I was thinking about gardening and how I think it would be better on so many levels if more men did it in today's world. It kind of seems like "gardening" is feminine and "farming" is masculine.
I have a website where we create online gardening course called Organic Life Guru. The majority of our instructors are men (Check out the bottom of the homepage to see what I mean) and the majority of our online gardening courses customers are women.
What's your take on this?
Can gardening be manly?
Self sufficiency is manly.
Couldn't agree more.
it is as manly as it gets, some hard work proper gardening, i have known many amazing female gardeners and they are very physical strong wimmen after doing ti for only a short time and long term female gardeners could pull your fingers off your hand like pulling bbq chicken wings apart.
I have a friend who loves growing just flowers and all year long his garden is a pleasure to be in as he has it seasonally planned, he hasn't a feminine bone in his body and his garden attracts as much female admirers to him as the flowers do pollinating insects
I know a lot of strong female gardeners as well :-)
I always say, do what makes you happy. One of my greatest regrets about living in an apartment is I no longer have room for a garden, or even houseplants (it's a basement apartment). I've always loved gardening, whether for food or decoration. I can say this unequivocally; nothing in this world beats a homegrown summer tomato, still warm from the sun. In that respect, you have my answer.
There are some container garden options for apartment living. My wife made this video about that:
Here's the lesson from that: http://organiclifeguru.com/lesson/container-gardening/
I thought you were in California, not Kentucky.
It's a difference in the mindset.
Most female gardeners that I know garden as a form of decoration. Colored flowers, fancy shrubbery, window boxes, but their motivation is to decorate with the flowers.
Most male gardeners I know have a different mindset, more akin to creating or building, than decorating. The materials are the same, but the intention and therefore the results tend to be quite different.
I can't stand taking care of the lawn and landscaping. Just a waste of time in my opinion and for no good reason. I have begun landscaping with different plants like rosemary and other things that don't need to be the special care of the garden. I also have taken an interest in flowers to attract bees since I have had zucchini and squash not properly pollinated in the past.
I agree that lawn maintenance is a waste! It's more manly to grow food in said yard.
I don't like mowing the lawn either. But it can be sort of Zen.