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RE: Why garden?

Yep can definitely relate. Personally think everyone 'needs' something in
their life. Without it, we become nasty bored stressed individuals. I also
understand that gardening is not for everyone, just like hobbies others have
that don't work for me.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of kmrsy@netzero.net
> Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 5:44 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] Why garden?
> My sister sent me this quote and her following question:
> "Unless you've managed to plant pizza, gardening is a royal waste of
> time in my book. There's nothing quite like spending a humid afternoon
> waltzing a tiller through a quarter-acre of rocks and innocent worms, as
> I recently did, to make you appreciate the genius of Clarence Birdseye
> (the man who perfected, if that's the right word, frozen vegetables).
> And think about it: when's the last time you caught a bunch of
> freeloading rabbits in your grocer's freezer case?"
> [From my sister]So how on earth are you and I related?  I can't imagine
> two more disparate views on a subject, can you?
> My reply to my non-gardening sister:
> Think about mom and dad. Ok, they weren't related, but that's where we
> get things from. In so many ways I was closer to Mom and you to Dad, but
> there are parts of them in each of us. I hate to admit this but I think
> I got the inclination from Dad.
> Mom liked to sit and read, so do you. Dad liked to do things, to make
> something from something else; so do I. That's not to say we don't each
> have some of the other. You spend more time improving your mind and
> building your knowledge, while I spend more on my canvas. You develop a
> certain pleasure and accomplishment out of completing a puzzle while I
> find that to be nice - but then it's done, over, nothing concrete to
> show for it. I get that feeling of accomplishment from watching
> something grow from the connections I built for it. It pays me back
> every day. The hard work is worth it (besides - if it weren't for that I
> might get no exercise at all) It has given me a connectedness both to my
> home and to friends on the internet, something I sorely lacked without
> it. Note, too that the writer was talking about vegetable gardening. I
> don't grow food. I am an ornamental gardener and there is a huge
> difference. Were it not for gardening I would feel so lost in this world
> as I did before I found it. You don't know how good it can feel at the
> end of a day of tilling and rock moving to fall into the adirondack and
> survey your accomplishments and like what you see and think, "I did
> that." Of course, you can say that about your kids, but that was a team
> effort. This is all me. I don't know if that clears anything up, but
> that's how it is.
> [To Chat]Thought some of you might be able to relate.
> Kitty
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