Gardening can even help reduce dementia, and its therapeutic aspects extend to religion itself. The very act of nurturing life from the soil can help you become one with God’s creations, and it also gives you the chance to co-create with Him.

Karena Poke, president and founder of the public relations (PR) firm Urban Philanthropy by KP, reported that she was able to enjoy gardening’s many benefits after she turned her front yard into an edible garden. Poke commented that thanks to her edible garden, she can share produce with family, friends, and neighbors.

She has even inspired some of her friends to give gardening a try. Poke is growing her own edible garden in Houston, Texas, and thanks to her tireless cultivation, she now has access to a replenishing source of various herbs and vegetables like basil, cucumbers, ginger, gypsy peppers, Italian parsley, jalapeño peppers, lemon basil, mint, onions, rosemary, and thyme.

Poke’s PR is focused on helping clients build their brands through philanthropy, and her love for gardening began in 2012 when one client recommended that she spearhead a community garden in a rough section of Memphis, Tennessee. The client also told Poke that the community would benefit from the garden since vegetables were scarce in the area.

The project was a success, and it began her interest in horticulture. Poke worked hard to become a certified master gardener in 2015. Thanks to her volunteer work with Texas A&M University’s Harris County Master Gardener Association, Poke has also started to hone her penchant for cooking.

Poke explained that her firm conducted trials to determine which kinds of fruits and vegetables would thrive in the area. The trials also gave her a chance to experiment and cook with several varieties of vegetables like beans, carrots, collard greens, kale, leeks, okra, onions, peas, peppers, squash, tomatoes, and zucchini.

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