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July 28, 2013

For the Love of Gardening

Taylor’s Tip

Growing your own food can be very similar to being in a relationship. The initial first days feel brand new and fun! You prep, you plan, you take the time to create a welcoming oasis for the newcomer in your life. Then trouble begins. That seemingly pristine plant doesn’t live up to expectations. In fact, it has started to wither and take on a sickly yellowish green tinge to its once lush leaves. You water, you prune, you go crazy trying to salvage what’s left. As much as you try, nothing seems to work! By the end of the growing season you’re left with a brown and crispy graveyard… Reviving this relationship seems impossible.

However, there is hope!

While summer may be over, and your attempt at a flourishing garden filled with tomatoes and peppers has passed, there is always next year! Much like people, you have to find what vegetables and varieties work best for you and your space. As daunting as this may sound, don’t fret! That is what we do best at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services' Demonstration Garden. We are matchmakers for people and their plants. If it’s not working for you, we will find out why. We will happily introduce you to new techniques and skills to keep you and your plant in a happy and healthy gardening partnership. So stop by for class and we’ll hook you up ;)  

Submitted by Taylor Kornman, AmeriCorps VISTA

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