Monday, March 06, 2006

Gardening is for Everyone (even people with small places and little space)

Having lived in a large, metropolitan city most of our lives, the extent of our planting and gardening had been limited to houseplants and fresh cut flowers purchased from a store. Now that we have moved to a smaller community, with a large yard to maintain, it has given us the opportunity and space to see if we can grow more than houseplants. Also, we feel a guilty obligation to do something environmentally positive - organic home gardening is one contribution to that effort, there are already enough toxins in the soil, water, and air.

It grieves me now to realize that we could have experienced the joys of gardening, even while living in the city, just on a smaller scale. It could have been something as simple as a couple of tomato plants in pots on the patio, or a hanging basket of cascading flowers to greet us at our door. We now know that gardening can be accomplished in a small, intimate setting on an apartment balcony; or in a large, grandiose way, with towering sunflower plants and a scarecrow thrown in for good measure. It really depends on your situation. Yet, EVERYONE can enjoy the healthy benefits of gardening! It does not matter whether you are male or female, young or old. It does not matter whether you live out in the country with a large yard, or live in the city in a small studio apartment with a little balcony. If all else fails, most cities have community gardening efforts that one can become a part of. In fact, the American Community Garden Association has a website that provides links to Community Garden Programs throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. So, EVERYONE REALLY CAN GARDEN!!

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