I’ve got a whole list of blog posts that I want to work on about our home. Mostly about spaces we are working on on the inside.
However, we are an outdoors family through and through.
Gardening for me at this time of year is my top thing to do outside.
I recently shared a snapshot of our backyard on Instagram and lots of people loved it. The lovely side of living in the Fraser Valley is the awesome spring weather we get (aside from lots of rain).
Truth is all I want to do is get outside and get the yard clean up done so the real work can begin in the gardens.
I went from starting out with one pot by my front door in a rental, when I was single. Getting a potting table built at our rental when we were married. To our little townhouse with the itty bitty front garden and backyard, with lots of pots added to my collection.
Now to our property where I’m trying to live the suburban dream of having as much as a mini “homestead worthy” backyard as possible.
I know it’s possible, I have a book that’s got plans that could make this place work.
As much as I’ve been a stay at home mom for the past couple of years, it’s hard for me to focus working on my business and training when my garden is calling me to get outside.
One day I know my husband and I will have both enough space for the kids to spread out, He can have his lawn and I’ll be living as much as a homesteading dream as I can.
Here’s my 10 reasons why I love Gardening.
1: Saves money: If you can get enough produce and flower bouquets out of your garden that you spend at the local grocery store then it’s paying off. I can say we are getting close to that.
This topic could easily be a blog post all in it’s own from what we have experienced on saving money.
2: Stress Relief: If you haven’t spent time outside in a garden just simply weeding, then I hope reading this will help you be motivated to think about making a garden. Even if it’s pots of a deck outside a condo.
3: Learning a whole new skill: As much as people say to others that they have a “green thumb”, I’ve noticed gardening is a skill to be practiced and perfected. Even the large growing greenhouse companies have whole growing trails fail.
4: Peace and Quiet: Those early morning or late night watering is something that’s become a favorite quiet time I look forward to every spring.
5: Creating a memorial garden: In 2014, we lost someone very special to our family. Most people who have lost a loved one have a physical graveside they can go to and visit.
With having a miscarriage we don’t. Our little girl passed away at 17 weeks in my second pregnancy. In her memory I have created “Gloria’s Garden”. I love sitting in the Adirondack chairs by the ruffed up old tricycle (pictured above) in our backyard.
6: Local Produce: Nothing gets more local than growing your own food and discovering how fresh and amazing your meals taste with each gardening season.
7: Teaching my kids: I love teaching them about where food comes from, it’s not just from the grocery store. I also love teaching my kids the joy and gift that gardening is. My oldest without being prompted or asked jumped right in to help create his little sister’s garden.
I learned the value of hard work from growing up in the country. With our little suburban property, our kids are still learning these wonderful life values I was taught.
8: Life lessons: The parallels of life lessons and gardening keep surprising me every year. If your a regular gardener like I am. I’m not an expert by any means. However, I keep finding that what I learn from gardening can be applied to life.
For example: knowing bad things (like weeds) can be deceiving and pretty BUT, if not dealt with can over take your life (or your garden). The morning glory in my garden is almost more than I can handle, just like bad things that come up in my life. If I don’t deal with it, it’s everywhere. You can overcome it…eventually.
9: Happiness: Gardening brings out lots of happiness for me. Watching my kids sneak “treats” from the strawberry plants. Running out during dinner prep and adding herbs or making muffins with the rhubarb is worth all the time that goes into gardening.
Recently we upgraded our garden area with raised beds!
We are even starting to build up enough of a harvest in a our little backyard to fill up our freezer to enjoy in the winter months. It just keeps giving.
10: Time with God: This one not everyone will agree with me on. That’s fine, where I am at in my life this time is becoming more and more a necessity with my walk with God. That peace and quiet time I spoke about in number 4 is fast becoming a much needed prayer time.
Which tip is your favorite? Love to hear why you love gardening? If you don’t have a garden I hope some of this is inspiring to help get you started.
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