Why I garden: My growing list
--Megan Riley, M R Gardens
- The physical work of gardening encourages the flow of my lymphatic system, essential for healthy immune function.
- I like to share with others my love of growing my own food and my fascination with the natural world.
- It's best to spread out the labor of agriculture among a greater number of people. The more people involved, the less taxing the work.
- My diet becomes more and more diverse as I try unique and lesser known edibles.
- Nothing compares to the pride felt at the dinner table in front of a plate of food that I grew myself.
- I become close to the cycles of natures. As unpredictable weather directly impacts me and my food supply, I feel the imbalances in the earth, so I'm more likely to adjust my actions and activities to foster a healthy planet.
- I don't have to frantically run to the supermarket when snow is predicted. My cupboards and freezers are already stocked with food I stored during last growing season.
- I decrease the use of plastic as food goes straight from the garden to the frying pan. Less storage bags needed.
- After a hard day's work, I love to sit on my deck and admire the work I completed.
- While gardening, I gain inspiration for writing and other projects and find solutions to issues I'm facing.
- When I need a break from the computer in the middle of the day, I can go pick raspberries.
- The garden is a way to give back to my community by donating excess food to organizations and trading over the fence line with neighbors.
- My edible yard adds to the aesthetics and diversity of my community. Neighbors frequently remark on it.
- When I'm overwhelmed by the overload of information and activity of modern life, or just plain tired from travel, my garden is a place of rejuvenation.
- In our busy lives, we often forget the speed that the world is meant to operate. The garden — and the kitchen, where I peel, pickle and can — is a place to relearn a slower pace.
- The garden teaches me to appreciate the simple things, as well as helps me understand the complexities.
- The garden toughens me up — both literally (my muscles, stamina and skin on the tips of my fingers) and metaphorically (my ability to face crisis).
- Just when I think I've figured something out, the garden humbles me. I am always learning.
- It's amazing how digging up beds and spreading mulch can burn off stress, excess energy and calories.
- When I need time outside, the garden is right out my backdoor. No drive to a scenic view required.
- I love good food.
- I can guarantee that food is grown the way I want it to be done if I do it myself.
- The garden repeatedly rewards me with a sense of accomplishment as I see my visions realized.
- It is a piece of the country in the city, and helps a farm girl like me thrive in an urban area.
- It connects me to my ancestors (who were farmers), and it reminds me of times from my childhood (like snapping beans with my mom).
- The garden is a great place to learn about the rules of the ecosystem and the growing requirements and uses of an endless variety of plants.
- The garden is a great place to get to know my friends and neighbors.
- The garden is great place to get to know myself.
- It opens up an opportunity to connect with you! Share your reasons for gardening on the M R Gardens Facebook page.