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August 12, 2014

An exhaustive list of plants I successfully grew in my garden this summer: one strawberry.

Not long after we moved to Portland, I went to an urban gardening activity at church. Knowledgable gardeners had provided everything we needed to plant our own little gardens in various sized pots, to be kept likely on windowsills or small decks seeing as everyone who planted lives in an apartment downtown. I potted a strawberry plant, some lettuce seeds, and wildflower seeds just for looks.

The strawberry plant was already fairly large and also well on its way towards death when I potted it, but I thought I would try anyway. The lettuce and wildflower seeds sprouted really quickly, and I had much higher hopes for those than the berries. Then June came and Stefan and I were leaving on a long trip, so we asked our friends to look after our plants while we were away. I don't blame them at all for what happened - For one, I forgot they were moving apartments while we would be gone. How rude of me to make them move three more pots! Then at their new apartments, all the plants were attacked by evil, ruthless bugs - even our friends plants, too.

When we picked up our plants they all looked pretty awful, but surprisingly the strawberry plant looked the best! After about a week I decided to give up on the lettuce and flowers. Even if I could save them it would be just in time to move back to Provo, where I probably wouldn't be brining them. But this time I saw potential in the strawberry plant, so I did my very best to nurse it back to health and now here we are! Look at that beautiful thing. It is most certainly the only one, and it is very, very tiny. I'm thinking probably tomorrow Stefan and I will cut it in two and share it. Maybe over some ice cream or yogurt. You know, really make this berry feel special. Here's to self-reliance!


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I love your sole shining strawberry. It's so cute and cheery, just like you.

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I very proud of your green thumb, as well as your thoughtfulness towards that sweet berry.

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