I agree that Northwesterner is right on. My husband and I were asked the other day: "How much time do you spend
in your garden?" (emphasis because we are almost always bringing up something about our garden, the food, or working in it.
We thought about it a bit and decided that, counting the time we both spend, we put in an average of 60 hours a week in our garden which is about 70% of our residential lot (1/6th acre). Many days, however, we are both outside from 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. until late into the afternoon, working straight through, stopping only to re-hydrate or have a meal.
That said, last year was our first year to grow multiple rows of about 8 different veggies. While we both enjoyed the whole process, I found that the thing I liked the very
best was having fresh, beautiful, healthy, pesticide- and herbicide-free food coming right up out of our yard. I found myself waiting eagerly to see what the bag held after my husband did the harvesting that day. Whatever was in it, was dinner.
There is nothing
I can buy in the store, or even at the farmer's market, that can beat that feeling of anticipation and accomplishment.
**Take time to stop and smell the flowers
(or... as my ladybug refrigerator magnet says
"take time to stop and eat