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. Posted by forestmtnhike on December 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

    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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