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So Now I'm a Gardener?
Published on May 20, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about my unlikely new hobby - gardening.

Here's an excerpt:

"I’ve never been interested in gardening.

To me, gardening sounds a lot like work. Sure, you get some vegetables, but I can buy those fairly easily — at the store, the food co-op in Albany or one of the region’s many farmers markets. Whereas gardening takes real effort. The vegetables don’t just grow. You have to plant them. And water them!

Nevertheless, I can see the appeal of being able to walk outside, retrieve some vegetables from your garden and eat them for dinner. And I’m sure those vegetables taste better, because they’re fresh and you grew them yourself. But how much better do they taste? I bought some asparagus the other night, and it tasted pretty good sautéed with garlic and olive oil, despite being from New Jersey.

So I’m a bit of a gardening cynic, although let me clarify this a bit by saying that my cynicism mainly concerns my ability to maintain a garden. I’m perfectly fine with other people gardening, especially when they give me vegetables. I generally think growing your own food is a good thing because I generally support activities that allow people to avoid going to the store and spending money, and because I think it’s probably better, for both the earth and our bodies, to eat food that wasn’t transported to our dinner plates from 2,000 miles away."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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