When my hobby is gardening, what I'm doing in the free time? Can I say:

"I will garden tomorrow."

or perhaps:

"I'm going to garden some roses."

Or can I ask someone how to garden tomatoes?


You may say "I will garden tomorrow", but you are more likely to say "I'm gardening tomorrow".

Generally, garden is used as an intransitive verb meaning "to cultivate or tend one's garden"; one may also garden a plot of ground, meaning make a garden in it, but one does not garden a plant or crop. You might grow roses, or tend or cultivate them.

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    Indeed one may use garden as a verb like that, but I'd guess most gardeners would be more prone to say something along the lines of, "I will work in the garden tomorrow." As you point out, though, one wording may be less common, but that doesn't make it wrong, or ungrammatical.
    – J.R.
    Jan 30 '13 at 21:01

Dictionary.com suggests that garden can be a verb.

More than that, it can be either transitive or intransitive (used without or without an object):

  • Transitive:
    • To cultivate (a plot of ground) as a garden;
    • To furnish with a garden;
  • Intransitive:
    • To plant or tend a garden;
    • To work as a gardener;

I don't think that "I will garden tomorrow" is very grammatical, but "I decided that it's better to garden tomorrow than today" seems fine to me.

  • I would not recommend the OP to use this as a verb, not in its transitive sense anyway. It's just not used that often and could cause people to stare at him in bewilderment. It's better to stick with phrases like tending to the garden or growing some vegetables in the garden. Jan 30 '13 at 20:23

You can use garden as a verb, such as "I will garden tomorrow", or "I like spending time alone gardening", but I don't think you can use an direct object with garden ("I'm going to garden some roses"). A quick google search for "How to garden tomatoes" only turns up results on "How to grow tomatoes".

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    You meant direct object surely? Jan 30 '13 at 20:18

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