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Gardening in America
December Gardening

by Nancy Fletcher

More and more we who are uneducated in psychology hear words which will become common and understood in our vocabulary. Depression, Bipolar, manic depression, mood disorder, clinical, and seasonal affective disorder, (SAD)..  “That one” ~ I say to myself. “ I choose that one.”

The love for growing things is noted historically in our tribes workings. Ponca's were farmers the books tell us. Equally, my Dad's roots going toward Ireland must have given him that same wish to see things growing and green,  inside and out.

My house is already filled to the limit with growing house plants. Desperately sifting through books on hand and reading on the internet brought me to the most overlooked plant one can imagine. “How could I have ever possibly missed this one?” I ask myself. After all,  aren't their fields and fields of it all around us. Of course, wheat. This little plant grows rapidly like a grass. It will do well on our coolish back porch. Every possible container will hold it.  Like an interior decorator I sprinkle seeds into short, tall, long narrow with simple lines and some with unusual shapes for an offering of variety.

The back porch has always been a pain in my neck too. These many pots now growing with the fresh green plant give this place a lovely bright welcome look. If a guest should walk in the back door they now come into an area alive and vibrant instead of the classic Oklahoma mud room.  If a guest tires of the crowd in the kitchen they step onto the back porch and are equally pleased with the environment there.

Of course, the green wheat can be snipped, whirled in the blender to mix with vegetable drinks or used anyplace a water filled with vitamins can be used. The wheatgrass itself has to be strained out to leave a healthful fresh green drink.

Dad used to say, “If I can just get the cattle through the winter until the wheat comes up for pasture they will make it.”  He was always amazed at how their coats became shiny and healthy looking.

The sun comes through the glass on the back porch. A bed covered in an off white spread right up against those windows invites a SAD person. The green grass indoor carpet lends to the scene.

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