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No. 72

April
26, 2024

Register for the Superfood Garden Summit

2024 Superfood Garden Summit

You’re invited to reach new gardening heights and join us at the 8th Annual Superfood Garden Summit!

Starting on May 14th, a phenomenal group of garden presenters will be pouring their wisdom into you, so that you can become the hero in your own garden… and your health! This group of experts is ready to help you succeed in making top-tier choices for your garden which are sure to result in life-changing health benefits. And the best part?

This event is a 4-DAY ONLINE EVENT!

That’s right, from May 14th – May 17th, you will get to learn from the best of the best:
🧑‍🌾 Practical gardening skills and seed-saving techniques for a more resilient garden.
💩 The significance of soil health to nourish plants, ecosystems, and yourself.
🌱 How gardening enhances your health and well-being, including therapeutic use of herbs.
❤️ Benefits of growing superfoods for long-term health and food sovereignty.
🐝 Innovative strategies for increasing pollination and ecosystem health in your garden.

This event is one-of-a-kind. It allows you to interact with fellow gardeners all over the world, as well as the experts, so that you can obtain the garden of your dreams–lush with your very own homegrown superfoods!

In the name of good health, and for the love of gardening, we can’t wait to help you soar to success with the Superfood Garden Summit.

Register for the Superfood Garden Summit

🌱 Sprouts: A Child’s Garden Adventure 🌱

A special gardening micro course just for you & the children in your life! 

For many children, summer is just around the corner! If you are looking for fun and engaging activities for the kids in your life, Sprouts Garden Adventure is just for you!

Think back to when you were a child, maybe 5 or 6 years old. You were full of energy and curiosity about the world around you! Your growing mind needed connection.

Now, think of a positive moment you shared with an adult that shaped your interests and impacted your life to this very day.

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Maybe the adult was a grandparent, parent, caretaker, friend, or member of your community. Maybe you were gardening, reading, playing a game, or exploring nature.

How well can you remember that moment?

That moment feels ages ago, but somehow also right now… Because the seeds that were planted that day sprouted and grew into…YOU!

Childhood experiences have immense power to shape our lives.

That’s why we’re so excited to introduce you to Sprouts: A Child’s Garden Adventure.

In the course, course instructor Meg Groves introduces kids, approximately ages 4-7, to the beautiful (and sometimes bizarre) world of plants! Kids will learn:

🌞 The essentials that plants need to grow and thrive
💕 What all living things have in common
🍓 The stages of plants’ life cycles, from seed to flowering and fruiting
🌱 The different ways plants grow and reproduce
🌿 Major parts of plants and how they work together

Just like seeds, children know how to grow. If you give them an idea and encouragement, they will run with it! And before you know it, they’re asking questions and making their own discoveries that may even amaze you.

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📝 BLOG
Garden Mindsets: Fun is Better Than Perfect

Fun is Better Than Perfect

Gardening is often viewed as a realm for the perfectionist or traditional farmer: rows of flawless vegetables and not a weed in sight.

Here at Grow Your Own Vegetables, we invite you to shift your perspective with a simple yet profound philosophy: fun is better than perfect.

The key to your garden’s success and happiness is knowing which challenges to face head onand which challenges to let go. It’s easier than you might think when you have the right help. 😊

Using this simple lesson, thousands of gardeners have been able to grow year round all around the world. 🌎 Even in places where they thought the weather was too unpredictable or it couldn’t be done… Like growing year round in the snowy mountains or enjoying fresh lemons in New York City!

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Weekly Garden Tip: Microgreen Material Safety

Honing your watering skills can take time. Understanding how much to water which plants and how often can feel confusing when you’re just starting out. Rule of thumb for successful watering #1: Water more often but less thoroughly when you’re just starting your seeds. Water less often but more thoroughly as plants mature. The goal is to water where the root zones of the plants are.

Free Resource

eGuide: 12 Superfoods Anyone Can Grow

How many times have you heard the term “superfood”? What exactly makes a food “super”? Does it come with a cape when you pluck it from your garden?

