Gardening is good therapy. We should do it, not just because of the produce but
because it helps to link us to the earth which is part of our evolutionary
heritage. So is caring for animals (dogs, cats, goats, chickens, etc.) Perhaps a
lot of our psychological and emotional problems could be reduced if we spent
more time with mother nature--not just observing it, but interacting with it.
Your mother planted radishes because radishes are a no fail crop; good gardener
or lousy gardener, radishes will succeed for you--and they mature before the
southwest sun scorches many other crops. Radishes can be ignored,
under-fertilized, under-watered, under-appreciated...and they will still
I cheated this year and bought starters, but hey, I'm the one that's
watered them every day, and weeded. It's pretty exciting to see the first
of my strawberries grow.