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Homegrown fruits - do you have a green thumb?

Mar 4, 2021

In English when we say someone 'has a green thumb'  it means they are good at gardening. It doesn't mean their thumb has a green colour - the meaning is not literal, this is an idiom.

Me? I definitely don't have a green thumb. Every year I plant seeds in our garden and hope to grow things to eat, but never with much success.

However, I have discovered one thing that grows in our garden with no help from me. Pineapples!!

Pineapples are very easy to grow. After eating, cut the top off the pineapple and plant it in the ground. Leave for 2 years, and a new pineapple fruit will grow up from the centre! We now have over 100 pineapple plants growing around the edges of our garden!

Last summer I also had a big tomato plant and a passionfruit grew really well in my garden and we got a lot of fruit from them. I didn't plant them, birds must have dropped the seeds!!

How about you?  Do you like growing things in pots or in a garden?

I would love some tips and ideas on gardening, as it's soon to be time to plant seeds again in Australia!

If this is something that interests you, or if there's something else you'd like to speak about in English? I'm happy to discuss any other topic too!

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I look forward to meeting you!

Jill

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