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Schenectady, NY


April 17, 2011
9:50 AM

Post #8501831

There are a total of 227 votes:


As a teenager. (what prompted you to start)
(31 votes, 13%)
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As a young adult on my own. (any special circumstances?)
(57 votes, 25%)
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When I had kids. (or grandkids)
(12 votes, 5%)
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When I retired.
(11 votes, 4%)
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Start gardening? I never started, I just always have!
(80 votes, 35%)
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Other. (tell us!)
(36 votes, 15%)
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NikB
Belle Center, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2011
10:16 AM

Post #8501873

I always wanted to be a farmer. We lived in a small village and the guys I ran with were farmers. In school there was FFA, but you needed a project. My project was a goodly sized garden. I've had something ever since. Even when I lived aboard ship in the Navy, I was able to rent an area for a garden if the ship was going to be (mostly) inport for the summer.
Edaleputt
Evansdale, IA
(Zone 4b)

April 17, 2011
12:21 PM

Post #8502069

I started gardening in my very early 20s as soon as I had a place of my own, my paternal grandmother and my aunts always gardened and I remembered playing in the veggie garden and their flower gardens as a child, certain flower scents can still bring my childhood back to me and the smell of tomato leaves.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2011
12:36 PM

Post #8502095

When my parents moved in with us in '98.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2011
12:56 PM

Post #8502126

I started growing vegetables along side my step-father in 1952 when I was eight. My mother still lives in the same house back in Cornwall, England.

I'm not happy unless I'm digging in the dirt!
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2011
1:02 PM

Post #8502141

I started gardening young about 7 or 8 yrs old. I fell in love with mums and started collecting them. I found that they started easy from cuttings and everytime I saw a mum, I'd ask for a piece to take home. My dad's mother came to visit for a week while she was under treatment for Leukeuma and she showed me how to cross pollent. I loved doing it and when we left that house I had some really nice mums. I took a few with me, but over the years have lost those. I still love mums and am planning on getting some for my garden here.
mcash70
Logan Lake, BC
(Zone 3a)

April 17, 2011
1:13 PM

Post #8502169

From my earliest recollection I wanted to play in the dirt, I used to love being with my mother and grandmother when they were planting vegetables and flowers.
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2011
1:46 PM

Post #8502234

I was always around the neighbor's gardens when I was a child. When I married, my in-laws gardened and I was so happy to help. Then when we got our own garden, I was happier. I had to vote that I have always gardened, even though that is not exactly correct. For the last 38 years we have had our own garden. Luciee {;^)
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2011
2:14 PM

Post #8502307

My first memories are of working in the orchids; painting the mealies and scrubbing the scale with my alcohol drenched q-tip. It was my first "job" and I was so proud to be able to contribute! This was before my 3rd birthday. A 5 year old with a tiny grub-hoe can really do a lot of work to keep the weeds in check.
nifty413
Garland, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2011
4:30 PM

Post #8502587

My maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather were skilled gardeners. I just wish I could have known them longer than the few years I can hardly recall. *sigh*

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8502704

Some of my family were farmers but we lived on a city lot. There was a bare patch of ground next to our back door...where I dumped the water from the melting chunk of ice in the icebox. I was 11, and I planted cosmos, zinnias and snap dragons. That was it. Hooked for life.
jagrogan
White Lily, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2011
6:05 PM

Post #8502789

I first started gardening when I was 4 years old. I had ate all the grapes off a grape bunch stem and went into the backyard to plant the stem as it looked like a tree.

The next day when I went to check on my grape tree there was a psychedelic plant growing in it's place that I of course assumed was the grape tree I had planted.

My mom and dad liked to have fun.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2011
6:08 PM

Post #8502794

I always have. My grandparents owned a farm and my dad had a HUGE veggie garden in the house I grew up in.
McCool
Millbury, MA
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2011
6:43 PM

Post #8502900

I chose "as a teen-ager", but it might have actually been earlier than that. Where did I get it from? I haven't a clue. My parents didn't garden and neither did my grandparents (at least when I knew them). I do remember one of my great-grandmothers having a flower garden, but I probably only visited her twice and I remember her growing sweetpeas, which I hated.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2011
7:09 PM

Post #8502966

I remember the thrill of watching seeds sprout that I'd planted when I was just a sprout! It's still exciting!
MaryandLance
Baton Rouge, LA

April 17, 2011
8:34 PM

Post #8503181

I grew up with Gardeners... but never 'got' the bug. Grandparents were BIG Gardeners... one made a living with his orange orchard in Florida...

