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Weekly

Issue
No. 56

December
29, 2023

BLE Susceptibility Quiz
Quiz!

This Week’s Feature:

✍️ Susceptibility Quiz ✍️

Most of us have our favorite comfort foods that we reach for when we are sad or frustrated or overwhelmed. Many of us also have those foods that we just cannot say “no” to, even when we know we shouldn’t. Some of us find ourselves munching without actually being hungry!

Why do you crave these foods that you know aren’t good for you?
You want to eat healthy. You know what foods are healthy. You make the yearly resolution to lose weight and get healthy.

What are you missing?
It’s possible that YOUR BRAIN IS BLOCKING YOU from losing weight! The fact is that people’s brains respond very differently to highly rewarding foods. This is precisely what GYOV Friend Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD has spent her professional career researching—and she’s unlocked the key to understanding how YOUR brain responds to the most addictive foods.

Take a quick 5-question quiz to discover how your brain’s unique response to food is impacting your weight-loss efforts. When you get your results, be sure to watch the video in which Susan explains how you can use this information to finally find freedom around food and weight loss that lasts.

This little piece of information may very well be the game changer that alters the course of your relationship with food AND your ability to lose weight AND keep it off!

BLE Susceptibility Quiz

This week is about patience in our series of Habits of a Green Thumb Grower. This tenth gardening habit is important because plants grow on their own timetable—not yours! We believe that anyone can learn to have a green thumb with the right mindset and habits.

Bee Planting Lettuce

Weekly Garden Tip

While it is okay to use just a few materials for your compost pile so long as you get the right brown to green ratios, keep in mind that your compost might be limited in nutrition. The more variety of materials you are able to put into your compost pile, the wider your nutrient and beneficial microbial pile will be. More variety is better for multi-variety gardens.

✅ Free Resource: Crop Evaluation Worksheet

By taking just a little time to reflect now on your previous garden seasons, you will be even more prepared for your next garden season by having a better idea of where to focus your efforts. To help with your garden reflection, we have created a free downloadable Crop Evaluation Worksheet, which will organize you in reflecting on:

✅ What crops experienced issues this season
✅ What may have contributed to problems
✅ What your garden wins were
✅ What to do next season to feel great about your garden
✅ What action steps to take to nourish your garden

The worksheet includes longform and quick form options so that you can take advantage no matter how much—or little—time you have.

Remember: The first step in preparation is reflection!

3D Crop Eval. Worksheet
Bionic Gloves

🛍 Product Feature: Bionic Gloves!

We all love to garden, right? But many of us are limited due to painful hand conditions. We have discovered a great solution!

The BIONIC RELIEFGRIP GARDENING GLOVES were designed by an orthopedic hand specialist to support the hand, provide greater flexibility, and keep your hands dry and comfortable. The gloves include patented fingertip pads on the palm surface for a comfortable secure grip. The form fitting wrist closure provides support while keeping out unwanted debris and dirt. These revolutionary, durable, AND WASHABLE gardening gloves provide extra support and mild compression, allowing your favorite gardening tasks to be performed easier and with greater comfort.

👩🏽‍🌾 Prepare, Plant, Preserve Course Bundle 👩🏽‍🌾

Bundle Courses in a basket with a bow

Growing your own fresh food is one of the healthiest—and happiest—choices that you can make for you and your family. However, many gardeners give up quickly or don’t even get started in the first place.

Why?

Most gardeners don’t have what they need to make growing food an effective and efficient process that fits into their lifestyle.

That’s why we put together a new bundle Prepare, Plant, Preserve Micro Course Bundle that consists of three favorite micro courses—Thrive: Garden Freedom Series, Fresh Food Essentials, and Funky Fermentation.

This bundle gives you the foundation that you need to create efficient garden systems that really work for YOU…YOUR GOALS…YOUR SPACE…YOUR LIFE!

With the Prepare, Plant, Preserve Micro Course Bundle, you can skip Googling and find a tried-and-true complete system to get your garden going—and keep it growing for years to come!

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What's Happening in Harvest Club

This week, download all the stage checklists to help you discover what you don’t know but need to about creating a successful garden! When you check off everything on this list, you have completed that stage for each category of your Garden Success Path. You’ll be surprised and may find something new to master.

 

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.

