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Can you think of any hobbies that are directly related to gardening?

 
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If you can't tell, I'm writing blog articles.  

Can you give me some suggestions for hobbies that are directly related to gardening or food forestry?

I'm thinking of hobbies like beekeeping, basket making, food preservation, cider making, etc.

Thanks,

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I don’t know if this counts, but I love having & using my tractor.  A lot of the time I am using it for the garden in some way.  

Recently I have been cutting and collecting brush that I load and stack with my tractor.

All 3 of my garden beds used to have oak and hickory logs for garden edges.  I got them in place using the loader and bucket.

I moved most of my woodchips into my garden beds using the loader and bucket to scoop from a huge pile of wood chips.

I still pull stray fallen logs out of the woods to use for the garden.  I would be hard pressed to move them otherwise.

If I am going to do a lot of work in the garden with several tools, I almost always load them into the tractor bucket.

Should any of these count?  I could go on.

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Establish a small hobby permaculture vineyard and produce natural wine..
 
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brewing
herbal medicine
dyeing/painting/pigments
tool maintenance/production
creative repurposing/recycling
water catchment
birdwatching/bugwatching/critter watching
 
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Gardening can satisfy anyone with any interest.

The science guy can brew compost tea and use a microscope, root things from cuttings, calculate the proper dilution ratio for seawater to mineralize the soil.

The woodcrafter can build cold frames, raised beds, trellises, etc

The tinkerer/weekend project guy can do the above plus turn 5 gallon buckets into wicking beds, build a solar dehydrator.

An organized person can record planting dates, harvests, frosts  etc

The serenity guy (give me my private time) may simply water the garden with a hose for an hour, or pull weeds.

In the end, the gardener will be well rounded and talented.
 
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Plant breeding.
 
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Photography, as you just proved.

Lovely photo.  I'd put it in my collection of "wish to be there, you betcha."
 
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Eric Hanson wrote:I don’t know if this counts, but I love having & using my tractor.  A lot of the time I am using it for the garden in some way.

So maybe your hobby could be greasing and maintaining your tractor? I've been waiting a year for hubby to repair the parking brake on ours. The parts he needs to get to are hidden up under dashboard and that's enough to discourage him. I'd *really* like to use the back-hoe, but I don't want to do that alone if the parking brake isn't working!

I have been doing much more experimenting with the many uses of bamboo. It's a great, renewable resource if you've got a little extra space and it can be a good privacy shield as it grows to specific heights based on the variety.
 
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Ok, I came up with a better answer.

My daughter has a beloved rabbit that needs kale and other greens from time to time.  I like to grow a “rabbit section” in my garden for my daughter’s rabbit.  

Actually, when we got this rabbit, we made it clear that the rabbit was hers and her responsibility.  I told my daughter that the rabbit was her rabbit and was my grandpet

Eric
 
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Thanks for the great ideas guys:

Here's the list I've come up with including some of your suggestions.  If this sparks an idea let me know.




Beekeeping,
Basket Weaving
Tool Husbandry
Brewing
Cider Making
Baking
Flower Arranging
Wine Making
Flower Pressing
Seed Saving
Pickling
Hot Sauce Making
Herbal Medicine
Recycling
Dye Making
Bird Watching
Bug Watching
Green Woodcraft
Canning
Photography
Animal Husbandry

 
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Plant Breeding

Tomato Breeding

Vegetable Breeding

Plant Tissue Culture

Backyard Wildlife Habitats

Photography of plants

Photography of insects

Insect Collections

Plant Collections (Living)

Seed Collecting and Trading

Cooking

Natural Dying

Growing Giant Vegetables

Backyard Birding

Canning

Dehydrating Foods

Grafting

Bonsai

Various types of gardening: Vegetables, Fruits, grains, Ornamentals, alpines, houseplants, succulents, tropical greenhouse conservatory, orchids, irises, Natives, Dye Gardens, Chicken Gardens, Beer Gardens, herb gardens. Are both gardens as a hobby and hobbies within gardening.
 
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Gardening is considered to be moderate exercise by the American Heart Association, and you can easily burn the same number of calories gardening as you would at the gym ( https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-18323/9-reasons-gardening-is-the-ultimate-mindbody-workout.html )

Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy ( https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/antidepressant-microbes-soil.htm )
 
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Hunting. If you don't think it's related there is a deer in my freezer who thoroughly enjoyed my garden before we caught him that might disagree.
 
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B. Rey. wrote:Hunting. If you don't think it's related there is a deer in my freezer who thoroughly enjoyed my garden before we caught him that might disagree.




I agree, but if you even put the word gun or hunting in an article or a youtube video, it gets smacked by google and youtube.  
 
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So call it acquiring natural meat.

Eric
 
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Starting a small tree nursery.  It's simple, fun, you can start for free, you can scale up or down for use yourself or for income.
 
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I need to add that that the rabbit’s involvements with the garden is a two-way interaction.  The garden provides some food for the rabbit, and the rabbit provides plenty of pellets and used bedding for the garden.  It really is a two-way, mutually beneficial interaction.

Eric
 
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B. Rey. wrote:Hunting. If you don't think it's related there is a deer in my freezer who thoroughly enjoyed my garden before we caught him that might disagree.



And trapping if it's allowed in your area.

There are some cottontails I've had my eye on.
 
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A forager who considers the world their garden.
A hiker who is studying the forest floor just as often as the scenic views.
Those gregarious people organizing plant swaps or other community events. (group hobbies!)
A foodie who grows and can recognize the best/freshest ingredients and has developed a widened flavor pallet and become really familiar with "weird" foods because of what they can grow vs. get in the grocery store.
That person who knows so much about herbalism you could swear they were raised by medieval witches.
A beekeeper who grows things not for themselves but to feed their buzzing friends.
An armchair entomologist who has ID'd every bug in their garden and knows each's niche in the system.
Someone who grows milkweed and tracks and ID's the butterflies who visit, or any other type of garden where the goal is to attract & support wildlife.
Someone who knows the ecology and genus loci of their area like the back of their hand and can tell when to plant what based on the swelling buds of native trees or the arrival of a certain migrant to their landscape.
Someone who brushed up on latin just so they could pronounce and remember the scientific names of things, because who even knows what "pigweed" is from one region to the next?
Ditto for those who are reading scientific articles and papers not because they ever studied that subject in school, or work in that field, but because they are interested in how it might apply it to their situation.
Keeping a journal about what you planted, grew, foraged, cooked, etc.
Blogging about any of the above.
Making youtube videos or podcasting about any of the above.
An artist who considers the landscape their canvas, or likes to paint growing things, or likes to make natural pigments... or all of that and more!
 
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A G-scale garden model train & track! After discussing this garden hobby with my beloved deceased father-in-law at least 20 years ago, my train set-up is days away from rolling on the tracks! I just need more than 3 days without rain to finish the supporting landscape. Don’t know about your area but the rain has been relentless our in neck of the woods.
 
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