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The Wonderful World of Gardening

If you're like most young people today, you've probably grown up in an urban or semi-urban area where most people commute to work and nobody drives tractors. You may have had a backyard with a swing set, but not a cornfield outside your window. Perhaps you've even seen documentaries like "Food, Inc." or "Forks Over Knives" about how disconnected we are from our food system and being connected to the Earth. If you've been distraught over what you can do about it, or simply want to learn a new skill, why not take up gardening?

Gardening is more than just growing flowers and obsessing over your potato field. It's a way of life that connects you with the Earth and gets your feet firmly back on the ground. And while there is a bit of learning curve to it all, you can find so much information online to guide you along while you shop at nurseries for plants and pick out some vegetative wonders that someone has already put in the hard work for. While your first attempts might end up as brown as the dirt, you too can turn your thumb green and add another interesting dimension to your personality as a human.

OK With Being a Cat Lady, But a "Garden" Lady?

Societal approval of young people waiting to get married, major in niche subjects in college, and having stranger hobbies is more than likely at an all-time high. Never before in history has it been easier to have a yard garden in the middle of a city or own ten cats all named after Looney Tunes characters. We love "pet parents" that volunteer in shelters, but what about "plant parents" that hang out in nurseries for plants? It truly is a freeing time for the individual, and gardening (for pleasure or to create your own food) is an important part of that. Young people are understandably hesitant to engage in this "old" hobby, but that need not be true. What's old is new, and vice versa ad infinitum.

If you think that gardening is still a trend for the World War II generation (or your grandma will simply NOT keep quiet about her tomato garden, think again. A recent poll seems to indicate that almost 29% of all gardening households are made of people in the 18-34 age demographic. That's more than a quarter of the gardening population, which should let you know that it's OK (and kinda cool) to grow bell peppers again. While you can find agricultural vegetables at most nurseries for plants, many of these botanical delights are best grown from seed for a stronger taproot and the patience that comes from nursing a sapling to maturity.

A New Leaf on Life: Going Green from Here on Out

After you've scouted out your favorite nurseries for plants and cultivated a few seeds of your own, you might feel like a new person. The change might be so radical that you might engage in what we'll call "herb evangelism" where you want to tell people how awesome it is to take care of plants and pluck your own salad from the ground. While this can be tempting and worthwhile, take come caution to recognize that not everyone is cut out to be a "plant parent" scouring garden stores for the latest organic fertilizer. In the same way that some couples don't want kids or pets, they'd also prefer to buy their vegetables in a bag at the store.

If you really want to cultivate a love for everything botanical, consider joining a community garden or visit a local nursery to give special people in your life the gift of plants. Easy things to grow, such as mint or seasoning herbs, can introduce people to "the green life" casually and in a way that is not a burden on them. Especially if you give them a half-grown plant from your favorite nursery with the instructions on exactly what to do, even the most stubborn and tech-oriented can be converted to nature lovers. So take it slow, let it grow and remember: anyone's thumb can turn ultra-green with the right care.