Anyone who wants to can garden. There is no such thing as a green thumb. Gardeners learn to garden by getting up off the couch, and going out into the yard and planting something, anything.
The question to ask is not what to grow but how to grow? The answer to that question will help any wannabe gardener move well along the path to a happy, thriving garden, and an activity that is good for the mind, body and soul.
My gardening education goes back many years; both my father and mother taught me much and my maternal grandmother added even more plant wisdom.
However, I did not really learn to garden until I put aside the books and got down to the business of interacting with nature to take care of a particular patch of land that was commonly called a garden.
Gardening is active learning and yes, not all we do will work, but take note of both what does, and what does not work and you will evolve.
There is no such thing as a green thumb, what does that mean? It means if you want to grow something in your backyard, a community garden or allotment plot, on a patio or in a window box you will find a way to do so.
Telling people you can’t garden because all the plants die, or your thumb is not green, is an excuse. The desire to grow, to plant a seed and watch it emerge from the soil; to harvest the fruit or flower from that plant and enjoy its beauty or be nourished by its goodness, is what is needed.
Anyone who wants to can garden. You do need knowledge but you do not need to know it all before you begin. If you wait until you have a complete knowledge base before you begin your garden, you will simply never begin.
It does not matter how long you have been gardening; how many different plants you have grown; how many books, seminars and workshops you have attended, you will quite simply always find there is something new to learn, so don’t wait, get out and grow.
That is all there is to it get out and grow, something, anything. Start small, maybe a container of herbs for your kitchen, but start. Life and learning is about interaction so don’t wait, get going. A world of discovery, fun and adventure awaits