Why I garden: Dirt therapy

Mom's Garden

Why do I garden? I can sum it up in two words – dirt therapy. It takes me away from everything else – both physically and mentally. When I’m in my garden, everything else takes a back seat – whether my feet and fingers are in the dirt all day long or just for a half-hour. While there’s nothing like the taste of the summer’s first tomato, equally satisfying is the road the plants and I take to get there. And the smell of those soft, fuzzy tomato leaves – it has to be one of my favorite all-time smells! JulieRiebemug2

I started Garden Booyah back in 2012; its name is a tip of the hat to the Northeastern Wisconsin tradition of a soup/stew that seems to call for just about everything but the kitchen sink. My gardens have always been a little like booyah – I throw in a mix of different fruit and veggies and let it stew – taking care to stir it now and then – with the hopes that it produces a delectable smorgasbord.

My goal is to share my gardening experiences good or bad. I don’t claim to have any answers about gardening and this isn’t a blog to give “official” gardening advice. It’s simply a way to share the enjoyment I get from digging in the dirt. Along the way, I hope other gardeners share their own experiences, too. I’d like to hear your gardening stories and what you think of mine. Email me at julieriebe@yahoo.com or just comment on my posts. Maybe we can create some “garden booyah” together!

Julie Riebe


11 responses to this post.

  1. Julie, you have a very nice blog here! I’m enjoying reading through your posts.:)


  2. Why did I not see this before? Love dirt therapy! I still get a bit perturbed when I go to the WordPress category list and don’t find the word Garden or Vegetables. It’s hard to think that there aren’t more out there like us dirt-y types. Boo yah!


  3. Congradulations! I have just nominated your blog for the Shine On Award. THis link will take you to my post about the award: http://thebelmontrooster.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/my-shine-on-award-2/.


  4. I hope you like blog awards because I am about to nominate your AWESOME blog! Email me your thoughts at belmontrooster@centurylink.net.


  5. Hi Julie, thanks for following my blog. You have a very nice blog here. I’ll also be looking to reading more of your posts! Xx


  6. Posted by The Belmont Rooster on July 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    GREAT blog and well said! I will be following to see what you will be doing next and so I can come back and read more!


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  8. Posted by Anonymous on July 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    hello fellow gardener, nice to meet you. thanks for following my blog. I’ll have to take a look around yours too.


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