Gardening with Laurie: Gardens are a lot of work, but bring great rewards

It really is exciting and amazing to see the large number of new organic gardeners each season.

Most of the gardeners are young families, some are young singles, and then there are the occasional recent retirees.

They all have high expectations of growing lots of beautiful, healthy vegetables. Many have never grown anything before, and some remember as children watching different relatives garden.

None seem to remember all the work and sometimes frustration that go along with gardening.

I love teaching gardeners of all ages how to garden organically. It is so rewarding to teach someone how to grow healthy plants, whether it be vegetables, trees, flowers or any type of plant. It's rewarding to teach someone that they too can learn to grow food for themselves or their family.

Knowing how to garden can literally change a person's life. In fact in many areas of the world growing your own food does mean the difference between a healthy body, sickly body or even death.

I never want to mislead anybody about gardening, yet I don't wish to scare them off either. But, gardening does take work. That is unless you can afford to hire someone to do all the work and you just enjoy having them.

There's nothing wrong with this. All of us gardeners will one day reach a point in life where we won't be able to tend to all the chores of gardening. I know four gardeners who have made it to their 100th year. They all agree that staying active and working in their gardens is what has kept them going.

Being part of the whole creation process of any type of plant is one of the many beautiful wonders that nature gives us. Yes, it does involve work. But, it feels so good and is so rewarding to stand back and appreciate all the time, sweat and labor that you have given to bring life to a new garden.

As with anything that is worth your time, you can, and will experience times of great frustration with a garden or a specific plant. There will be all kinds of pests that can really test your patience and then there's the weather, which no one can predict and sometimes you just never know what caused a certain problem.

It is often said that gardening is one hobby that always gives gardeners another season to try it again. Sooner or later you're usually able to correct the problems.

I realize that I'm probably preaching to the choir with this article, but I thought it might be good to remind some of you just how wonderful gardening can really be.

Until next time let's try to garden with nature not against it and maybe all our weeds will become wildflowers.

Laurie Garretson is a Victoria gardener and nursery owner. Send your gardening questions to laurie@vicad.com or in care of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77902.