You look at the plants you thought you were taking good care of, and find that once again some of them look crispy around the edges like you've never watered them before and others look as limp as a pile of old, green rags. Is gardening worth it?
You go inside after just a few minutes in the garden dripping with sweat, with your arms covered in mosquito bites making you look like a kid who just got home from summer camp. Is gardening worth it?
You practically crawl into the house after lugging bags of mulch around, spreading it around those flowers that can't seem to get enough water, your back aching and complaining. Is gardening with it?
You avoid looking at some areas of the garden that are more weeds than plants you planted and hope no one sees the mess before you have a chance to weed, again. Is gardening worth it?
And then you see it. A hummingbird is flitting from one flower to the next grabbing all the nectar it can get. You stand still, as still as you can, and watch it for several minutes, not once thinking to reach for your smartphone so you can take a picture or video of it. It's a moment between just you and the hummingbird and it will stay that way. Yes, you decide, gardening is worth it.
You see all the bees buzzing around, covering themselves with pollen and you know the answer is yes, gardening is worth it.
Then you pick a few leaves of lettuce sown in a container in the shade on the patio and grab a handful of just ripened 'Juliet' tomatoes to make a simple salad to go with the zucchini pie you made with some summer squash picked from your own garden. The answer is obvious with every bite. Yes, gardening is worth it.
It's worth the sweat. It's worth the aches. It's worth the weeds. It's worth a few insect bites. It's worth the time to water, to plant, to harvest.
Gardening is worth it all.