Spring Flowers

     I have never been inclined to believe that I possessed a green thumb due to my complete and utter lack of success at growing anything up to now. I figured try and try again right? Only this time I had a back-up plan to guarantee that I wouldn’t fail. I decided to start my seedlings at home in my AeroGarden on March fifteenth.

This is my AeroGarden.

This is my AeroGarden.

This is what happened two days after planting my seeds.

This is what happened two days after planting my seeds.

Then eight days after that!

Then eight days after that!

    After three weeks I transplanted the plants into my community garden plot, and I then learned a very valuable lesson about allowing my plants to harden off properly before putting them into the ground. Things were looking so sad that I didn’t even take a picture. My kale and brussel sprouts were droopy, the lettuce was wilting into the ground, the okra completely dried up and my herbs looked hopeless. I almost gave up, but I decided to take a look when I drove by a week later, and lo and behold there was LIFE! Upon closer inspection I found that I lost one lettuce, one tomato, two spinach and two okra. Everything else was flourishing!

This is my garden after only 6 weeks!

This is my garden after only 6 weeks!

The lettuce really perked up.

The lettuce really perked up.

     This is so amazing! Now, I know this doesn’t mean that I have the green Midas touch just yet, but I’m sure feeling pretty confident. We’ll just have to wait and see what the harvest looks like and then I can officially say that this is my first and very own successful garden! I’ll keep you posted:)

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Growing up

I’ve been observing that I’ve been experiencing a lot of “firsts” in my life. It’s been ten years or so since I’ve “left the nest”, so to speak, and sometimes I find myself feeling a bit surprised when I do something yet again for the first time. It’s as though I thought that I could use them all up and not have any left (silly thought),and the fact that I do gives me a strange bittersweet feeling. I say to myself “Oh, you just lost another virginity” which is sad right? That’s something you can’t have back once you’ve lost it. Then on the upside I feel relieved because chances are I’ll have another virginity to lose on another day-in fact I have a whole lifetime of firsts to experience and virginities to lose.
I feel I subconsciously measure my progress through life in first times. Maybe we all do. Parents hold our firsts like a treasure in their heart from our first breath, first day of school, first date. I think first times are like milestones in life that mark the beginning of an end, but as long as you keep having them there’s hope that you’ll have another and fear that you won’t. Firsts make you aware of your mortality and remind you to cherish every moment.
I guess that’s why first times are so important and why people feel the need to celebrate them by saying things like “I just wrote a blog for the first time!” Seeing as how I plan to write about a lot of the firsts going on in my life, I will try to restrain myself from making it a regular announcement. I’d also like to ask forgiveness from my readers ahead of time, just in case I do express my pride excessively:-)