The Parents gardened a lot... Remember having Green Beans... enough canned to live through any natural disaster... and remember Dad building a special covering to protect his hydrangea...Remember Dad making me help him dig Chicken Poop...

Parents would drag me to the Nursery and I'd be SO bored. One time at 23? I did plant and can tomatoes... but again... no bug.

THEN... at around age 41... 2006ish... Hubby and I had a pool built for the 'pre-teens'... I saw where Hubby - (definitely a Gardener) placed SIX Indian Hawthornes around the pool... OH NO WAY! MY Pool was going to be tropical with plants of all types around it... that's the beginning... I'm hooked ever since...

Hugs,
Mary
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2011
8:51 PM

Post #8503201

Ive traced my family back about 6 generations and they were all farmers. No matter what else I have done as a occupation, I have never stopped "farming". Once I lived in a one bed room apt and spent Saturdays and Sundays watering over 300 house plants, cuttings and seedlings. I got aphids so I released a box of Lady Beetles in my house. I did get a few eggs and larvae but it was kinda nice having them in the house with me even for the short time. Cam

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2011
9:16 PM

Post #8503232

We always had some sort of flowers growing up. Where ever I lived had existing beds, I never did much with them.
After my divorce I lived in 2nd, 3rd floor apartments with my kids, met my husband, he bought a house...Asked the former owner what flowers there were. She said NONE/ acre lot with zilch in flowers. I moved in with kids in tow, asked for two flowerbeds in back and two in front.

We are now married, I have a grand total of 22 perennial beds, I forgot to stop at just 2 in front and 2 in back. Bed # 23 will be put in shortly, end of June beginning of July I MIGHT be done. But don't count on it.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 18, 2011
8:39 AM

Post #8503866

Other. When we moved to the country (in my mid 20s) from Seattle. Both my husband and I were totally inexperienced. With the help of Steve Solomon's book and a subscription to Mother Earth magazine (before it went spandex), we began our plant education. Rototilled and planted a huge vegetable garden, started berries and grapes, fruit trees, and learned to can. As our house took shape, I started planting flower beds, learning about perennials and shrubs as I went. It's been an ever evolving hobby. The veggies have now given way to herbs (more books and reading) and my current project is to learn more about incorporating natives into my landscape. Always something new to learn.
patgeorge
Nurmo
Finland
(Zone 4b)

April 18, 2011
10:22 AM

Post #8504024

When we bought our first house in 1964. It was a new build and surrounded by a lot of bare earth. I had to do something with it. Once you start it just grows on you.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2011
12:00 PM

Post #8504228

My dad always gardened & both sets of grandparents were farmers but I had allergies as child and was not allowed to help outdoors. When I bought my first house, I started gardening. My dad helped me with some starter info and I just got hooked. I'd use all the extra money for plants and eat ramen noodles the rest of the month. Now I've got 10acres & a greenhouse. I'm in several plant societies and help the local schools start up a gardening club. :-)

Tam

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2011
1:00 PM

Post #8504328

I'm somewhere between Young Adult and Retired. I started on a balcony because of a beautification contest at the complex where we lived. I didn't win but I was hooked. My DH now sends family/friends to me with questions
treelover3
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2011
3:03 PM

Post #8504532

I started when I was in Kindergarten. My parents and both sets of grandparents had big gardens. My Kindergarten teacher had the class grow a bean in a cup of sand. I was very diligent and never let the plant dry out. Most of the other kids bean plants died from drought. My plant actually flowered in that little cup of sand and the plant was put on the teacher's desk. From then on I was hooked and I've gardened ever since.
Katlian
Carson City, NV
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2011
3:48 PM

Post #8504582

My parents weren't really into gardening. My mom had a row of rhubarb and a raspberry patch. In middle school I was lucky enough to take horticulture classes once a week at the school district's greenhouse. I loved it and begged my parents to let me dig up a section of the yard for a veggie garden. They were always happy to eat the produce but didn't help take care of it. After I left for college I think my dad parked an old van over the garden.

