As a kid we never had grass in our back yard because my parents used every square inch for their garden. I did so much tilling as a little kid, I kind of soured on the whole gardening thing. I can assure you that the blisters you get from pullups are nothing compared to what you get from tilling with a shovel.
So when my wife wanted to start a garden I was apathetic, to say the least. But Laura discovered something called “squarefoot gardening” and she assured me that I wouldn’t have to pick up anything heavy or do anything that would cause me to perspire. So I relented.
Basically with a squarefoot garden you just mix up peat moss, compost, and vermiculite. You don’t need any soil! For some reason, square foot gardens produce higher yields than regular gardens and supposedly you can harvest multiple times a year.
I don’t love gardening but I must grudgingly admit that there’s something weirdly rewarding about seeing little shoots poke up out of dirt. Get in my belly little shoot!