A Reader Writes – If There Can Be but One – Make it Organic Gardening – Cutting Through the Hype to the 3 Keys to Successful Gardening

I couldn’t let the year close without sharing an email from a seasoned gardener in North Carolina who ordered Organic Gardening – Cutting Through the Hype to the 3 Keys to Successful Gardening in mid November.

December 17th he wrote the following:

After reading through your book twice I have to say it is one of the very best books on the subject I have ever read and I have read many.

I really love how you are writing from PERSONAL experience, this is a big plus. And I know personally your methods work. I wish it were available through Amazon so you would have a larger audience. More gardeners need to read this book!

Reading your book reminded me of the old Organic Gardening magazines where as you say they used to be filled with practical information. I would read them from cover to cover within a day or two of getting them.

There are many points in your book I found very refreshing such as your coverage of “path care” in between beds. I do not remember ever seeing this covered before and it makes good sense.

As I told you before I especially loved the section on watering – or lack thereof and this is new info not found in any other gardening book I’m aware of.

And I was excited to read about the caffeine drench for slugs. I use old coffee grounds as a light mulch and it does indeed kill them.

I also found it particularly interesting that you harvest potatoes “as needed”. That is something different I had never thought of but makes sense especially if the ground drains well and of course mulched heavily as you suggest.

I could go on and on but must get back to work. You have done an outstanding job. If those starting out gardening could only have one book on the subject I would highly recommend yours.


Destined to Write It

From the time the idea of the book was conceived, I’ve always felt I was destined to offer this simple information to the world.  And when I receive correspondence like this, it just fortifies those feelings. I’m so glad I wrote it!

A Reason You Don’t See a Lot of This Simple Information “Out There”

Several times on TMG and on various forums I’ve shared a reason that you don’t see much of what I write in other places.

For one reason or the other, in any field, certain things become popular or widely promoted.  When writers who want to write about gardening (whether they’re gardeners or not) research information, they pick up and repeat mainly what is widely promoted.

If they don’t have the back ground to know if the information is correct or incorrect, they just pick up what seems to be the “popular” piece of information that’s in almost every article they read and regurgitate it in their own article. And so the cycle continues.

Even writers who might feel that a piece of information is not true,  most often won’t contradict it for fear of “looking like” they don’t know what they’re talking about because the masses believe what is “popular” – even if it’s not based in fact.

Contradicting More Than I Thought Possible

In the book I’ve been trying to discipline myself to write (on onions) during this most trying and sorrowful of years, I do more contradicting of what’s popular than I ever thought possible.  I’ve researched extensively and find so much information that I know for a fact is not always true or is just plain wrong.

But then, when I write what I know works, I feel obligated to bring up the widely promoted “take” on the subject. (Even if briefly.)

I think it less confusing for the reader to hear both sides of the coin at once. This way he can decide for him or herself right away what path he’ll take.

What Various Readers May Feel When They Find TMG

I feel especially bad for beginners who have no experience and believe just about anything if it’s widely promoted.

My guess is that when many find TMG they either think I’m nuts or they’ve been through enough mental anguish that they’re willing to try my simple approach for the sake of their sanity.  As one reader said to me, “You have kept me from jumping on the crazy train! ”

Final Thoughts

Thank you dear friends for all the support you’ve given me (and Bill) during this year.  I appreciate you and love you from the bottom of my heart.  I can say very literally, had it not been for your words and loving kindnesses to me and to Bill, I don’t think I would have made it.

I wish you the most wonderful of new years.  One that is filled with health, fun, abundance, truth, growth, love, prosperity, and success in every endeavor.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of your life this year.  If I can help you now or in coming year, I’m here for you.



Organic Gardening, Cutting Through the Hype to the 3 Keys to Successful Gardening – $28.95

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  • Theresa, your newsletters and book are an inspiration. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I also wish for you and your family a New Year filled with health, hope and happiness!

  • I don’t think gardening is the only victim of writers who perpetuate dis-information! Through the years, the more I observe and learn from my bees and goats, I experience this same thing–reading books and articles that regurgitate things that just aren’t true. That’s why it is so refreshing and so very helpful to come across information written by someone like you.

