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I Got That Green Thumb.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

On a very good day, I have a green thumb. My gardening skills tend to end once you get passed that occasional thumb.

You see, I can nurse a small tomato plant night and day for months and get maybe one tomato to survive.


My Grandma on the other hand has green fingers and toes.

Her tomatoes come up by themselves. She doesn't have to do anything. (Can you tell I'm a mixture of awe and jealousy?)



Last Summer, she threw (Yes, literally threw.) some bean seeds that she didn't have time to properly plant into her garden.

Now she has baskets of beans.


Her garden provides enough homegrown vegetables to make a big and delicious meal everyday.

Can we just take a moment to acknowledge that this doesn't just happen on a normal day to day basis?


My Grandma's garden is just one reason I adore North Carolina and vacation.

I mean, where else can you have figs growing outside your front door? Hello homemade fig newtons.



Since my vacation was also a blog vacation (or blogication or however you would say that), I took some time to smell  the flowers.

And by 'taking time to smell the flowers', I was actually smelling flowers and pretending I was capable of handling my Grandma's huge garden.




And by 'pretending I was capable of handling my Grandma's huge garden' I mean that I was very good at photographing every aspect of the garden.

For example, all these hydrangea pictures were taken when I was supposed to be picking beans with my Grandma.



How is a girl supposed to resist taking an absurd amount of pretty flower pictures?


My Grandma, being a good sport, quickly caught on to my antics and started telling me things like, 'Take a picture of this dill Katherine. I think it looks nice.'


So, since Grandma knows best, I followed her instructions.

If we don't watch out, my Grandma may be the next big blogger. I really think she's a natural.


My week at my Grandma's was a wonderful whirlwind of gardening, cooking, swimming, running, and eating tons of homegrown and homemade foods.

On another note, I am so thankful at everyone for being so kind as I took my blog vacation and literally dropped off the face of the earth. I missed blogging and reading everyone's blogs, but I loved embracing the whole lack of internet and communication thing.

 I had a wonderful time and have decided that even though I am only 16, I wish I was retired and could garden and cook all day (and blog about it all of course!). That's totally plausible, right?


Do you have a green thumb?
Do you grow anything where you live?

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  1. So happy you had an awesome time! Blogcations are nice but it's always nice to catch up with everyone! I just started my own garden this year, and it's doing really well! Spinach, kale, green beans, tomatoes, cukes, peppers, and peas, to name a few!

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    1. Blogcations are such a love/hate thing for me! I miss the communication tons though! Your garden sounds SO amazing. I use all of those things frequently, so I would love to get them fresh anytime I want! You had quite the harvest!

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  2. I wish I could grow my own garden, but unfortunately I live in an apartment and only have a patio. Maybe next year I will attempt to grow some veggies in large pots.

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    1. Maybe someday! I've seen some adorable square foot gardens on Pinterest, so hopefully someday you'll figure something out. Your food still looks incredible fresh garden or not!

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  3. Your grandmother sounds like an amazing woman! Maybe she could write a guest post for ya! :) I don't think I have a green thumb, although to be honest, I've never tried my hand at gardening.

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    1. She is a beautiful soul and person. I really need to ask her to! She journals a lot, but maybe if I typed what she said it would work! You should try your hand at gardening sometime. Hopefully you don't have my luck :)

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  4. oh my word, i'm so jealous of your grandma's gardening abilities!! that garden is GORGEOUS, i think its magic. i am the worst with plants, and i'm positive there must be a spell or incantation that I'm not doing that gets stuff to grow :)

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    1. I wish I could share with everyone. There was loads of everything. Sometimes I would just walk around in awe at the garden, so I can understand the whole magic part. It's so gorgeous and unreal sometimes.

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  5. That garden is gorgeeeeooouuusss. I'm so jealous! Seriously I bet that all is amazing :)

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    1. Thanks Jessie! It tasted amazing if you know what I mean :)

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  6. Beautiful pictures! My mom is amazing with gardening (she majored in horticulture in college) and believe it or not my hubby is amazing as well! I actually hate gardening (because of bugs haha) so it's all up to him! We've done really good this year and have corn, sweet potatoes, okra, tomatoes and peppers!

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    1. A major in horticulture sounds so fun! I have a love/hate thing with gardening. When it's going well, I LOVE it. When it's just pulling weeds, it's not nearly as fun. You should blog about your harvest! It sounds so amazing! You have tons of good stuff!

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  7. Sometimes I have a green thumb and sometimes I don't...if that even makes any sense! Fresh veggies from the garden are SO good! Those flowers are beautiful, especially the Hydrangeas! They're my fav flower!

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    1. SAME here! That is exactly what I meant! There's something so good about fresh veggies. I can't even explain it! They just taste better!

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  8. I'm so jealous of your Grandma's garden!! I seriously have the BLACKEST thumb ever. Every plant I've owned has managed to meet its fate shortly after meeting me (except for some bamboo that I've had for several years now - I think there must be some fairy that comes and sprinkles fairy dust on it every night ;) ). I have even managed to shrivel and kill at least seven CACTUSES!!?! But in spite of my talent(?), I always leave the nursery with some form of green in my hands... I guess I just don't learn. ;)
    I love all the pictures you took - so gorgeous!

