By Elizabeth Malone
Gardening has been in my family for years. There are photos of my maternal great-grandmother planting flowers and herbs around the house where my mom was raised. My maternal grandmother did not inherit the “green thumb” but “the gene” was passed on to her daughter and two grandchildren.
I can remember having a garden in our backyard and going with my mom to pick the tomatoes and peppers off the vines. My mom would send me out to pick strawberries for dessert. When I was gone for much longer than anticipated she would come out and find me sitting Indian style in the dirt next to the bush eating the strawberries with only 1 or 2 in my basket.
It was through gardening that my parents instilled in me the hard work and quest for knowledge that would get me through college and on to my professional life.
Last summer I created a mini-garden with my herbs grown in large pots. This year I decided to take it to the next level and create a garden I could share with my family. I will be sharing the progress of my garden throughout the summer. And whether or not you have time for a garden, you’ll enjoy the next post on fresh herb salad and garden stock.