There are many activities that offer benefits to
young and old alike. There is, however, one
very special fun-thing to do whose benefits
definitely outweigh the work that is involved.
The old adage "Hard work preceives the
pleasure" is not accurate when it comes to
gardening. The pleasure is weaved through the
entire process from start to finish, and the
benefits can reach into seasons to follow.
You can garden alone, with family and friends,
and even as a community project. A very special
reward is to bring gardening to a child. They not
only learn where their food comes from, but they
can actually see and touch nature at its finest.
For adults, we can grow food that we trust, free
from chemicals and contaminants. We are the
ones that know what went into our garden, and
we reap the harvest of taste, visual beauty, and the
delight of giving our families only the very best.
Gardening is recycling. Turning food scraps and
kitchen throw-aways back into a compost pile
assists nature so it can give back so much more
than we could ever anticipate. Wildlife is made to
feel welcome and future generations can learn the
lesson of respecting life and nurturing what a tiny
seed can produce.
You can have acres of land, a small backyard
plot, or even a patio or balcony filled with con-
tainers. A kitchen windowsill works fine for
herbs and even old coffee cans with a drainage
hole at the bottom will suffice.
Not only are we in touch with nature, but we can
relax while we putter around our garden, and if
need be, this is one great place to let go of the
frustrations of a trying day.
This Spring, share the joy of gardening with your
family, neighbors, or friends, and bask in the sun-
shine of a wonderful and enjoyable activity that
is non-fattening, non-threatening, and a whole lot
Â©Arleen M. Kaptur 2003 February
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