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Thursday, May 13

green thumb

when i was little i used to spend hours on end in the garden with my mother. she would show me the correct way to pot flowers and plant vegetables, always with steadfast patience and a smile. i never once saw her go back and redo something that i had more than likely messed up.
my favorite part of the day was picking the vegetables, especially the radishes and beets. it was so fun to pull the green, leafy tops and watch the red bulbs fly out of the dirt. there wasn't a radish within ten feet of me that was safe. and although i am certain that in my childlike eagerness i plucked most of them before they were ready, my mother never became irritated with me.

these are some of my favorite memories... the days we would spend gardening together.

living in the city it is often hard to connect with my inner outdoorsy girl. it's great to go to the park for a trail run and plan weekends in the mountains camping and hiking, but i often miss the small indulgences of growing up surrounded by nature.

one of the ways that i try to regain this is with my little back porch garden. there is something so soothing about being surrounded by living plants. i love the feeling of seeing something grow, of nurturing little seedlings into beautiful flowers or useful fruits and herbs.

{sweet basil is perfect for summer pizzas, caprese salads, and homemade pesto.}

i look forward to having a "real" backyard garden one day, full of vegetables and fruit. squash, zucchini, broccoli, cucumbers, spinach, strawberries, watermelon, and tomatoes galore.

do you have a garden? if so, what are you growing these days?

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Sarah said...

Yes, we have our first vegetable garden this year! So far we have tomatoes, basil, cucumbers and bell peppers. I also would love to have snap peas, okra, and squash.

McMel said...

no garden... yet. i'm dying to have one though. we are renting our home though and i'm not sure what i can and can't do. so one day- if it ever warms up here. 50 degrees on may 13. :(

Arlynn said...

Your favorite memories remind me so much of my own, with my parents in our backyard garden. Their staple crops are always tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce and snow peas. They've experimented with other fruits & veggies like watermelon, blueberries, eggplant, corn (just one year - it was too big!), scallions... the list could go on :-) Looking back, those are some of my favorite times with them even though I used to hate having to go out & pick those prickly cucumbers!

The backyard at our new place isn't quite large enough for a garden like my parents but so far I've cultivated a pretty healthy potted herb garden, some flowers in front & we've got plans in the next few weeks to get some hydrangeas planted along the Northern side of our house, yea!

Fab Five said...

Those pink flowers are marvelous! I wish I were more of the gardening type. Maybe someday... Right now I'm a city dweller as well hehe

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Can you pass along that green thumb? My Mom is divine at gardening and not so much. Boo!

Caroline said...

Oh I love these photos!! xo

trishie said...

i would love to have a kitchen garden too!

Lovely pics!

Anna Katrina said...

the pink flower is just gorgeous i wish i had a green thumb!

Anna Katrina

Claire Kiefer said...

I fantasize about having a vegetable garden. I eat so many vegetables, and I love my trips to the farmers' market, but how much better would it be to grow my own? Unfortunately, at this point, I know nothing about gardening. :(