Welcome to All-In Gardening!

Updated April 2022

I love gardening on all levels, from houseplants to fruit trees to garden structures. I’m not a professional by any means but I do know a thing or two. Working in a greenhouse in my early twenties (which was a LONG time ago) taught me a lot that I am anxious to retrieve from my memory bank.

Now, a little about me and my gardening climate.

I’m a writer and a former part-time library assistant. My hobbies include reading, crocheting, spinning my own yarn and gardening. The latter can be a challenge, especially since our winter temperatures can dip to minus forty and colder. And based on 2021, the summers can sometimes be a challenge as well.

Dealing with such cold temperatures has taught me a few things over the years. I think it is selfish to keep all the little secrets to myself, so I have started this website so I can pass along what I know, what I learn and even the fruits of my labour if you live nearby.

October 2017 we moved onto a piece of land that we can landscape as we wish. The first couple years have been observing ones; figuring out where the sun reaches during the different seasons, and how wet the soil stays. Our house is surrounded by trees: evergreens, poplars and caragannas on the south and more caragannas on the east, north and west.

The ‘we’ became ‘me’ almost 2 years ago when Hubby passed away suddenly, and I’ve been navigating on my own since. My gardening kept me busy those first months, and gives me something to look forward to in the spring. And now that I have a granddaughter, I can’t wait to share my gardening with her as she gets older.

Documenting and sharing what works (and what doesn’t) is the only way to truly keep from making the same mistakes and trying to reinvent the wheel.

Won’t you join me on this fun ride?

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My Mission Statement

To provide information, ideas and solutions to gardeners of all experience levels who live in a cold climate.

Getting your hands dirty is the only way to learn. Go ahead; it’s okay to play in the dirt.

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.