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Vegetable Gardening Hints, May 2020
May 02, 2024

The Joy of Returning to Vegetable Gardening

I have been away from gardening for the last few years. I am now retired and living part time in Northern Alberta and rejuenating the garden that my mother grew in for over 40 years. The garden had not been used for nearly 10 years so there was some work to do. I will share with you over the next few months what I am up to.

In an era marked by the hustle and bustle of modern life, reconnecting with nature offers a refreshing respite. One of the most rewarding ways to do so is through vegetable gardening. Beyond the therapeutic benefits, cultivating your own vegetables promotes sustainability, provides wholesome produce, and fosters a deeper appreciation for the natural world.

The Call of the Earth

The allure of vegetable gardening lies in its simplicity and accessibility. Whether you have acres of land or just a few pots on a balcony, the act of nurturing plants from seed to harvest is deeply fulfilling. Tending to a garden cultivates patience, mindfulness, and a sense of responsibility towards the environment.

Sustainable Living

In today’s world, where concerns about food security and environmental degradation are ever-present, growing your own vegetables is a small but impactful step towards sustainability. By reducing reliance on store-bought produce, you decrease your carbon footprint and minimize the environmental impact associated with transportation and packaging.

Quality and Freshness

Nothing compares to the flavor and freshness of homegrown vegetables. Unlike their mass-produced counterparts, which are often harvested prematurely and subjected to long journeys before reaching the consumer, homegrown veggies can be picked at peak ripeness, bursting with nutrients and flavor. From vibrant tomatoes to crisp lettuce, each harvest is a testament to your efforts and dedication.

Health and Wellness

Engaging in vegetable gardening is not only beneficial for the environment but also for your physical and mental well-being. Spending time outdoors, soaking up vitamin D, and engaging in gentle physical activity are all conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Moreover, studies have shown that interacting with nature can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, promoting overall mental wellness.

Connecting with Community

Vegetable gardening has a unique way of bringing people together. Whether you’re sharing tips with fellow gardeners, swapping seeds with neighbors, or donating excess produce to local food banks, gardening fosters a sense of community and camaraderie. Through shared experiences and a common love for the earth, friendships are formed and bonds are strengthened.

Getting Started

Embarking on a vegetable gardening journey doesn’t require a green thumb or extensive horticultural knowledge. Start small, with easy-to-grow crops like lettuce, tomatoes, and herbs. Invest in quality soil, choose a sunny spot, and water regularly. As you gain experience and confidence, you can experiment with a wider variety of plants and techniques.

Embrace the Journey

Vegetable gardening is a journey of discovery, filled with both successes and failures. Embrace the learning process, celebrate your achievements, and don’t be discouraged by setbacks. Remember that every seed planted is a testament to your commitment to sustainability and self-sufficiency.


In a world that often feels disconnected from the natural rhythms of the earth, vegetable gardening offers a humble yet powerful way to reconnect. It’s a journey that nourishes not only the body but also the soul, fostering a deeper appreciation for the beauty and abundance of the natural world. So roll up your sleeves, dig your hands into the soil, and let the magic of vegetable gardening transform your life. Check out my growing tips for you favourite vegetables.

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Catherine's bio

For spring I recommend my ebook:

How to improve your Garden Soil

Why is Soil so Important is a great ebook giving simple and easy instructions on making and keeping your garden soil healthy.

Other vegetable gardening books written by Catherine Abbott, Your Vegetable Gardening Helper.

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Happy gardening!


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