I am not a gardener by any standards, but I do love the idea of growing something out of almost nothing! I’ve slowly tried to earn a green thumb by learning more about plants. To be honest, I know nothing, but I’m having a lot of fun!
I haven’t ventured into flowers or trees yet, but I’m now obsessed with veggies! Luckily my grandpa has a giant garden so he did a lot of the heavy lifting in the beginning. I actually prefer to grow veggies because I feel like I’ve accomplished something when I am able to pick the “fruits” of my labor” and eat them! It’s a healthy decision and something that I actually worked for.
The best part about gardening with my grandpa is the memories that we make together. He has to tell me what to do every step of the way and is really patient with me. Our new tradition is to pull up Spotify and play Bless Your Pea Pickin’ Heart by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Awkwardly dancing in the garden while the neighbors walk by definitely adds to my fun. 🙂
If you have no green thumb whatsoever, this is the plant for you. My sister and I have different lettuce preferences so my grandpa is sweet enough to grow spinach and leaf lettuce. Can you imagine anything more thoughtful?! I never planned on getting into it as much as I have, but I love watching the lettuce grow and see if I don’t mess it up! I’m a better picker than I am a grower, but half the battle is showing up at all.
You know I had to throw a starch into the mix! French fries are in my top 5 favorite foods so this is a personal victory for me. This is my favorite and messiest part of gardening. Apparently, when you dig for potatoes, it’s called noodling (as if I didn’t feel rural enough). I’m learning that you don’t necessarily have to dig several inches to pull a potato, and that you can actually place straw on the surface of the ground to save time digging! There are apparently almost a dozen different ways you can grow potatoes and I plan to try them all!
If I had my way, I would know exactly what I was doing. Since that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon, I’m happy to make mini salads, and oven bake my freshly noodled potatoes.
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