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There is no such thing as a green thumb

Updated on June 10, 2013

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Anyone who wants to can garden. There is no such thing as a green thumb. Gardeners learn to garden by getting up off the couch, and going out into the yard and planting something, anything.

The question to ask is not what to grow but how to grow? The answer to that question will help any wannabe gardener move well along the path to a happy, thriving garden, and an activity that is good for the mind, body and soul.

My gardening education goes back many years; both my father and mother taught me much and my maternal grandmother added even more plant wisdom.

However, I did not really learn to garden until I put aside the books and got down to the business of interacting with nature to take care of a particular patch of land that was commonly called a garden.

Gardening is active learning and yes, not all we do will work, but take note of both what does, and what does not work and you will evolve.

There is no such thing as a green thumb, what does that mean? It means if you want to grow something in your backyard, a community garden or allotment plot, on a patio or in a window box you will find a way to do so.

Telling people you can’t garden because all the plants die or your thumb is not green is an excuse. The desire to grow, to plant a seed and watch it emerge from the soil; to harvest the fruit or flower from that plant and enjoy its beauty or be nourished by its goodness, is what is needed.

Anyone who wants to can garden. You do need knowledge but you do not need to know it all before you begin. If you wait until you have a complete knowledge base before you begin your garden, you will simply never begin.

It does not matter how long you have been gardening; how many different plants you have grown; how many books, seminars and workshops you have attended, you will quite simply always find there is something new to learn, so don’t wait, get out and grow.

That is all there is to it get out and grow, something, anything. Start small, maybe a container of herbs for your kitchen, but start. Life and learning is about interaction so don’t wait, get going. A world of discovery, fun and adventure awaits

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Backyard Container Garden, Bob Ewing photo
Backyard Container Garden, Bob Ewing photo


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    Exactly, plants want to grow, thanks for dropping by.

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    Cindy Lawson 

    12 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Such good advice, all a plant needs is light, water and nutrient and away you go. More people should try this as plants simply 'want' to grow, and will do their best to do exactly that!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    Compost is great stuff, thanks for droping by.

  • mrnrg profile image


    12 years ago

    Nice hub. I just bought a compost bin for the garden the other day and it is already being used. Green power.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    Glad the hub helped, happy gardening and thanks for dropping by.

  • stephanie mclain profile image


    12 years ago from Texas

    ha. This has been my excuse for years for not starting a vegetable garden! It's really silly though because I've never tried to grow vegetables.

    My mother has always said that so maybe I got it in my brain that it was hereditary or

    Thanks for the hub that has convinced me to get off my butt and get planting! :)

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    Agreed and thanks for dropping by.

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    12 years ago

    Thanks for a great hub. I was taught to garden at an early age by my paternal grandmother. I love flowers. She gave me my first seeds, coxcomb (sp) and certain bulbs. Especially gladiola. Yes, if you want to garden you can garden!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    Sometimes you just have to do and then you learn, thanks for dropping by.

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    Juliet Christie Murray 

    12 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

    You are so right.Recently my son had a Chinese bambo that was dying on him. The place he bought it told him to grow it  in water and add plant food  this he did but it was still dying. I told him that the plant food was growing a bacteria because the water smelled terrible. He said the people told him to just water it.

     I took a half dying piece from him cut off a piece and planted it in soil. and I planted  a piece in water. I noticed the  one in soil had to be watered every other day . The one in the water the water had to be changed  every 3 days both plant are doing  well.My son thinks I have green fingers but I absolutely don't.

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    Amanda Davey 

    12 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK

    You are so right. For years I thought I couldn't garden or grow things. However, necessity is the mother of invention and I have found that I can grow things other than weeds, shrubs and ivy! I'm learning as I go and adapting as necessary. It is so much fun and so healthy; not just in terms of activity but in that I know where my veg come from. They taste so much better too.

    Keep up the great hubs:)


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