Comments On - Is Gardening Only for Fun?

Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 7/26/2013 6:44:30 AM
Rick, I couldn't agree with you more fully. It has been my experience that we in the US are so well-fed(read 'overfed')that we cannot conceive of not being able to just 'run down to the store' for some overlooked trifle. Here in Las Vegas, you remember, it is not uncommon to run down to the supermarket at any time day or night.

The very concepts of self-reliance (which is infinitely different from self-sufficient) and planning are not only ignored in public education, they are actually shunned in society. No wonder we are in the financial mess we have.

Even with all of the high schools and magnet schools and specialty high schools, there is not agriculture curriculum taught here, and I fear that this is not an isolated situation.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 7/5/2011 9:46:20 AM
Rick, the urban gardening does seem to be more of a ornamental thing than a functional thing here in the states. Even though I live in the heart of the midwest, my generation which are the city kids of the farmer parents have distanced themselves from the gardening experience other than to have a tomato or two to pretend to save the planet by growing their own food. I guess that's better than nothing but serious gardening is not the plan. I have been seriously gardening for about 4 years which has become an example for the neighborhood. I've had some success with tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes, and cucumbers but I would not say that I am an expert by any means. I try to provide what nature needs to grow the plants and have been quite fortunate that the weather this year has not blown away the garden. It must be nice to live in a place where serious gardening is the normal even in the cities.

Have a great day in the garden.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 7/5/2011 6:30:13 AM

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