How do we get involved with gardening? Necessity? Not so much. It typically starts our as a hobby that sometimes gets out of control. Some of us have family that were successes in the garden and passed the green thumb along. My father had a green thumb and so did my grandfather (on my mother’s side). Those skills were necessities. My grandpa was raised on a farm in the Scottish countryside but ended up in Edinburgh and a garden on Moat Drive.I wonder if he would enjoy gardening in Bakersfield, California where the hell like conditions are a far cry from those he conquered in the frigid north. Would the arid environment just be another challenge like that he faced during World War I in Turkey?