

This Thanksgiving week we focus on gratitude for family, friends, food, personal harvests and life’s bounty, the greatest things that give us joy in everyday living. For a moment this Thanksgiving week, we at System Pavers invite you to shift focus and give gratitude for something we often take for granted: earth. Without the rich soil earth offers us everywhere, we would not have the abundance of healthy, natural food - the squashes, leafy greens, sweet fruits, berries, and roots such as potatoes, yams and even herbs like thyme, sage and marjoram so prevalent in Thanksgiving feasts. Many this holiday week can enjoy foods from personal harvests from outdoor gardens, making the meaning of Thanksgiving even more broad. With a little planning now, you can harvest much of next year’s Thanksgiving feast, making it more delicious than ever, and giving you a deeper gratitude for miracles of harvest provided us by our Mother Earth. Here’s some tips: Small yard: Even if most of your yard is covered with paving stones or other surfaces, you can still have a garden suitable for vegetables, herbs, spices and more. Just build up not out. With the help of a landscape expert, design a tiered garden system that can hold small plants like thyme, parsley, mint and basil. You can also plant pea and bean vines in small garden boxes and guide them upwards for better use of space and prolonged sun exposure. Short season: If you live in the Rocky Mountains or other high altitude communities, make your garden beds mobile. Try planting tomatoes in a large, flat wheelbarrow or wagon. When it gets cold, roll them into your garage at night, and back out in the sun for the daytime. You can also pick tomatoes while still green and let them ripen in your window, letting you harvest fresh tomatoes through the fall. Garden beds vs. lawn: Even though large green lawns are traditional for most neighborhoods, they really don’t offer much more than aesthetics for most families. Section your lawn off into garden beds with style. You can create charming stone walkways throughout your lawn and portion off sections for vegetables, herbs, flowers, and still have enough lush lawn left for leisure naps and bursts of green. Use an artificial lawn in those sections which will not only save water and time spent caring for your yard and gardens, it also holds up longer, and will never fade. In all, your yard will look much more interesting and give you a beautiful harvest for Thanksgiving and many more bounteous meals at home. While we all have much to be Thankful for this week, and every week, take some time to reflect on the little things we may take for granted. For us, we are grateful for a beautiful earth that gives so much back to us by giving us food, beauty, recreation, and life itself. Happy Thanksgiving from System Pavers!

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