The Garden Journal That Can Get Wet Without Smudging

Garden Hacks - Simplify routines

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!

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…

How much fresh salad can you grow in 42 days?

Climate & growing conditions

Did you know that fresh salad from the garden tastes SWEETEST in the spring and in the fall?

Well, more accurately, your salad greens and root vegetables (like carrots) taste sweeter the COLDER it is outside when you harvest. That’s because the carrot is protecting itself from the cold. It wants to survive. So it stores extra sugars to protect its cells from forming ice crystals. And that sugar storage prevents those cells from rupturing during cold frosts. Isn’t that cool?! Your plants are so smart 😉 And lucky for us, that makes them TASTE BETTER, too!

So now’s the time to grow those salad greens and carrots.  Wonder how much salad you can grow in the next 42 days… Check out an inspiring story from one of my students, Carolyn!

Micro-green Garden… indoors, fast, & DELICIOUS!

Climate & growing conditions

Do you secretly wish you had more TIME to grow your own vegetables and herbs? Or maybe you want more SPACE to grow your own food?

Check out two of my students who are are busting both those myths that you need a lot of time and space to enjoy homegrown food… It’s just not true!

Do you have a closet and a couple minutes each day? You could be growing a non-stop supply of greens 😉