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Why Garden?

Updated on September 19, 2012

I garden

Why do I garden? There is no single reason that underscores why I like to grow plants, just as there is no single plant I like to grow more than the others. There are a number of reasons why i enjoy spending time in a garden.

First, I believe that people need a hobby, interest or activity, call it what you will, that takes their minds off their day to day realities.

All of us are busy and often have a number of different thoughts or things to do that are competing for our attention.

Speaking of things to do, your hobby or personal interest should not result in you developing another list of things to do. That is not helpful and may indeed take the fun out of the doing.

That does not mean that you do not make a plan, without a plan you may never get started or get started and then have no idea what to do next.

It simply means that your plan is not the law; it is not engraved in stone, and can be changed or tossed aside, in favour of another approach.

I find gardening to be the perfect activity and that is primarily why I garden. It can keep me enjoyable occupied all year round, either doing it; reading about it; ordering seeds or planning the garden and even redrawing last year’s plans.

When I sit down with a seed catalogue the day’s news and events slip from the forefront of my mind and images of what the plants will look like when they grow take over.

This leads to giving some thought to where the new plant(s) will look best and where they will most benefit in the existing garden.

Will this be the year I plant that flowering crabapple that I have been reading about or perhaps a redwood dogwood. These thoughts nudge out the concerns about the economy, the environment and all the bad news that fills the media.

An hour spent with a seed catalogue in the deep of winter refreshes my mind and awakens the hope that Spring brings when the gardening season begins anew and old friends reappear and new ones are waiting to be discovered.

I garden because I love spending time outside; feeling the wind and the sun on my face and hands.

Of course these days you need to protect yourself from any prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays but a hat works and gardening gloves serve many purposes.

I love to grow things; there is an immense satisfaction and sense of accomplishment from watching a flower come alive from a seed that you planted a few weeks prior.

Gardening offers you an opportunity to make decisions and choices. It is yoru garden. You can decide what you want to grow; how much you want to grow and what you will do with what you choose to grow.

Gardening is an activity, that by following a few basic rules, you have an array of options to choose from and you have the freedom to pick the plants that please you or meet your needs.

I often refer to the garden as a place that exist between Nature and Civilization and the gardener is responsible for maintaining the balance between the two. When you create a garden, you are opening the door to remembering the connection that exist between humans and Nature; a connection that is very real, whether we acknowledge it or not.

Gardens do not require chemicals poured over them to thrive; that is the gardener’s job to create and maintain the conditions that allow the plants to mature and reproduce.

The garden is a learning ground where you can learn about botany, biology, math, history and become acquainted first hand with the processes that make the garden grow.

You see the relationships between the various beings who work with you to make your garden grow.

Birds and butterflies, for example, bring their beauty and other services to the well-tended garden. Bees carry out the important work of pollination and you observe the connection between what the bee does and your garden’s growth.

I garden because I love to grow things and watching a plant break the surface as the seed spring into life is always a wonder and an encouraging moment. I like to have cut flowers for our house and do not want to buy them but step outside and cut them myself. That way I know that they were grown without artificial pesticides and fertilizers.

Tomatoes are a favourite food but the ones I buy at the supermarket just do not have the flavour that the ones I pluck off the vine in my own garden do.

It is only truly fresh when the farthest distance it travels is the distance from my backyard to my kitchen table.

Simply spending time sitting in a comfortable chair in the backyard after a slow stroll through my garden is one of the best ways that I know to calm my mind and relax at the end of the work day.

As I take my first step into the garden, I can feel the day’s concerns sliding off me and my eyes begin to focus on the plants, their fruits and foliage as I look to see what ahs changed and how each plant is faring.

Then when the quiet inspection is complete I sit back and watch the dance of life performed by the bees, butterflies and other small creatures who are busy at work maintaining the garden while I sit back and enjoy the view.

There are many reason to garden and each one of us may well have our own and that is another reason that gardening is a delightful way to spend our time; our gardens are our own creations; and we are free to pursue our own interest when in the garden.

Gardens, both great and small, are a refuge from the concrete and asphalt world that surrounds so many of us as we travel back and forth to work.

Anyone who wants to, can garden; it is a matter of will and design and is a wonderful opportunitty to get away from it all without ever leaving home.


