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I love to garden because I feel like I am playing in a big adult sand box and I enjoy the birds chirping and my cat laying next to me while I am gardening....

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For years I tried to plant a small garden on the side of my house. It is the only place where I have enough space but it didn't get enough sun.

I buy the plants (tomatoes, peppers, strawberries) and I put them in the ground with fertilizer and a prayer. They will grow very slowly and even start to produce but then they die, or the bugs get them, or a hail storm destroys them. Apparently, I have the black thumb of death.

I love digging in the dirt, the feel, the smell. the warmth, and the earthiness but I always end up being disappointed. I would love to get some pointers from some of you for gardening or even planting in pots. I would be grateful for any help any of you could give me. I love to eat everything so I don't really care what I grow.

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I find that working in the flower beds is very relaxing for me. I would much rather putter in the garden than mow grass. Guess that is why I kept digging up the yard and putting more flower beds in. I love it after a hard, dreary winter to look out in the flower beds and see the crocus pushing up through the snow. When they open and you have that pop of color you know that spring is almost here. My mom is 82 (83 in May) and she still likes to get out and putter in the flower beds. Plus that is the one time she doesn't fuss me for playing in the dirt!

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I love gardening because I can stretch alot - very theraputic, enjoy the sunshine, hear the birds sing, and I get excited when I see all the beauty I've planted. It's my therapy. emoticon

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I LOVE PLAYING IN THE DIRT AND SEEING THINGS GROW. HERE IS SITE THAT I LOVE . I DONATE TO HER EVERY YEAR AND TRADE SEEDS SOMETIMES. I USE HER SEEDS FOR MY TOMATOES. Wintersown.Org TAKE A LOOK I THINK YOU WILL LIKE IT

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I get so much satisfaction from gardening. I love the feel of digging in the dirt and planting with my own two hands. However, I moved last year in the fall and my new home creates a gardening problem. My backyard faces north and I have two (2) big shade trees in the back also. Needless to say, I don't get much sun in the back, but I would still like to plant a garden. Do any of you have this or a similar problem? Or do you have suggestions as to what I might do?

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This question made me really stop and think, why do I love gardening? Some of the reasons I have come up with are:
Pride in growing some of our own food and eating it fresh picked. I love flowers and love to "create" with them. The garden is definitely another form of artwork.
and getting down into the dirt. It is so good for the soul.

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I love the concept when you said gardening is like "a big adult sand box"!!!
That is exactly how I feel but never had it put into words!

What is really funny is that I do "have" a sand box that I plant in! When I was a child my father fixed up this huge iron wheel from some machine that he filled with sand. My sister and I played in it many years.
After we grew up they then filled it up with dirt and always had it full of flowers.
When they sold the farm and moved to town, they took the "sand box flower bed" with them.
Both of my parents are gone now but the "sand box" is still around, right in my backyard!!! ha ha
I have had flowers, tomato plants, and then flowers again in it. Something different each year.

Just had to share since your note brought a big smile to my face!!!
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I love to garden cause it's my passion ..It's like working in a big adult sand box to me..once I am working in my gardens everything else around me I dont listen to

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I love to garden because I can lose myself in it. Sewing seeds or pricking out seedlings can absorb me in the polytunnel for a couple of hours. Seeing the plants grow, of course, is very satisfying - the flowers and shrubs in the wet garden and butterfly garden, the veggies in the raised beds. And eating the produce, well...

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Books and gardens were the connections I had with my mom. Cancer took her many years ago, but she left a legacy of a love of reading that has been passed to her grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her favorite hymn was In the Garden (I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses....). She grew the most beautiful roses, experimenting and succeeding with amazing results.
It connects me, too, with my dad, as he discovered that her rose gardens were the perfect ph for his hot peppers, LOL. He had her screaming every spring when he'd sneak out one evening and plant them between her roses. She wouldn't harm the plants by taking them out once they'd been planted, so her roses were peppered with peppers every year.
One of my earliest memories was of picking strawberries for desert with Mom in our own backyard. I was two.

