Why Gardening Is Awesome

By Seamus Anthony

By Steve Mills

When I bought my house just over four years ago, the area behind the back shed was an absolute mess. There were weeds taller than I am, an old incinerator and rusty pieces of discarded metal poking out of the ground and out from under piles of rubbish.

Although I had never gardened much before (you tend to only do the bare minimum when renting), I saw this overlooked and mistreated piece of land as the perfect place to start a veggie garden. It got plenty of sun, I could catch water from the shed roof for a rain tank, and the weeds obviously loved it, so I supposed carrots, potatoes and tomatoes would as well.

It took me a few weekends, but I eventually cleared the area, made garden beds, set up a compost bin and I was on my way.  Over the past 4 years, having a vegetable garden has given me such knowledge and enjoyment, things that I would not have ever thought of. It is one of the most basic things we can do to feel some kind of connection to nature and the seasons.

Most people growing up in today’s society have absolutely no idea what goes into the planting, growth and care of some of the most common things that we eat each day. By becoming so disconnected from the way our food is produced, we lose perspective of the vast amount of resources that must go into feeding the 6 billion plus denizens of our planet.

Another benefit is that you get to taste what real food should taste like, and not the factory farmed, tasteless and artificially ripened versions that they sell at the local supermarket. Growing your own food is an empowering thing, and a skill that more people should have.

The list of benefits goes on. There is a sense of community when you share the surplus that you have grown with your friends and neighbors. There are fewer relaxing, Zen like moments than the time taken of an evening to go out and water your plants.

Hey, so i know this posts sounds like an advertisement for ‘Gardeners Warehouse’ or something, but seriously, find a patch of land, or even a pot that you can plant something in and give it a go. You will be surprised at the results.

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Hi, I'm Seamus Anthony. I am an author, artist and musician from Australia. Here at Rebel Zen, I document my journey as an creative artist and human and in doing so, hopefully help you in your own progress through your life of creativity. Go get your free E-book by me: "Taming The Monkey Mind".

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  1. I wish mate, no it’s not my garden.

    I should go out and take one of my garden and post it up though.

    Although the hot weather of the last few days here in Melbourne has knocked some of it around a bit.

  2. I so agree with you about a connection to the seasons and stuff. It’s some fundamental important thing in us that we don’t know about until we do it. I have a little vegetable patch in my rental garden – it’s the first one I’ve had in several years. It’s lovely to be eating according to the season, to be cooking according to my garden’s productivity. All my friends are saying, ‘Pleeease don’t try and give me any more zucchinis,’ but I love still love zucchinis even after eting them every day for the last 3 weeks. And I am given to believe that eating something within 15 minutes of picking provides us with particular enzymes that our modern lifestyle fails to provide. I pick a couple of snow peas just as I sit down to eat. Mmmm . . .snow peas.

  3. Thanks for the comment Hilary,

    I understand the friends saying “no more Zucchinis!”, we have had an over abundance of tomatoes and corn the last few years, and always try to hand them on when people are over.

    I love the fact that you can go out and pick something and be eating it within minutes as well. It is very empowering to know exactly the process from seed until it hits the dinner table.

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