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Throwback Thursday: Mucking About

This last weekend, as I was deadheading and weeding in my garden, I started thinking back to my First Attempts at gardening. 

Those First Attempts . . . were mostly Not Successful.  (I've learned a lot over the years.  Mostly through trial and error.  Heavy on the error.)

But one thing I was really good at - right off the bat - was growing vegetables.  (Turned out . . . it wasn't me, though.  I just lucked on to some incredible soil in my first vegetable garden!)

I had always dreamed of having a garden.  As a little girl, I used to love to pull weeds with my Mom in her flower beds.  I liked seeing the bees hovering over our bridal wreath spirea in the front yard.  I liked watching the Illinois corn grow higher and higher through the summer.  I knew that someday I would have a garden and grow my own stuff.

And, after years and years of "apartment gardening" (houseplants, pots of herbs, terrariums), Tom and I bought our first house in 1987 -- in Hudsonville, Michigan.  What I didn't realize right away. . . is that our property was right in the middle of the most incredible soil ever:  Muck!  (In Hudsonville, famous for onions and celery, the muck is from the old Grand River bed.  But, trust me, pretty much EVERYthing grows in that muck!)

Here I am in 1988* . . . in my First Ever Vegetable Garden.

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It was fabulous!  Everything grew.  Everything thrived.  Everything was incredible!  (I thought it was me.  It wasn't.  It was the muck!)

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(The hair.  Oh good lord . . . the hair.)

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I'm not so much into the vegetable-growing these days.  But it sure was fun (and easy!) back in the muck fields!

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* Life was so very different Back Then.  In 1988 I was working as a CPA for Ernst & Whinney in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We had two cats (Jelly and Jambo), but no kids.  I drove a Mazda.  I played in a golf league.  I read all the time, but hadn't picked up knitting needles in a decade.  And I remember being very excited about my NEW CD player.

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