This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

cultivate your own - 100 reasons

100 reasons to grow a vegetable garden:

"Find the shortest, simplest way between the earth, the hands, and the mouth."
-Lanza Del Vasto
To participate in one of the basic parts of living - producing your own food
Free food!
Reduce trips to the grocery store
To reduce pesticides and chemicals in your food
To experience the seasons
To increase vitamin D levels by regular sunlight exposure
To breath fresh air
For physical exercise that produces something tangible
To hear the birds singing
For the beauty of the plants
For the scents, colors and sounds of the garden
To create a work of art
To express yourself with straight even rows or wild tangled patches
A weight bearing activity that can increase bone density
Produce better quality food
To grow rare and heirloom varieties not available commercially
For a quiet break from high stress and electronic activities
For access to super local food
To put your yard into productive use
To beautify your yard
To help support honey bee and butterfly populations
So you can blog about it during downloads
To produce food you can share
To lower your food costs
So you can meet other gardeners
To know exactly where your food comes from
For a hobby your whole family can participate in
For real food
To support the green movement and reduce your global footprint
To eat more vegetables and less junk food
To play in the dirt
For geosmin, the musky smell of freshly turned soil
For sustainability as an ethical and practical way to live
To support biodiversity
For access to seasonal food
For minimally processed food
For the freshest and sweetest tomatoes
For giant dark red beets
Because enjoyment of the fruit is complete when one is "inextricably entwined with the memory of the plant in its various stages of development" KGI
For more sunlight
For lots of new crops to celebrate with a martini
For happiness
To remember my grandparents' and my parents' gardens and to grow and enjoy the plants they grew
To care for the earth, ourselves and others
To learn about nature
To experience the interconnectedness of our environment

I don't quite have a 100 reasons yet. Let me know your reasons. I'm sure we can reach at least 100!

Cultivate Greatness
Micheal Pollan's website
Belmont Community Supported Agriculture Blog
J. Ikerd papers
Kitchen Gardeners International



Anonymous Anonymous said...

To educate my children on where their food comes from.

August 26, 2008 12:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To teach my sons to be proud of something they helped cultivate.

August 26, 2008 12:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To protect the land from development - Cazaux

August 26, 2008 12:32 PM

Blogger kathy said...


August 26, 2008 1:02 PM

Blogger Mary said...

*to get your hands dirty
*to appreciate the careful progression of time and the effects of sun and rain
*to remain in awe about the miracle of nature - how a tiny seed can grow a tomato plant with multiple fruits some of which were 6 inches across!
*to find a cool, colorful blog through which you can learn, share and enjoy (though virtually) a garden's bounty (thanks!)

August 26, 2008 2:22 PM

Blogger kathy said...

definitely - the miracle of nature! thanks

August 26, 2008 2:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The food test a hole lot better

August 26, 2008 6:28 PM

Anonymous phyllis said...

To revive almost forgotten memories and favorites from childhood that are no longer avaialble unless you grow them. (like a Charlston Grey watermelon! Huge, tasty, full of seeds and so unlike those wimpy, seedless little watermelons we see today.)

August 26, 2008 9:01 PM

Blogger Barb said...

For the sense of accomplishment.

August 26, 2008 11:21 PM

Blogger Susy said...

To make your gardens look nicer.

August 27, 2008 10:20 AM

Blogger Pookie said...

To have something green and fresh to dream about in cold and dreary January!

To be stunned to discover the bean you dropped in the ground grew pods and that those pods are filled with six or eight more beans -- and to be stunned to discover this every time you open another pod.

To learn that companion planting works, and in the process, feel like you've been given a gift of the knowledge of all the generations of gardeners that came before.

August 27, 2008 12:39 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I love reading these!

August 27, 2008 1:07 PM

Anonymous Nick from Tehachapi, Ca said...

To sweat, to feel the earth, to be in touch spiritually.
Also I honor my Grandfather and other family members. I am growing garlic, parsley and basil from seeds, & seed garlic that goes back up to 90 years old from Italy.
Kathy, this is the best garden blog on the internet.

August 28, 2008 1:08 AM

Blogger kathy said...

thanks Nick

August 28, 2008 10:19 AM

Blogger Molly said...

So, I know, super old post, but still, has anyone mentioned the simple, straight forward answer: For Fun??

January 17, 2012 7:18 PM

Blogger kathy said...

What a super answer - For FUN!!

January 17, 2012 8:27 PM


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