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Bloggers dish on their reasons for gardening

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

Get your hands dirty

Everyone has a reason to grow something greater, and these ladies are no exception. These top bloggers are sharing with us the reason behind their gardens — what’s yours?
Get your hands dirty
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Create a backyard masterpiece

Audrey McClelland was taken aback when her husband’s plans for a "little" garden suddenly took over most of her backyard. She was pleasantly surprised, though, when her husband and kids took the idea and ran. Now they’ve got a gorgeous garden that produces more food than she ever imagined, and they put it all to more than one good use.

Find out what they do with all that food >>

Find a reason to get outside

Vera Sweeney thinks kids have lost touch with backyard fun, thanks to endless access to electronics. She loves that a garden gives them a reason to get outside and actually play in the dirt — something many of us did daily growing up.

Find out how she gets her kids excited about gardening >>

Find a reason to toast

Kelley Lilien is a lady after our own heart. Her garden efforts are not aimed at scrumptious homegrown salads or veggie-filled casseroles. No, she’s cultivating fruits and herbs to enhance her summertime cocktail hour.

Find out what it takes to grow the perfect cocktail garden >>

Appreciate the Earth a little more

Keri Glassman says growing plants helps you better appreciate the Earth and what it provides. She has tips for starting your garden, whether you're in a tiny apartment in the city or out in the middle of nowhere.

Get her tips for gardening >>

Remember where you came from

Candace Soriano grew up in suburbia, but these days she's a city dweller. Though she doesn't have the space to recreate her father's garden, she's able to use his influence to add a bit of green to her space. Not only do the plants remind her of home, she also puts them to work.

Find out what she does with her city-grown greens >>

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