WHY GARDEN? WHAT'S THE POINT?

WHY GARDEN? WHAT'S THE POINT?

This is the story of how someone embarks on the slow journey from absolute beginner to obsessional green thumb. The journey often starts when you first become responsible for a piece of ground and you have to decide whether you want to spend your time mowing a lawn or growing some vegetables. Over time your interest may develop as Audrey Driscoll explains in her article which I found on the Gardening Know How website.

In winter, at the beginning of a new year, gardeners often make plans, think of improvements, dream of new projects and triumphs. We draw maps of perennial borders and vegetable plots. We make lists of plants, bulbs and seeds to acquire, and lists of tasks to be carried out.
But why do any of this? Why do we get excited about a pastime that involves moving yards of soil or mulch, chopping tree roots, excavating clay, raking up leaves and other plant debris? Why on earth do we choose to spend so much time on our knees or bent over, or balancing in unnatural positions while wrapping twine around stakes? What?s so rewarding about getting dirty, sweaty and achy?
Why garden? What?s the point?
There are probably as many answers as there are gardeners. Those with vegetable plots, berry patches or orchards would say it?s to produce their own food ? the zero-mile diet. Many homeowners would declare that landscaping adds to the value of their property. Others would cite a desire to do away with the labor of maintaining the suburban lawn by replacing it with xeriscaping. Some may have been inspired by a fad such as ?tropicalismo,? redecorating their yard like they did their living room. And parents may decide that showing their kids how to grow things is healthy and educational.
All of these are perfect reasons to start gardening, but to keep doing it year after year needs a powerful and compelling motivation. For competitive types, it might be a desire to grow a bigger pumpkin, or more tomatoes, or better strawberries. Masochists bitten by the gardening bug would just keep up their climate zone denial, trying yet again to grow palm trees or figs ? or blue poppies (now there?s masochism!). Like farmers, gardeners live in ?next year country.?
That?s why we have all those lists and plans. The visions behind them are often the best parts of gardening. Once a person starts having those visions and making those lists and plans they have crossed the line between people who do ?yard work? and those for whom the act of gardening is an end in itself.

See more at Gardening Know How

I am a keen gardener and so created Garden Pics and Tips for people who love gardens and enjoy great pictures of plants and gardens. Also covered are practical tips on all aspects of gardening.

One thought on “WHY GARDEN? WHAT'S THE POINT?

Comments are closed.