Home Gardener’s


No. 50

17, 2023

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Weekly Garden Tip

For high wind areas, plant dense shrubs around the garden or ivy on tall fences to reduce the gust blows to your plants. You might also consider building your garden below ground level a few feet. Avoid solid windbreaks as the wind will often whip around the object and hit your garden anyway.

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Free and Easy Solutions to Improve Memory

FRN Brain Breakthrough Masterclass
😶‍🌫️ Tired of dealing with brain fog? Forgetting important information? Want to maximize your brain performance? Researchers have discovered that certain foods can help protect you from the permanent memory loss, confusion, cognitive decline, and personality changes that go with dementia. [read more].

😶‍🌫️ Tired of dealing with brain fog? Forgetting important information? Want to maximize your brain performance?

Researchers have discovered that certain foods can help protect you from the permanent memory loss, confusion, cognitive decline, and personality changes that go with dementia. There are natural, fun, and free things that you can do to sharpen your mind and create more neural connections.

A recent study found that regular consumption of leafy green vegetables could add up to 11 years of healthy brain function. 🥬Bring on the kale! Another study showed that eating blueberries could add two or more years of cognitive health. 🫐 Yum!

Want to know about other foods that help with brain function as well as nine more brain health breakthroughs that could make a world of difference?

You’re invited to the free Masterclass to learn “4 Brain Health Myths and 10 Brain Health Breakthroughs” hosted by two of the world’s top neurologists along with Grow Your Own Vegetables friend Ocean Robbins from Food Revolution Network.

The free Masterclass is available to be viewed now for a limited time so don’t wait! Learn how healthy fruits and vegetables can rewire your brain health, end brain fog, and slash your risk of dementia.

This week’s highlighted video covers the fourth in the series of Habits of a Green Thumb Grower. The fourth habit is about creating manageable tasks and using the right tools, which leads to reducing your time, energy, and money. We believe that anyone can learn to have a green thumb with the right mindset and habits.

✅ Free Resource: Stage 1 Plant It! Checklist

With plants, there is SO MUCH to know that it’s easy to get lost trying to figure out which information is the most important.

PLANT IT! is the fourth step in the Circle of Awesome to help you achieve success, discover the key pieces of knowledge you need to know in this week’s free resource about your plants to grow an abundant garden!

Be sure to look for another Stage 1 Checklist in next week’s newsletter!

Stage 1 Plant It! E-Guide
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🧄 Discover Grow Your Own Vegetables’ Garden Membership

Harvest Club is our special online garden membership that helps you to move through obstacles quickly so that you can continue to reach your fresh food goals. Like an ongoing class, Harvest Club is all about supporting you on your garden journey and helping you reach your fresh food goals!

What all is included with Harvest Club? We’re glad you asked! The benefits include:

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🍅 Newsletters

This is a members’ favorite! The newsletters are designed to be a light, fun, and informative read. Relax with the Harvest Today newsletters over your Saturday evening tea or Sunday morning coffee.

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🥬 Garden Jam Sessions

These bi-monthly sessions are about getting to know your community, increasing your knowledge base, expanding your perspective, and getting your questions answered. Join us for the bi-monthly Garden Jams LIVE! If you can’t join LIVE, that’s okay. All sessions are recorded, time stamped, and archived in the portal so that you can check them out whenever you’re ready and revisit them as often as you’d like.

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🧄 The Archive

The Harvest Club Archive is your place to find the resources that you need to keep moving forward and reaching your fresh food goals. In addition to the newsletters and Garden Jams, you have access to vegetable, fruit, and herb guides; pest and disease guides; checklists to help you grow your knowledge base; templates to keep you organized; step-by-step tutorial videos; and much more!

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🍆 Specialty Topics

Each month, you’ll get access to a garden video presentation on a specialty garden topic. These presentations are deep dives into many gardening topics so that you can get a deeper understanding and connection to your garden journey. PLUS enjoy the archive that includes over 25 specialty presentations.

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🤝 Online Community

Inside our private Facebook group, you can connect with hundreds of gardeners around the world. Share photos of your harvest wins. Ask the “what do I do with this” questions. Be part of a community that has the same passion you do for a healthy garden that brings a positive impact to your family, friends, community, and beyond.

