In Search of a Green Thumb…

Friday , 7, March 2014 1 Comment

Green Thumb


I will freely admit it, my thumb is not green.  I have never had luck at keeping plants alive…especially the edible varieties.  During the spring and summer months, I often see pictures of friends’ gardens on Facebook.  I see all of the yummy fruits and veggies that they have grown or pictures of their children enjoying their harvest.

I’m jealous.  I’ll admit it.

I want a green thumb, too.

When we moved into our first house, I was determined to add vibrant color.  To make it one of those houses that you see in the magazines.  You can ask my husband how that turned out.

When we lived in Tennessee, I stuck with some hearty plants.  I succeeded.  But my planting produced little color and no food.  Hint:  liriope and boxwood are my friends.

Last year, I bought some strawberries, cilantro, and basil.  I transplanted them into larger pots and waited for my new “garden” to emerge.  Guess how long it took for me to kill those plants?

This year, I really want to grab that elusive green thumb.  I want to be that mom who is sharing her abundant harvest on Facebook.  But in order to do that, I need some help.

For this help, I turned to the wonderful world wide web.

We don’t have any flowerbeds in the backyard, so I need to find a gardening system that uses pots or containers to grow the food.

Here is what I found:

*  My friend Deanna has a great website for all things home.  You should really take the time to look around this really neat site.  Did I mention that Deanna is an author of children’s books?  I found this awesome tutorial on how to plant a beginner garden.  The website explains what to plant, where to plant it, and even how to create the planter.  This is great for someone like me.  I had no idea that certain plants grow better together!

*  I also like the idea of raised bed gardens.  Some ideas for planting structures include watering troughs, brick, and even concrete blocks.  There is also a great video at the bottom of the page!

*  How super cool is this herb garden?  It doesn’t really tell you how to create it, but the pictures are so beautiful that I just had to add this!  Just looking at this site makes me want to go create some scrumptious meal in the kitchen using all of the herbs shown.

*  I have an empty wood pallet sitting in the backyard right now.  I had saved it last summer in order to create a flourishing garden.  Now?  Now, the pallet is sitting against a gap in the fence, making sure that our puppy doesn’t get out!  But seriously, I think the idea of a garden made out of a pallet is awesome.

*  If you don’t have a lot of space but want to grow a few herbs, this stacked herb garden idea is brilliant and totally cute.  She gives you step-by-step instructions on how to create this little masterpiece.  And her site is so fun!

So these are some of the sites that will hopefully help me find that green thumb that I have been searching for.  I am hoping to get a garden started soon.  I think that planting season is almost here…or did I already miss it?!?!

Do you have any tips or ideas for planting?

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