Now I have my own yard and a husband who builds raised beds and digs holes for me!
Artwestallis
Milwaukee, WI

April 18, 2011
4:02 PM

Post #8504601

always gardened as kid weeded in family veggie garden must admit seemed more of a chore but still enjoyed it and voulenteered . One of my earliest and favorite memories as a child is picking 4 -o-clock seeds with my mother to save so we could plant next year. As a teen joined FFA and worked at a greenhouse. And always found a place to garden even if it was someone elses garden I was takeing care of. Now I have 3 city houses that I do all the land scapeing and gardening in.When asked why I do it? I say " I never feel stressed, or angered while I am in my garden".
PrissyJo
Roswell, NM
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2011
5:45 PM

Post #8504852

I got married when I was 18 and moved to downtown Chicago into a high rise. My husband got a book for me from the library called Organic Gardening. I read it 47 times and then saved some coffee cans, went down the elevator to the outside, found some dirt and stole it from a vacant lot! Started tomato seeds in those cans and put them in the windows of the apartment. They grew as high as the ceiling, skinny and shabby and bloomed but I didn't know anything about pollination! no tomatoes... we went to Britain, where my husband was from for 6 months, came back and bought a VW van and drove around the country for 6 months until I found the land I wanted... so I could garden!!! Been organic gardening ever since, no matter where I've lived.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2011
7:25 PM

Post #8505173

I started gardening in my early 20's because we bought a home and I wanted to grow some veggies like tomatoes. My father was a great gardener and my maternal grandfather was a farmer in central New York. I probably inherited the gene from them.
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

April 19, 2011
1:27 AM

Post #8505635

Mom and Grandma were keen gardeners so I guess I started very young, they taught me names of flowers, trees and shrubs as they gave me a life long passion.
BUFFY690
Prosperity, SC
(Zone 7b)

April 19, 2011
2:13 AM

Post #8505661

We always had a garden when I was a kid, there was always beans, squash, and corn in the freezer for the winter. I remember afternoons over a huge washtub shelling beans with my grandmother. Now I spend time with my own two girls teaching them how to grow their own food stuffs, how to put them up for later eating and how to prepare them in a healthy way. Hopefully they will pass this info along in a favorable manner not like it was some chore when they were kids. I work at a nursery and when I see the faces of children that did not know where their carrots come from, the fact that I taught them something in that respect make me smile. It is just so great to see their faces when you pull a nice juicy carrot from under the earth.
cando1
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2011
5:46 AM

Post #8505910

Ever since i can remember.
We lived in Ankara Turkey for several years and i faithfully kept a house plant (Don't have a clue what it was.) that was given to me on our balcony. As a child I was allowed to eat anything that was planted Except for a few things i was told was very poison and to leave them alone.
I got to gather 4 Oclock seeds too but was told not to put them in my mouth.
My DH and his mother were big on gathering wild plants and they taught me much about wild things. I have been studying plants for 65+ years. Still manage to learn something new everyday.
Vickie
mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2011
7:23 AM

Post #8506129




The first time I planted anything was when we got our first house. We had a yard !! And it was mine !! I could not wait to plant some flowers, not knowing yet that the animals would eat them before I could see them, and especially my Glads. It seemed as though they had disappeared. No tell tale holes and no Glads either. Finally I decided to plant something else there. While I was diggging the dirt up in preparation, I found my Glads. Fully grown and some even with blooms - upside down under the ground!! I had no idea that bulbs had an upside and a downside. Now I do.
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2011
9:40 AM

Post #8506449

Other: About 15 years ago I found a friend who loved gardening, and then I found Daves, and I've been flower gardening ever since. I'm having my 2nd veggie garden this year. I recently planted blackberries, Fuji apple, and two peach trees...and I'm looking forward to the future.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2011
10:14 AM

Post #8506526

I was 15, and grew up in a "shotgun double".

We had a four-step front porch in New Orleans, with a flowerbed between the steps. It was bare, and I had seen and fell in love with marigolds. So, I sprinkled seeds and grew the most beautiful tall, yellow marigolds you ever want to see.

Problem was, I had NO idea how much bees LOVE marigolds! And there were bees everywhere! Needless to say, no one could sit on the front porch for almost the whole summer. And, bless my dear mother's heart, while she did express her irritation with the situation, she did not have me pull up the flowers, 'cause they truly were very beautiful along the front.

