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My Green Thumb: + 2 shades!

My least favorite chore as a child was pulling weeds. We had a moderate sized garden, a few flower beds around the house and a brick walkway that my mom would  use to torture us. As  my teenage self recalls, my mother would wait until it was the hottest, muggiest day of the year to send me and my sister out to pull the prickly little buggers. Armed with nothing but a bucket and some sunblock we'd hunch over the dirt piles and sun bleached bricks, pulling with all our might to make sure we got the whole plant down to the blasted roots.

or something like that.

So you can imagine my shock when I felt the urge to start my own garden. Somehow I convinced myself that I could drastically limit the weeds by growing a simple tomato plant on my porch. Even stranger, that "simple tomato plant" turned into three plants, one flower pot and one potted herb once I left the store. I am now the proud "gardener" of my very own cherry tomato, green pepper, and strawberry plants, alongside a pot of zinna flowers and seedling basil. We spent just under $40 for all the supplies and plants and have harvested one strawberry- the most expensive strawberry known to man.


jen lamb says:
at: May 9, 2012, 4:30:00 PM said...

WHAT? I NEVER tortured you!
Weeding was usually a consequence of your bad behavior!
And... I gave you plenty of warnings prior to making you "weed". Warnings about grades, homework, chores, personal hygiene and most of all kindness to your family, namely, C!
In comparison to the garden I was forced to weed as a child, our family garden was actually quite small.
Phew! I figured I better get my 2 cents in before everyone started think of me as an awful mother!

I am glad you are trying your hand at gardening though. It can be relaxing & frustrating at the same time! Then in time, it can be used as a teaching consequence for Chucky-Sue should she misbehave! Not that she would ever do such a thing!

Tracy says:
at: May 9, 2012, 8:35:00 PM said...

you hear that mom? It's my joke flying over your head :P

jen lamb says:
at: May 9, 2012, 9:48:00 PM said...

Back at you!

See, writing in sarcasm doesn't come across as easily as when said in person!