Relatively recently, I got a new job at work. You see, the farming store where I work is rather big, and one of the many sections we have is a large greenhouse FULL of plants that we sell! WELL! One of our managers left us, which caused the guy in the greenhouse to take the position of a manager, which caused ME to be offered the spot in the greenhouse full time! (To which I of course said yes!)
Personally, I was a little worried about going from part-time to full-time. However, my first job was working 40+ hours a week while going to college full-time, so I knew I could handle it. Another thing I was worried about is that no one planned on training me. They stuck me out there and said ‘Alright, it’s all yours, good luck!’ So needless to say, it’s been a lot of trial and error this past month as I’ve had to navigate the many questions that costumers have about the plants.
Thankfully, I have a pretty good team that I work with, and if I have a question about something I always have a few people who can give me instant feedback over the walky-talkies. Even so, I write down almost all of the questions that I can’t answer on a little note pad, and I look them up later when I get home. I have also started doing this to a lot of the plants we get in. I am learning so much about the watering and soil types for a lot of these plants, as well as what they are useful for and how big they get. (And of course, secretly, I’m making a list of what plants I want on my property and what plants I don’t.)
I know that taking care of a couple hundred plants can seem like a daunting task to even the greenest of thumbs, plenty of flowers, trees, bushes, ferns, etc. that I could possibly accidentally kill if I watered them wrong or put them on the wrong shelf and they don’t get the sunlight conditions that they need. But I seen it as the perfect opportunity to learn about plants and see how they grow and flower.. With me living in the apartment, it’s nice to be surrounded by plants all day and know that I am still connected with the earth when I can’t have any plants of my own at the moment. Plus, working in the greenhouse reminds me of why I wanted to work there in the first place and what I am working towards.
And speaking of what I’m working towards.. The customers out in the greenhouse are literally living my dream life! I mean, sure, in the store we get a lot of farmers, homesteaders, hobby farmers, and DIY fixer people. But in the greenhouse, that’s where my people go! I get the first-time gardeners, the longtime gardeners, the first-time homesteaders, the longtime homesteaders, and yes, even the suburban homesteaders come into my greenhouse to see what wonders await them in plant life. I get to hear so many amazing life stories, and I LOVE asking people questions and hearing about how people got started with their gardens/homesteads/farms! Plus, out in the greenhouse I am rarely bombarded with multiple people at once! So I truly get to help my customers one-on-one and talk to them about their property and what they need for it.
I can’t even begin to explain all of the crazy experiences that have come with this new job, but I promise that some of the best stories will get told right here, and I’m happy for some plant-based writing for once!
Until next time! Smile, have an amazing day, and thank you for letting me rant about my awesome new job! May there be many more stories to tell soon and may we all learn something together! ❤ Have an amazing day my lovely readers!!!
What a great read! Congratulations on your new job and the opportunity to learn more about plants. It’s wonderful to hear about the connections you’re making with customers and your passion for your work. Keep up the great work!
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