    I can’t wait to read your onion book. I’ve already learned a lot from you on this subject but it will be nice to have it all in one spot at my fingertips. I’m getting ready to plant seeds now using the winter-sown method that I learned from you!

  • Dear Theresa, you’re thanking us???? Your readers consider you a true, dear, and trusted friend. You are such a kind humble spirit…we are the ones who should be thanking you!

  • Ditto, ditto, ditto.
    Working smarter is sooo much easier than working harder. Your wisdom from your experience offers us hope and encouragement.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    Wishing Love and Light to you and yours.

  • Theresa,
    At long last I put in the order for your book. I cannot wait til I get it. I am sure I will have questions during and after reading the book. If I follow your instructions completely, I am guessing they will be somewhat in conflict with the Back to Eden method. Although I don’t think there will be that much conflict, because Paul Gautchi is teaching very similar to the ways ways you promote. Before I get in too deep with what I am trying to say, I just want to praise both of your methods of gardening. I think the world of Theresa and Paul and have thoroughly enjoyed learning from the both of you. To copy Jim above. You are thanking us????? NO, we thank you. Have a blessed New Year, enjoy everyday you have. As a person with Parkinson’s I know how important it is to enjoy everyday, because it can go down hill fast.
    Thanks again

  • In my opinion, this is THE book to purchase for ALL gardeners. As I’ve mentioned before, I hope to be able to use it, along with your site, as the core curriculum for a permaculture study and in our educational community. Hopefully, that will manifest one day.

    Now to share my heart: Our society is stuck/trained on the regurgitation of information and we rarely investigate who the “expert” is or where the supposed “authoritative” information originated. We’ve been led to believe that we can’t trust ourselves and our intuition – all of the facts of life are held in someone else’s authority. This is the case not only in gardening but in nearly every aspect of life that I consider. But oh….what sweet refreshment people like you bring! Your contributions (blog, book, etc.) are not only of the most uncompromising and highest true-value for practical purposes, but they also remind us humans of the heart of our humanity. I enjoy knowing that I can always come back to that place of “no hype” to thoroughly enjoy a beautiful and truly organic experience in my garden.

    It’s a gift you’ve given that is simply invaluable. Greatest blessings to you, Theresa.

  • Good hearing from you Sue!
    Thank you for your good wishes.

    Betty, I agree. I think this perpetuating
    of “dis-information” applies to almost every

    Thanks for the Happy New Year wishes to all Ray!

    Jim – THANK YOU!

    Marsha, With hope and encouragement we humans can do most anything!
    So if that’s what I’ve offered I’m pleased.
    Thank you for commenting!

    Farming Bear, I agree with you. In most cases it
    takes us some time in life to figure that out. When
    we do, we can make decisions that will be more beneficial to us and our families.


    The only things that I can see that are primarily different in Mr. Gautchi’s way and mine are two methods of accomplishing the same goal:

    #1 he allows nature to do his deep soil preparation which takes more time than double digging. Nothing wrong with that and I’ve addressed that numerous times on TMG. Double digging will give you better results faster, but if you just can’t dig then letting nature do the work is the way to go.
    Here are two posts that address that:

    #2 he has access to more wood chips than I do. When I had access to them years ago I used them. They’re wonderful. Now I have to use more straw because that’s what I can get.

    The second key to success is adding organic material to the soil which he does continually. If you listen and watch his video carefully you will see that.

    And of course the third key to success is mulching – which he takes care of with the wood chips.

    If I were you I would not be in a hurry to “change” or “undo” anything you’ve done following Mr. Gautchi’s instructions because more than likely what you have done will work hand in hand with what I recommend.

    Organic Gardening – Cutting Through the Hype to the 3 Keys to Successful Gardening deals with principles. As I’ve mentioned numerous times on TMG, there’s always more than one way to reach a goal I think you’ll find you’ll have an even better understanding of that when you finish the book.

    Thank you for your kind words Steve. I’m delighted that you’ve enjoyed learning from TMG and I’ve been happy to help you whenever I could.
    All my best,

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