I have heard so many people talk about not having a green thumb, and I just don’t believe that’s true! There are so many misconceptions about starting a garden and gardening in general. There are also so many resources for beginner gardeners. There’s no reason why you can’t have the garden of your dreams!
Personally, I used to have zero interest in gardening, digging in dirt, watering in the summer, waiting to harvest vegetables or waiting for plants to produce flowers. I tried growing a couple of “easy” crops as a kid and teenager and failed miserably. When my Dad was telling me about the GreenStalk planter that he and my brothers were creating, I was curious, but not sold. After watching the GreenStalks produce a huge amount of vegetables and strawberries at our office with minimal effort, I had to try them at my home too. Now I have 4 GreenStalks plus dozens of landscape plants and houseplants growing at my house! I’m hooked! Because of my gardening experience, I want to inspire others to not give up due to “lack of a green thumb.”
Everyone Kills Plants
It’s true. I’ve never met a gardener who has success with every plant on the first try (or even the second or third!). As bad as it sounds, everyone kills plants. It’s how you learn. Every time you kill a plant, consider it an opportunity to figure out how to keep your next plant alive. I know I have killed my fair share of plants and when I can figure out what killed them, it empowers me to do better next time.
It’s One Google Search Away
In this day and age, there’s really no reason why you can’t learn whatever your heart desires. Gardening advice is one search, phone call or drive away. I have Googled many a gardening question. When my plant is looking strange, I look it up. I can instantly see photos and descriptions to help me figure out what’s wrong. If you’re not tech-savy or want something more personal, go to or call your favorite local garden center. You can even attend a Master Gardener class in your area. Master Gardeners have been very helpful to me in the past.
Who Doesn’t Like a Challenge?
Gardening is a challenge and a mystery in some ways. Why some plants thrive and produce fruit against all odds – it’s a mystery. When you first get started, it can seem like a roller-coaster! But nothing compares to the satisfaction of growing your own vegetables from seed. Once you do it, you’ll be hooked on both the flavor and sense of accomplishment! Nothing worth doing is easy and gardening is no different. There will be ups and downs, but that doesn’t mean you should give up.
A Garden is a Place For Fun
Many people see gardening as a chore, and that’s just sad. Gardening is so rewarding and teaches patience and perseverance. Mix and match your favorite plants to grow whatever you want. Your garden doesn’t have to look like your neighbors or anyone else’s, really. Make your garden a fun place to be by making it yours. I grow my husband and I’s favorite vegetables in our GreenStalks so we will look forward to the harvest and want to take care of our garden. When you enjoy gardening, it’s no longer a chore. Container gardening can be a big help in making gardening more enjoyable – even if it’s just the fact that there’s no weeds!
Give Your Garden a Good Start
If you get a great potting mix and remember to keep an eye on your garden at least every other day, you’ve won half the battle. For container gardening, potting mix is so important. You’ll want something light and fluffy but also a mix that will hold water well. I personally use either Fox Farm’s Happy Frog or Pro-Mix in my garden. If you have a good potting mix, then the other thing you need to do is keep your eye on your plants. If you aren’t checking on your plants, then you don’t know if they need more water, fertilizer, sun, or less. If you give your garden a good start and monitor the progress, there’s no reason why you too can’t have a green thumb!