Posted on May 22 2012

My Not-So Green Thumb

I’ll never to able to do a great cartwheel, shoot a rifle in the Olympics (legally), and will most likely never swim the English Channel.  I’m okay with that.  Well, most of that.  (Guess which one I’d actually like to have a go at…)  What’s frustrating is really wanting to be good at something, and just not being good at it.  I cannot keep a house plant alive for the life me – more like for the life of it.  There’s got to be a saying out there about people who don’t have house plants, and it’s probably not a good thing to be that kind of person.  I always have fresh flowers in the house though, so hopefully that’s mildly redeeming.

My thumb isn’t green.  It’s more of a minty greenish-blue.  Maybe not even that.  Once I poured all my time and energy into starting a real garden.  I would come home from work, slip into garden gloves, and would get to work barefoot in my garden.  Plotting.  Planting.  Weeding.  Watering.  Loving.  Watching.  I had beans climbing our fence, green tops of things peeking through the soil, heads of broccoli taking root.  One afternoon I was reading a book on my couch and I heard a weed whacker.  It went on for a long time, then suddenly my heart stopped.  I launched into the yard to find…a landscaper, of sorts, (not Dan) pulling vines of beans from the fence.  Instant tears.  A young garden chopped to the ground.  The combination of that traumatic incident and then an cave of an apartment in San Francisco meant I was taking a hiatus from the gardening world.  Oh!  I tried tomatoes last summer.  That wasn’t very successful, either.

So here we go.  I’ve got an herb garden, three pots of romaine lettuce, a blueberry bush, and a raspberry bush that’s going crazy.  I’m tempted to try tomatoes again.  I still have time to decide on that.  Wish me luck!  So much luck!

  1. Amy D says:

    Keep at it, Emily!

  2. Jing says:

    I just got myself two pots of herbs last Sunday and they already look like they are dying.. I thought herbs are supposed to be easy!

    • Emily says:

      I am definitely the last person to give advice regarding gardens or plants, but I am constantly playing around with how much sun and water they’re getting. These plants have been alive longer than any other plants in my care. :)

  3. Krystal says:

    Love it!! I can’t stand not gardening for very long so I’d be happy to help with yours until I get my own :)

    • Emily says:

      Yes! You will have to give me lessons in gardening! And house plants, too! We’ll have to make regular appearances at our community garden as well!

  4. NicoleD says:

    Your pea story breaks my heart! I hope you have great luck this year :) I just planted a few kitchen herbs and I’m hoping they do well for me, too! Last year the hot weather toasted them before they were big enough to use.

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