The writing prompt today from Moma's Losin' It is:
Do you have a green thumb? Tell us what kind of gardener your are!
Let me see, if you had asked me this question 32 years ago the answer would be very different. 32 years ago, after the birth of our first blonde-headed beauty I had the need to loose baby weight and a huge yard to clean up. The Hubby bought this sweet little beauty from the neighborhood TG&Y for about $60-$75. (This photo is at B&B2's yard where said tiller is still in use.) That tiller is a monster and will beat you to death but it is still running after 32 years and gets the job done. I learned how to man-handle the thing and in the process I lost tons of weight building a huge garden in that yard. I loved gardening so much that I watched the Victory Garden on PBS like a religion and could not get enough magazines on gardening to read. I tapped into the wonderful knowledge that my mother possessed about how to grow anything. She taught me how to garden the old fashioned way, how to can, freeze, make jams and jellies, everything.
After about a year, I decided that it was finally time I go to college. I was bored. I know, how can you be bored with a baby and our own business we ran out of our house, but I was and I loved to garden. I researched and decided to enroll in what was then Tulsa Junior College, now Tulsa Community College. My goal was to become a horticulturist. The first class I took was horticulture. I was in love with it and excelled. I never missed a class and made an A. Slowly I realized that I didn't want to be a horticulturist. Actually, I was scared of going forward with anymore classes. You see I was afraid of being in class, dealing with any attention that might come my way. It was a big step for me to even attend the class at all. I used to hide in the back of the room in high school, becoming a part of the wall. Taking that class was the best thing I ever did, even though it was several years before I went back to finish my Associates degree in business and later my Bachelors in Organizational Leadership! My love for growing green stuff opened a door for me, a door out of my shell. Yes, I have a green thumb but it is much tamer than those early years. I'm somewhat of a lazy gardener. I kind of throw stuff in the ground, mess with it a bit and it grows. I've not had the magnitude of that first garden but I manage to have something growing, whether it be flowers or a tomato plant, I can grow stuff.
P.S. We've purchased a small electric tiller that I can use in my new little flowerbed garden! Can't wait to fire the thing up.
Also, today is my 6th blogging anniversary!