Tereza Okava wrote:"because it's cheaper than therapy"
Seriously, when I was a small child my mother always had a garden, because she was brought up by women who had survived the depression through their own gardens. Once I had the space to plant, I wanted to learn. It's taken me a few years to go from crimes-against-plants to kinda-farmer (and the rabbits get most of the credit, honestly) but I truly believe in the power of dirt and leaves and sun to work miracles. When I feel depression looming on my doorstep, I take a mental health day and work in the garden. Get my hands dirty and turn over some dirt. It reminds me that life persists and miracles are everywhere.
Alexis Richard wrote:Wow I'm so amazed that tomatoes are the beginning for so many people!
elle sagenev wrote:I've found it interesting to have the opposite experience with people in my family. My grandmother and her family survived the great depression the same way, farming their own food. It had little impact on them. Once grown and out of the house not a single one of them ever grew anything again. So my mother grew up on a suburban lot with grass. She loved growing and planted a garden which she used as a punishment for us kids. Misbehave and you'd be sent to weed.
Now I have a little farm and my grandmother cannot fathom why I want any of it. Weird!
In a league all his own, not only was he a fantastic gardener, he was also a classy gentleman (without ever coming across as posh), and a wonderful educator who enthuses and entertains his audience. Geoff should be (posthumously) knighted! and by the time i got into gardening it was Alan Tichtmarsh doing the show. But i treasure my copies of The Ornamental Kitchen Garden, Cottage Gardens and Paradise Gardens.
Amanda Launchbury-Rainey wrote:Geoff Hamilton on Gardeners' World
Tereza Okava wrote:.
@Amanda: my mother was enthralled with Jim Crockett, who had a show on public TV in Boston in the 70s. There don't seem to be any videos of them floating around, unfortunately, but his book is still in my mother's library and I remember reading it. He was a great teacher. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Victory_Garden_(TV_series)
I sure do! my favorite bit was the octogenarian gentleman who's been gardening since the 1920s - he talked about fertilizing his potatoes with pig manure. Also the bit about "night soil" and how it fell straight down the chute into a collection area at the garden. Each and every episode is wonderful and i highly recommend everyone on this thread to look up the great Geoff Hamilton.
Amanda Launchbury-Rainey wrote:Pusang - I have those too! I watch them a couple of times a year. Do you remember the one with the family in a block of flats who turned their balcony into a jungle? And the guy who made his roof into a garden complete with recorded birdsong to mask the city noises?
Timothy Norton wrote:I started my garden to connect and to ground myself. This is the first year I have been flush with produce and my heart fills when I can feed others. Coworkers, family, friends, and strangers alike. I have spent more money than I might get out of my garden establishing it, but you can't take it with you and the dividends it is paying is worth it to me.