As a child, were you ever interested in anything garden-related?


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I can remember that when I was a child, somewhere between 8 and 9 years old, I was very interested in some small banana plants that were planted out in our backyard, and I used to like watering them regularly and watching them as they grew. I also liked and admired marigolds. I thought they were very beautiful and cute-looking little flowers. I can remember watering them too. I cannot remember if I ever planted anything, but I liked being out in the garden.

Did you ever plant anything as a child and cared for it and watch it grow? If so, what was the first plant you remember planting?
 
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I lived with my aunt as a child and I remembered growing the tiny hot peppers, and it was my job to watch over them, from watering them, to remove dead branches, to pick the red peppers. I grew up eating very spicy foods :)
 
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When I was young my mother never wanted us to go to the garden, whenever she was planting or weeding. The excuse was, we could dirty ourselves up with soil. But that never made us stop playing with soil. She denied us a chance to plant anything in the garden. I remember to have planted my first tree when I was 12 years old. It was a eucalyptus seedling that my father had bought.
 
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As far as I remember, I wasn't interested in gardening when I was a kid. All I cared about were books and dolls:) I had a miniature fern and a cacti, but they both died.
I fell in love with gardening when my boyfriend gave me my first miniature rose:love:
 

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A school project started me growing plants and flowers. I like to see the plants grow from very small little things to large healthy plants just because you gave the plant some love and care.
 
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We were always encouraged by my parents to help with the gardening, but never forced. Obviously, I never wanted anything to do with it because I thought it was pointless and boring. I couldn't grasp the concept of spending that much time and effort on the garden, when we could just go to the grocery and buy it! After many years of buying non organic raw food, it finally clicked why my parents grew so much of their own.
 
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I was born and raised in an apartment in the city so a garden is alien to me. Although I used to take short vacations in the province during summer when there was no school, the gardens did not appeal to me except for the fruit trees where we picked guavas, star apple, mangoes and papaya. But when I married, my husband happened to be a backyard farmer so I am now enamored with gardening.
 
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I remember digging around in the garden as a child. I remember once, I would have only been 3 or 4, planting things in the backyard...I was so excited that I ran back inside and ran smack bang into the clothesline pole! I had to go to hospital because I'd cut myself so badly!

Not the best introduction to gardening -- but I still love it!
 

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No, I wasn't interested at all. I never did anything related to gardening until about 6 or 7 years ago.
 
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When I was about five, my daddy let me weed the onions. It's easy to tell onion leaves from weeds! After that, I just grew up gardening, and even received a rose bush for my 12th birthday.
I can't imagine not gardening, and really feel sorry for children so disconnected from nature that they think that dill pickles grow that way and aren't made. Eleven year old girls who lived near us when we were in town were surprised to eat a cucumber out of our garden and find it wasn't a pickle!
 
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Had my own patch in my parents garden from about 7. Not sure exactly what was first, but I remember growing radishes & beetroot, and buying grape hyacinth blubs for 1 penny each.

I had a 1920's book on stately homes gardens so made miniature versions of the pictures from the book :D
 
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I did have an interest in gardening from a young age. I was probably 8 or 9 by the time I finally convinced my Nana we should start a small garden. Neither of us are naturally talented in those regards but it was a lot of fun planning it out & then actually seeing our efforts work out for the most part :).
 
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Growing up in a rural area, I was acquainted with gardening at an early age. I was particularly fascinated with mung beans. I remember my impatience with seedling emergence. I kept extricating seeds from holes to check on germination.
 
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my parents had a big garden. when we were young me and my 2 brothers worked in the garden. because we were forced to work in it, i grew up not liking gardening. once i hit my late 20's i realized how much i missed it. luckily my father was still able to pass some of his knowledge back to me. he used to tell me someday i would get back into it. now i appreciate all the work we did back then and am proud of it! im still learning!
 
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I took gardening up at the age of 59 and until then had no interst. In fact a friend reminds that i once said very proudly "I'm not a gardener". I now say very proudly "i am a gardener" and wonder at my ignorance.
 
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actually not at all. My dad had a veggie garden at the house we moved to in the country when I was about 10 years old. He did plant a few veggies in the city home small back yard. But I did not pay much attention to either. My dad also could go out in the woods and find eatable mushrooms, shame I did not pay attention .

I remember a moment, when we bought the house in the city, from an old women. She had a row of rosebushes along side her driveway. As if it happened yesterday, I can see her face as she left her house for the last day in a car with her family, she looked over to the row of rosebushes and said "Oh, my babies". I think I was about 4 or 5 at that time. I wished I had the were with all then to have contacted her to tell her that my dad was taking care of them for her. They all bloomed so wonderful. Moving into our home 26 years ago is when I really got hooked on gardening, research etc. Now I understand the heart felt shy the old women felt, I too, will be very saddened when the day comes I have to leave my many gardensss for good. It is hopes I just die here and not have to be driven away with that one last look of my little paradise.
 
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Catching the bluegill that he used to bury before planting sometimes. That and selling our excess plums, all the people in the neighborhood would buy them. They were cheap and deciduous. Coincidentally bluegill went under when the plum tree before it was planted.
 

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