In this issue:

  1. June in the Garden
  2. YouTube: Vertical Gardening Product Review
  3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month: Homesteading with Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne
  4. Gardenerd Product of the Month: Gardenerd BBQ Apron

1. June in the Garden

Summer Solstice has arrived! It’s time for barbecues, picnics, and summer squash. Are you sick of zucchini yet? We’ve been eating it since early May and we’re running out of things to do with it. So far we’ve made Chocolate Zucchini Bread (scroll down in the link for the recipe), Zucchini Pie, and grilled zucchini (rub with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill 4 minutes on each side…delicious!

In our test garden, our cucumbers are climbing the trellis, and winter squashes are setting fruit (we’re hand pollinating every morning!). Sweet corn is chest-high and melons are starting to trail. Now is the time to plant second crops to replace cool-season plants as they finish up. Or, in hot weather locations, plant the last of the summer crops. Guide tomatoes up through cages so they don’t get unruly.

This month, we’ve got a new Podcast, a new YouTube video and plenty of great tips to share. Enjoy your garden as summer takes over, and Bon Appétit!

Happy Summer Gardening,


2.YouTube: Greenstalk Unboxing and Review

Greenstalk YouTube Review
Photo by Andrew Cheeseman

We’re not big fans of vertical gardening systems. They usually lack what it takes to grow vegetables successfully without a lot of fuss. Greenstalk sent us their product to test and we shot the process, as well as the results of our efforts. Watch the video to find out what happened. (We make a few cents from this affiliate link, but you get a discount if you use our code GSGARDENERD).

We’re nearing 10K followers, thanks to you gardenerds! Keep sharing and subscribing. We’ll keep making helpful and informative videos. Promise!

3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month – Homesteading with Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne

Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne
Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne. Photo pilfered from

Meet Erik and Kelly of Root Simple this week on the Gardenerd Tip of the Week Podcast. We talk homesteading (and how hard that can be sometimes). We talk about making your own cleaning and skin care products, chickens, bees, and about gardening as we age. Listen in for some great tips with these two awesome authors of two great books: The Urban Homestead, and Making It.

New Gardenerd Tip of the Week Podcast – with Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne

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4. Gardenerd Product of the Month – Gardenerd BBQ Apron

The Gardenerd BBQ Apron is perfect for summer cookouts.

Got plans for grilling this summer? Make the Gardenerd BBQ Apron part of your daily dress habit. It had two pockets for holding tongs or recipes, and it’s made of sturdy 100% cotton for comfort. Available in yellow, tan, and white. Get yours before your next meal.

Stay tuned for more tips and tidbits from Happy summer gardening!

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