Reading these posts (particularly the "tomato fruit eating critter) really makes me question my sanity as I "itch" to put out vegetable seedlings at this time each year. And yet I do and wait with baited breath for that first tomato or squash or green bean, then do my annual swearing when that almost-ready tomato is violated by < take your pick > lying in wait, finally ending the season with the same question of sanity. Yet the cycle continues with hopeful anticipation each year!!!
Gardening is a challenging task, no argument about it. And even though I'm not that fond of tomatoes (except on BLT's!!), I continue to buy several plants each year. And even though the pests, critters and TX heat claim more fruit than I, I guess I do enjoy the pampering, the daily visit to check their well-being (or lack thereof) and even the occasional "eureka!" when I get to win. And you really can't beat the flavor of any freshly picked vegetable.
This year, I'm gardening with a more purposeful intent, though on a very small scale -- offsetting escalating store prices.
Why do you garden???