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

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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!

#1 Tip to Achieving Your Vegetable Garden Goals with Ease

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Happy New Year!


It’s that one day of the year when we tend to focus on what we want out of the other 364 days of the year. If you’re like me, you probably don’t set resolutions… but you might set intentions and garden goals. It’s WAY less pressure having intentions and goals than resolutions!!! 😉

And for your growing season to FEEL successful, it’s all about making the whole process easy so you feel good and have fun in your garden…

Because your garden is not only a source of physical health, but mental and spiritual health too! Any garden goal is a good goal as long as it makes you happy, lights you up, and encourages you to get out there and GROW!  Interested in Harvest Club to help you move forward with your garden goals? Check it out here: https://growyourownvegetables.org/harvest-club/  

The Garden Journal That Can Get Wet Without Smudging

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Have you ever noticed the big flaw with bringing important garden notes on paper outside as you work? Maybe you are writing down how much you harvested, or your soil fertility plan, or maybe you want to journal and draw your plants…Whatever it is, bringing paper into the garden is always a challenge with all the water and dirt. One minute you’re writing an important note, the next, your ink is smeared and your paper is wet and dirty.

Here at Grow Your Own Vegetables, we know that great record keeping is the key to improving your yields year after year. So Crystal tested out this cool waterproof journal for all of us.

We thought it would be a great gift idea for gardeners (and anyone else who journals outside, too)! But does it really work? Find out in this video review…

Grab your Stone Paper Notebook and don’t forget the Erasable Gel Pen that makes your journal not only waterproof but re-usable too!

And don’t forget to check out all the fun cool items in our Holiday Gift Guide!

One Simple Garden Tool that Makes Harvesting Five Times Faster!

Garden Hacks - Simplify routines

Did you know that you will spend 40% of your time in the garden harvesting?! So anything you can do to speed up the harvest of your vegetables and herbs makes gardening a whole lot easier. And that means more fresh food to nourish you and your loved ones.

This one simple gadget cut my time from harvest to table from five minutes down to one minute.

What if every harvest was five times faster? Want one of these for yourself, grab it here: https://amzn.to/2ScD3t0

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/