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How exciting!!! I love Hummingbirds. I don't get to see them very often but it is wonderful when I do!
They will love your butterfly garden!

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Because this happened a few minutes ago
I am soo excited.I JUST SAW A HUMMINGBIRD OUTSIDE THE WINDOW.I just got a blurry picture but it was sooo awesome. I haven't seen one since I was 12 years old and at my grandmothers. I am now 64.Wow Wow. I hope this means I will see more in the butterfly garden. Can you see me grinning from ear to ear emoticon

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It improves the look of my home.


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It could not have been said any better. emoticon
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New to this site. My husband and I bought a home a year ago Oct. and as a wedding gift he let me have a professional landscaper build me beds for a rose garden. I am so beyond words if have about 15 rose bushes now and today one rose one bush opened right over the right shoulder of my mermaid garden statue it looks like it is in her hair. I garden because it reminds me to stop and breath in the beauty around me and that all the stuff of the world cannot compare to the beauty, magnificance and simplicity of one blooming flower, or the mystery of transformation displayed in one Monarch butterfly. Our journey is as beautiful and majestic if we chose to touch it, with the same tender love that we plant our seedlings. Nourishing it with the right amount of water, sunshine and timely fertilizer. In nourishing my garden Ifeed my soul.


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I thought of another reason I love flower gardens.
It is because I also love butterflies and am fascinated with all bugs and insects!! Love to take pictures of them too!

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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Hi all, I love to garden because I like flowers and gardening is relaxing to me. I prefer the creative aspects of gardening like the design and mixing of different colors and plants, more so than the maintenance like pruning and weeding, but it's worth it to have a tidy beautiful garden. I also like to see things grow and change, and I like to cut flowers and put them in a vase in my kitchen. In the summer I go outside every day to see what's grown in the garden--it's something I really look forward to.
My dad always had a 10'x10' vegetable garden in our backyard in Chicago, and when I was growing up I watched him work in the garden and liked eating the fresh vegetables--especially the fresh juicy Campbells tomatoes! When I got my first house, he put in a raised bed for me, and I've been gardening ever since. Now I have a large area that my husband fenced in and I mix flowers and vegetables together for a more colorful and interesting composition (I got that idea from my sister-in-law who has a big mixed garden that's very impressive and beautiful).
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Why do I garden -- for the beauty I can share with others.


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I garden because:

My grandmother taught me how and she was my favorite person in the whole wide world and I do it still today to be close to her (she's in heaven).

I love "digging in the dirt," planting, pulling weeds!, moving plants around, anything to do with gardening!

I love planting/eating veggies, herbs, and flowers. My husband is putting in 2 raised beds for me this year!

I garden organically.

I love home grown basil, tomatoes, other fresh veggies and herbs, cut flowers, and everything home grown.

I love to try new types of veggies, herbs, and flowers!

I just love to garden, Period!

OOPS - I forgot to mention my Monarch garden - I grow flowers, milkweed, dill, etc. that attract Monarchs so that in the fall (also in the summer so they will "hang out!") stop by on their migration down south! So much fun!!!

I also garden for hummingbirds, butterflies, and other birds and "critters!" Yes, I share my garden with rabbits, a few deer, ground hogs, opossums, and who knows what else. Although I live in the suburbs, they all manage to come and eat!!!



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I garden for a plethora of reasons....

I garden because:

I can...as I'm blessed with mobility.

I have space...which isn't always the case in So Cal.

It motivates me...to try harder, work longer, be patient, share the fruits of my labor, be creative and of course...TO EAT MORE VEGGIES!! emoticon

When I'm outside, listening to nature, working the soil and enjoying sunshine on my shoulders...I feel close to God and it makes my heart sing.

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Lastly, I garden because it brings 3 generations together and is a great tool for teaching life lessons. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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You are right about the frustrations sometimes. But that just adds to the anticipation, wondering what is going to happen next!! LOL
Rabbits get my plants sometimes but they are so cute I can't get very mad!

