Confession: I do not have a green thumb. It's not black, but to grow things I need to work at it. Most of my life I've had a yard with some flowers, but no garden. That yard was thanks to my husband who at one point in his life managed a group of golf courses. On more than one occasion would he sit and and "be one with the lawn".
I've increased my yard and tree knowledge a bit with ownership of this house-I understand the difference between grasses. I don't have a lawn service (I have a healthy college student), and I've learned how to weed, feed and so on.
When it comes to growing other things, last year I began with some flowers in large pots, a single (potted) tomato plant and a squash plant. While the flowers thrived., I only was able to harvest about four crook necked squash. The tomatoes bloomed and had lovely flowers but never came to fruition. (it's been suggested that this was because they were on a patio that was protected on three sides and there was not enough wind to cross pollinate-what do i know).
So I guess my question to other small gardeners is this? Do you save money? Do you garden because of the freshness factor? Is it a hobby? Is it a combination of all three? Now is the time to begin planting, so I guess a decision is due. I expect that Ill never be a hobby gardener. The question is, will I be a gardener at all.