About G.J.

gardening jones

...because admitting you have a problem is the first step...

Jones n. An addiction or craving

As a self-proclaimed gardening addict, I love all things gardening. I've learned and grown a lot over the years here in Zone 6, recently upgraded from 5.

Fortunately gardening can be a good addiction. I've become a Penn State Master Gardener and have been growing my own fruit, vegetables and herbs now for more than 25 years, including the many long days running a restaurant and bakery with my husband (Mandolin Jones).
I was a licensed food processor during that time and we published our first cookbook as well.

I have also had a few gardening articles published, and was thrilled this year to be accepted into the Garden Writers Association. Another wonderful opportunity arose to write for the Horticulture Magazine's website, and then later for GRIT magazine's online blog.

Our restaurant days are long gone, but we retain our love of food -especially homegrown.
Funny, we are both still working in some way with food, I guess its in the blood.

The best thing I have found is that above all else, gardening doesn't have to be complicated. I will share what I know and be there if you have questions.

Blogging is just another fun way for me to share what I love; I enjoy the interactive nature of social networking.

Am I trying to get others addicted? Well, hmm...we'll see.
Gardening Jones

If you see this pic, I'm there:

Our Website

YouTube this is just too much fun.
The FB Group- Gardenaholics Anonymous Really.
On Pinterest
Horticulture Magazine's Blog
Mike the Gardener's Podcast

On The Master Gardener Hour

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    • liz cruz on December 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I would love the recipe for your candy. I think it was white fudge with green and red cherries

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    • gj on December 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    It’s on Instructables here:

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    • Beth Missel on February 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Oh boy that fudge looks yummy! I copied it down and just might have to try it tomorrow. I have left over Christmas baking supplies and I wouldn’t want them to go bad….
    Thanks again for a great blog!! I love it.

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    • Devia on February 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    i adore you information and input. thank you so much for sharing all of your knowledge.

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    • Nancy Villegas on February 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I would love to learn how to home grow a vegtable garden but have no idea how to start I live in florida so the climate is hot in the summer

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    • gj on February 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Nancy, read a bit here but also check out Best Garden Blogs here: http://bestgardenblogs.com/
    They list garden blogs by zone and area of expertise- you can find other Fla. gardeners there.
    Also check out Vegetable Gardening on FB, gardeners from all over the world go there to ask/anwser questions.
    Of course your local cooperative extension can give you tons of info too.
    Then, when you’ve grow great veggies, come back and use the recipes here under “Eat it” or in my recipe box here: http://www.gardeningjones.com/recipe_box.htm
    If ever I can help, just let me know.
    Good luck and Happy Gardening!

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    • gj on February 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you Devia! I’m happy to help anyone who wants to grow their own food.

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    • Jennie Brooks on April 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    your comment about wishing you’d known what grows up and/or down made me laugh out loud. thank you!

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    • gj on April 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Aww thanks Jennie, That’s a good way to start your weekend!

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    • Ha on August 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Just discover your blog! I love it! I am a newbie when it comes to gardening and I am addicted to plants and anything that has to do with gardening. :) I enjoy growing edible plants and also like to grow plants for the home and office. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the rest of us. :)

    Have a great day!


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    • gj on August 25, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I’m so glad you’re here, Ha. Stop by anytime and never hesitate to ask anything you need an answer to. I love to share!

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    Your site looks great Beth- and I love the concept!
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    • Mustafa Awad on January 4, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Hi, my name is Mustafa and I live and work in northern Somalia — bet no one ever contacted you from here.

    Anyways, I am in the midst of starting up a chili sauce company here and I just finished watching your “How to Preserve Food by Canning” video on youtuve and wanted to say you are awesome!

    What a wonderful effort! It helped me to make sense of the entire process. And, I just loved the simplicity and pure heart I felt throughout the video.

    It goes without saying that I will donate to a charity of your choice when I’m a millionaire. I’m serious, but first I have to become a millionaire so I’ve got my work cut out for me.

    Thank you.


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    • gj on January 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you for the kind words Mustafa, and best of luck on becoming wealthy!

  2. And if you want to hear the great Gardening Jones, you can do so at:

    I interviewed GJ in episode #169


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    • gj on August 8, 2014 at 10:08 am

    That was fun Mike, we should talk again some time!

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    • Dirkphilly on November 7, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Just came across your website. Thank you for sharing your experience. Also glad to know you are a Penn State Master Gardener and so you must be in PA. Anyway, I have a few questions for you. I live in the Philadelphia region, USDA Zone 6b or maybe 7a. (1) How do you deal with slugs? My family like growing the Chinese Napa Cabbage but the slugs gave us lots of trouble, (2) Which seed company’s seeds are more reliable? (3) Which fruit trees are faster to bear fruits and pest-free? I have no patience to wait for 3-5 years for the fruits. Sorry, too many questions. Thank you.

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    • gj on November 26, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    1. We put out shallow saucers of beer for slugs. Works great. Replenish as needed. 2. Most seeds come from the same few sources. We go for price. Note: You cannot buy GMO seeds yet, so don’t let that be a factor. 3. Dwarf varieties of trees produce sooner, but over the long term, less. We prefer them for easy picking, faster fruit, and easier pruning.

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