I've always wondered if the infamous green thumb turned green as a result of genetic makeup or exposure to its powers.  Having given it some thought over the years, I always end up thinking myself in circles and have not come up with the answer.  For me I think it's a little of both.  On my pop's side of the family growing plants and whatnot is just what they've always done.  In fact, my grandparents had a greenhouse in their backyard. Yeah, it was pretty freaking awesome even though it was pretty run down by the time I came onto the scene. My dad can take a clipping of pretty much anything and make it grow. When I was younger I always loved playing outside in the dirt (and I have pictures to prove it...unfortunately they are currently in a storage unit in FL).  As a teenager I used to grow tomatoes, and as soon as they were ready to pick the bugs always got first, and subsequently, last pick of them.  But it was always fun to get them to grow.  There was always a great sense of satisfaction.

So this weekend, Laurel and I planted a vegetable garden on the upper deck where the sun shines for a few hours everyday.  We did the research and figured out what plants could be planted together, how long each would take to start producing vegetables, types of soil/compost to use, watering needs, plant spacing, and flowers that would attract pollinators to the garden.  Marigolds are wonderful flowers to plant in your garden because they attract a lot pollinators, just so ya know.

Now you're wondering what we planted.  I would be at this point.  Alright, so we planted big boy tomatoes, husky cherry tomatoes, crimson sweet watermelon (red inside), charleston gray watermelon (yellow inside), zucchini, bonnie green bell peppers, and mini jack pumpkins.  We have green bean seeds somewhere but they are currently MIA since the move.  Having two types of watermelon was not our intention.  We were so excited when picking out vegetables to grow at The Home Depot that we accidently forgot to put down the yellow watermelon plant and pick up an eggplant.  C'est la vie!  Holding all things constant, we should start seeing vegetables on our plants in as early as 40 days. Below I have pictures of the process of creating the box and planting the plants.  As they continue to grow I will post more pictures of their progress.

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