How to Enjoy Your Garden Even More: Part 4 of 4

Gardening Enriches Your Life

Pursuing a garden is a human activity that enriches your life.

Over this month I've offered many aspects of how it enriches your life, and of course there are many other dimensions. To recap:

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How to Enjoy Your Garden Even More: Part 3 of 4

Gardening is Spiritual

Gardening is a way to become intimately involved with the natural world. In today’s human-made world, many of us feel like something is “missing,” and we look to nature for answers.

When growing plants and tending them, you become a part of the rhythm of life. You can't help but notice how life cycles work in nature - rain, sunlight, severe weather, temperature, death, and new life. People interpret it...

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How to Enjoy Your Garden Even More: Part 2 of 4

We continue our deep dive to increase your enjoyment (and satisfaction) of your garden. By understanding your values and your motivations for gardening, you will enjoy your garden even more!

Last week we considered how Gardening is Good for Everyone.  

  • Why it's good for you
  • Why it's good for community

This week, let's look at the impact of your home garden or garden plot on the environment. 

Gardening is...

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How to Enjoy Your Garden Even More: Part 1 of 4

What's the point in growing vegetables?

From an economic standpoint (in the United States), it just doesn't make sense.

Growing vegetables for yourself in a home garden will never give you cheaper produce. Commercial farmers have made their growing, harvesting, and processing procedures so efficient that we enjoy inexpensive, high quality (mostly), abundant vegetables. 

Your home-canned tomatoes will never cost you only $0.98...

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Three Strategies to Step Up Your Gardening Game

Did you grow a vegetable garden in 2020? 

Gardening was an actual trend in 2020, thanks to the pandemic. In fact, Google reports that "how to start a vegetable garden" was searched twice as much in 2020 than 2019." (from Google Trends {trends.google.com} "A Year in Search 2020," downloaded 12/28/20).

In late March, NPR reported that people planted more vegetable gardens because they were worried about shortages. Breck's, a plant...

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