Vegetable Gardening
and Composting

From Beginning to Master Gardener

raised bed gardenA Raised Bed Garden
with a Pumpkin Trellis

Welcome! Whether you're new to vegetable gardening or have been slurping warm homegrown tomatoes for years, you'll find how-to's and answers here.

Growing a vegetable garden is one of the most empowering and rewarding things we can do, especially in these challenging times! Whether in raised beds or in the ground, a vegetable garden feeds body and soul.

You're in the right place if you:

  • are dreaming of a verdant veggie paradise while staring at a baked-hard field of weeds
  • want more control over the quality and nutrition of your food
  • LOVE tomatoes!
  • care about climate change and sustainability
  • want to be more self-reliant
  • want something fun and educational to do with your kids
  • want to build raised beds or a homemade compost bin
  • enjoy learning practical things, and then keep on learning without ever getting bored!

I have three gardens: a vegetable garden, a pollinator garden, and this website, which is a kind of garden, too. It has deep roots and keeps growing, and I invite you to come in and visit anytime. This page is the front gate, and you can either wander down the paths on the right, or check out the map on the bottom of any of those pages to go directly to the solution you need.  

And now.... drumroll please... I'll share with you the greatest vegetable gardening secret I have learned over the decades:

Growing a garden is about building a relationship.

There are a few people who, like teenagers, get all infatuated at the start. This is good! It gives you energy because it's new and exciting. But when midsummer rolls around, and it's hot, and there's other stuff to do - if you start to neglect the relationship, it will wither. 

And along with it, your vegetables.

So start with the mindset of being in a relationship with your vegetable garden. When we nurture our relationship with the plants and soil creatures and bees, they nurture us back. We feed them and they feed us. We give them what they need through our knowledge, experience and love.

"And the greatest of these is love", 

I can provide some knowledge and inspiration to help you create a sustainable, vibrant, nutrient-dense  vegetable garden.

You provide the love.

A Quick Tour of Some Vegetable Gardening Favorites:

Growing
Vegetables A-Z

How to grow veggies from Artichokes to Zucchini!

Starting Seeds Indoors
When to start seeds, how to light them, and best trays to use.

How To Make Compost
Balancing ingredients for healthy, fast compost

The  Raised Bed
Vegetable Garden

Best soil to use, gallery of designs and best building practices.

Growing Veggies
in Containers

Including pots, planters, self-waterers, and the Earthbox..

Essential
Gardening Tools
What you need (and don't!) for raised bed vs. in ground gardens.

Vegetable
Gardening Tips

From planning to harvest, tips to avoid common mistakes.

Vegetable
Garden Layout

A step-by-step process for planning your dream garden

Vertical Vegetable Gardening
How to 'grow up' when space is at a premium, with a trellis photo gallery

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