Here’s the scoop according to Harvard’s School of Public Health … “There’s no scientifically based or regulated definition for superfood, but generally, a food is promoted to superfood status when it offers high levels of desirable nutrients, is linked to the prevention of a disease, or is believed to offer several simultaneous health benefits beyond its nutritional value.

In other words, superfoods are foods on the cutting edge of the food-body-health connection. They’re the missing link that may be proven to help you “eat your way to better health” one day.

Now, some of you may think you need to travel to far away places like the Amazon jungle or the mountains of Nepal to get your own fresh superfoods.

But, we have a surprise for you today that we are very excited to share… You can grow a LOT of superfoods right in your own backyard!

In fact, we have a FREE download right here that will show you how to grow 12 of them, no matter where you live!

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Turmeric

Product Feature: Turmeric Cuttings

Speaking of superfoods, have you considered growing your own turmeric?

Several studies have shown time and time again that turmeric has cancer-fighting properties…

Talk about a truly super food! 👏

Turmeric is versatile- indoor gardens, outdoor gardens, even small-space gardens can all yield a bountiful harvest of turmeric!

While it may take some time to grow turmeric, the results are truly worth the wait.

Did you download the Superfood Gardening Guide above? It contains a wealth of information to help you be successful in your superfood growing endeavors!

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Dear Arti:

Question: What are the hardy plants to plant now in Central FL? – Dee

Answer: Hi Dee, here’s how you can figure out which plants will grow in what months. Below is the data for Central Florida. Now, make a list of crops you’d like to grow. Look up what the temperature growing range is for each of the crops you want to grow and how long they take to mature. Where would that crop fit on the calendar?

January: [High 71°F, Low 52°F]
February: [High 74°F, Low 54°F]
March: [High 78°F, Low 58°F]
April: [High 83°F, Low 63°F]
May: [High 88°F, Low 69°F]
June: [High 91°F, Low 73°F]
July: [High 92°F, Low 75°F]
August: [High 92°F, Low 75°F]
September:  [High 90°F, Low 74°F]
October: [High 84°F, Low 68°F]
November: [High 78°F, Low 60°F]
December: [High 73°F, Low 55°F]

For a general guideline, most cool weather crops won’t be as sweet, even growing in the coolest months. Opt for heat tolerant varieties and warm season crops. And unless you have shade cloth, you might choose not to grow during the hottest months. If you do want to grow in the hottest months, warm season crops only. Okra and tetragonia are two good choices for crops that can tolerate temperatures above 86°F. For further learning, you can take the Beginning Crop Planning Micro Course.

I hope that helps Dee!

🏡 In the GYOV Garden

GYOV CEO and Lifestyle Gardener Denise Beins has been actively preparing her ‘yarden’ for the upcoming growing season. Below are several photos from her garden. The first photo captures a friendly bumblebee visiting a blooming native Mountain Huckleberry—can you spot the bee?

Additionally, her artichoke and lavender plants are flourishing beautifully. Don’t miss the stunning tulip as well!

in the GYOV Garden

Garden Events for You!

FRN Summit: April 24-May 1, 2024

SUMMIT:
Food Revolution Summit Docuseries

WHO: Food Revolution Network

WHEN: Happening Now

WHAT: It’s time for a food revolution!

This is the largest gathering of food revolutionaries on the planet — and you’re invited!

In the 2024 Food Revolution Summit Docuseries, my friends at Food Revolution Network have brought together 45 of the world’s top experts to give you the latest scientifically grounded research on food, health, and planetary survival. And it’s all hosted by best-selling authors John and Ocean Robbins.

We’re on the leading edge of a true food revolution, with more people than ever realizing that plant-based eating can be a huge part of the solution. Not just someday, but right now.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN HARVEST CLUB

This upcoming week in Harvest Club brings newly released Video Clips for members. Learn about using leaf compost from the city, when it’s too late to plant, information on biointensive plant spacing and more!

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.

🎉 Just for Fun!

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