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The Rewards of Growing Vegetables

March 30th, 2010

The most rewarding part of growing vegetables is harvesting them. It is incredibly satisfying pulling from the ground vegetables you sowed as seed in the spring.

-Christoper Lloyd & Richard Bird (The Cottage Garden)

I’m reading The Cottage Garden book at the moment and I really really like it. I actually got it from the library again, it’s the second time I’ve read it. I decided it’s worthy of being added to my library and I purchased it last week. If you like cottage gardens and like growing vegetables you’ll be delighted by the garden plans and all the information, plant suggestions and photos in this book.

What’s the most rewarding part of growing vegetables for you?

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  2. Kelly on March 30, 2010 at 8:46 am

    For me it’s much like growing children. Having something so tiny and nurturing it and watching it grow and create and *be* good things in the world. I think there is nothing negative in gardening. I think, too, that the most rewarding thing is having something so small as a seed create something so large and infinitely useful as food. Tiny, inedible zucchini seed = pounds and bushels of food (and more potential food stuffs from the seeds it produces in turn).
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Frost Date =-.

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  3. Sense of Home on March 30, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I will look for this book when I head in to work this morning, sounds like one I might like.
    .-= Sense of Home´s last blog ..Food Fraud =-.

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  4. Michelle on March 30, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Absolutely the harvest is the best part of gardening. There’s nothing like walking into your backyard, grabbing some fresh, clean vegetables and making salsa to go along with your dinner. So simple…but makes such a huge impact. I will say, I also like the planning. I’ve got a bit of a graph paper fetish…love to draw layouts and figure what will go where. Every year it’s different…!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Ever heard of a Blogging Bee? =-.

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  5. sarah on March 30, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I happen to think for us the most rewarding thing about growing our own veggies is just that. Knowing WE did it. Such pride we have and the kids have throughout the whole process. Of course we also enjoy family sharing & our large family dinners and the wows that come our way about either our garden or about the veggie itself. Can it get any better than this? I will be looking for that book -thanks!
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..Tour Of Ghost Town Farm =-.

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  6. Corrie on March 30, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Every step of the process is rewarding. Building the soil, months of deliberating over seed catalogs to choose just the right varieties, winter months of wistfully staring out the window at my dormant garden, the daily garden checks with my son, seeing the seeds sprout, climb, flower, and produce, eating and sharing the harvest, hours spent in the kitchen with my parents chopping, peeling, and mixing, and finally a shelf lined with beautiful Mason jars full of the harvest… It’s all great!

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  7. keewee on March 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I really enjoy the challenge of getting plants to flourish and produce. I am hoping for bumper crops from my vegetable garden this season now I have learned more about the vegetables needs.
    .-= keewee´s last blog ..Saturdays gardening =-.

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  8. stefaneener on March 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    It’s nearly all joy. I do enjoy quit a bit, though, NOT buying vegetables. And enumerating what is from the garden as we eat our meals. It’s joy.
    .-= stefaneener´s last blog ..Bad Bee Day #2 =-.

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  9. Mrs. Mac on March 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I like the flavor of garden fresh foods! It is lots of work … but just think of the hard labor as a free membership to a gym. You don’t even have to leave home for the exercise. And the knowledge you gain year after year about how life ‘works’ is beyond anything you imagine from only reading about it.

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    • Susy on March 30, 2010 at 5:01 pm

      So true, no need for the gym, add that to the money saved by growing your own!

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  10. JP on March 30, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I learn something ever single time, even when I’m arrogantly not paying enough attention.
    .-= JP´s last blog ..Mountainside Maple Sugaring =-.

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  11. Morgan G on March 30, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I love it when I discover new bugs, birds and lizards in my yard. It reminds me that veggies and fruits are edible to me and homes to other critters – yes, good and bad, alike – but what a wonderful lesson in ecology.
    .-= Morgan G´s last blog ..Local, Grass-fed Beef =-.

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  12. Pampered Mom on March 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Pulling something out of the pantry, freezer or refrigerator in the middle of winter and being reminded of the summer….or the confidence in knowing that my children have a real connection to where food comes from.
    .-= Pampered Mom´s last blog ..Picketing a Soldier’s Funeral and Adding Insult to Injury =-.

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  13. Rebecca @RootsAndWingsCo on March 30, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    My favorite part of growing a vegetable garden is giving my kids foods that I know where they come from. I know they are organic and they can’t get any fresher so they have all the nutrients and good stuff that they can! I am careful with every part of my garden so that it is as healthy as it can be. I can not really afford to buy organic foods, but I will spend my money to grow organic!
    Rebecca of the R&W Gals

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    • Susy on March 30, 2010 at 7:57 pm

      Great way to save money on good quality food. I love knowing what goes into my food. I have no doubts when it’s from my own garden!

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