Hoping for a Green Thumb | Week of the Lorax

He asked me what I thought about purchasing a downtown gardening plot for the season.  I raised my eyebrows, walked to the kitchen, and picked up the basil plant I was gifted for Christmas. It was completely dry, a straggly stalk or two, and just plain pathetic…he laughed and asked me to think about it. I quickly reminded him that the childhood-chore I hated the most was…watering my mom’s plants. “Just think about it,” he said.

I did…and today is the first day.  I think I am late…I think I will be the laughing stock of the community garden- that kills the easiest of plants and only shows up once a week to water, but I am going to give it a try.I am starting with a lot (or at least what I think is a lot) and hoping at least one makes it through my inconsistent watering.

So, if you have any advice for this hopeful green thumb, please send it along.

Want to join me?  Here are a few easy ways to start an indoor garden with your little ones.

I chose to start indoors with things like lettuce, beans, cilantro, parsley, mint, avocado, basil…they are a little harder to kill if I remember correctly.

1. Start your seeds in a small pot (I chose to use peat pots which are easy to transplant outdoors. Place your peat pots in a tray…they leak!).

2. Start your seeds in clear bags…which is always a fun way to watch the roots grow. You can find detailed directions here.

3.Start your seeds in recycled plastic soda bottles. The soda bottle system is great because it has a built in watering system! Details here.

4. And here is a great article for you more adventurous gardeners that want to try citrus fruits, grapes, and avocado.

These are just a few ways to start your own garden and watch the seeds grow…I would love to hear how you grow indoors! Oh, and send me some pics…maybe they will inspire me to keep watering.


Stay tuned, for some other fun posts on gardening and going green in downtown Boston.  And if you missed it…check out a session inspired by the Lorax here.





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