I’ve always loved yards with lots of different types of plants in them. And I’ve always been unimpressed by grass. Did you know that sod is the thirstiest crop in America? And it gets us nothing. Since it has a shallow root system it needs constant watering and it is no good at preventing erosion. Furthermore, I hate it because I can’t eat it or make wine out of it. And cities don’t allow it to get tall enough to be any sort of a pollinator. I see no benefit to grass other than the fact that dads really seem to like it.
I don’t really know a life without gardening in it. My mom gardened as a girl with her mom so they would have food during the winter. So from that perspective it doesn’t make a ton of sense why I garden. Most of the things I grow in the garden I could get for a few dollars at the store. There is just something about growing your own food and having a colorful yard that is one of the most satisfying things there is. Day after day we hear about the terrible things that are happening to the food that ends up on the shelves at the store. Either mistreatment of animals, the earth, or the people that harvest and grow the food. With gardening we give ourselves the power to know exactly where our food comes from.
In no way am I an expert gardener. But for the last 8 years I have had a garden in my backyard and have gone through the highs and lows of growing my own food.
This is what I have learned.