Good Reasons to Garden

| 10/18/2010 10:30:01 AM

Tags: gardening philosophy, self-sufficiency, reader polls,

There are plenty of great reasons to grow a food garden: warm, sunny days of digging in the dirt, the satisfaction that comes from seeing your crops thrive, the taste of a homegrown tomato.

Picking a tomato 

We recently polled our readers to find out their primary reason for gardening, and it turns out that self-sufficiency reigns. Not far behind was the reason that gardening simply brings joy to people’s lives. Cheers to that! Here are the full results of our survey:

What’s your primary reason for gardening? 

To achieve greater self-sufficiency   395   (47.76%)
Simply for the joy it brings   271   (32.77%)
To be more environmentally sustainable   77   (9.31%)
To save money   66   (7.98%)
The community or family aspect   13   (1.57%)
To sell at market   5   (0.6%)

We’d love to hear more about your gardening philosophy and the main reasons you grow food. Please post a comment below. And happy gardening, everyone!

10/29/2010 11:56:43 PM

We live in a world where anything can happen, so being self reliant is first, saving money is then the next thing on the list as the price of food is going up by the day.

10/20/2010 7:53:45 PM

Don't like store bought food as much. Have an awesome time with my wife and grandchildren. Worry about the healthiness of GMO's packaged in containers with plastics....yes every thing, cans, paper wrappers all are plastic coated. Also the saving money issue, we pay enough sales tax that we literally have to buy the equivalent of 13 months worth of food every year if we buy it. Celebrations, like spring and fall time things mean a lot more. last but not least, it beats sitting around all the time.

10/19/2010 11:03:16 AM

I garden because it brings me so much joy. I'm at peace when I"m working in the garden or doing things that have to do with gardening ( ie feeding our red wigglers) and I love to feed people. My heart is happy when I know i'm participating in the larger circle of life

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