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Some of my best good blog friends have been making “Things I Don’t Do Lists” lately. Basically, it’s a list all about recognizing that there are 10 million things we could do each day, but you know what? There just isn’t time to do it all, and that’s perfectly fine. My Things I Don’t Do list would include brushing my hair, washing my car and reading books for pleasure.
Also, it would definitely include gardening, landscaping, keeping plants alive, knowing what flowers to plant where, and generally giving my home any ounce of curb appeal. I am just so epically, miserably bad at gardening that it’s almost embarassing. After several years in a row of spending lots of money on flowers and plants, planting them, and watching them slowly die no matter how I cared for them, I almost want to give up before I even try this year. Sorry neighbors, our street won’t be winning any beautification awards anytime soon. Yes, you can put all the blame on me.
But, in an effort to convince myself that I’m not totally hopeless, I plant a wide array of potted herbs every year. I know that I’m not just growing herb plants; I’m growing flavor for my kitchen. Nothing motivates a cook like great ingredients. It makes me feel like such a hipster domestic superhero when I have dinner simmering away on the stove, and I can step out the side door and pluck a few leaves of basil or a sprig of thyme for that finishing touch. Plus, for the price of one package of cut fresh herbs at the grocery store, you can buy a whole plant that will keep giving you flavor throughout the summer! It seems like a no-brainer.
After a long, taxing Michigan winter, this little bit of greenery in my life puts a smile on my face. While I’m anything but a professional gardener, I seem to have the right touch with basil. OK, maybe I owe it all to the Miracle-Gro potting soil I always use. But every year, I end up re-potting my basil plant several time as it grows larger and larger. At the end of the summer, I look forward to making a HUGE batch of pesto and freezing it to use throughout the winter.
This weekend, I potted my basil, thyme, parsley and chive plants for the year. I’ll need to keep them inside for another few weeks yet – it’s still getting too chilly at night for them outside. But pretty soon I’ll get them outside, give them a fresh layer of Miracle-Gro, and let them grow flavor for my kitchen.
What greater things do you grow? Are you great at landscaping (help me, please)? Do you grow vegetables or herbs? Beautiful flowers for your neighbors to admire? Share your stories in the comments below and on the Gro Something Greater website.