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Love of Gardening Begins with Planting a Seed

By abhege
February 12, 2014

My first memory of "gardening" was in kindergarten, when we saved the milk carton we got in school, cut the top off, and planted a marigold to give to "Mom" on Mother's Day.

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 11, 2014 6:41 PM CST
So well written and such a great thought. So true. Start off young and love of gardening stays with us our entire lives.
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abhege
Feb 11, 2014 6:58 PM CST
Thanks! And thanks for the acorns!

And thank you for having such a great photo of portulaca!
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Newyorkrita
Feb 11, 2014 7:01 PM CST
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Sharon
Feb 11, 2014 7:02 PM CST
I traveled down my memory lane right along with you, Arlene! I have such a love for all those same plants as well. Even now all these years later, my garden is never without zinnias and marigolds.
Thank you.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Feb 11, 2014 7:11 PM CST
I'm glad. And thank you for the acorns!

When Trish said she needed some articles I thought I would try and help out. The words just flowed that night. Rolling on the floor laughing
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vic
Feb 12, 2014 2:29 AM CST
Same here on the memory lane. I can still remember mom saying to me over 45 years ago. It was the first house where we lived after we got married and she said you should plant some portulaca. I still think of her every year when I see it blooming. Such bright and happy colors. Marigolds are hubby's favorite and I love all the other flowers you mentioned as well. Great article Arlene - Thank You Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Feb 12, 2014 6:24 AM CST
Thank you!
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abhege
Feb 12, 2014 7:01 AM CST
Than you everyone for the acorns. *Blush*
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woofie
Feb 12, 2014 10:31 AM CST
A lovely article, Arlene! There is something so magical about starting plants from seeds. And I love the French Marigolds! I forgot to start any last year and I missed them.
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abhege
Feb 12, 2014 10:35 AM CST
Thank you, woofie. I love waking up every day and checking to see if anything else has germinated!

I think I forgot to get some too but risingsun has some closeout seeds available so I'm going to take some off her hands.
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piksihk
Feb 12, 2014 1:52 PM CST
So very true, Arlene. It is truly a wonderful sight to behold when the seeds we've been waiting (with abated breathe) on comes to life! The seeds I've sown in Jan. are starting to wake up...it is so exciting to see them grow bigger & bigger every day.
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abhege
Feb 12, 2014 2:52 PM CST
Yes! And my four-year-old granddaughter knows we put the seeds in the soil and water them in and then watch for them to "pop." She loves it already!
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Newyorkrita
Feb 12, 2014 2:56 PM CST
Arlene, you are going to make a gardener out of her for sure. Just keep on gardening and showing her all the wonderful veggies and flowers that you grow.
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Joannabanana
Feb 12, 2014 6:49 PM CST
Great article! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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abhege
Feb 12, 2014 6:50 PM CST
Thank you, and thank you for the acorns!

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