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Being raised around gardening doesn’t guarantee success!

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In order to feed a family of six, every summer my parents planted a really big garden. I admit that I didn’t appreciate the way the fresh produce tasted and actually resented spending my summer weeding.

One summer (sorry Mom and Dad) my sister and I actually “weeded” the green bean plants because, we had had enough green beans.Thirty years later I have come to not only appreciate the way fresh vegetables taste but also the peacefulness of weeding.

What I have also discovered is that being raised around gardens does not make one a gardener. After my husband and I spent two weekends building planter garden beds, I confidently planted the six tomato plants my father had lovingly grown from seed and trustingly gave to me. Within days I had managed to kill them all. Knowing my dad would be over to check on the progress of my garden, I had to come clean and tell him I had murdered his plants.

“Did you make them hardy-ready?” he asked. What? You don’t just stick them in the ground and give them water? Apparently, plants grown indoors do much better if you allow them to get used to being outside. My dad sent me home with more tomato plants and instructions to expose them to morning sun only for few days before planting them. I have followed his instructions and planted garden number two.

Newly constructed planter garden beds:

 

Now, with tomato plants:

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