Why I garden

April showers bring May flowers and I can’t wait to watch this year’s garden start to mature and produce crops. This weekend’s forecast for Baltimore is looking chilly (with lows in the low 40s!) so we’ll be bringing our lemon tree and other less hardy plants indoors.

Today, I want to share some of my favorite reasons for gardening.

Family Tradition

I was introduced to the world of gardening by my mom who spent hours outside daily, tending to her gardens which extended all around the yard. She has a degree in horticulture and was a member of the local extension of the Master Gardener Program for nearly ten years.

Andrew also has a family background in gardening. From his grandparents to his mom and step-mom and many of his aunts, uncles, and cousins, gardening is a big tradition in his family. We’re lucky to have a multiple plants from his grandparents’ gardens live on in our own.

Something New

Especially if you have a lot of things planted, there’s always something new and interesting going on in the garden. There’s never a guarantee that plants will thrive so it’s always exciting to me to see the first stems break through the ground, new growth on our trees, the first blossoms to open, or the first ripe fruit. I love getting visits from our local pollinators and seeing that they are enjoying the flowers too.

Giving Back

As I garden, I feel like I’m doing something proactive to help our environment and local ecosystem. Plants purify and add oxygen to the air and they provide food and habitat for various wildlife.

Fresh Ingredients

We grew garden fresh produce for the first time last year and it was so rewarding and so wonderful to make fresh pesto using our own garden’s basil or to make zucchini bread with newly picked zucchini. It tastes so much better and we know it’s pesticide free!

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