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    1. Ooh I never thought of saying I have a black thumb, but I do. I go through plants nearly as quickly as I went through gold fish when I was young. (so terrible, I know) We have some cacti that somehow stay alive, but I basically live in a desert so they would be nearly impossible to kill! My mom and I never stop buying plants though. We're just way too hopeful I suppose!

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  9. I could spend all day in a garden. I had one growing up and that is my favorite memory going out to pick all our vegetables and making stuff with them! Unfortunately I could kill anything I look at, plus the heat where I live is rediculous, so I just stick to aloe and cactus. That I can't kill:)

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    1. Oh man the heat in Texas kills things before I even get them home! I guess North Carolina has the perfect temperatures. Even though I lack any gardening skills, at least I'll remember the times I gardened with my Grandma!

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  10. I wish I had a green thumb! And I love the flower pics!

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    1. You and me both Liz. And thank you! You're so sweet!

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  11. What a wonderful and special weekend with your Grandma!

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  12. Those tomatoes are beautiful! I'd really like to grow some herbs on my balcony one day!

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    1. Oh you really should! There is nothing tastier than fresh tomatoes!

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  13. HUGE props to you. I want to start a garden now that we have moved into a house but to be honest I'm deathly afraid I will end up with the EXACT opposite of those beautiful pictures above. We should live closer so we can share :D

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    1. Just a little bit of work and care, and I'm sure you could have a gorgeous garden! If you lived in my neighborhood, I would let you have all you wanted!

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  14. I'm with you, I'd love to stay home and tend to a garden!
    Your grandmother's garden is absolutely beautiful and I love that she was telling you to take pictures of the dill, so cute.
    I'm glad you had such a nice time visiting your family!

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    1. Thank you Sarah! She was so cute. She got into the whole blogging thing. I had to explain to her what a blog was. Too funny!

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  15. Awww everything looks beautiful!! My daddy is actually an herbalist, so I grew up around greenhouses and gardens :) I haven't tried much in the way of a garden since we don't have a ton of space, but I do love growing my little herbs and bloob trees!

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    1. A herbalist? That's so cool! I would love to be around greenhouses and gardens. Such beautiful scenery. Little herbs and trees are still wonderful!

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  16. Such pretty photos!! What a beautiful garden your grandma has :)

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    1. Thank you Courtney! It's such a little slice of paradise!

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  17. Such a beautiful garden! We used to have a small herb and pepper garden at my old house and I know I'll want one of my own when I finally get my own place (but for this year I'll have to get by with no fresh stuff)

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    1. A pepper garden sounds like so much fun! Grocery store fruits and veggies will have to suffice for me too, but that's okay!

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  18. Oh what a beautiful garden! My grandma passed away 16 years ago and I miss her terribly so I'm so glad you get to spend such wonderful time with her!!

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    1. I am so sorry Beth! I'm sure you have gorgeous memories of her. I try to cherish every visit I have with my Grandma. I hate to think of the possibility of it being my last visit, but I try to stay positive and truly enjoy myself. Grandmothers are really quite a blessing.

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  19. I wish I had more of a green thumb! My husband is more of a gardener than I am, and we've been lucky to have several veggies and lots of herbs all ready for picking lately. Your grandma's garden looks pretty impressive! Hoping to get down to NC myself soon to visit friends :)

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    1. Same here! We've had herbs in our family garden, but my Grandma's garden blew me away. It's like a full out farm minus the animals. Crazy stuff! Oh I hope you can go visit! I love North Carolina so much, but I may be slightly biased!

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  20. What a beautiful garden. I have no green thumb, but would love to work on my skills once we eventually move back to the states :)

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    1. I'm sure practice will make perfect or close to! That's something to look forward to!

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  21. AHH I love this!! Anything garden related makes me swoon! Last year I started my very own garden for the first time. I used wine boxes and it was awesome. This year I have a few things planted on the side of my house like cauliflower, swiss chard, zucchini, and herbs. Can't wait to harvest!

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    1. Aren't gardens so much fun? I saw the wine boxes idea on Pinterest and it looked gorgeous. I've always wanted to try doing that, but I've never gotten round to it! Let me know how the harvest goes.

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  22. Wow your garden is doing fantastic! My veggies are not doing so well this year :(

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    1. My personal garden is on death's door. Oh how I wish I had this garden! Fresh veggies would be wonderful!

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  23. So jealous of the FIGS! I pay an arm and a leg for mediocre ones and your grandma has a tree full of fresh ones...yum!

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    1. She had way more than she knew what to do with! I wish I could've sent you some. She had boxes of them!

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  24. So glad you had a great time with your Grandma & on your vacation! No, I don't have a green thumb... I usually kill any plants I end up getting, BUT I have to say, I do have a small patio pepper plant that is surviving, along with some sttrawberry plans, rosemary, chives, & a hibiscus plant. Not too bad, I guess. ;)

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    1. That's not bad at all, Karey! There is nothing better than picking fresh strawberries or using your own rosemary!

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  25. I so admire people like your Grandma with green fingers and toes. I'm more like you on that front....

    All of those veggies look so fresh and summery!

    -Amy

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    1. I admire it too! Maybe one day we can get there! :)

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  26. Great pictures! That first one with the water droplets is so pretty. Never thought I'd call produce "pretty." Lol.

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    1. Oh trust me, I use weird adjectives when describing meals (and everything else), so I am the LAST person that would find that weird! I took it early in the morning, so the dew was still on it. I thought it was pretty cool myself seeing as I lack any photography skills!

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