In this issue:

  1. December in the Garden
  2. Podcast: Thriving in the Garden with Justin West
  3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month: Holiday Gift Ideas
  4. Gardenerd Product of the Month: Garden Variety – Pre-Order

December in the Garden

What a year it’s been, gardenerds. We thought everything would return to normal, but normal has turned out to be very different these days. As gardeners we’re used to dealing with whatever nature sends our way, but 2020-2021 required out-of-the-box thinking. I hope your garden provided comfort and solace amid the stress. I’m certainly feeling warm and fuzzy “holiday thanks” for mine.

In the Test Garden this month, I’m honestly feeling a little behind schedule. I still have cherry tomato plants putting out the occasional fruit, simply because I haven’t gotten around to pulling those plants. There’s still a giant pile of biomass to shred and turn into compost. It mocks me from just outside my office window. But still, the kale is going gangbusters, and we’re harvesting radishes, spinach, lettuces, mustard greens, cilantro, green onions, and parsley. I take comfort in knowing that the garden is on autopilot right now, providing for me even when I can’t reciprocate. I’ve had other projects stealing focus (see the Product of the Month for details).

In this newsletter, you’ll find our latest Podcast, and gift ideas for the holidays. Also, we’ve got fun stuff planned for the New Year. Click here to find upcoming events and Save the Dates. Here’s to a happy, healthy and safe holiday season for you and yours, gardenerds. We’ll see you in 2022!

Happy gardening,


Happy Kale bed
Kale is happily soaking up 1 day of rain.

2. Podcast: Thriving with Justin West

Justin West, co-founder of ThriveLot

Our latest podcast features a chat with Justin West of ThriveLot. Justin grew up on a farm, then switched to marketing for a decade. Now he’s back to growing food and installing food forests in people’s yards across the US.

Podcast: Thriving with Justin West

3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month – Holiday Gift Ideas for Holiday Thanks

Finished Citrus Salt, ready for gifts.

Gifts from the garden are always appreciated, whether it’s a small sachet of lavender, or a baked good with tasty garden ingredients. Recipients will know your gift was made with love. Here are our ideas for last minute gifts from the garden:

YouTube: Garden Gifts for the Holidays– our round up of garden gift ideas for your viewing pleasure

4. Gardenerd Product of the Month – Garden Variety – Pre-Order now!

Garden Variety
Garden Variety – a Novel

ICYMI – Christy’s debut novel, slated for a March publication date, has been moved up to February 1st by William Morrow. You can pre-order a copy for the avid readers on your gift list and give them and IOU under the tree. Autographed copies of Garden Variety are available in the Gardenerd Store and start shipping Feb. 1. You’ll also find a list of trusted vendors shipping in the New Year.

Pre-Order Your Copy Today!

We also have autographed copies of 2020’s Gardening for Geeks, and 2021’s Grow Your own Mini Fruit Garden.

Stay tuned for more tips and tidbits from, and a hearty holiday thanks to you for being part of the Gardenerd community. We’ll see you in 2022! Happy Gardening!

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