The seeds of a budding gardener had been planted, and my mother was wise enough and loving enough to let it grow and fluorish! ^:-)^

Linda
happyNdirt
Summertown, TN
(Zone 7a)

April 19, 2011
12:16 PM

Post #8506707

My Mom always grew flowers, and my Dad always planted a huge veggie garden, so there was always a lot of dirt digging going on during the warm months. I didn't actually take interest in getting my hands in the dirt until I was in my mid-20's, and I haven't stopped since!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8507201

For as long as I remember. I grew up in a tiny village surrounded by farmland and woods. My grandmother took me to her gardens (She had three) from when I was maybe 2 or 3 years old. Before I was able to read or write, I knew all the fruits and vegetables she was growing. By the time I hit 10, I started collecting cacti and other succulents. That's when I knew that indoor gardening was my thing.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8507459

My neighbor paid me to water his plants when they traveled, and let me read all the books on their shelves. I was about 10. It took hours, is entire yard was planted, and basement was filled with plants. I came from a large, loud family, their house was so quiet. Peace and quiet, good books and gardens are all part of my happy place now.

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


April 19, 2011
7:14 PM

Post #8507608

Grade 7 Science project on unusual plants using A. Graf's books for the report. From there joined the Vancouver Desert Plant Society (yes, there's a desert plant society in a temperate rainforest city!). Years of garden battles with my mother (she know best, you know), school and work at nurseries.
KentNC
Wake Forest, NC

April 20, 2011
7:09 AM

Post #8508496

Earliest memories of our family garden is walking barefoot behind my Daddy as he plowed with a mule.

The cool, upturned earth felt good to my feet.
fleur_guy
Parma, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 20, 2011
8:12 AM

Post #8508608

Not to reveal my age but my earliest memories of gardening are the V gardens (Victory Gardens) in conjunction with the school. At that time I was in the elementary grades and a teacher would come around and check on my progress. I must say I got a lot of help from Mom who was a wonderful gardener. Her favorite thing to do was exchange rose cuttings with the neighbors.

Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2011
10:54 AM

Post #8508926

I started gardening in 1999 when I "semi-retired" and became a SAHM with my last child. I have found it to be soooooooooooooooooooooo therapeutic!!! I love LOVE it!!

My mom never gardened, although at some point she was apparently given a Hygrangea, Camelias, Nandinas, 4 o'clocks, and even Morning Glories--none of which survive today. I wish she could have enjoyed gardening more--she could have benefitted from the same therapy I enjoy.

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Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2011
12:05 PM

Post #8509082

oh... and I'd love to hear from Dave ;-)
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

April 20, 2011
1:20 PM

Post #8509214

I got married and didn't have to work about 30 years ago, and that's when I started. Never quit. Now I'm 70, living in a retirement home, and still gardening. But now I don't have a lot of room. Still warms my soul!

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Bookerc1

Bookerc1
Mackinaw, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2011
8:54 PM

Post #8510172

I've always gardened. In fact, I think one of my early escapades was trying to plant a bean seed in my ear. It swelled up from the heat and moisture, and a doctor had to use a tiny scalpel to cut it into pieces to remove it. I believe I was firmly told that seeds go in the DIRT and I've been doing just that ever since.

I helped in the family garden a little all through childhood. I think I helped more with planting and canning than the weeding end of things, but still. . . In college, I got permission to plant flowers at both of my early apartments (both the same owner, and he was enthusiastic about my planting flowers.) I just had this irresistible drive to plant things!

When I got married and we rented a duplex, I asked the owner about planting a vegetable garden in an empty lot next door, and he said he supposed he'd better let me, because his wife was the president of the garden club, and she'd skin him if he said no. We finally bought our first house a couple of years later, and I must confess that I hate the house, but fell in love with the lot. Several roses, 25 peonies, daffodils and an amazingly hardy group of tulips, some mutant hostas that triple in size each year, a big row of thornless blackberries, grape vines, rhubarb, and a gooseberry bush. I've almost tripled the flower beds in the 9 years we've lived here. I'd better slow down, or we'll need a bigger lot!

rednyr
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 21, 2011
9:11 AM

Post #8511039

As a child my great grandma watched me after school, she would walk in the yard and tell me about pollination, what plants needed to grow, we'd tend to her roses, iris's and hydrangeas and as I got a bit older she taught me veggie gardening...her green beans were always the best! crisp n tasty...what wonderful memories I have of sharing true quality time with her :)
twinkielee
Minden, LA

April 21, 2011
10:54 AM

Post #8511241

My earliest memory is of my maternal grandmother walking me around her yard and telling me the names of plants and flowers. I came from an agricultural family where everybody farmed and I can remember turning the watermelon vines for my daddy to plow between them when I was a very small child and roaming down rows of cotton plants on my paternal grandfather's place. My siblings and I gardened with our parents from the time we could walk. They taught us by example. We all continue to garden as does my 84 year-old mom who still trims tree branches, works her own garden, and can work rings around us outside. I hope to expand my gardens when I retire--which will be soon, I hope.
Chosendia

(Zone 8a)

April 21, 2011
12:41 PM

Post #8511423

Years ago I started a inside flower garden, because I love flowers. I just didn't have time to keep them up. My mother loved herself some yard plants and bushes, and trees around her house. One of her favorite was Hybiscus, I think that how you spell it. I always knew it was a natural love for me, and then when I moved back to my hometown, my younger sisters are into flowers too. Now, I know its a love from mom!!! I am so happy and at peace when I am working with them, and such a joy comes over me when they bloom. Yeah!!!!

