The following post was contributed by Milo, an 11-year-old backyard gardener from Oakville.
Okay, hi. My name is Milo, and today I’ll be showing you why I like gardening. Let’s start with what I like to grow. These are the plants/veggies that I grew last year:
- 2 types of Peppers
- Chocolate Mint
And these are the plants that I’m growing this year:
- 2 types of Tomatoes
- 2 types of Beans
- 2 Types of Peppers
- (yet to come) Parsley
I’m just starting the garden this year, so I have to be patient and expect it to take a while to grow. The trick to gardening is to (duh) water them, and put them in sunlight, but you also have to monitor how much sunlight they are getting so you can measure how much water you need to feed them. You also have to prune (trim) the plant to make it grow on the big vines and produce healthier food. The huge upside to gardening beside the food is the experience. You go through so much to just get a little edible plant. If you think about it, it’s crazy how much time and effort goes into that little plant. That is why I love to garden.
Halton Food followed up with Milo for a mid-season update and garden tour. During the garden tour he shows us the two beans he is growing and reasons why he loves gardening.
The following are our favourite quotes from Milo about why he loves gardening.
The reason I like gardening is it’s a get-away from everything I usually do…but I think the most important reasons are enjoyment and food (which are kind of the same) and providing habitat for many animals such as insects and butterflies and caterpillars.
I really enjoy gardening as much as I do showing it to other people.
Check out our Youtube channel to see Milo’s full garden tour.
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