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Why i Garden Michelle Mather


he world can be divided into two types of people: those who garden and those who do not. I know lots of both types. Some of my non-gardening friends live in apartments, so they have nowhere to garden. Some of my nongardening friends have young children who take up all their time and energy. But I also know people who live in houses with big yards and have few other demands on their time, and still, they do not garden. I don’t understand those people. Why do I garden? I sometimes wonder that myself. Especially during a period of drought, when it takes every bit of my limited energy to drag watering cans out to my gardens, hoping to keep my plants alive long enough for when the rains (hopefully) return. Or when some pest devours some plant that I have lovingly nurtured, or when a sudden windstorm knocks over a row of tall, beautiful sunflowers. So why do I garden? I garden for those times when I go out to discover the first hint of colour in the drab landscape of early spring. I garden to enjoy the buzz and business of pollinators visiting my gardens on a sunny afternoon. I also garden to enjoy the burst of flavour that only just-picked veggies from my own garden can provide. But mostly I garden because it forces me to get out and appreciate and connect with nature, a connection that many of my nongardening friends just don’t seem to have.

I can always tell non-gardeners. They are the ones who are thrilled during summers with no rain. They say, “Hasn’t it been a great summer?” They love the fact that the summer has been day-afterday of sunny skies without rain to disturb their golf games, or that their grass has stopped growing so they haven’t had to cut it in weeks. My gardening friends can always tell me how much rain we’ve had recently. They know when frost is in the forecast and tender plants will need to be lovingly covered up for the night. Gardeners have a deep appreciation and respect for Mother Nature. My gardening friends are also always happy to share success stories or discuss failures. And that is the idea behind the GrassRoots Grower’s next event called “Plant Matters.” We’ve invited five local gardening experts to come and share their expertise with us. Karen ten Cate from Bumblerock Farm will be talking about seed saving and Blair Richards Koeslag will share her experiences with foraging for edible plants. Dorothy Wagar Oogarah will provide information on growing garlic and John Wise from Wiseacres Farm has many years of experience growing seasonal crops to share with us. Susie Meisner from Spindletree Gardens will act as moderator while also discussing perennial flowers. Come with questions and leave with answers. This promises to be a lively, informative event! As always, our event will be followed by a Seed Exchange and a chance to enjoy some refreshments and the

Photo by Michelle Mather. camaraderie of fellow gardening enthusiasts! “Plant Matters” will take place on Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick School in Erinsville. Admission is free and all are welcome. Be sure to visit our website www.tte-grassrootsgrowers. weebly.com or email us at tegrassrootsgrowers@gmail.com. If you’d like to receive occasional emails from us about local gardening-related events, ask to be placed on our e-mailing list! Are you on Facebook? It provides another place for gardeners to gather. Be sure to “like” our page “Tamworth/Erinsville GrassRoots Growers” as well as some of the many other gardening pages. You’ll find other gardeners eager to share stories and photos and ask and answer questions. Michelle Mather is a Tamworth-Erinsville GrassRoots Growers Steering Committee Member.

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The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

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The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...