“Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just go buy tomatoes?”

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this response when I show a non-gardener my small vegetable patch in my backyard.

We have trained ourselves in our culture to evaluate most every thing pertaining to food from an economic standpoint. “Is it cheap?” wins out over most other concerns. We like our meals inexpensive so much so that we forget there are other pleasures also to be enjoyed.

This is why I recommend that this year be the one you plant a garden.

It doesn’t have to be complicated. Even if it’s as small as growing a few herbs in a container on the patio, nurturing something you can eventually eat has value beyond saving money.

It is quite rewarding to watch a plant grow. It responds graciously to your care. It doesn’t ask for much other than a little water and sunlight. And in return it gives a blossom or fruit as a form of thanks. At least this is how I’ve learned to see it.

I gained this lesson at an early age by planting a six pack of cherry tomato plants in a large box off the back of our house. I guess I was about 12 or so, and I never got over the thrill of going out to pick the sweet little gems and eating them right off the vine. Guess what was the first thing I planted when I moved into my first house with a back yard?

Remember that beauty, pleasure and satisfaction may cost a little more cash, but they leave you with something that will last longer than the change in your pocket.

Plant a garden

2 thoughts on “Plant a garden

  • February 19, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Dude, I’ve seen the “little patch” at the back of your house at the height of summer: I’d say you’ve successfully moved on since that first container of cherry tomatoes!

  • March 2, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I have been learning this lesson deeply over the past few years. Thanks for the little reminder of why I start seeds in my kitchen greenhouse in February!!
    ~ Dee Anne

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