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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I garden for several reasons. I like planning what to grow, I love seeing the miracle of a sprouting seed, I like seeing the tiny plants grow to maturity and start to produce food, I like the flowers some of them have, I like the taste of fresh vegetables, I like not buying them at the store... Sometimes there is frustration (a mouse eating my tiny sprouts, weeds growing faster than the plants I want, some plants not growing as expected, weather causing delays in planting or growth, bugs getting more than their share...) but it's still worth it to me!

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I will agree it is so peaceful. My husband is the kind of person that has to have tv or radio on and he is a little hard of hearing. So you know what that means and now you know why I like it out there. emoticon
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I garden for the thrill of it,So much happens when a garden is growing,I think most important to me is peace of mind while I tend the garden

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emoticon Yes it does give me more to photogragh

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Hi Ms Eleni, how are you. It also fun to garden so we can take pictures and put in our blog, right?


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The first Is a thrill for sure

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I had not thought of the anticipation. I planted some pepper seed and I check them daily and count how many little 2-leaf victory signs I see. Thanks for reminding me.


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I think a lot of my love of gardening is the anticipation and the excitment.

I love to see the fist spot of green from a seed I planted.
I love to see the first bud on a flowering plant.
I love to see the first sign of a tiny green tomato.
I love to see the first butterfly go through the yard.

Then I love to see the second spot of green.....
etc, etc, etc, LOL!!!

It is all so very exciting!!!!!

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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I don't know that it is the reason I garden, but one of the great benefits of gardening is great exercise. I find it a fun way to exercise.


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There are so many reasons why I enjoy gardening. I love just planting and waiting for the veggies or flowers to grow. In the summer its like having a mini farmers market in my back yard.I plant lettuce,tomatoes,potatoes,broccoli,beans,p
eas,hot peppers,bell peppers,corn. I also have a strawberry patch and blueberry bushes and a grape vine. I have flower gardens around my home and I enjoy just walking around the flower beds and looking at all the pretty flowers. Planting,mulching,weeding...love every moment of gardening.

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I have always loved plants.Many years ago when I was in a very bad marriage my plants helped me keep my sanity. Now I have the most wonderful hubby in the world and I love my plants just for the joy of seeing them do well.Since I am disabled I have to have easy things.Hubby has been helping with ones I can't tend to.
I have been trying to grow veggies in containers and so far not done well.This is our 3rd time and I am hoping the 3rd times the charm.Time will show.LOL

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Kaylslynn, I am with you on not having a clean garden but I need to have one. emoticon
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Why do I garden?
I think my love of it comes from growing up on a farm where the wonder's of God's hand can be abundant. From the birth of a calf to the growing of a field of corn.
I garden to relax and enjoy the outdoors. I am constantly amazed at the growing of something I planted from seed. How God's hand is in the creation of it. I also garden so I can do the harvesting/canning, which is something else I really enjoy and have gotten my husband to enjoy canning his bread/butter pickles.

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WHY DO I GARDEN JUST TO GET OUT IN THE SUNNSHINE AND ENJOY GOD'S CREATION. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN MY LIFE. MY HUSBAND WOULD LIKE EVERY YEAR FOR ME TO NOT BOTHER THEN HE GETS INTERESTED TOO. IT IS A WAY OF LIFE WITH ME. I AM NOT A CLEAN GARDENER YOU WILL FIND WEEDS SOMETIMES MORE THEN THE PLANTS BUT I HAVE TO DO IT. IT IS PART OF WHO I AM.

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I think that the dirt, water, and sunlight makes more than the plants grow. I garden because I enjoy it. It's great exercise, it provides entertainment (especially when the ducks follow me up there), it's relaxing, and I get to eat what I grow. This will be my first year trying to grow flowers. I'm putting in a perennial flower bed for my bees that I'm going to be getting in a few days hopefully. I love feeling like I can provide food for myself if I need to. This is the same reason I raise ducks, chickens, and rabbits too.

Unfortuantly, half of the green peas, the raspberries, some of the strawberries, and a couple ears of sweet corn never make it to the house! A lunch consisting of the sweetest strawberries is wonderful, especially when you don't want to go inside.

