Home Gardener’s


No. 51

24, 2023

Cute Vegetable Characters<br />

Weekly Garden Tip

To get the strongest, healthiest plants, it can help to choose seeds that come from plants grown in your climate. These seeds are more adapted to your local conditions and often grow better and yield more than seeds that come from plants grown in other climates. The longer that seed line has been grown and harvested in your climate, the more adapted it will be.

Oasis Box
Oasis Box

This Week’s Feature:
🎁 The Oasis Box: A Gardening Club for Kids

If you’re like many parents in the gardening community, you’ve probably wondered how to instill a love for gardening and healthy eating habits in your little ones. Oasis Box is here to help!

Oasis Box is a monthly gardening subscription just for kids that is delivered to your door every single month…even during fall and winter…even if you live in a cold climate! It is more than just a subscription—it’s a journey towards creating mindful, eco-conscious, and healthy habits for your kids.

Each Oasis box contains:

🖍 Themed step-by-step growing guides
🖍 Organic and/or heirloom seeds, soil, pots, and other supplies
🖍 A themed educational booklet
🖍 Themed coloring paper
🖍 Cut-out garden talk cards and other games
🖍 Gardening tools and gadgets
🖍 PLUS even more surprises!

Created by Kids Growing City, these monthly boxes contain absolutely NO PLASTIC JUNK!

From now through November 27th at Midnight Eastern Time, they are extending not one but two special holiday offers. For this limited time, you can receive either three or six months of next year’s boxes as a holiday gift—without subscribing! The ability to subscribe is also still available. In a world filled with screens and distractions, Oasis Box is here to help parents transform that time into flourishing gardens and joyful moments.

We are up to the fifth habit in the series of Habits of a Green Thumb Grower and this week’s highlighted video. The fifth habit is all about experimentation, which allows you to learn what works best specifically for you and your garden. We believe that anyone can learn to have a green thumb with the right mindset and habits.


Product Feature: 🎁 GYOV Ornaments!

We are starting a new tradition—an annual Grow Your Vegetables Holiday Ornament! Each year, we will select one design to be our annual ornament for that year, and it will only be available for that one holiday season!

This year’s ornament features Rosie Rosemary, one of our newly designed characters, suggesting it’s the season to “Eat, Drink, and Be Rosemary!” This cute design is available on three different ornament styles—ceramic, acrylic, and glass—so that you can select the one that reflects your holiday ornament preference.

Don’t miss out on getting the first in what is sure to become a treasured vegetable and herb holiday ornament collection!

✅ Free Resource: Easy-to-Grow Microgreens!

Microgreens pack a mega punch for your health. Studies show that nutrient levels in microgreens are consistently higher than they are in full-grown vegetables. For some micros, levels of key vitamins and minerals are as much as 9 times higher. Growing your own microgreens is a safe, easy, and cost-effective way to maximize your nutrient intake!

Add microgreens to every meal:

🌱 Brighten up breakfast by adding microgreens to your smoothie or omelet
🌱 Crunch at lunch with microgreens in your salad or sandwich
🌱 Garnish your warm dishes from soup to steak with gorgeous microgreens
🌱 Sprinkle on your pizza for added flavor

Microgreens can be grown in small (micro!) spaces and without much equipment. Master Garden Instructor Stacey Murphy once grew some on a shelf underneath her desk. Have a corner just gathering dust bunnies? You can gather greens there instead!

Most varieties of microgreens grow from seed to plate in just 14-21 days.

Ready to get started?

Microgreens 3D Opt-in

 🤩 Our New Shop—Just in Time for the Holidays!

GYOV Store Banner

Did you catch Tuesday’s exciting reveal email? If you did, are you excited? What’s your favorite item?

If you didn’t, let’s catch you up!

On Tuesday, we launched our very own branded merchandise online store! We’re so excited about it! Many of you have been asking about being able to purchase Grow Your Own Vegetables merchandise, and we listened!

The online shop contains unique designs with garden puns featuring our newly created vegetable characters as well as beautiful watercolors painted by our very own CEO Denise Beins. We’ve also created designs featuring the eight garden personalities, which have recently been updated to new and fun characters representing each one.


The designs are available on T-shirts, sweatshirts, tumblers, mugs, and tote bags. We have also added some kid-friendly items like stuffed animals with logo T-shirts, a one-of-a-kind Grow Your Own Vegetables puzzle, and some cute baby bibs. And the extra special item is our first annual holiday ornament. You can find out more about the special ornament—and the start of an annual tradition—in the Product Feature section of this newsletter.

We want to hear all your thoughts about the new store. What do you like? What don’t you like? (Hopefully, nothing—but if there is, we still want to hear!) What would you like to see added in the future? Post in the Facebook Community Gardening Group and let us know.

This is just phase one of our online shop project. Keep a watch in the new year for more offerings, both from us and our gardening friends and partners. Our goal is to make our shop a one-stop-shop for your gardening needs AND your gift shopping!

Garden Personality

🌱 BLOG: Your Garden Personality

Do you value the beauty of your garden? Or do you garden to experiment and learn? Maybe you garden strictly for the healthy fresh foods it provides? Understanding your values allows you to recognize your garden personality, which then leads to you setting your gardening goals based on those values. Discover how to find your garden personality and the fun corresponding character in this week’s featured blog article.

Also, we created merchandise with the fun characters representing the eight garden personalities. Once you have identified your individual garden personality, check out the new Grow Your Own Vegetables online shop to find all the available items!

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What's Happening in Harvest Club

This week’s newly released resources focus on garden mindset with resources on goal setting, changing your diet, understanding your importance as a grower, and time management mindset. All inside your Harvest Club portal.


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.
Dear Arti Image

Dear Arti,

Question: What do curly bumpy leaves mean on a tomato plant? – Dianne

Answer: Hi Diane, thanks for writing in! It’s a bit hard to say without seeing the plant, but there are a few common possibilities.

Sometimes, plants get leaf curl due to herbicide poisoning. Some pests can cause leaf crimping that looks a bit like leaves curling. However, most of the time, leaf curl is caused by high heat or low moisture levels. This is a self defense mechanism to prevent the plant from losing more moisture.


🏡 In the GYOV Yarden

In the late fall, GYOV CEO and Lifestyle Gardener Denise Beins harvested the green tomatoes remaining on her plants before the first frost. After letting them ripen in her garage, she made some delicious salsa to enjoy over the winter months!

Tomato Salsa<br />

Just for Fun!

Think you know your vegetables? Take this fun quiz and attempt to identify all 45 vegetables. A couple of really tricky! Let us know how you did in the Facebook Garden Community.

Leftover Thanksgiving One Skillet Dish


• Leftover turkey, cut into cubes
• Leftover turkey or chicken stock, at least ½ cup
• Leftover dressing or stuffing
• Onion, chopped
• Celery, chopped
• Broccoli, cut into florets
• 2 TBSP butter
• Fresh or dried herbs (sage, parsley, and rosemary all work well)
• Salt and pepper


  1. Melt 1 TBSP of butter over high heat. Add onions, celery, and broccoli and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring the whole time.
  2. Add another TBSP of butter and stir in fresh or dried herbs along with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add ½ cup turkey or chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add leftover dressing and turkey and cut until warm.
  4. Add additional stock, if needed.

Voila! Leftover Thanksgiving Dinner in a single skillet—with added broccoli for some fresh veggies!

If no dressing or stuffing is available, it can also be served over rice.

Tiny Tomato Chef Character
Family Meal

On a lighter note…

Cartoon: Did you remember to set your scales back 10 pounds last night?

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