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No. 64

23, 2024

Joyful Gardener Notebook

Free Resource:

🌿 Your Joyful Gardener Notebook

The Joyful Gardener Docuseries includes the complimentary Ultimate Field Notebook. The notebook follows along with the eight day docuseries, including notes for each day along with ample space to add your own notes as you watch each day’s video. It’s the perfect addition to the event to ensure that you get the most of each and every day. Even if you aren’t attending this year’s event, this notebook includes some great facts and questions to start you thinking about your next garden.

Joyful Gardener Notebook

👩🏽‍🌾 The Joyful Gardener Docuseries! 👩🏽‍🌾

The Joyful Gardener Docuseries kicked off on February 20th. Hundreds of gardeners just like you have been joining in to learn gardening tips and tricks and sharing the wonderful joy of gardening!

Don’t worry—it’s not too late to join in on all the fun! Even if you missed the first few days, there is still lots to learn through the remainder of the event. Each day can be enjoyed individually and contains tons of information for your garden journey.

(Shhh! 🤫 Don’t say anything, but there may even be a replay of the whole event where you can catch up on the episodes that you missed. But mums the word!)

If you’re not experiencing that JOY or are struggling with your garden, our Joyful Gardener Docuseries may be the answer to overcoming any obstacles standing in the way of growing an abundance of fresh vegetables and herbs for your dinner table…and receiving the mental and physical health benefits of gardening, too!

Join the Free event!

Learn how to grow vegetables in a way that works for YOUR lifestyle and YOUR local conditions. The Joyful Gardener Docuseries has helped thousands of people all around the world in previous years, and it can help YOU now!

🙋‍♀️ BLOG 🙋‍♀️
Unveiling Strategies and Mindsets to Thrive in Your Garden

A plant seed sprouting with street sign post and the signs THRIVING, GROWING, and WINNING

Embarking on a journey to create and maintain a thriving garden involves understanding the intricacies of your specific garden’s needs. The key lies in asking the right questions and adopting the right strategies and mindsets. This week’s featured blogs highlights two of the eight strategies used by Grow Your Own Vegetables’ gardeners on their journey towards gardening success.

BONUS! Access Day 1 of the Joyful Gardener Docuseries

Curious about the Joyful Gardener Docuseries but didn’t register in time? Here’s your chance for a peek inside the event to see for yourself all the wonderful and useful information that you are missing. Watch the entire Day 1 of the Joyful Gardener event below.

After you view the first day’s content, if you would like to join in on the 8-day event, there’s a link in the description below the video to register for the other days. The event is happening February 20th – 27th. However, even if you missed other days, each day can be enjoyed individually and contains tons of information for your garden journey.

See what you’ve been missing!


Weekly Garden Tip

Steinernema carpocapsae is a beneficial soil nematode available commercially. It helps control a variety of pests including Diabrotica sp., which is commonly known as corn rootworm and cucumber beetle. You can find these soil beneficials from our friends at Arbico Organics.

🛍 Product Feature: Joyful Gardener T-Shirt

Have you gotten your 2024 Joyful Gardener Tee yet? They’re only available for a limited time!

The new soft T-shirt features a two-sided design. The lightweight fabric makes it a great option to wear outside in the garden or while running errands to pick up your gardening supplies. The front features an emblem design with the phrase “Joyful Gardener” repeated in a circle with “2024” in the center. The back shouts “I Found The JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY Down In The Dirt!” along with bright colored planted vegetables.

The Unisex Tee is available in Natural and Heather Irish Green in a variety of sizes in the Grow Your Own Vegetables Shop.

Get yours today and help spread the JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY of gardening!

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Dear Arti,

Question: Where do I begin with soil amendments for herbs and veggies? We live in the woods. – Kathy H.

Answer: Hi, Kathy! So glad you asked!

In regards to other more specific nutrient adding amendments, you’ll want to get a soil test. This will help you to understand exactly how much of what amendment to add based on your current nutrient levels.

The first place you want to start is testing your soil composition to find out how much clay, sand, silt, and organic matter is in your soil. This can be done right at home using the Soil Jar Test Method. Check out our blog published on January 17th, 2024 for more information on the soil jar test. Once you know how much organic matter needs adding to your soil, you can then calculate how much compost you’ll need to get your garden started.

For more information on soil, compost, and other amendments, I recommend registering for the Joyful Gardener Docuseries. It’s a totally FREE online event happening right now and goes to February 27, 2024. It’s a comprehensive 8 video series on starting a garden. If you’re interested, you can register here.

👩🏽‍🌾 Garden Kids: Plant Birthday Party!

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Save the Scraps

Looking for a new idea for your kid’s next birthday party? Why not share your love of gardening with your child and their friends—have a Plant Birthday Party!

What You’ll Need:

🪴 Small clay pots for each child
🪴 Bag of potting soil
🪴 Acrylic paint
🪴 Paint brushes
🪴 Paper towels or rags
🪴 Water
🪴 Seeds*

*The best options for seeds that are easy for children and grow well in a pot are peas, beans, baby carrots, or radishes.

Have each child paint their clay pot with their own unique design. After the paint has dried, place a small amount of potting soil in each pot and provide a single seed to each child to plant. Allow them to water their seed. Be sure to explain to the children that their seed needs water and sunlight to continue to grow.

Now each child has a great take-home souvenir from the party plus had fun painting and planting at the event. Who knows—it may just be the start of a bunch of future farmers!

Garden Events for You!

FRN Type 2 Masterclass

Tackling Type 2

WHO: Food Revolution Network

WHEN: Available Now

WHAT: The Tackling Type 2 Masterclass was created because what you don’t know about Type 2 Diabetes could actually be hurting you. It is important to know the right foods to eat—as well as the ones to avoid—in order to prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

This FREE Masterclass is hosted by award-winning diabetes expert Brenda Davis, RD, along with Grow Your Own Vegetables friend and Food Revolution Network cofounder Ocean Robbins.

During this class, attendees will discover:

✔️ The so-called “health foods” that can actually cause type 2 diabetes
✔️ Powerful foods that can prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes
✔️ 4 big diabetes myths
✔️ 10 new diabetes breakthroughs that are so new, many doctors don’t know about them yet
✔️ And much more!

If you want to prevent—or even reverse—Type 2 Diabetes, be sure to watch this important FREE masterclass to learn what to eat and what not to eat before you make your next meal!

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This week in Harvest Club, get the Asparagus Growing Guide. Asparagus does not like to share space with any other plant so keeping it free of weeds and other crops is important for the success of your asparagus bed. Discover how to plant, nurture, harvest, and store your asparagus. Plus all our growing guides come with a garden fresh recipe. 😋

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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