Re: Why Do You Garden?
Like so many others I spent a good deal of my childhood in gardens with my family; so I was bred to it as well. Also as some others have mentioned gardening has given me great solace when I have been feeling untethered. Like megansgreen, I was in college living in a rental property when I discovered that I didn’t just enjoy gardening- I needed to garden.
I think it is the necessary integration of your mental and physical abilities that gardening provides. In THE REACTOR AND THE GARDEN, Wendell Berry states, “It may take a bit of effort to realize that perhaps the most characteristic modern ‘achievement’ is the obsolescence of the human body. Jogging and other forms of artificial exercise do not restore the usefulness of the body, but are simply ways of assenting to its uselessness; the body is a diverting pet, like one’s chihuahua, and must be taken out for air and exercise. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race.”
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my ‘roots’ in gardening because I have just had a son, whom I can’t wait to get out into the garden with! I have done a lot of gardening with children, and personally I can’t think of anything more enjoyable. No wonder so many of us have good memories of our parents or grandparents in the garden- the only thing better than the work of a garden is sharing it with those you love.