Why I Garden – A contest

Ladies and Gentlemen, gardeners everywhere, listen up and sharpen your pencils, go clickety click on your keyboard. Put on your thinking caps.

I want to know why you garden.

Yes, I do. I have my reasons. First, I am truly curious. What makes you brave the wind, sleet, high temperatures, low temperatures, frost and frost bite to put little tiny seeds or great big trees in the ground. Why oh why? And you do it again and again. Eternal optimists, yes. But I know there is more to your story. Tell me what it is.

There will be prizes. A grand prize, yet to be determined. Cash. Gifts. Publicity. Fame. Not so much fortune. Fun.

The details:

1. Try to keep it to a short essay, say, under 500 words. One entry per person please.
2. The deadline is the Winter Solstice, 8:47 am, Monday, December 21st, Mountain Time.
3. Send an email to whyigarden@gmail.com with the essay entry in its entirety.
4. If you have a blog, feel free to post your essay on it, then leave a comment here with a link so that others can read it, too.

Come on, tell me WHY!