Why We Garden Today

Based on the emails I received from various seed companies and plant vendors this last week, they are overwhelmed with orders, and I think it’s fair to say that gardening, as a pastime, is on the upswing. My local garden center was, for a week or so, doing curbside pickup for customers anxious to get going on a few garden projects. I was told that business was brisk the last time I lined up in my car to pick up a few perennials I had paid for over the phone. With these businesses now shut down temporarily due to the stay-at-home order, many of us have turned to mail-order as a way to keep gardening this summer.

 I’m excited at the thought that perhaps more of us are making the decision to grow things, whether it is a food crop, or a bed of summer flowers. Whatever is happening on the gardening front, IT IS GOOD. I want the next generation of children to learn how to grow strawberries, lettuce, and carrots.  I want a 28-year old to grow his first tomatoes and peppers from seed and harvest them all summer long. I want my 85-year old mother to plant her summer crop of zinnias, because home is the safest place for her to spend her time.


It is food.

It is beauty.

It provides a routine.

It is a way to give thanks.

It is a way to cope with grief.

It is a classroom for your children.

It is a way to tire your muscles so that you can find rest.

It is hope.

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