I am not a gardener. My proudest accomplishment is not killing the Spawn of Larry the Jade Plant, a jade plant at my brother-in-law’s work the size of a triceratops. But I have always helped my Dad plant his garden, and harvesting’s not a problem– I am a cook, a former CSA sharer, and a lover of vegetables. I am all about helping harvest, helping bed the strawberries and braid the drying garlic. I so enjoy the fruits and flowers of a garden, and I relish the metaphors that the concepts of growing, tending, and nurturing that gardens lend to speech, as well as the creative flowering of thoughts and deeds that gardening inspires. Which is why, among many other reasons, I so enjoy reading the posts that Cathy at Growing Curious and Angelina at Dustpan Alley share with us. I’m a gardening lurker, a vicarious farmer. Maybe someday I’ll manage not to kill those herb pots on my windowsill, and tend my own, for once. Here are recent posts from Cathy and from Angelina that made me want to get my grow on.