There is so much about our garden that brings me joy but the thrill I get, when I take an empty basket out into the backyard and fill it with a variety of fresh, nutritious food that we can then eat is just beyond compare for this here gardener.
There's a lot in the fresh food we grow. There's the warmth and light of the sun, the water that falls from the sky, the goodness in the soil and in the compost we make, the work of the bees and worms and other little critters too. Our work (though I have to admit that much of the time it doesn't feel like work to me) is in this fresh food too and baskets full of our own just-picked, homegrown goodness make that effort feel so worthwhile.
Picked fresh today from just outside our back door.
I love growing some of our own food. We are nowhere near self-sufficient in fruits and vegetables but we can often include something from our garden in every main meal during the milder months of the year. Today, there were the shredded leaves of silverbeet in our morning omelettes, mixed lettuce leaves in our lunchtime wraps, juicy mandarins plucked from our tree for afternoon tea and lettuce (again), spring onion and herbs in our evening salad.
Growing food in our garden provides not only delicious nourishment but great joy as well, not least of which is in the eating!