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GrowJourney Member Story: Valerie Benko from Lyndora, PA


The GrowJourney Member Stories Series features real GrowJourney members and their experiences in their organic gardens. If you’re a GrowJourney member, and you want to share your GrowJourney story, please get in touch!


This GrowJourney story features Valerie Benko. All photos are from her garden.

  • Years gardening: 5
  • Location:Lyndora, PA
  • Instagram: @val_entine99
By | November 27th, 2018|Member Stories|0 Comments

GrowJourney Member Story: Kirsten Drickey from Bellingham, WA

By | September 20th, 2017|Member Stories|

The GrowJourney Member Stories Series features real GrowJourney members and their experiences in their organic gardens. If you’re a GrowJourney member, and you want to share your GrowJourney story, please get in touch!

Tip: How to Avoid or Fix Compacted Soil In Your Garden

By | September 1st, 2017|Gardening Basics, Plant & Soil Care, Tip Of The Month|

What happens when you pour water on to a solid surface like a stone countertop? What happens when you pour water over a sponge? These two scenarios are very analogous to something that you see every day but may not notice: soil compaction. The simplest definition of soil

Four Tips for Wrapping Up the Summer Gardening Season

By | August 1st, 2017|Gardening Basics, Tip Of The Month|

On September 22, 2017, the first day of fall arrives. Yikes, that's next month! Don't worry there's still plenty of warm weather ahead, which means lots of summer garden goodies yet to harvest. However, with the end of summer gardening season approaching, we thought we'd recommend four tips

Are Bootstrap Farmer Seed Starting Supplies All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

By | July 11th, 2017|Seed Starting, Tools & Supplies|

Note: As with any product review articles we write, we have not been paid or compensated in any way that would cause us to give anything less than an honest and accurate review of the product being reviewed. E.g. we're not biased, we're simply writing a product review to

How to read a garden seed packet (plus a glossary of garden terms)

By | July 5th, 2017|Gardening Basics, Seed Starting, Tip Of The Month|

When you're new to something, you might have noticed that the "veterans" speak a whole different language than you've ever heard before. Yes, they're technically using English, but the terminology still seems quite foreign. Whether it's a sport, a profession, a pastime, or hobby, you'll find this to

Video: Creating a ladybug factory in your garden

By | June 21st, 2017|Pest & Disease Management|

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know how much we love insects, especially pollinators and predatory insects. You also know that we constantly preach the importance of encouraging robust and diverse populations of insects in your garden to help with everything from pollination to pest

Patio & Container Gardening With Sub-Irrigated Planters

By | June 15th, 2017|Gardening Basics, Plant & Soil Care, Tools & Supplies|

Do you have a patio or container garden? If you're using traditional pots, you know that it can take a lot of work to keep the plants in them properly watered and fertilized - especially during the summer. That's because the pots are being heated from all sides,

Our Top-5 Summer Gardening Tips

By | June 3rd, 2017|Gardening Basics, Pest & Disease Management, Plant & Soil Care, Tip Of The Month|

It's June. It's hot outside. Your summer garden is taking off. Bees, butterflies, and insects are buzzing around everywhere (including some insects that seem to want to eat your plants just as much as you do), and peak season for certain plant diseases is fast approaching. It's incredibly

New Video: Succession Planting & Biodiversity

By | May 24th, 2017|Plant & Soil Care|

It's helpful to see things in action in addition to reading about them on paper (or screen). We talk a lot about hugelkultur, succession planting, and biodiversity in our educational materials, so we thought it would be helpful to show you all three of those things at work

Finally! Garden Pot Sizes Decoded…

By | May 5th, 2017|Tools & Supplies|

At least 10,000 of my (Eliza’s) brain cells died during the grueling research that brought you this information, so please honor their brave sacrifice by sharing it with your other gardening friends (they're guaranteed to have been confused by pot sizes at some point in their gardening careers). Also, 8

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