The Joy of Gardening

Hello to you!

As we move toward the conclusion of this wonderful, bountiful summer, I would like to talk a bit more about gardening in general.  As I have covered almost all of the main vegetables in our garden, I feel I can divert from the intellectual field a bit.

Today, I’d like to discuss the joy of gardening itself.  While I enjoy gardening and just plants in general, I did not always care for spending time in the garden.  I used to hate having to water my mom’s impatiens and geraniums.  Now though, I want to see the plants happy and healthy, growing and making the yard colorful and beautiful.

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True, I have grown and matured.  Now I care more for the earth and the impact of humans, but I certainly don’t consider myself a ‘green’ fanatic.  Some go-greeners love gardening because they know they are doing something to help the earth.  Some just like to be out in the dirt.

But why do people like gardening at all?

They love being in the sun or the rain.  They love connecting to the earth.  They love having mud under their fingernails.  They get a special satisfaction in watching the garden grow.  They love that gardening is relaxing.  They love that gardening is a form of exercise.  They love being able to watch another form of life.  They love feeling responsible.  They love that plants are forgiving!  They love being away from the computer and TV and cell phone.  They love that plants don’t talk back.  They love that they need only be themselves in a garden, no fake small talk.  They love seeing the seasons change first hand.  They love watching rabbits attempt to munch on their plants (or not!).  They love being creative.  They love being the grand artist.  They love that plants don’t judge, they don’t care about that extra 15 pounds or a makeup-less day.  They love feeding themselves, or their families, with the food from their yard.  They love that an expert or novice can have a successful year.  They love sharing their fruit, veggies, or flowers with neighbors.  They love seeing progress in the garden.  They love being rewarded for a job well done.  They love waiting.  They love being quiet.  They love being alone in the garden.  They learn patience.

In fact, these are the things that I love about gardening.  I hope you enjoy them too!

Happy happy gardening!

Adrienne W.



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