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Re: Why garden?


That's the truth. I got my gardening thing from mother and Nana, her mother.
No doubt about that. But I love to read too. I just do most of it in the
winter. Or in bits & pieces on the porch in between moving the hose.

On 10/19/05, james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
>
> Gosh. Quite a challenge.
>
> Can't imagine where to start, except to say that anyone who knowing
> equates Birdseye's accomplishment with edible food has a serious
> problem with attention-deficiency or denial. I've even known chain
> smokers, for god's sake, who thought frozen was a very poor substitute
> for fresh.
>
>
> On Oct 19, 2005, at 6:44 PM, kmrsy@netzero.net wrote:
>
> > 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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> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
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