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Old 04-25-09, 12:14 PM
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There's something I can't figure out about Life

When it rains, there are movies.

When it doesn't rain, there a bicycles.

What, exactly, is the point of gardening?
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Old 04-25-09, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post
When it rains, there are movies.

When it doesn't rain, there a bicycles.

What, exactly, is the point of gardening?
They say it is for the beautiful flowers.

Personally, I can think of nothing prettier than a yard decorated with glorious bikes!
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Old 04-25-09, 12:54 PM
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Wow. Timely. I just planted my first garden. I'm hoping the point will be tomatoes and strawberries. Maybe a melon.
I'll report back in a month or two.
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Curtis is exactly right. The point of gardening is tomatoes. Real ones that taste like the 50+ crowd dimly remember from childhood.

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Wow. Timely. I just planted my first garden. I'm hoping the point will be tomatoes and strawberries. Maybe a melon.
I'll report back in a month or two.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
Wow. Timely. I just planted my first garden. I'm hoping the point will be tomatoes and strawberries. Maybe a melon.
I'll report back in a month or two.

Be sure to let us know how the tomato bugs are fairing!

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Theres nothing more enjoyable than getting home after a ride and sitting in the garden having a cold one. Does take a bit of effort but the wife says she doesn't mind. Then there is the fact that without the garden- Where are you going to put the Bike shed- and the swimming pool

There is a downside though in that Gardening is hard work. But their are aids to do the hard work that still enable you to dress up in Lycra - if that is your wain
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I'm eating some peas right now that I picked by hand this morning...

They are so sweet.

Stapfam your yard is glorious!
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Originally Posted by alicestrong View Post
I'm eating some peas right now that I picked by hand this morning...

They are so sweet.

Stapfam your yard is glorious!
Peas in April?? Be a couple of months before any Home grown veg get tasted in this part of the world.

Now onto Gardening-- Before the bypass I had 3 months of preparing- and sowing the veggie patch. After the bypass I had a peculiar side effect. Any veg or food that was Industrially grown- gave me an after taste in the mouth. Only "Organic" veg and meat tasted right. That was when I realised that most food grown or sold in the UK had so many Chemicals in them- that they were masking the true taste of naturally grown veg--And meat. Still have that "Allergic" reaction and I have even complained to Supermarkets when their Organic Fruit and veg --Isn't. So although small- My Veggie patch keeps us in fresh Vegetables and a bit of fruit in the summer months.

So what is the point of Gardening----Don't know but I do enjoy it.

And That garden has taken 20 years to evolve. It is still being adapted but have a bigger problem in that My Son-in-Law has a new house and a wrecked garden. My other daughter has 30ft x30ft of sloping gravel with a few weeds in it so guess what my main pastime is at present. And this afternoon was spent relaying a lawn for one of my neighbours that has finally managed to take an interest in his Patch that is outside his back door.

But sometime this year I will be taking some time out to get in some riding. Don't know when but don't ask me to sort out your gardens at the weekends. They are too busy at present.
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If you are going to do manual labor on your days off, this is a much better project for the home workshop:


http://konaworld.com/aussieute.htm
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I love those fresh veggies! As do the birds, bugs, worms, gophers, squirrels, snails, slugs, etc.! I don't know how the wildlife would survive if I didn't grow food for them.
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I usually don't wear my helmet when I garden.

I like the wind in my hair, both of them.

I don't care if it's dangerous, it's my head and I'll garden topless if I want to.

So there.
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I'm talking the wife into doing some tomatoes this year. We used to grow them at our old place, and she'd can spaghetti sauce. This year I want to try my hand at salsa, too. I just gotta figure out where to put the garden so the deer don't eat it!
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Concrete at home, excellent farmers' markets a short ride away. The perfect solution.
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What, exactly, is the point of gardening?
Greens!
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post
If you are going to do manual labor on your days off, this is a much better project for the home workshop:


http://konaworld.com/aussieute.htm
That's my idea of a project!
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I usually don't wear my helmet when I garden.

I like the wind in my hair, both of them.

I don't care if it's dangerous, it's my head and I'll garden topless if I want to.

So there.
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Re: stapfam's pic #3:

Mrs s: "and Where do you think you're going?"
s: "uh, goin' out riding with me mates"
Mrs s: "not 'til you dig the garden, like you promised"
s: "alright, alright"
s *thinking*: ("bloody hell")
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post
When it rains, there are movies.

When it doesn't rain, there a bicycles.

What, exactly, is the point of gardening?
For those of us who don't watch movies, there's books to be read on gardening, to dream about gardening, to think about the taste of fresh vegetables, the sight of clematis and dahlias, the fragrance of daphne and lavender...

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When it rains, there are movies.

When it doesn't rain, there a bicycles.

What, exactly, is the point of gardening?
If you have to ask...
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When it rains, there are movies.

When it doesn't rain, there a bicycles.

What, exactly, is the point of gardening?
I'm an avid radio talk show listener, especially while riding, but absolutely no gardening talk shows.
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After buying soil, pots, a new nozzle for the hose, a new hose, water, supports for the beans, etc., I should have some of the most expensive vegetables on the planet! I hope they taste okay.
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Just to provide some context, this is a photo of our back yard 7 years ago this week. We took it down to the dirt. When we had the chance, we could have easily covered it with asphalt, or perhaps salted down the soil so nothing would ever grow.

This, to me, is the perfect picture of a garden. We should have left it like this, or maybe put in a BMX track and invite the neighbor kids over.

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