Re-Greening My Thumb

Reader Contribution by Staff

<p>My friends who grow food have spent the last month preparing their gardens for the winter: pulling up spent tomato and okra plants, picking the last of the kale, raking and composting leaves, cutting back perennials, digging up tender bulbs and planting hardier ones like garlic. Some have been canning and pickling their veggies to eat all winter long. No matter the size of their gardens, they are wrapping up this summer’s abundance and anticipating another growing cycle in the spring.</p>
<p>Unlike my green-thumbed friends, I ended this summer <a href=”” target=”_blank”>a bit disappointed</a> at managing my yard and growing food.</p>
<p>In 2010, I took on a remodel  of both my bathroom and my kitchen, along with other “smaller” projects such as refinishing the wood floors.  (Not recommended.) Late this summer, I realized I had to focus on the interior of my house in order to get these projects finished — and to restore my own sanity.  And that’s when I had to let go of my hopes of growing my own food this year.</p>
<p>But now that my bathroom and kitchen are not only functional and eco-friendly, but gorgeous (pictures and information coming in the new year!), I can renew my commitment to try again. Time to give some love to my double-lot that has been waiting patiently for my attention.</p>
<p>For inspiration, I revisited my interview with Heather Flores, <a href=”” target=”_blank”>author</a> and farmer behind the movement to <a href=”” target=”_blank”>grow food, not lawns</a> (pictured at right).</p>
<strong>Listen to my conversation with Heather this past April:</strong>
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<p>Heather motivated me to begin a <a href=”” target=”_blank”>yard-share</a> last year, and once again, her insight and her passion have me chomping at the bit to get my hands in the dirt. Even one bunch of basil or a single cherry tomato would be a successful crop for me. I’ve scaled back my expectations, and in the spring, I’ll start small.</p>
<p>Is it too late to get excited for spring?</p>
<p>For more eco-friendly inspiration, this Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. central time, I’m participating in the GreenShifters teleseminar to speak about my desire to “preach beyond the choir” — in other words, to extend the “go green” conversation to those who aren’t already in it.</p>
<a href=”” target=”_blank”>Registration is completely free and includes access to the recordings.</a>
<p>Co-written by Simran Sethi and Rebecca Evanhoe</p>
<p>Audio Interview edited by Jessica Sain-Bard</p>
<p>Photo courtesy of Heather Flores</p>

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