New Life…


I suppose I should confess that I tend to have a black, or at the very least, brown thumb.

My gardening successes have been few and far between…

I couldn’t even manage to keep potted plants alive when I was younger. Well, with the notable exception of a 99 cent supermarket plant that I coined “P.D.” in honor of its polka-dotted leaves… I’ll tell you of P.D.’s demise on another occasion… it’s too sad for right now.

Between the fact that I couldn’t seem to keep (already growing!) plants alive and my indoor-loving nature, I am not a natural gardener.

But last year, for Mother’s Day, I asked for a few vegetable plants from the local nursery. And you know what? I managed to harvest some of my own tomatoes, spinach, and broccoli. I cannot begin to tell you the joy and pride I felt.

Armed with that small success, I decided to attempt to start my own plants from seeds this year. I confess that I used seeds I bought on clearance at the end of last season. My TOTAL investment in materials was less than five dollars. I figured… honestly? If ONE thing turns out, it will have been worth it.

I carefully planted those seeds with my 4-year old assistant. We faithfully watered and watched. He delighted in keeping me updated on what was growing and what wasn’t… truly, we’ve gotten our five dollars’ worth just in the experiences we have shared together thus-far.

Today? We have lots of baby plants… tomatoes, corn, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, parsley, carrots, and the peas pictured above. When we saw our pea plants growing ever taller, growing tendrils, and- just recently- bursting into flower… well, there was much celebrating.

Having a part in creating new life… even if it’s just from pea seeds… well, that’s one of the great joys of life.
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This post is linked to Amy‘s Finer Things Friday.

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