3.24.2011

Why Do YOU Garden?

I am writing a research paper on the urban gardening movement. I put forth this question... Why do you garden? Be as blatant and open as you want. Political? Green? Food? Sustainable? All of the above? Some posts by real people would be such an awesome resource. Thanks Everyone!

7 comments:

  1. gardening is therapy for the soul~~it allows the mind to escape and recup~~dirt under your nails is good for the spirit~~

    and you get to eat yummy yummy food! Just close your eyes and let your mind go back to eating fresh picked corn hot and buttery right out of the garden~ you dont need anything else for dinner except something to wipe your face with :)

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  2. I guess I could say ditto to Lin. I grew up in a gardening family, it's in my blood. I can't imagine buying vegetables in the summer when I can grow them myself. There is just something so rewarding about walking out to your garden and gathering ingredients for a salsd, or walking out in the morning with your bowl of cereal and picking fresh raspberries or blueberries to top it off with. As for flower gardening - it is my thereapy. All aches/pains/worries disappear when I'm working in my garden.

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  3. I started gardening as a way to do something productive in the good weather. Sitting cooped up inside the house during 6 months of cold weather, creates a burst of energy to do something when the weather gets better.

    Initially, it was just beans and tomatoes that were planted. However, seeing how productive they were and wonderful to watch the seeds grow into tiny plants to huge plants that flowered and produced fruits was a real treat. I would compare it to bearing and raising kids, but at a super speed all in 3-4 months. Ofcourse, raising our own veggies, also created mini gardeners of all our kids. They love watching/helping me garden, love watching the plants and fruits grow and then they want to go out, pick them with their own hands and ofcourse the best part is they now love to eat veggies! They know a lot about growing plants and it makes me feel proud that I am teaching them a very important life skill. Growing your own produce!

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  4. I garden for many reasons. A) It's relaxing and fun. And most importantly B) I want to know where my produce comes from, that it's organic, that is grown from Non-GMO seeds, and mostly heirloom variety. Who knows what can be on the vegetables at the market, residual pesticides etc. C) I think it's great to try to be sustainable, and be conscious of eating locally grown. Most of our produce travels miles and miles to get to the supermarket. We should grow what's in season, as much as possible.

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  5. I garden because it's something my family has always done. I really enjoy it. And there's not many other things that excite me more than seeing a seed germinate, or a plant grow, or being able to pick a vegetable.

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  6. I garden for one reason and one reason only; I like cooking with fresh vegetables and herbs. I live in a rural area, and to be honest the quality of veg is crap. The supermarkets' mass produced rubbish is the best. Local shops and especially farmshops have such low turnover they let stuff hang around until it's sold.

    I hated gardening, and never wanted to garden, but once I started getting fresh crops I realised it was the only way to get decent veg, salads and herbs.

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  7. It's a wonderful part of life! It's our humble and happy contribution to the land, to the animals, to our family and to the world.

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