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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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The end of the year is a good time to reflect on important questions such as Why do you plant a vegetable garden?Click To Enlarge

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on important questions such as "Why do you plant a vegetable garden?"

Photo: Jodi Torpey

While working in the backyard yesterday, I finished quite a few end-of-season tasks in advance of impending below-freezing weather. I pulled up wilted plants from the patio containers, rolled up hoses, and admired the empty vegetable bed. Underneath a blanket of shredded tree leaves is the quiet potential for next year's planting.

As I stood there thinking about this past season, I had to wonder, "Why do we gardeners put all that work into planting and maintaining a garden?"

The garden gets its start early in the year, well before the weather's ready. Seeds are ordered and then sprouted and cared for until they're ready to be planted. Soil is turned and amended.

After planting and transplanting there's the daily ongoing maintenance to keep plants fed, watered and protected from insect pests, plant diseases and wildly unpredictable weather.

Then finally the harvest begins, and it's a race to make sure every tomato, pepper, eggplant, and herb gets put to its best use.

Rest and repeat.

I know why I continue to plant and grow my vegetable garden. What about you? What makes you keep growing vegetables when it's so much easier to let someone else do it for you?

Simply put, why do you plant your vegetable garden?

I'd appreciate reading your answer, and I think other readers would like to know, too.

While you're at it, here are two more end-of-season questions:

What will you differently in your vegetable garden next year?

What kinds of information would help you most in your gardening efforts?

Please share your vegetable gardening thoughts, reflections, and comments with us!

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Comments (3)

claypigeonthrower writes: clay targets some of the neighbor are targeting my garden with their clay target
Posted: 12:20 pm on December 19th
MaryThomas1989 writes: Garden is my whole life. I just love it so freaking much!
Posted: 9:42 am on December 7th
SophiaMiller69 writes: I think it's just amazing to have something you care about everyday. And you?
Posted: 4:55 pm on December 5th
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