by Susan
on 20 January 2017
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New Year's has coming gone, and so had some of Karen's New Year's resolutions. She wasn’t one hundred percent ready to give up on them, but her whole heart and soul wasn't in just yet. Her biggest resolution was to lose weight. Karen even got a gym membership and was working out several times a week, but she knew that losing weight wasn’t just going to happen through fitness alone. Even if it did, it would be short-lived at that. Long-term progress comes from lifestyle changes, while she had made the commitment to work out, she hadn’t changed her diet. Nor did she plan to change. Well, at least not until the day she fell in love with gardening.

Mid January, Karen found herself engulfed in a conversation with her friend Mary over her new found love for cooking. Karen couldn’t help but daydream what it would be like if she too could be in love with creating healthy food. However, she was very comfortable with the convenience of her current eating-out diet. Mary challenged Karen to give organic gardening a try, after all that’s how she began her elegant infatuation with healthy cooking. Karen was competitive and never turned down a challenge from friends, after all, Mary said she could start with some simple herbs. How hard could it be? 

 

“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.” - Luther Burbank

So it began! Karen started a small indoor herb garden. She visited her local garden center and picked out basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, and mint. Well, there was also that cute ivy she bought for decoration as well. She felt confident in her growing ability, even though she really hadn’t had much experience before. She even did a little research into how to care for each plant and to find the right soil to ensure her herbs would be organic. She chose Delicious Dirt, an organic soil company from her grandmother’s hometown of Pefferlaw, Ontario. 

She watched her plants grow and soon discovered the bliss of eating food that she grew with her own hands. Soon she realized she was even looking up recipes that she could learn to make using her home grown herbs. By March Karen had decided she would take it a step further and planted a beautiful garden in her back yard with zucchini, kale, carrots, and a few other easy to grow vegetables. This was the beginning of Karen’s love of cooking. She created wonderful dishes with the vegetables she grew in her garden, and a little help from Pinterest too. Not to mention, gardening even gave her a chance to add some extra workouts into her routine. 

 

“We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” - Jenny Uglow

 

For the first time in her life, Karen stuck with a New Years Resolution all the way through. Not only did it help her achieve a lifestyle change she had only dreamed of before, but it also gave her the inspiration and courage to try new things. She did achieve her goal of losing weight, but she also gained lean muscle too. If you ask her who she gives the credit to, she’d probably tell you it was the gardening challenge with her friend Mary that changed her life. It cultivated a love and respect for the food she used to nourish her body. 

We encourage all of our customers to try new things this year. Even if you’ve never gardened before, starting with a few herbs could be the spark you need to start a lifestyle change! To learn more about Delicious Dirt’s organic soil products and where you can purchase them, please feel free contact us today.

by Susan
on 12 January 2017
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It's New... It's Delicious...

Pefferlaw Peat is proud to announce the release of our new brand, Delicious Dirt! We have been hard at work creating this new brand, as well as designing new packages, to increase the visibility of our products for our customers. We believe that a great garden starts with great soil and that "organic" isn't just a word. We strive to ensure that we supply our customers with the highest-quality of organic soil on the market. For more information about Delicious Dirt, read our press release below or contact us today.

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by Susan
on 06 January 2017
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The day was wrapping up, only two more emails left to send. It was exactly 4:30 pm, that gave Jenny about 5 minutes to send them and get to her car to beat the daily rush hour traffic. Her fingers dance along the keyboard with ease as she finishes her final daily tasks. Then she rushes out of the office and heads to grab her son Joshua from school. 

Joshua was a handful, and Jenny’s husband Christopher worked late hours most of the week. This left Jenny stressed and exhausted from chasing Joshua around after work. She desperately longed for a way to spend her time that was productive and that Joshua could enjoy too. After a conversation with her friend Ashley, she realized that gardening could be a great solution to occupy her time, as well as reduce some of her stress from work. Plus, she already knows how much Joshua loves to play in the dirt. 

 

“I like gardening. It’s a place where I can find myself when I need to lose myself.” - Alice Sebold

Every gardener has experienced the calming effect from growing your own beautiful sanctuary of plants. Whether you are planting produce or simple botanicals, the act of gardening can bring you to a tranquil state. You don’t have to start with a large garden, though. In fact, you can reap many benefits of gardening even if you start small. Herbs, ivy, and succulents are a great place to start for first-time gardeners. Plus they can all be grown indoors, so you can even start your garden during the winter. 

 

“Hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” - Alfred Austin

Modern science has even proven that gardening has stress relieving benefits. In fact, a Dutch study randomly chose 30 people to read for half an hour per day and another 30 people to garden for half an hour each day. While both groups saw a decrease in their cortisol levels, those who gardened actually had a significantly lower amount than those who read. Cortisol is a hormone often associated with stress. Increased cortisol levels have also been linked to obesity, memory problems, and even heart disease. So there is actual scientific proof that gardening can bring us to a more relaxed physical state.

 

“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.” - Robert Brault

Gardening is an excellent teacher, especially for young, curious minds. It doesn’t just teach virtues, such as patience and hard work. It also teaches children the importance of nature and even about the nutrients they consume. Unfortunately, there are some kids who can’t identify a large variety of produce even into their teen years. Learning about food and nutrition at a young age is vital to maintaining good lifelong health. Gardening also gives your child the opportunity to learn about this first hand, an opportunity not many children get these days. 

 

At Pefferlaw Peat, we believe that gardening is one of the most productive (and often fruitful) ways to relieve stress. We also believe it should be a vital part of Canadian youth education. This one of the many reasons we enjoy reaching out to our customers and their communities through events each year. For more information on the benefits of gardening and 2017 events that you can find us at, feel free to contact us today.  

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