Millennial Gardener Feature Month 2020 – Katie

I’ve had the pleasure of making some new friends this year, one of which was the fabulous Ms. Katie Cole. She and her fellas had expressed interest in some of the pepper and tomato plants that I was starting from seed, so I handed off seedlings and from the looks of things they have done a fantastic job tending them! Let’s see how their 2020 gardening season is going.

Name: Katie Cole

State: Maryland

Gardening style: raised flower bed in our small driveway and also grow in containers inside the house

How long have you been gardening: only about 2 years

Why do you garden: It is an additional hobby that I have found extremely relaxing. I Just started cooking more recently which has grown to be my favorite hobby. I also have severe Crohn’s disease so gardening gives me a healthier alternative when cooking and has been the most enhancing benefit for me. Both gardening and cooking have helped me to better relax and spend great time with my family.

Do you typically garden alone: I typically do my gardening with my fiancé and my incredible 4 year old son. I also have recently enjoyed gardening through a group organized by a friend on zoom video. It was a fantastic way to meet new friends and pick up great gardening tips.

Biggest success of 2020 season: My fiancé tried to throw my orchid plant away because he thought they had died. I did not give up on them and to our surprise with some TLC they came back to life. Such a proud moment for me because it’s been a long running joke that I can’t keep a plant alive to save my life.

Most unfortunate failure of 2020 season: My lovely son stepped on one of my flower plants while playing with friends, there was no coming back from that.

Most used gardening tool: gardening gloves for pulling weeds around my plants. I think I weed every week or so, they grow so fast

Favorite plant I have grown: Hot peppers, I have never been a huge fan of spicy food. Just recently I have been making fresh salsa and the spicier the better.

Most looking forward to growing in the future: I hope to start growing pumpkins for carving once we move to a home with a larger yard. My dad grew pumpkins in a large garden growing up.

One last piece of advice: Gardening is a rewarding way to spend more time outdoors. It’s fun and also very challenging so don’t get down on yourself if it doesn’t go as planned. Have fun and you never know you may find new adventures and rewards just like I have revealed for myself through gardening.

There is no better way to improve the quality of the produce in your kitchen than to grow it yourself! I am so glad that Katie has been able to exploit both the mental and physical benefits of home gardening, and shared those benefits with her beautiful family. Many thanks to Katie (and Ethan!) for communicating their 2020 gardening experience to all of us. If you have any questions for Katie or myself feel free to comment below. Cheers, friends!

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