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  • profile image


    10 years ago

    Hi Bob! I just finished a PLR pack on all sorts of gardening (container, flower, rock, water, vegetable, etc). I was so inspired by my research that I went out and started a flower gardenw ith my kids. I'm also going to get tomato plants so they can see the fruit of their efforts, so to speak :) They love it!

    Growing up, my dad used to have a flourishing garden - about half an acre of everything from tall corn stalks to watermelon patches. I didn't appreciate it then, but now I'd give anything to have that backyard ripe with my own farmer's market.

    Great hub!

    tiff ;)

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for the comments, your dog has good taste.

  • marisuewrites profile image


    10 years ago from USA

    Yum, I have eaten many a warm tomatoes fresh off the vine, with or without salt...mmm

    we are forced to container garden this year...but only have planted some peppers and tomatoes..all of which are giving birth. The proud papa brought in 2 cherry tomatoes yesterday for me to eat. I turned my head and our dog ate them instead. the little stinker... Marisue

  • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

    Zsuzsy Bee 

    10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Bob as usual you cover all the bases. I'm in the midst of starting a new plot this year for veggies. More and more...can't get enough...I just want more.

    Great hub regards Zsuzsy

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome. I am doing a litlle repair work on a property next door to my home, introducing or reintroducing native plants.

  • Topaz profile image


    10 years ago

    Your hub was great it brought back memories. I am into refurbishing a national park with native species. But it is not the same as the days in my own garden. Now gardening is a challenge but very rewarding in a different way.

    Keep feeding those bees and beneficial insects they need the nutrition. The hybrid flowers are like those store bought tomatoes they have no nutritional value.

    It amazes me the way that whole cities will plant and beautify with hybrid flowers and feel like they are helping the enviroment. If the birds and bees are getting nutrition it is the junk food kind. Thanks for the hub keep them coming.

  • Coffeemugged profile image


    10 years ago from Florida

    Your hub is very inspiring! I'm renting a house right now but I think I'm going to plant some annuals out front anyway. I actually love annuals because I like variety; so every few months you get to swap them out.

    A landscaper told me that you can just cut out the bottom of the (plastic) pots of each annual and stick them in the ground and then pull them up in a few months when they die, which saves time and effort; what do you think?

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you for the kind words. I do not wear gloves in my own garden, I know what is there but when working on anotehr's property I do.

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    Roberta Kyle 

    10 years ago from Central New Jersey

    I love the concept of the garden as a place between nature and civilization and the gardner maintaining a balance between the two--seems very poetic tome. In my small garden, I am afraid nature often gets the better of civilization:-) Guess I'm not ery balanced:-( Delightful hub--thanks

  • Eileen Hughes profile image

    Eileen Hughes 

    10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

    Great hub as usual. Disagree with the gloves, I hate them I like to feel the weeds and plants. Stuff the hands. Sorrrry. But do agree with you, You cannot beat the taste and achievement of producing and eating your own home grown produce. Its just the best.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    sure, if I could I would Stacie. Start small, but gardening is a hands on activty. How much space do you have for a garden? and How much time do you have to spend gardening?

  • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

    Stacie Naczelnik 

    10 years ago from Seattle

    I would love to garden. I have always wanted to garden since I was a child and first read The Secret Garden. But every time I try to learn, I end up killing my poor plants. I read your hubs about gardening, hoping to learn how to garden, but know that until I actually do some gardening, I wont' get it. Want to head out here and help?...

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    thanks for the comments.

  • cgull8m profile image


    10 years ago from North Carolina

    I agree Garden is a therapy, the more we work, the awards are greater. The roses are already blooming in my garden, just love it. :)

  • solarshingles profile image


    10 years ago from london

    Own garden is the best anti-stress therapy and the products are very special and appreciated, as well

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks and have a great garden day.

  • Sally's Trove profile image


    10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    It is a real pleasure to read your thoughtful words this morning.

    Spring is finally showing here in the northeast, the weather is a little warmer, there's been an overnight rain, and the air is fresh and still. I will be out there in a little while seeing what popped up since yesterday, weeding along the borders, and maybe adding some stepping stones.

    Thanks for setting such a lovely tone for the day.


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