Reasons To Grow Your Own Garden!


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By iMages - November 12, 2020


Plants lead relatively straightforward lives. They sprout, grow, and reproduce. Gardening teaches us how to participate in this life cycle, helping when we can and leaving well enough alone when we must.

Gardening is part faith in the future and part lessons from the past, but mostly it’s the quality of our actions in the present that distinguish success from failure. 

The daily tasks, the doing, not the planning or reviewing, truly make a garden. 

Gardening is a live-in-the-moment activity with wonderful rewards reaped long after the hard work is done.

 Planting is an investment 

 Planting is an investment in the future—the garden’s future, the gardener’s future, and of course the future of the plants going into the ground.

Many people are drawn to gardening because they want to connect with nature, create beauty around their home, and/or grow food.

This investment in the future starts before we dig a hole. 

It starts when we decide to garden, when we choose to assume responsibility for living things and bring them home. 

Knowing why we want to garden, having a plot of land and a plan for it, having a few good tools, and knowing something about the living things we are going to populate our garden with are necessary first steps.

Why Garden?

I’ve taught hundreds of new gardeners how to garden, and the reasons they take my classes are varied yet predictable. 

The one goal they all share is a desire to connect with nature, to learn how to grow plants and interact successfully with the living environment. 

Other popular reasons my students want to garden are to create beauty around the home and to grow food.

Every gardener is unique, and it is from these primary aspirations that more general reasons to garden increase the motivation to grow. 

We want to enjoy the outdoors, relieve stress, spend time exercising or relaxing in fresh air and sunshine, express our creativity, or enjoy a sense of accomplishment. 

Those desires then lead to more specific objectives, such as growing show-quality cut flowers, building a plant collection, or creating habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

New gardeners may start with a practical goal such as increasing the value of their home by surrounding it with healthy landscape plants, but in time they may find they have learned how to heal a damaged ecosystem through sustainable gardening practices or reduce energy use by providing shade and windbreaks for the house. 

Whatever the reason we get gardening, our focused engagement with plants and the land will shape our experiences as gardeners.



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