In my adult life I have been notoriously bad at keeping houseplants alive. When I lived in the city, my friends started giving me cut flowers instead of plants for gifts as they knew that I couldn't kill them: they were already dead. When we were preparing to sell our century home in the downtown city core I even bought fake flowers to stick into the garden, as my attempts to grow foliage was a disaster. A neighbor took me under her green wing and brought over some plants to fill in my barren, and tiny, front yard for the open house.
Fast forward a year and a half later and we now live on a 100 acre farm in a rural small town close to nothing but other small towns. When we initially moved to the farm, friends laughed as they said now I could not only kill house plants, but also a hundred acres of living beings. Surprisingly though, the joke has been on me. Here I cannot kill anything outside - it all grows of its own accord. The weeds are monstrous and the perennial flowers battle them fiercely. If you don't plant a crop (or your equipment breaks down resulting in spilling your entire amount of crop seeds into ¼ of the crop fields) then something WILL grow. The grass, weeds and trees literally burst and bloom overnight. I honestly see a difference in growth from morning to night. It is inspiring and incredible.
Last spring, I was too ambitious and ended up disappointed, but this year will be different. I have decided not to "go big or go home" but instead just to START. It won't be perfect. I will make mistakes: probably a lot. Some veggies may live and some may be eaten by bugs, but I am going to start it and finish it. With a little bit of work, sunshine and luck, I hope to reap some bounty for our family, get the kids engaged and know it is OK to learn as you go, and get some fresh air while exercising.
So, if you are like me and desperately want to be a green thumb but have yet to start, here are my "Top 10 Reasons to Start a Garden"!
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