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Cultivating Young Minds

Grow Your Mind

In a world dominated by screens and digital devices, connecting children to the wonders of nature is more critical than ever. One powerful way to achieve this is by introducing kids to the joys of gardening at a young age. Gardening offers a wealth of benefits beyond just growing vegetables or herbs. It nurtures essential life skills, fosters a deeper appreciation for nature, and promotes physical and mental well-being, just to name a few

Coloring Book
Coloring Book

👩🏽‍🌾 Garden Kids

Kids absolutely thrive in the garden, invoking their curiosity and creativity. There is so much to see, smell, touch, taste, feel, and notice. Before you know it, they’ll be asking questions and coming up with solutions that never would have occurred to you.

Childhood curiosity and creativity are what the future is made of.

That’s why our Youth Garden Instructor Meg Groves created two wonderful resources that you can share with the kids in your life: “Painting with Berries” video AND “How Tulips Grow” printable coloring page.

In the video, Meg demonstrates a simple way to make paint using berries and encourages kids to consider what else could be used to make paint such as flowers, leaves, or even mud. The free printable coloring page “How Tulips Grow” provides an interactive lesson about plant life cycles. Print on cardstock for best results and color your tulips with crayons, markers, colored pencils, or use your berry paint! 🌷

For the next steps in introducing your kids to gardening, check out our Sprouts: A Child’s Adventure Micro Course. The hands-on online course is packed full of useful information geared specifically to kids. The course is on special for 50% off through the end of 2023.

Dear Arti Image

Dear Arti,

Question: Why can’t I get carrots to grow? I have a raised bed garden that isn’t connected to the ground. I seem to plant thickly. We built raised beds in an area with adequate sun, but the neighbor’s trees have grown up and limit afternoon sun. – Dorothy

Answer: Hi Dorothy, so glad you reached out! If you don’t have 6 hours of full sun—sun without any shade at all, then your carrots may be smaller and take longer to mature. Also, if you plant too thickly and don’t thin your seedlings, your carrots won’t have enough room to develop roots. Carrots don’t just need the root space you see from the harvested root portion. Their roots extend beyond this. And If your raised beds that aren’t connected to the ground aren’t deep enough, the roots will try growing sideways. But if you’re already planting too thick, then your carrots don’t have enough space to stretch their feet, so-to-speak!

In general, carrots should be thinned to 2-3 inches between plants in the row with rows 12-18 inches apart. If you need a smaller variety because of space, you might consider growing Parisienne carrots.

Another very common reason people don’t get carrots to grow properly is because they’re planting them in the wrong temperatures. Carrots are a cool season crop, so be sure you’re planting them in the right season. I hope that helps, Dorothy!

🏡 In the GYOV Yarden

One of the ways that Denise Beins, GYOV CEO and Lifestyle Gardener, repurposes her kitchen food scraps is by feeding them to the worms in her worm bin. The red wiggler worms in the bin go to work breaking down the food scraps. Their work now will allow Denise to supplement her garden beds this spring with the nutrient-rich worm castings.

Food scraps being added to a worm bin
Turnip Character

Just for Fun!

Ready for some Tasty Taxonomy? Learn which herbs and vegetables are related and more in this fun quiz.

Let us know which answer surprised you the most in our Facebook Garden Adventure Group.

Events From Our Friends!

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If you’re ready to learn about the three mistakes to avoid, this webinar will help you to stay on track with your goals in 2024!

Fantastical Winter Garden 5 Day FREE Event

FREE EVENT:
Fantastical Winter Garden Adventure

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WHAT: The Fantastical Winter Garden Adventure is a free five day online adventure that shows you how to grow fresh greens all winter…even if it’s snowing outside! ❄️

In 5 short days, you will discover:

❄️ How preparing an indoor garden differs from an outdoor one
❄️ What Thomas Edison can teach you about enjoying a thriving indoor garden
❄️ How to plant, sprout, and harvest enough lentils in just five days for a family meal and keep up the momentum to grow even more

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to grow fresh greens all winter long!

Fantastical Winter Garden 5 Day FREE Event

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This free eBook:

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Read this free eBook to discover once and for all what’s been blocking your attempts to lose weight!

On a lighter note…

Cartoon: "Children are great imitators. Give them something great to imitate"

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