My basil grower

It’s no secret that I’m a lousy gardener. I really want to be able to grow more veggies. Hey, I’d even settle for a decent herb garden (yes, I’ve heard over and over again–they’re sooo easy). But it seems the only thing I can turn out from seeds are little tiny stalks that die within a week, same goes for plants that I buy and try to keep going. What am I doing wrong?

Well my kids have noticed my lack of skills. And commented.

This year I’ve been a bit determined not to grow a garden. My kids have

Decorating the pot--an important part of planting

decided otherwise. They’ve convinced me yet again to try growing herbs–but this time the only help I’m supposed to give is opening the blinds in the morning–and taking pictures. That’s it. My two youngest daughters have already informed me that they’ll be the ones watering the plants and looking after them (if only this worked with the laundry too!).

While I truly wish that I could grow something, anything really, my inabilities might just turn out a couple of real gardeners. After all, my kids know they can’t rely on my help if they want to see some green. Well the

Looking good so far...

coming weeks will tell if our indoor planted seeds continue to grow. I’m hoping that the seeds do turn into full-grown plants we can put outside or even replant in a larger pot. I have noticed that my youngest is a bit too generous with watering, but hey, what do I know?

I was happy to see while flipping through Motherboard‘s Easy Ways to Go Green, wouldn’t you know #9 is planting a garden with your kids. If all goes well I might even try their suggestion of growing from cucumber seeds or I’ve always wanted to grow my own chile peppers (I heart serranos!).


Your turn–have your lack of skills ever worked out in your favor? Or do you have any gardening tips to share with this wannabe green queen?

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