Hopeless gardener revives gardening project

In the past, he got no luck with gardening. Be it flower or vegetable or tree.

Whatever he planted, died.

That’s what his wife claimed. No hope of growing anything (with the exception of weeds, of course). Let alone enjoying the fruits of his labor.

He accepted the fate that he did not have a green thumb. Finally, he gave up hope and hung up the hoe and boots.

Not until recently, he took the courage to prove that he is not a hopeless gardener – after a few years of hiatus.

He wants to make sure that this time it works. So he read a few books on gardening, especially organic gardening, to make sure that it’s a success. No failure allowed.

That ego-satisfying reason is not the ultimate reason. In fact, there’s another more important reason for this revival: he wants to teach a lesson (or two) to his two young children.

Through gardening, a child can learn about nature. How a plant is grown from a seed. And grows into harvesting stage. He even asked his children to create a log book about their gardening project.

Through gardening, a child can learn about patience. To enjoy the harvest, one needs to wait for a period of time before enjoying the fruits, so to speak. There’s a cycle in every thing. You can’t force things to suit your preferences.

Of course, along the way, the plant must be taken care of and watered and fertilized.

And more importantly, through growing your own vegetables, the child appreciates the food that is served on the table MORE.


Because they realize first hand that it takes so much time and effort to even taste one lady finger (okra), for example. When they realize this, they won’t simply ignore the food.

Not only that, freshly plucked plants taste way better than those you get from the markets.

This story is not taken from a popular TV series.

It’s a real life story and the “hero” of this story is yours truly – the (once) hopeless gardener.

J and K used to “hate” okra. But I am surprised to find out that they “love” it now when I served the first batch of harvest from our little garden.

You see, it has so many benefits of growing your own plants. It can even make a child love a veggie.


To start, you don’t need a piece of land that is the size of a football field. Just a small piece will do. Or you can use pots for this purpose if land is scarce.

I have captured the process of my revival from making the bed to harvesting in a series of pictures.

Care to take a look?

Big Bed
Big Bed – April 13
Small Bed
Small Bed – April 13
Lady finger seedlings
Lady finger seedlings – April 25
Chilli seedlings
Chili seedlings – April 23
Lady finger seedling moved to bed
Lady finger seedling moved to bed – April 29
Chili seedlings moved to pot
Chili in pot – May 9
Growing okra
Growing okra – May 19
Growing chilli
Growing chili – June 10
Flowering Okra
Flowering Okra – June 13
Okra ready for harvest
Okra ready for harvest – June 20

We also planted mint in a pot. First, it was just a mint sprig inserted in the soil. And now it grows into a small bush.

Mint in Pot
Mint in Pot

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