Why I Quit Vegetable Gardening

This article first appeared on The Mother Nature Network and was written by Robin Shreeves I haven’t planted a vegetable garden in several years.

This isn't a confession; it’s a response to something I saw on Facebook today. A page I follow about feeding your family posted that “gardening isn’t as hard as you might think. Once you have a couple of basics under your belt, it really isn’t very hard.”

But my reality is different: I had a backyard garden for years, and it was hard for me. But the first year I didn’t plant a vegetable garden, I felt like a failure. Here I was, writing every day about the virtues of good food, yet I wasn't growing my own, even though I have a big backyard.

But that voice kept on talking: “Considering what I write about, I should garden and I should love it.”

I’m over that initial feeling of failure, and when I read that Facebook post this morning, I thought it would be good to share my thoughts with those who don’t grow their own food. There’s no shame in it...