Last year my dad helped us (and by "helped us" I mean he did all the work) put in a small raised bed out back for a little garden. You wouldn't think a 2 foot by 8 foot plot of land could bring so much enjoyment, but for me it does. I've loved learning about the different vegetables we grow and watching how the plants change each day. The real thrill is when we finally get to eat a little bite of something we have grown ourselves. (With a 2 x 8 foot garden, it really is just a bite!) There have been a definite learning curve as I learn about gardening, but that little plot of dirt has brought me great joy.