Reggi’s Five Reasons to Garden

Hi all,

Well, spring has sprung on the west coast of North America. In our area, flowers are blooming and my plum tree is especially beautiful this year. We are hoping for an amazing crop of fruit. Soon, we will plant an apple tree, a red delicious to be specific.

I admit I’m not one who likes to get dirty or play in the mud. I like my fingernails long, clean and polished. However, I love fruit and veggies. So, I’m doing more gardening this year than ever before.

Because of Covid 19, everyone is being asked to limit where they go and hubby and I are only leaving our home when absolutely necessary. It is comforting to have a garden to work in, when I’m not at my computer.

From my garden last year.

The Five Reasons to Garden—even on a deck or patio

1. Vegetables taste better picked from the garden

I hadn’t been gardening for a while and had become used to store bought veggies. Last year, hubby and I planted tomatoes, lettuce and snap peas and were surprised at the difference. I’d forgotten how amazing food fresh from the garden could taste.

2. Convenience

There is no need to fire up the car and enter a crowded store.

3. Choice

Your garden is designed for your appetite. You may choose the type of tomato, lettuce, bean, herb, etc. you want to plant.

4. Better nutrition

Because you planted them, you will know there are no added pesticides, unless you choose to do so.

5. A small space can result in many vegetables

One to three pots on a patio or deck can supply tomatoes, green beans, herbs and more.

Do you garden? If so, did you decide to start since the pandemic?

Please stop by, say hi and leave a comment.


Reggi Allder

This is my first time blogging with Word by Word. For those who don’t know, I write small-town contemporary novels. Our Country Heart Book Three in the Sierra Creek Series is on pre-order and will be released June 8 on Amazon. I also write romantic suspense Dangerous Web is book one in the Dangerous Series.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Hey, Reggi. Great post. Love the pic of lettuce and tomatoes. Makes my mouth water. I don’t plant veggies. My husband did way back in the very distant past, and I do remember how wonderful those fresh from the garden tomatoes tasted. Amazing flavor. I plant flowers, but not much else. I admire people who garden. Such a wholesome activity with a concrete result. Maybe I should reconsider. 🙂 I’ve shared. 🙂

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    1. reggiall says:

      Thanks Marsha! I love flowers as well as veggies. Now that we have the garden started, I want to look for some color spots for the yard and deck. 🙂

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  2. Vicki Batman says:

    Hi, Reggi: I am jealous and I could do something about that. I’ve had to redo several flower beds when we added a pergola to our backyard. That’s kept me busy. Then #2son gave me a rose bush that needs to be put somewhere so the rose virus doesn’t get it.

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    1. reggiall says:

      Hi Vicki, Great to have a pergola–I’ve always wanted one. 🙂 So nice of #2son; roses are so beautiful!

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  3. My veggies are all in pots on the deck – a new way to garden. The lettuce and tomatoes are mouth-watering. Gotta love those useful plants!
    LizAnn Carson

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    1. reggiall says:

      Hi LizAnn, It is amazing how much gardening can be done on the deck! Thanks for stopping by.:)


  4. Hi Reggi, I feel the same way about gardening. I always plant lots of tomatoes, squash, English cucumbers (the grandsons love them) and lettuce. With the lettuce I have to plant it in planters or the rabbits eat way more of it than I do. Love your books, Sylvie

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    1. reggiall says:

      Hi Sylvie, thanks for the kind words about my books! Oh those bunnies, they do like to eat our veggies. 🙂


  5. Hi Reggi, your garden veggies look delicious. We have all of our plants in containers and it’s amazing how well they do- we even have a mini fruit orchard comprising of Rainer and Stella cherries, three plum trees, Loquat, Paw-Paws, an apple with five varieties, and a Asian pear. And that’s not counting all the berries and vegetables!
    It’s so rewarding to wonder the yard picking grapes or blueberries and know we’re the stewards of this garden and we get to reap its bounty.

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    1. reggiall says:

      Hi Jacquie, my mouth is watering hearing of your garden. I would love to have your success with the fruit trees! I will try with the one apple tree this year and maybe more next year. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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  6. Pat Amsden says:

    Hi Reggi

    Great blog. The tomatoes make me want to pick one and make a tomato sandwich wit it Store bought are just not the same.

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    1. reggiall says:

      Hi Pat, I agree; the ones in the store are okay but can’t compete with fresh from the garden. Glad you could come by and leave a comments. Thanks. 🙂


  7. I’ve tried to grow veggies, but it’s just too frustrating. Too many bugs, squirrels, rabbits, etc. I love homegrown tomatoes and visits to the farmer’s market, though. Hope you have a bountiful crop this year!

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  8. pigeonlasagnadione16884 says:

    Hi Reggi! Fun post and what a pretty and interesting blog! So many of us are thinking about gardening right now. When I moved to my new home a few years ago, there was an overgrown ornamental garden and NOTHING TO EAT in it!! I soon discovered why: tree roots and shade. I went to work ripping things out and removing an overgrown cedar hedge. There are no straight lines in my garden but among the shrubs and flowers there are strawberries, herbs, garlic, kale, and arugula. I found spots for a squash and potatoes. There’s a small fig tree, rhubarb and a grapevine. And on my deck, lots of tomatoes, cucumbers and a pepper. To be continued!

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  9. reggiall says:

    Hi Darlene, gardening can be frustrating for sure. We have good years and not so good. My fingers are crossed for this year’s crop.Yes, farmer’s markets are a wonderful resource for tasty veggies and fruits. Thanks for leaving a comment. 🙂


  10. My nails are a disaster, my hands are always in the garden. I am not too good with vegetables and really love flowers, but I do enjoy homegrown tomatoes, Gardeners’ Delight a sweet cherry tomato is my favourite. I have got an apple tree and still have sliced apples in the freezer from last year.

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  11. I have a small garden patch but plant what I know I will use. It sure beats running to a crowded store to “buy local’, which here in the Midwest can be defined as 400 miles away. Plus, I love the wisdom – “Gardeners believe in tomorrow” Thanks!


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