Yes You Can (Garden, That Is)


| 2/16/2010 4:51:54 PM


A photo of Mountain WomanGardens. We all love them, but there are some of us who don’t have a green thumb. We gaze at our neighbor’s gardens in wonder. “Why don’t you give it a try?” they say. We mumble something about killing everything we grow. Yes, there are those of us who know everything we touch turns brown and shrivels. But seed catalogs are arriving daily, magazines have fantastic “how to” articles and once again, you’re tempted to try growing your own produce but you don’t. “Not me. I just can’t,” you say. Well, that’s what I said too until last year and maybe, just maybe, if I share my story you’ll be encouraged to give that garden a try.

I don’t have a green thumb. I walk into a nursery and plants shrivel as soon as I glance their way. Vegetables? Forget it. That’s advanced gardening for sure. I resigned myself to shopping for produce at the grocery store. But Mountain Man changed my life. He’s a master gardener. Fresh asparagus in the spring, fresh vegetables all summer long, not to mention canned goods in the winter. Nothing can describe the taste of just picked produce. Oh, it was wonderful, and I learned what I’d been missing all those years. But Mountain Man was so competent and knowledgeable, I was intimidated and I gladly let him handle the garden. Until last year.

“Isn’t it time to start the seeds?” I asked Mountain Man

“I don’t have time this year, too many work commitments. We’ll just have to buy our produce.”

Produce from the store? No way. A few years of garden fresh vegetables had left me spoiled. I knew if we were going to have fresh vegetables than I’d just have to take care of the garden myself. But I didn’t want to tell Mountain Man my plans. He’d feel compelled to help, and he didn’t have time. I was on my own and scared.



I ordered organic seeds from a Vermont company, High Mowing Seeds. I decided to grow traditional tomatos, peppers, and cucumbers. But I also decided if I was going to be in charge of the garden, I was going to have pumpkins (I love Halloween) and giant sunflowers, too.

Mountain Woman
2/21/2010 6:36:43 AM

Hi Oz Girl, I'm excited you are going to give it a try. I made lots of mistakes but I did learn and I would never give up because it's so important to me to try to give back to others let alone feed us. The crops that did grow were so delicious and I adored my pumpkins and sunflowers. I can't wait to hear about your garden.


Oz Girl
2/20/2010 3:19:22 PM

Thanks for this additional spot of motivation that I needed... my plan is to start a SMALL garden this spring. I'm excited about it, but I haven't done any vegetable gardening since I was a teenager and my parents forced me to weed the garden... hmmm, not such a heartwarming experience way back then! :) I think I will take note of Vickie's suggestion to keep track of mistakes I make - I suppose that is my greatest fear, and yet I know I shall make mistakes and I also realize that is how I will learn. I've never believed that we fail in anything we try, but instead, we grow and learn from our mistakes!


Mountain Woman
2/19/2010 11:28:49 AM

Hi Pam, I know your garden will be fantastic. I've seen your gorgeous photos from the years past. I know it will be spring there soon and you are lucky but I have to admit I'm still loving the white stuff on the ground. Thanks so much for visiting me.