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Googlie4gardens
Victorville, CA
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2011
3:38 PM

Post #8511777

I am a young newbie (early 20's) with 2 little girls and a new home. Recently I decided that I wanted my girls to grow up loving vegetables and the outdoors rather then pigging out on processed crap while watching tv! So what better way to accomplish both, why learning to gardening of coarse :) Wish me luck!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2011
4:05 PM

Post #8511862

Googlie, you and your daughters will have a lot of fun, even with your boo-boos. Enjoy.
hopflower
Santa Rosa, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2011
9:14 PM

Post #8512629

My family is English; need I say more? It is the national obsession.
IlovemyTiger
Irving, TX

April 22, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8513201

I started as a teenager, I've always had an innate love for plants, but what really got me started was my dad. He grew up on his grandfather's and great grandfather's farms, he has a picture of himself upon a tractor at age five. Even though now we live in a little suburban area, I think he still has a love of the country in him, and It's contagious. He started at first growing indian corn and gourds in our backyard, but now we squeeze every bit we can into it. Veggies, succulents (my love mostly), fruit trees, flowers. I've even decided my career choice to be botany!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 22, 2011
4:06 PM

Post #8513856

My sicilian dad grew tomatoes on a small patch in Brooklyn..and cucumbers...chinese lanterns, and sweet peas too. I caught the bug, but didn't put into practice until first house.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 22, 2011
5:26 PM

Post #8514008

One of my favorite read-aloud books is "The Gardener" by Sarah Stewart. A young girl is temporarily relocated to the city to live with her grouchy uncle during tough times on the farm. She takes packets of seed with her and plants them on every available windowsill and ledge. Charming story very nicely illustrated. My granddaughter bought it for me one year, which was very sweet, and quickly became our favorite at Grammy sleepovers.
jkochan
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 22, 2011
6:45 PM

Post #8514183

When I finally had my own house and my "gardening" wasn't limited to cutting grass, only by the H.O.A. rules and better half's ideas. Both of which I ignore based on the severity of the consequences. :-)
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 22, 2011
8:04 PM

Post #8514344

LOL I don't blame you a bit, jkochan!
cdwal
Charlottesville, VA
(Zone 7b)

April 23, 2011
6:09 AM

Post #8514950

I started gardening when I moved to England to get my Master's. Our classes were at Hampton Court Palace (teeming with history and chilblains!!) My very dear friend Caroline on the course was an amazing gardener, and we walked the gardens nearly every day. She taught me so much, and in a very small way, I started with what I had - my little balcony at my flat in Wimbledon - it was magic!! I think I got very good at window box and planter gardening. You can't help but to with that amazing garden climate! I'm about to add a nice long all-season window box to the front of our house with pruned evergreens, ivy and scrummy annuals. *sigh* I miss England.

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

April 23, 2011
9:15 AM

Post #8515292

As a child, I was forced to work in the family garden plot. I grew up gardening & learned to love it!


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dreaves

dreaves
Hutto, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 23, 2011
7:16 PM

Post #8516372

I strarted gardening as a little kid. My family always grew fresh vegetables for eating and canning. I also remember selling Burpee vegetable and flower seeds door-to-door as a kid.

gardenmart

gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

April 24, 2011
5:46 AM

Post #8516955

There wasn't a button for "as a little kid". I started by helping my Pop-pop plant his onion sets and tomatoes. "Don't plant the onions upside down or they will grow to China!" was my first ever gardening advice. This was @@@ years ago!
Martha
WaterCan2
Eastern Long Island, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 24, 2011
9:45 AM

Post #8517372

My mom taught me how to plant when I was a child. She had housplants on every window sill we had in NYC. Later they bought a house and I helped garden and plant vegetables. I kept my hand in the pot too by taking up Bonsai. Now I have my own house and still practice gardening and Bonsai, ..It's just a 'natural' thing to do for me. ☺
Lucky_Katie
country garden
Canada

April 24, 2011
11:13 AM

Post #8517515

I've always gardened. My parents were both from farming families so altho we lived on small acreages or city lots they always had a garden. I slept in my carriage in the garden as an infant while my Mom gardened. She canned everything and made lots of jellies/jams.

