Not everything in life is easy. Gardening is one of those things. It is hard, laborious work. Back breaking. Not just the initial ground breaking, but the entire gardening process. From breaking the ground, to sowing the seeds, to weeding, watering, pest control, to harvesting, gardening is hard work. What do you get from all of this hard work you ask? Well. Food. Peace. Serenity. Anxiety relief. Physical exercise. Lower blood pressure. A healthier lifestyle. Gardening can change your entire outlook on life. Since I started gardening, for example, I have lost about 20 pounds. I eat healthier. I am outside more. I engage in physical activities more often. I have fewer anxiety/panic attacks. As someone with Panic Disorder, that is a big deal for me. I have a “hobby” I can share with my friends, neighbors, and family. I have something I am passionate about. All I have to do to get all of these amazing things in return, is put in some hard work and effort. Having natural, home grown, organic food to feed my family, and store in case of an emergency, is a very important thing to me. Being able to grow these things on my own; makes is so much more rewarding. I know what I am putting in my babies bellies. I know what I am putting on my shelf for the winter months/emergency food times. I did it. Not some farmer I don’t know. (Even though I have a great respect, and appreciation for farmers.) I did it. Me. I provided for my family. Without money. Without leaving them home or with a sitter. I did it WITH them, and for me, THAT is what makes all of the hard work, sweat, and tears worth it.