There are plenty of good reasons to grow your own vegetables: you’ll spend less at the grocery store, you’ll know exactly what went into growing them, and you’ll have a sense of pride every time you enjoy that just-plucked-from-the-stem tomato.

For centuries, Japanese Zen masters have cultivated gardens of harmoniously arranged rocks and white raked gravel – creating silent havens for peaceful contemplation. By cultivating a miniature Zen garden – reducing for a moment the day’s problems to a few waves of sand against the rocks – one may come away feeling as if the rest of life has become simpler.