Even pros get their start somewhere

The guiding principle of Beekman 1802 is “a shared experience in seasonal living”.  One of the reasons we partnered with Williams-Sonoma to create the world’s largest “community” garden was to inspire new gardeners and get those experienced with dirty hands to share their accumulated wisdom.

Throughout the season-long project (click here to learn more) we’re going to have fun contests and giveaways to encourage the sharing.

For our first contest we’re asking you to tell us about the first thing you ever grew.  Don’t be afraid to share if it was an utter failure.  New and seasoned gardeners alike will find solace in the fact that green thumbs are not infallible.  Success stores also provide a certain level of hope, too.

And what does the best tale win?  A beautiful set of garden implements curated by Williams-Sonoma especially for the launch of this project.

To help us decide which entry is the most deserving, we’ve asked one of the best gardeners we know to help.

Margaret Roach, creator of AWaytoGarden.com and author of the memoir “And I Shall Have Some Peace There” about her own retreat to rural living, began her gardening life nearly 30 years ago by sowing whole seed packets of everything she’d ordered, only to find out nobody needs 100 pepper or tomato plants (and that even if they did, you’d have to thin the seedlings or else).  Even experts make mistakes in the beginning!

Oh—and the prizewinner will also receive an autographed copy of Margaret’s new book


POST YOUR ENTRY IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW

 

NOTE:  THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED.  TO LEARN WHO WON, CLICK HERE

TO SEE IF THERE ARE NEW CONTESTS TO ENTER, LOOK FOR THE CONTEST COLUMN ON THE HOMEPAGE

by Josh and Brent

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Sandy Rhodehamel

My father was a great gardener. He had over 2 acres of his "private vegetable garden". So, when I got married, I could not wait to have my very own garden, as I had learned so much from him 🙂 LOL. My husband and I cleared a spot, prepared the soil and planted cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplant. Every day I would look at the garden with amazement. One day I decided they plants were not producing fast enough for me. I put "Miracle Grow" on them not reading the directions very well. Anyway, my cucumbers grew to about 24 inches each, of course no flavor because I had let them grow so big, bell peppers looked about the size of personal watermelons and the eggplants? Please…..they looked like purple beautiful watermelons. None of these were worthy to eat but I was proud anyway. Next year I left the Miracle Grow off.

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