Who invented gardening?

Western gardening had its origins in Egypt about 4,000 years ago. As the style spread, it changed and adapted to different localities and climates, but its essential elements remained those of disciplined lines and groupings of plants, usually in walled enclosures. The first literary evidence of gardening comes from Sumeria in Lower Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh mentions that his city (Uruk) was “a third of gardens”, but the gardens were palm groves.

Some flowers may have been grown, but the main purpose was to grow food and gardens are unlikely to have been next to houses. People lived in dry mounds and needed irrigation to grow fruits and vegetables. The Garden of Eden was “located” in Sumeria, but its status is mythological rather than historical. Gardening dates back to the first time humans deliberately decided to plant seeds.

More than 23,000 years ago, our primitive ancestors began planting and growing their own food. By abandoning their nomadic lifestyles, these humans laid down roots that signified the beginning of civilization. Augustine, Florida, brings plants from Spain and news from the West Indies. The founder and CEO of Seedsheets, Cameron MacKugler, designs the garden.

You just have to water it. Growing your own food can save money. It can help consumers learn more about the origins of what they eat and what types of herbicides and pesticides are used on plants. But it can also be a hassle to find space, time, and gather the tools needed for more than just nurturing one or two potted plants.

The idea behind Seedsheets is that anyone can have more control over their food, even if it's just a few basic herbs to start with.

Phil Turner
Phil Turner

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