When Homegrown Becomes “Gross”

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Those top lettuce leaves were grown in my front yard. No one knows where the bottom heads of lettuce were grown.
Those top lettuce leaves were homegrown in my front yard. No one knows where the bottom heads of lettuce were grown.

The other day, we were sitting around our table eating dinner. I had recently picked some homegrown lettuce leaves that were just big enough to eat with our dinner. My 3 year old asked me,

“Where did this tiny salad (how he refers to lettuce) come from?”

I explained that it was from the seeds I had planted, that we had grown it, expecting him to be impressed. He has previously loved gardening and harvesting. Instead I got this,

“You didn’t buy it at the store?”

“No.” I answered.

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Deep Mulch Gardening

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The amazing transformation of our garden from one year to the next!
The amazing transformation of our garden from one year to the next!

Oh gardening. I’ve got to be honest. We have had a very rocky relationship (pun intended). I love it. I really really love it. But oh I hate it so much! I always gardened as a child with our family. We had a huge garden because we had a huge family. While we weren’t the envy of the valley or anything, we had a pretty successful garden in a part of the world that prohibits things from growing as much as possible. I believe having this moderately successful upbringing set me up for failure. I thought it was genetic and I was just good at gardening. Oh how laughable now.

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