Gardening for those with a black thumb



The "garden" is up for the season!  My thumb is blacker than death, so we'll see how I do this year.  These plants do have one thing going for them: though Mother Nature may withhold water from time to time, she always eventually delivers.  (My indoor plants don't have Mother Nature to fall back on.  They are stuck with me, who may or may not remember to water them).  So why do I undertake this task each year, despite my horrendous track record?  Here are my reasons:

  1. Planting and caring for plants is a great learning experience for kids.  My son is keeping a vegetable/herb journal, whereby he measures the plants each week and draws pictures to document growth.
  2. Children love to eat the vegetables they grow.  Want your kids to eat more tomatoes?  Ask them to plant and tend to them.  Before you know it they'll be pulling the tomatoes right off the vine.
  3. Herbs make otherwise ordinary recipes pop.  I love having fresh herbs to add to my favorite foods.  This year I planted rosemary, basil, and mint.  I'll use rosemary with pork, potatoes, chicken and fish.  I'll add basil to tomatoes, salads, and soups.  I'll use mint to flavor my water jug.  I'll also mix it with quinoa and snap peas and add it to ordinary salads.
  4. A "garden" in containers is relatively easy to tend: there's no weeding.  You can even start out simply: get some basil at the grocery store and put it on your windowsill in the kitchen.

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