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She who plants a garden works hand in hand with God.

Loved reading these posts. You all are just the best inspiration. I can't wait to read more.

Hugs, Sunny

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Why do I garden? so many people have ask, but I never really thought about. I have always loved being outside playing in the dirt, planting or digging up something; even as a child. I have had a vegetable garden since my second year of marriage, that was back in 1972; I was just 17 1/2 years old. Always had house plants, then I started planting flowers outside.
I never really thought about it much, until I could not do it. A few years back I had to move out of the house I had planted so many flowers around, and so very many vegetable gardens each spring. For several years prior I could no longer put in much of a vegetable garden due to my health. I did however have tomatoes in pots and lettuce and peppers in the flower bed.
I stayed with a friend for a year and she is the one the made me realize just why I REALLY gardened!
When I am out side in the garden it is meditation for me, more that work! Yes, it is great to have all that fresh picked food; that you grew yourself - but for me it's more than that.
I feel a sense of worth when I am in the garden, I feel closer to everything when I am there. I feel a sense of accomplishment, I feel closer to nature, closer to myself, and closer to my God. It amazes me so very much to watch something grow, and know that without Him it would not be possible, I would not be here to see it.
Have you ever noticed how each and every little petal and leaf of a flower is different? Each tomato, or carrot has it's own special shape? Every flower has it's very own fragrance?
Next time you are in the garden, put down the trowel and just sit awhile - it just might become your favorite place to to live too.
have fun in your garden girls



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My Grandpa always had beds and beds of flowers and a large plot at the back of the yard for vegetables. I used to admire how he'd spend hours and hours in his gardens. My parents never had vegetables, but massive flower gardens, that would just fill the air with wonderful scents. I don't have any flower beds, but I do have hanging baskets and pots with flowers every summer. Last year I tried my hand at vegetables, in pots and had great success with three different types of tomato plants, red bell peppers, english cucumbers and bush string beans, which were our favorite. Why do I garden? First, I think I was a Farmer in another life, lol, but most of all there is nothing like picking vegetables and having them on your dinner plate an hour later. Can't beat home grown organic veggies, they actually make me feel healthier all summer long.

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Gardening is me time if I am by myself. I feel very close to my higher power when I spend this time taking care of His creations. I can see his handiwork when the little peppers peep up and raise their two little leaves toward the sky. I smile when the daffodils wave in the March breeze fans their little faces. When Jim comes out to help, it is a time to spend with the one I love. When do I garden? It is one of the joys of my life.


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I garden for the fresh taste of the veggies and with the flowers I plant, there are the memories of my mother, grandmother and my aunts. That way they are never far away. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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Why do I love to garden?????
I have gardened for over 20 years now. I had 12 gardens around our first home. When we moved here, we brought many of our mature plants, so it looked like we had lived here for years. I now have 8 gardens. I was a teacher for over 35 years and I remember really enjoying my gardens because it was so peaceful. The plants were never a discipline problem and the silence of the garden was golden. It was a place where I could totally relax and see the fruits of my labors on a daily basis. Two years ago I had my right knee replaced. This has made it impossible to get on my knees and get as close to my plants as I did in the past.......but I am not giving up on my gardens. I just tackle them in different ways. I know that there will come a day when I will have to hire the children of my Amish neighbors, and I plan to do that, as I enjoy the beauty so much. I also have a 2-1/2 year old grand-daughter who I hope to pass my love of gardening on to. If it works, she can also help me.

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Have you tried one of those rolling gardener seats. That at least may let you do some narow borders. There are also ergonomic tools that help out people that can't use regular tools. I hope this helps you out at least a little.

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Why do I Garden!
Why I Garden? Wow! Well my parents always gardened and I love to. I love the fresh fruits and veggies and no pesticide and financial savings too. But the real answer as to Why is because when I am in my garden I am one with Nature. I enjoy the fragrant smell of the warm soil, the color and beauty of the growing veggies and fruits, delight with the hummingbirds coming nose to nose with me, seeing the fluttering butterflies as they visit my herbs and perform aerial acrobats, watching the fiercely protective bluebirds, hearing the beautiful songs of the birds as they encourage me to be of good cheer, the warm breeze on my skin, the stillness and calm of the garden, the sense that I am on my knees and have a quiet time to commune with the Lord. A sense of peace and all is well.


