Everybody has their own type and speciality of garden they are especially drawn to.
Vegetable gardening can be as different from a flower garden as night and day. And, so are the practitioners.
An English formal garden is pruned and stately, yet, an English cottage garden spreads, cascades, reseeds and is never trimmed, just deadheaded of spent flowers and divided up of crowded bulbs.
There are succulent landscapes we add to a xeriscape.
There are shade gardens that rely on moisture and dampness.
There are decorative flowers for show and bouquets and then there are edible flower plots, grown solely for their taste, having the strictest of requirements for organic culture.
Which reminds us, there are organic, small farms and the complete opposite – the harmful reality of commercial, government subsidized, fungicide and pesticide laden ones.
Some of your neighbors may be using Round-Up this weekend instead of pulling out weeds by hand. You can kill weeds between cracks in cement with hot boiling water and a dash of vinegar, there is no need to use chemicals dumped on our society purely for profit without a wit of thought to anyone’s health or the future of our planet.
There are gardens set up, grown, established and maintained to attract and invite butterflies or birds. There are deer and rabbit resistant gardens to ward off pests and keep nature away.
If you are an avid gardener, you may have many types of areas for every interest.
In my own backyard, I have rose, succulent, flower and vegetable/herb gardens.
Every cook or foodie with a decent palate craves a kitchen garden at their fingertips. You can distinguish freshly picked, a moment ago, homegrown from trucked in grocery store produce if you take a simple taste test.
Otherwise, why would you pluck tomato caterpillars and slugs off your nightshade plants, hand water your thirsty herbs during a hot spell and hand pollinate your squash and cucumbers to ensure fruit?
Which, by the way, we get a hoot calling that in particular chore, hand delivering pollen from stamens to receptive stigmas, “sex in the garden”.