I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow. David Hobson
No two gardeners grow a vegetable garden for the same reason. My sister grows a garden for the sole purpose of producing veggies for the family. She doesn't care about how pretty it looks and isn't thrilled to watch it grow. For her, gardening is a practical pursuit.
For me, gardening is as much about how it looks and the combination of plants and colors as it is about growing fresh vegetables. That's why I'm growing cherry tomatoes and tiny bell peppers in a variety of colors this year. It's something I've wanted to do for a while, now - not because I really need more cherry tomatoes in my garden, but because I simply can't resist the beauty of these amazing plants.
Of course, while I was shopping at Park Seed, I couldn't resist the adorable Cool Wave Pansy pictured above.
If you are in the habit of growing a vegetable garden for practical reasons, I encourage you to add something new this year, just because you want to watch it grow and cultivate a joy of gardening that goes beyond providing fresh food for your family.
Until next time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!
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