“Gardening is growing things…. You start in the front with parsley, and lettuce, and onions, and radishes…. Then comes the beets, and the carrots, and the peas, and the bunch beans. The potatoes are over in a field by themselves. Then comes the asparagus, and the celery, and last of all the pole beans, and the butter beans, and the sweet corn. Then you bound your garden on the north and the east with cantelopes and on the south and the west with watermelons. Then you plant sunflowers and hollyhocks in the back corners. Then you pray for the rain to come and if too much comes, you pray for it to stop. It keeps you busy all summer praying and hoeing.”
~Virginia Cary Hudson, “Gardening,” O Ye Jigs & Juleps!, 1962
That about sums it up!
Except she forgot to mention the garden parties where you share all the good stuff and the fun and camaraderie of gardeners.