From My Cold Dead Hands

Kirby cucumber on enamel-top table

While tending a garden can sometimes become tedious: weeding and watering and pruning, weeding and watering and pruning. The benefits of being able to go into your garden to pick fresh vegetables–no preservatives, no pesticides, no synthetic fertilizers–is rewarding.

Gardening is healing and is proven to promote good health and wellness. Besides, we should all learn to be a tad more self-sustaining. I believe that having that trowel in hand is what oftentimes  keeps me centered! What are your thoughts on tending a garden? Do you believe that gardening is therapeutic? How does your garden grow!

©Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.

Quote of the Day for YOU:  I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large Garden.  ~Abraham Cowley, The Garden, 1666

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12 thoughts on “From My Cold Dead Hands

  1. I agree with you. I was just thinking the same things about knowing what I’m eating hasn’t been sprayed, spindled, or mutilated (until I’m ready to mutilate it), is a wonderful thing. As I made a salad last night, it was nice to just rinse stuff off without having to scrub or soak it.

    I always dread the weeding part of gardening, but once I’m out there doing it, it’s so meditative and, as you wrote, therapeutic.

  2. I so agree with all of the comments above, it’s relaxing and theraputic but also I get to play in the dirt and get as dirty as I want without someone being angry with me dor doing so. As far as hand watering, I used to call it my therapy, just hold the hose and watch everything grow and listen to the birds. What more could you ask for?

  3. My wife has a garden, I help in it. I do enjoy the bounty that the garden provides, but for me I do not enjoy gardening. The only therapy it provides for me is new subjects to photograph or when I am hand watering. My wife doesn’t understand, but that’s OK with her as long as I help and don’t object to much! 😀

  4. I refer to it as garden therapy. Gardening is something I love to do. We have a berry garden- strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Chemical free. My family loves picking berries as an evening snack. It’s something we look forward to every year.

  5. So true – gardens heal us inside and out.
    My garden was less then wonderful this summer – too cold and wet. I have a few peas trying to get to the finish line.

  6. Oh…yes:
    With the help of a wiser “green thumb” we grow tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and trying figs(little tree is sprouting little babies already.
    It is great fun and I eat the little cherry tomatoes right from the vine…
    Tip: Do not pick or even visit your garden in the morning or near dusk…I suffered from so many “bites” from little flying things I was itching all night.
    One was someplace that made it uncomfortable to sit…
    Jaye

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