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🥒 Garden Support

Your garden is unique and so are YOU. That means your needs, preferences, and goals are unique, and your strategies for success need to be tailored like a fine fitting suit. That’s why your Harvest Club membership includes ongoing personal garden email support. Anytime you feel stuck, need help finding resources, or have questions, you can reach out to your personal garden support person.

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💰 Special Savings

As a member of Harvest Club, you receive special offers on courses that are only available to members.

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What's Happening in Harvest Club

This week, if you haven’t already seen it, check out the video 3 Tips to Maximizing your Harvest for your Year Round Garden with Melissa Norris & Stacey Murphy.


Not a member of our garden membership Harvest Club? You can get a one-time complimentary two month membership with any of our courses. Harvest Club has tons of resources to help you thrive. Plus, you get access to ongoing garden support through email. Learn more here.

🌱 Microgreens—Small in Size But Not Flavor!

Are you limited on time and space but still want fresh greens? The microgreens may be your answer! You can grow lots of fresh flavorful microgreens in limited space with only a few minutes a day. The varieties of microgreens are endless! Learn more in this week’s featured blog article. [read more]

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Dear Arti,

Question: How can I deal with constant drought in the southwest? – Susan

Answer: Hi Susan! So many people struggle with drought so your question can help a lot of other people, too. Thanks for asking!

Drought ridden areas can be really challenging to grow in. The main solution for this is to install a drip irrigation system. These systems deliver water directly to the soil, which is not just good for conserving water. It’s better for the plants, too.

If you don’t want to use a mechanized irrigation system because of electricity or plastic, you can use a manual irrigation called ollas (pronounced ‘Oh yaws’). These are an ancient form of irrigation that uses terra cotta pots with lids that you bury in the ground and then fill with water. The pots slowly disperse the water into the soil.

Growers who live in extremely dry conditions also use wicking beds with great success. These are basically beds with a water reservoir underground.

If you also struggle with extreme high temperatures but get long hours of light, you might consider a walipini. This is basically a greenhouse built into the ground with a clear or opaque roof to allow light in. Because the plants are in the ground, the growing area stays cooler, and water doesn’t evaporate as quickly.

Those are some of the best solutions for drought-ridden areas, Susan. I hope this helps!

GYOV CEO and Lifestyle Gardener Denise Beins planted a few different cover crops to help with weed suppression and add nutrients to her soil.

Shown here are some fava beans she saved from last spring’s crop. Fava beans are a great way to add nitrogen to the soil, and they are super easy to grow! There are also lots of ways to cook fava beans.

Denise planted some crimson clover in the curb strip—which the neighborhood crows seemed to enjoy—as well as buckwheat in some of her empty growing places.

Cover Crops & Crows!

Just for Fun!

Our friends at Fantastic Fungi have a fun quiz to discover which mushroom type is your kindred spirit. It is interesting to know that we actually share more DNA with the fungi kingdom than with other plants. This short five-question mushroom personality quiz allows you to find out how you naturally connect with the wisdom and beauty of mushrooms. Share your results on the GYOV Garden Adventure Facebook Page or tag us on Instagram @growyourownvegetablesofficial

Events From Our Friends!

FRN Brain Breakthrough

Brain Breakthrough 

WHO: Food Revolution Network

WHEN: Available Now!

WHAT: The Brain Breakthroughs Masterclass is a step towards embracing a brighter and sharper future and learning the truth about what your brain can do! (HINT: It’s capable of more than you think!)

In this Masterclass, you will learn:

🧠 How to witch of genes that contribute to dementia
🧠 What foods to stop eating to improve sleep, increase energy, and strengthen brain memory
🧠 How to create healthy habits that stick

Isn’t it time to learn the truth about your brain? Find out how simple shifts in what you eat can radically increase your brain power, memory, focus, and productivity!

On a lighter note…

Carrot Cartoon: What do carrots like to drink? Root Beer!
Carrot Cartoon: Why did the carrot go to the hair stylist? It's roots were showing!
Carrot Cartoon: Vegetables are good at which martial art? Carrotee!

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