As our final feature of 2020, it is my pleasure to introduce Andrea (and Ally). Andrea and I have chatted about her little garden throughout the season and her enthusiasm has been a breath of fresh air during these unprecedented times. She has embraced her failures as gracefully as her successes and she’s already looking forward to more challenges next season. Take a look!
Name: Andrea Klos
Grow Zone: 4b
Gardening style (container, raised bed, tilled plot, etc.): raised bed, vertical inverted hanging pot, container
How long have you been gardening: <1 year
Why do you garden: I thought it would be fun to finally try it out. I’ve been wanting to grow my own veggies for years but my previous apartments were never conducive to gardening before now.
Do you typically garden alone or with friends/family/pets: I garden with my dog (AKA I water and prune the plants while she sits outside near me and chews a stick!)
Biggest success of 2020 season: My plants actually grew some veggies! I have just picked my first successfully grown (from seed might I add) cucumber. My tomato plant that Meg gave me is doing really well too. I’m starting to see some signs of peppers also. All very exciting stuff!
Most unfortunate failure of 2020 season: I tried to start a brussel sprout plant from seed but it failed miserably. Once I transplanted it outside it quickly withered to nothing.
What is your most used gardening tool: A make-shift watering can that my husband made me from a gallon milk jug. When nurturing my seedlings, I utilized the light from my aerogarden planter a lot as well because we all know that NY is not always the sunniest place.
Favorite plant that you’ve ever grown: I think the vertical inverted hanging cucumbers were really fun to plant and cucumber is one of my favorite veggies!
What are you most looking forward to growing in the future: Hopefully next year I can successfully plant some brussel sprouts because I love eating those as well. I want the chance to redeem myself on that plant.
One last piece of advice for our readers: Just go for it! I thought for sure I would kill everything right away. I’m not known for having a green thumb by any means, but the process was fun even if it didn’t work out as well as it has.
I think Andrea hit the nail on the head with her final remark; “the process was fun…” More often than not the most gratifying part of gardening is the pleasure taken in the cultivation process, not the crop picked in the end. Whether it’s your five minutes of quiet, an excuse to get outside or a fun activity to do with the kiddos, gardening is an experience. I’m thrilled that Andrea, as well as our other features, have been able to enjoy the gardening process as much as they have their harvests. If you have any questions for Andrea leave them in the comments below. Cheers, friends!