I keep hearing that more people are gardening this year due to the economy and I believe it. I usually go to two places to get my plants and seeds, usually a garden center and Lowe’s or Wal-Mart. This year I had to go to four stores to find all the things I wanted to plant. I had trouble finding what I needed.
When I would ask the workers about something I wanted, they stated that they were having trouble keeping things in stock. They also said that they were having trouble even getting some things in. When I heard this I was glad that I was able to find everything I wanted, even if I did have to go to four stores.
Since gardening is becoming so popular I thought I would give some of my thoughts about why I garden.
I have had some sort of a garden since I got married. Some years it was only a few tomato plants and other years it was quite a bit larger. If you read my posts about gardening you might think I like to garden. Well, do you know what? I really do not like to garden. In fact I actually dislike it.
I have severe allergies and asthma and have since I was a child. If I spend more than thirty minutes outside this time of year I am miserable with congestion and a sinus headache. I am very allergic to grass and anywhere it touches me I break out in a rash. But I continue to garden. I know the benefits of a garden far out-weigh the inconveniences I suffer.
Gardening is also a lot of work, hard work. The work is good for me, but not necessarily fun. When people first start gardening I don’t think they realize how much work it really is. But in my opinion it is worth it.
Here are a few reasons why gardening works for me.
I know what I can grow is better then what I can buy. It is so much better. It tastes so much better and is so much fresher.
I can also grow things so much cheaper. A package of lettuce seeds costs less than $2, usually around $1. I can get a whole row of lettuce for this. I can’t buy very much lettuce in the store for that. I can also buy one tomato plant for around $1.50. That one plant gives me way more than a $1.50 worth of tomatoes.
Produce from my garden is healthier. I control what I use on it. I know what does or doesn’t get sprayed on it. I know what goes into the soil. I know where it comes from.
I also love the lessons gardening teaches my family. My kids have a pretty easy life. A little work is good for them. I learned so much watching and working in my parent’s garden. It teaches you patience, diligence, and the rewards of hard work. You spend months planting, weeding, watering, more weeding and more watering. But then after a few months you can go pick a fresh juicy tomato and eat it with some fresh tender lettuce. You reap the rewards of all your hard work. I want my kids to learn these lessons.
Gardening is also great exercise.
So those are just some of the reasons why I garden. In my opinion the benefits of a garden are well worth it.
So do you garden? Do you love to garden or do you garden just because you like the results?