Become a “Garden for LIFE” Champion

Climate & growing conditions

Big news!

We are just days away from releasing the first video in the Garden Freedom Festival 😉

But first, another fun story from our Grow Your Own Vegetables community today.

Meet Martha: she’s retired (with kids) and living in Ontario.

Listening to her story, you’ll experience even more joy for gardening.

(I kind of felt like we were two little kids talking about playing outside in the dirt 😜)

Meet Gina the “Make it Happen” Gardener

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When you see someone who believes in the nourishment of a garden SO much that she buys a blackberry bush BEFORE she even has a yard, you just have to find out what happens next!

Meet Gina from California.  

Gina is busy! A doctor and a mother of two, she decided she was tired of her dreams of having a garden pass by year after year. She admits she thought it was going to be easy. She decided to just “wing it” and threw some seeds in the ground to see what would happen. But she ran into some challenges along the way, and was frustrated because the learning curve was steep!

Luckily, Gina started asking some really great questions in our Grow Your Own Vegetables community this year. And she found the right tools to make her feel confident in the garden. And her garden is really thriving… because she always finds a way to make it happen.

Karla the Mountain Gardener: Nourishing Her Community Even After Working Long Hours at Her Job

Climate & growing conditions

When you see someone who has integrated gardening into their lifestyle in a way that is wildly successful AND effortless, you just have to ask them how they did it!

Meet Karla from Denver, Colorado. She works LONG hours and lives in the mountains with highly unpredictable weather. But she doesn’t let anything stand in her way when it comes to growing healthy food and nourishing her soul.

This year, she experienced her best harvest yet despite cold snaps and heat waves. So much so that she is giving away hundreds of pounds of produce! What made the difference? I’ll let Karla tell her own story… And by the way, she’s a garden superhero!

3 Tips to Maximize Harvests & Simplify Your Garden Routine

Climate & growing conditions

If you feel like your garden is a little out of control sometimes… Like you’re running around mid-season, winging it, not sure what to plant next and chasing pests and diseases… You are not alone. You know what helps? A good plan!

Check out this video! You’ll discover how to stay on track with a good plan. Know exactly what you’re going to plant, where, and when so that you can relax and enjoy the growing season. And the best part… NOW’s the time to create a garden plan for the whole year (no matter when your growing season begins).

You’ll hear about a special opportunity in the video. I mention registration for class at the end of this video… here’s that link! — https://growyourownvegetables.org/cropplan/ 

#1 Secret to a MORE Resilient Vegetable Garden

Climate & growing conditions

If you’ve ever lost vegetable plants to a pest or fought a voracious weed in the garden, then you’ve experienced firsthand how tenacious nature can be… Well, here’s the thing: Your vegetable and herb plants are just as resilient and persistent as all the pests, weeds, and diseases out there. It may not feel or seem that way at times, but they are!

Oftentimes, even a crop that appears decimated, can recover just fine. But what if you thought your whole crop was decimated when it really was okay? You could lose a perfectly good harvest! 🙁

Check out this video where one of my Harvest Club students thought she lost her whole crop and would have lost a ton of food before she discovered the truth.

Plus, holy kale!
Check out what I found on my microphone during the making of this video! 

Growing Vegetables & Herbs in Different Climates Around the World

Climate & growing conditions

You’ve probably heard that vegetables and herbs thrive in an “ideal” temperature range of 50-85 F (10-30 C). Did you notice how narrow that IDEAL range is? How many places on Earth stay in that IDEAL range? The good news is that you don’t have to live in IDEAL conditions to grow lots of food. Phew, what a relief!

Great growing conditions helps your garden grow A LOT, but there’s always a way… Your climate really IS perfect for growing vegetables. These three students show you what’s possible…