When I was 3 years old they moved to the first home I remember clearly which was on an acre of land and I gardened from an early age by picking stones, weeding, and picking fruit and veggies. I didn't like most of the work altho loved picking and deadheading my Dad's roses. And I loved the good things Mom made from the produce.

As an adult I've always gardened except when we lived in apartments but had lots of houseplants always.
FlowerAddict68
Ridgecrest, CA

April 24, 2011
11:15 AM

Post #8517517

I learned to garden at a very early age, probably 3 or 4. I always loved to help out in the garden with my Parents and my Grandparents. I learned a lot about different types of vegetables, flowers, fruit trees, shade trees and houseplants from them through the years. It is truely amazing what can be grown here in the desert. I have a special fondness for flowers, as you can tell by my name. Just think how drab our world would be without flowers. I enjoy all aspects of gardening...even weeding. If it can be grown...I can grow it.
Plantmum6
American Canyon, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 24, 2011
1:54 PM

Post #8517801

Both my mother and my grandparents gardened and I along with them. My mom loved to splurge on flowers and at the very least we would always "cruise" the garden section of the local KMart or like. My grandparents were transplanted farmers from Nebraska and grew mainly vegetables, a 1/2 of nothing but popcorn some years! As a teen I lived near a nursery and would hang out there after school and on weekends, and spend my allowance on plants. Then I began working at another nursery when I had just turned 18. I just turned 40 and I am still there! I can't imagine life without plants.
BUFFY690
Prosperity, SC
(Zone 7b)

May 16, 2011
5:14 AM

Post #8566164

Having the best year ever with my gardens, put up my first batch of real wild blackberry jelly. Having the kids help more gives them a little foodie knowledge and keeps all of us healthier and happier. My freshies list for 2011 is tomatoes, jelly bean, german yellow, giant belgium, pink oxheart, banana legs, caro rich, persimmon, box car willie, and a few voulenteers in the blueberries...Peppers, yolo wonder, mini belle mix, blushing beauty, big bertha, bhut jolokia, charleston blend, rainbow cayenne mix, alma paprika, giant jalepeno,...sunflowers, onions, garlic, potatoes (red, white, and blue) and one tomatillo plant. A few lettuces are finishing out and I did add something for the future asparagus (8). Hoping to feed my fam and put up some really nutritious things and save a little bit of pocket lettuce...LOL
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

May 16, 2011
7:46 PM

Post #8568183

Jes seems I've been there forever, though still haven't quite got the hang of it!
BUFFY690
Prosperity, SC
(Zone 7b)

May 19, 2011
5:21 AM

Post #8573305

Picked a half a gallon of blackberries yesterday, maybe got a half a cup today...So much for the cobbler I was gonna make for tonight's dessert.
Guess I will have to goand pick some Strawberries and change my flava.
:0)
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 19, 2011
12:38 PM

Post #8574102

How do you have strawberries and blackberries at the same time? They are months apart for me.

Bookerc1

Bookerc1
Mackinaw, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2011
8:26 PM

Post #8574974

My kids have learned that I have a very hard time passing a gardening center without at least a brief run-through. They've taken to pointing out random cars and people on the opposite side of the street so I won't notice a little greenhouse we're driving past, or trying to steer me away from the end of the store with the gardening center in it. Of course, once I get them into a greenhouse, they are filling the cart with plants they want even faster than I am. Hopefully I'm getting them hooked on a healthy obsession at an early age!

KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2011
9:13 AM

Post #8575714

Sounds like it, LOL, good job, Mom!
DougBert
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5a)

May 24, 2011
12:16 PM

Post #8584588

I started about 43 years ago at 6 years old. Mom and dad did not make gardening a choice but ever since I left the nest at 17 years old it has been a choice. I was a master gardener in two previous states and plan on becoming one in Washington really soon. Thanks Mom and dad for not making it a choice!!!

This message was edited May 25, 2011 6:44 AM
BUFFY690
Prosperity, SC
(Zone 7b)

May 29, 2011
9:46 PM

Post #8595758

I decided to day that next year the kids were to have their own food gardening area, everything has to be edible, just so they can learn...I think we are going to take the old tyme 'Victory Garden' approach for their first year in charge of their own thang.

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