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I actually hated gardening when I was a kid and the thought of buying a house and having to garden was very scary to me but before I planted grass in the gardens, I decided to give it a try.

And, lo and behold, I found it very soothing to dig around in the dirt. I even liked weeding! I liked nothing better than waking up early on a Sunday summer morning and going outside to play in the dirt.

Unfortunately, in the fall of 2004, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and my garden has steadily gone downhill since then much to my dismay. I started with 6 gardens and now I'm down to 4 gardens and they always seem to be a mess and it's gotten to the point that I kind of hate looking at them, which is a big disappointment to me because I love my flowers!

The main problems I have are that I can't kneel, crouch or sit on the ground. It hurts to bend over for longer than a couple of minutes at a time and it hurts to use a spade.

Lately, I've been looking more at container gardening and replacing some of my gardens with flowering bushes instead.

I wish I had the money to hire someone to come and clean up my gardens for me. The main issues I have are grass and chickweed constantly growing in my gardens and mulch doesn't help at all all.

And, I wish that gardening was once again the soothing, relaxing pastime that it was in the past and that it wasn't just a big headache because I really love looking at lovely flower gardens.

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What great responses.

Hope we get some more.

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LOL You sound like a woman after my own heart. Happy gardening.

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I already got rid of my front lawn and pared down the back lawn still not enough for more, so I have a lot of pots too

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One reason I garden is because I love it! But I also do it to save money, for health and beauty, love to have my hand in the dirt and see everything grow.

I have gardened since I was very young. My first memory of myself gardening is of picking Strawberries in a field at my parents house. I do remember my Parents growing potatoes in the late fifties in Germany, when I was just four years old. As a teenager my Dad gave me a small plot and I grew mostly flowers. Every since I at least had a flower garden wherever we lived.

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Hey BUTEAFULL
I had the same problem when I went to nurseries then I realized lawn is only garden space that as not been utilized yet. My garden areas keep getting bigger and my lawn keeps getting smaller. Gee less mowing now that does help the environment since lawn mowers emit so much pollution.

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I've always loved flowers, My Grandma and Mother after her always kept gardens and I guess it runs in the family. My problem is...everytime I go to the nursery I see something I want but I've run out of space for more plants.
I also like to think I'm doing something for the environment, and creating more photosynthesis for more oxygen and less carbon dioxide

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During my interview for the Master Gardener program, I was asked when I started gardening. I related my first memory of it. I was sitting at a wash tub cleaning potatoes while my folks dug them and my older bother and sisters carried them up from the garden. I had that job because I was too small to carry the basket. Even when I lived in apartments I always had lots of plants all over the place.

Growing things is just something I have done as long as I can remember and I can't see myself not doing it.

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Love allof the reasos why you grow a garden!

Thanks so much for sharing.

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Growing things are so inspiring to me, and I feel very proud to grow delicious organic food. And I'm creating beauty with my flower garden.


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I think it is very therapeutic also.

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler

Thanks for sharing, Carol.

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I really got into gardening when we moved up here to the mountains where we have seasons. Had tried a little for years but hated the heat in the Phoenix area.

When we moved up here we had just had a horrible 6 months and I threw myself into gardening. i worked on the garden beds, paths and rooms for hours every day. I slowly worked my way out of depression. And 11 years later I look forward to it every spring. It's hard work but so rewarding.

I guess my answer is, I garden because it makes me feel so good! I love the rewards. We have a very short growing season for veggies so I don't grow as many veggies as I would like.

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Open discussion for all Veggie and Blooms Members.
I can't wait to see your answers.

I have always had a garden and it just gives me so much hope. There is something about putting a seed in the ground and waiting to see it grow into something lovely.

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

It also gives me an excuse to play in the dirt.

Hope to hear why you garden!

Sunny



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