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Starting to garden


Gardening has never been one of my strengths. If there was a plant to be watered in my household, it wasn’t me who did it. Now that I seem to have a handle on this whole “cooking thing”, I thought I’d try my hand at gardening from scratch (aka from seed).

My interest in gardening piqued when I tasted the veggies that came from my mother-law’s backyard. It was a revelation tasted just picked cherry tomatoes at their most ripe and eating a carrot that mere moments ago was stuck in dirt. Everything tasted so fresh and at its best.

As a kid, I never really paid much attention to the garden my mom had. I remember eating strawberries from my backyard as a kid, but I didn’t have the same appreciation then as I do now. I just remember them not looking magazine perfect before dipping them in sugar and eating them.

I really wanted to grow tomatoes indoors, but I heard that they don’t do too well. Using the power of Twitter, I asked Gayla from You Grow Girl if the tomato seeds I wanted to buy from her Etsy shop would stand a chance. As long as there is a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight, she said they’ll be fine. I got two different varieties Hahms Gelbe Topftomate and Haley’s Purple Comet.

I also wanted some herbs so I bought basil and garlic chive seeds from my local gardening store.

It took no time for one of the tomato plants to really start to grow:
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