gardening

noun
gar·​den·​ing | \ ˈgär-də-niŋ How to pronounce gardening (audio) , ˈgärd-niŋ \

Definition of gardening

: the act, activity, or pastime of planning and cultivating gardens … America's number-one leisure pursuit remains the gentle, slow-going, idyllic activity of gardening.— Margaret Langstaff … there is no shortage this spring of slick and glossy books on gardening that are long on toothsome photography and short of thoughtful text …— Allen Lacy Halide lamps are the most popular source of white light available for indoor gardening, providing the best light spectrum for all stages of plant growth.— Laura L. Kramer often used before another noun gardening glovesgardening tools

First Known Use of gardening

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Gardening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gardening. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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