ver crescer e ganhar raízes

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growing roots is sometimes effortless, but mostly it takes time. growing roots in the right soil is even harder.

before and after

i love pesto but i never tried making it until today. my basil just looked so healthy and abundant that i decided to go for it. i checked out some recipes. i knew i didn’t have pine nuts, but wanted to make sure if walnuts would do the trick. basil, garlic, walnuts, parmesean cheese, olive oil, fleur de sel and a little vinegar were the ingredients. you can check some recipes here, here or here.

one of my favorite ways of having pesto is in pasta, obviously. so, this is al dente pasta, with about 2 tblsps of the homemade pesto and some sautéed mushrooms and courgette.

os gerânios estão a florir pela segunda vez este ano, o que é uma festa, tendo em conta que já estiveram à beira de sucumbir há uns meses. esta suculenta tenho-a há cerca de um ano e veio do jardim da avó. continuo a desconhecer-lhe o nome. os tomateiros estão (finalmente) a dar flor! será que ainda vamos ter tomates cereja este ano?

the geraniums are blooming for the second time this year, which is a feast to the eyes, considering they were perishing a few months ago. this suculent has been in the house for a year now; it came from grandma’s garden. i still don’t know her name. the tomato shrubs are (finally) blooming! i wonder if we’ll still get some cherry tomatoes this year.

dirty hands are happy hands. this kind of dirty is therapeutical. doing some gardening coming back from work helps one to refocuse somehow, to feel a kind of tranquility in the methodic, organic movements of making the plants’ life happier. the sight of living things struggling to grow amazes me all the time.

there are so many kinds of gardens. but the best kind you can find all around you – people growing, developing, blooming. some need more help than others. some need more “weeding” done, others are easily taken care of. we do all need gardeners in this process, to make it more beautiful, more meaningful.