What's Your Earliest Memory of Gardening?

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114

Gardening is a pastime that brings enjoyment to those who do it AND those who view the results of a gardener’s efforts.  And it’s a pastime we can enjoy for decades!

Spring is the perfect season for sharing the love of gardening with your children, grandchildren, and maybe even your young neighbors.

Dandelions for MommyI wonder if my mother had any idea that she was inspiring a future gardener when she sent me out into the yard as a small child to dig up dandelions.  At the time, this felt like such an important “big girl” job!  Decades later, I realize she was probably just trying to occupy my time and keep me from being bored, but this is my earliest memory of gardening.

Of course, I carefully picked the yellow “flowers” and set them aside to make a bouquet for my mom before digging up the remainders for a bounty of a penny for each dandelion plant.

I couldn’t help thinking about this on Thursday, as I sat in my garden digging up dandelions with a grapefruit knife.  Yes, a grapefruit knife.  The serrated edge and slight curve on the end makes it a perfect tool for this task.  It goes deep into the soil under the plant to loosen the dirt around the dandelion and pull it out, roots and all.  It also works well for those wandering ground covers that sneak outside the borders of a bed and pop up a few feet away in the lawn.

What is your earliest memory of gardening?  Was it something that began in your own yard or did a classroom project inspire you?

As you think about this, consider how you can share the joy of gardening with your children and grandchildren.  They’ll still be thanking you many years from now.

Posted originally to CroftonVillageGardenClub.com

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If you're willing to share your earliest memories of gardening in a comment, could you please click through to It's never too early to introduce your kids to gardening.  My garden club readers just don't "get" the whole idea of commenting on a post, and maybe a few Activerainers could demonstrate to them the value of comments.  LOL.  Thank you!

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Donna Yates
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Margaret: Great post.  I remember my grandparents always having a garden and I think neighborhood/community gardens bring so much good for so many reasons.

April 14, 2012 04:36 PM
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Margaret Woda
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Cheryl, I can identify... I felt totally ignorant about gardening and literally had no interest.  Then a former broker "required" that everyone in the office join a local organization and I drew the straw for garden club.  At first, I felt like a corporate spy who was there for all the wrong reasons, and then I discovered I wasn't as ignorant or as uninterested as I thought.

Donna - New photo!  Very nice.  Yes, I remember my grandmother's roses and azaleas very fondly.

April 16, 2012 04:17 AM
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Larry Atkins
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Love this picture. You know your child is growing up when they no longer think of your lawn's weeds as flowers.

May 07, 2012 11:26 AM
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Debbie Cook
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
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My mother was an avid gardener (and still is) I remember most the roses she grew at our house.  Will never forget that smell.  We also had irises, daffodills, lilies, azaleas and I remember a money plant and beautiful marigolds.  Alas . . . I did not inherit this talent from her!

May 11, 2012 03:38 PM
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Mike Frazier
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Margaret, my earliest memories of gardening is going out to my uncle's house to help him work in his garden. I would help him hold the reins as the horse pulled the plow down each row. My mom and I later in the season would pick the beans. Today, I have my own garden. I chopped weeds in it this morning.

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