Meet the Joneses

backyard chickens

Let me introduce you to the fam:

Mandolin Jones - Relaxed and easy-going, balances my intensity well. We met as kids and have been married for over 30 years. Great sense of humor, an amazing cook, and a better musician than he realizes.

SaveTheWorld Jones - our youngest, now in graduate school, raised as much by her older sibs as by us. Vegetarian, intense (like Mom) and ready to take on the world's problems. And in some instances, already is.

The M and M's - our two oldest are married now. Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Jr. are my son and daughter-in-law, intelligent and also intense (hmmm). Mr. and Mrs. Jones-Ninja, my daughter (more easy-going like her Dad) and her husband; fun-loving and unique.
... and here he is! Our very first grandchild, and the new love of my life, Sprout.

baby sprout

Ready to garden with his bibs on (at 1 month).

Do I see posts on gardening with kids in the future? Oh yeah!

ManDog - our rescued great dane/lab mix puppy

Fat Cat with Attitude - our rescued fat cat, with attitude.

The Ladies - our chickens, rescued from being
raised for meat, and our adventures in this new area of self-sufficiency.

We're now up to a flock of 12, including Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers, Buff Orpingtons, a White Brahma, and one as yet undientified.

baby chicks

The Jones Jingle

The Jingle came about as part of collaboration with Yoga Journeys on a kids video.

Mandolin and I had a lot of fun making the video and writing the jingle.
I hope you like it! (Its now stuck in my head)

words by gardening jones ~ music by mandolin jones

performed by mandolin jones
all rights reserved

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    • Gladys Soady on July 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I loved it!! and I love your site as well, I actually computer know you ( lolol sorry I dont know what else to call it) from Mike’s page. Good job on the little ditty ;o)

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    • gj on July 27, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Thanks Gladys! I call it e-friends :-)

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    • Laara on January 1, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I so enjoyed reading this , wonderful sense of humour
    first visit although I have enjoyed to now your facebook page ..happy gardening

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    • gj on January 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Thanks Laara- and Happy Gardening to you too!

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    • patricia on August 6, 2013 at 5:56 am

    reading your type, is like sitting on the front porch, hanging out…much love always.

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    • gj on August 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks Patricia, what a lovely sentiment. Right back at ya! <3

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    • Shirley on October 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Would like to request permission to print your article about purslane in a gardening newsletter–it is published for a nonprofit garden club of about 60 members. I would give full credit and give information about your blog–club members would be interested, I’m sure. Please respond to my e-mail address–I can send you a past copy of our newsletter.

  1. Hello Gardening Jones,

    Restoration Seeds is an open pollinated seed company supporting family farmers. I am looking for additional photography for our store for Hanover Salad kale. You have a nice photo below and I wanted to ask permission to use it with attribution credit back to you. Thanks in advance, let us know either way.


    Chuck Burr
    Restoration Seeds
    1133 Old Highway 99 South
    Ashland, OR 97520
    United States

    541 201-2688

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    • Dottie on October 31, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Hi… love all the gardening advice. There were a few that I would like to pin ( I see a pinterest button ). Will not unless you give permission and how do I link a pin to you? Thank you! Great site!

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    • gj on October 31, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Dottie, Feel free to Pin and know that it is very appreciated! All Pins link back directly, so don’t worry about that. Thanks for coming by!

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