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Finding Your Green Thumb


Written by Plant With Purpose on January 7, 2016 in General

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Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.

Thomas Jefferson


The New Year is an exciting time for new growth. With more consistent rain and cooler temperatures, it is a great time to bring the outdoors inside by sprouting seedlings and watching them grow. You will likely be surprised by the aesthetics, smells, and tastes that come from your efforts. And your neighbors will thank you too!

Most of us wouldn’t consider ourselves modern day farmers but your green thumb doesn’t have to involve acres of land, large tractors, or bountiful harvests. Small kitchen gardens require similar skills; they yield the same emotions, while requiring far fewer hours of cultivation. Our partnering farming families enjoy fresh produce from their own backyards and you can too!

Caring for plants and small gardens generates joy. The joy in gardening is not in the success but rather in the process–the process of tending your garden and sharing the fruits of your labor.

Plant care has few rules; it involves trial and error, and learning. Fortunately, plants are pretty resilient and adaptable. No matter what your living situation is, you can be a gardener.

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Transform your apartment into a greenhouse some new common houseplants or decorate one of your walls as a vertical succulent garden.

If you are fortunate enough to have a small outdoor garden, maximize your space by trying single pot veggie gardening or cultivating a tiny veggie bed.

For those of you in San Diego, join us on Sunday, January 24 for the Food Forest Festival at Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas. Help plant an edible forest in honor of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish birthday of the trees, and create lasting community connections.

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Stay tuned for more tips on how to develop that green thumb…


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