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The average human being needs a hobby. Most people have normal hobbies like sports or cooking, but some people have weird hobbies like coin collecting and underwater basket weaving. I’ve got a pretty normal hobby: I’m a huge garden guy.
I grew up on 36 acres on the side of an Appalachian mountain. I popped out of the womb knowing the ins and outs of germination. I’m not like the common garden man who has probably spent years studying books or probably the internet researching how to raise the perfect garden. I learned the basics from my illiterate grandfather and have been riding the wave ever since. By the time I turned 14, I was the county fair king of all things garden. I had the best squash, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and sunflowers around. People called me the Garden Governor. It was pretty tight. The garden at home was over an acre large. It was fenced 8 feet into the ground and 12 feet into the sky; we called it The Fortress. I’m currently stuck in a neighborhood so my gardening ability has been limited; However, I do have quite the setup.
Gardening isn’t just a hobby for me, it’s a lifestyle. I would take a bullet for my plants straight up. There’s a certain bond a man establishes with the plants he curates, and it’s indescribable. I go beyond the typical water/sunshine/fertilizer strategies; I add the extra touches. I’m talking about throwing chopped leaves in the soil and spraying the plants with garlic. I’ll even use beer and coffee grounds sometimes. I have no idea what works, I just do it.
Gardening is great because you save hella money. You don’t have to buy the majority of your vegetables and herbs for over four months! Most people would take that money and put it towards student loans or credit card debt, but I just like to buy more steak with it. In a couple years, Gardener Delph will be Farmer Delph and I’ll even be raising my own steaks. Until then, I’m going to keep spending all my spare change on ribeyes.
My garden also forces me to get creative in the kitchen. I love to throw down chef boyarDelph style, just ask my snapchat followers. Growing different things in my backyard has made me learn to cook new vegetables while also finding newer unique ways to cook familiar vegetables. I’m out here doing cucumber facials and aromatherapy, not to mention that zucchini bread is spectacular. Never forget homemade salsa.
Gardening is great for your brain health, heart health, and especially your mental health. It gives you both a sense of responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. Every morning when I pick new vegetables off the vine I feel proud of myself. Some people go running at 6 in the morning for a runner’s high, but I just harvest a fat tomato and make a bomb ass breakfast. It’s an easy life being the Garden Governor..