Thank you for your support

Thank you for Your Contribution & The Story of a Unique One!

A big thank you to those who responded to my December post  by supporting the work I do on TMG to help you become more successful in your garden.

Over the 12 years of writing for you, I’ve gotten to know many of my readers personally. So I’m aware there are those who are not able to give financial support. Thus, those who did give are not only helping me to continue — but making it possible for those who can’t  give support — to read and learn for free. So I thank you on behalf of those folks as well.

Another special thank you to the handful of readers who chose to contribute monthly.

Jon, a long time reader of TMG, included a message of encouragement with his contribution  followed by a suggestion. He writes: “Theresa,  Your writing has helped my garden feed me and be enjoyable. Always learn something from your posts. For me, a reminder about supporting the site now and then would be helpful. Thank You.

I thought his suggestion a good one. Thus, I intend to include a reminder from time to time about supporting the work I do on TMG if you’ve benefited by the information I provide.

Get Garlic and Troy Greenberg 

As I explained in detail in my December post there has only been one company that I allowed to advertise on TMG in the 12 years I’ve been online. That was Get Garlic.

Many will recall Troy Greenberg owner of Get Garlic and his kids who were very much involved in that endeavor. Since most of the kids are grown Get Garlic is no longer growing garlic for sale to the public. (If you want to see pictures of the kids I’ve added links at the end to various posts that included some pictures.)

Troy and I correspond on occasion which has given me the opportunity to get to know him and his family better over the past 7 years.

It’s easy to become friends with someone who basically shares the same values. Troy puts God and family first.  And he has that old-fashioned work ethic that takes responsibility, cares about the job he does, and cares about the people for whom and with whom he works.  That’s what I’ve seen over the years.

Troy is not subscribed to TMG and to my knowledge does not read TMG – at least on a regular basis.

So you can imagine my surprise when I was notified of a substantial contribution by Troy two days after my post in December.

Three Months Later

In March of this year Troy emailed me the following message:

“Hey Theresa,

“I wanted you to know that I set up a monthly payment — to sponsor your blog.  If possible please include a link to This is one of our garage cabinets websites. 

“I am happy to sponsor your blog and very much appreciate what you do.

What a surprise that was!

I knew Troy had a small family-owned business based in Northern Illinois that has supplied custom cabinetry, casework and store fixtures to the business and building industries since 1985.  (Greenberg Casework Company)

And I knew that he had recently built a new facility.  (pictured below)

Greenberg Casework Company

What I didn’t know until I read the  website, was that a few years ago they entered the market for garage cabinets. 

They felt they could offer much better quality than cabinets that didn’t stand up and at a better price than expensive high-end cabinets. And with a shorter lead time!

Thus, a line of premium custom-built cabinets engineered specifically for the temperature and humidity extremes found in the typical garage environment REDLINE GARAGE GEAR was born. A company that combines state of the art equipment with old-fashioned work ethics.  

And if you’re thinking they’re too expensive read on. You’re going to be surprised.

Do You Remember Hometime, a home improvement TV show that use to be on PBS?

Several of their shows featured Redline Garagegear.

Dean Johnson, host of the show, retired  a couple of years ago and is no longer in the business. But to hear what he had to say about Redline  watch the first short video here.

Informative Show-and-Tell Excerpts from Two Shows

Excerpts from the videos of the  GARAGE MAKEOVER and a LAUNDRY ROOM MAKEOVER are featured below the one with Dean Johnson’s testimonial for Redline that I mentioned above.  And in my opinion they’re a MUST to watch.

These short excerpts give ideas to anyone who might be looking to see what they might want to do in the future — or even do-it-yourselfers who just want to add to their knowledge base.

(More information for you do-it-yourselfers follows shortly).

In the LAUNDRY ROOM MAKEOVER excerpt, host Dean Johnson points out that “you get very much of a custom layout at a stock cabinet sorta price”. 

Using these excerpts was an excellent way to answer questions for viewers who’d rather watch a short video than read. And in this show-and-tell format the information easily sticks with you — especially if you’re a visual learner.

In addition to the numerous questions answered in the videos Troy and team provide answers to ten more frequently asked questions on the website here.

Sorry — but I Can’t Resist Mentioning This Fun (and important) Fact

If your spaces are tight, RedLine has garage cabinets that fit in spaces with as little as seven inches of clearance! Virtually every inch of your space can be used.

Are You a Do-It-Yourselfer?

Here’s a site just for you:

Direct from the Manufacturer Pricing

This is quality you’re not going to find in big box stores. And by buying direct from the manufacturer there’s no middleman and no sales person which equates to no retail markup. 

Need More Reasons to investigate?

OK – here you go: more reasons .

And there’s a  Free Online Design Tool

Need help with the tool?  It’s available.  You can chat online, call, or email your question.   

Troy Has Since Added Another Component Line 

This one helps you  organize every area of your home that you can imagine.  Its name is Redline Closet Systems.

Wait ‘till you see the ideas they show on the site! I think you’ll be impressed.  I sure was.

The large variety of rods, baskets, bins and racks they offer as accessories allow you to turn your closet into a functionally organized space. 

Closing Thoughts

I hope reading this post will be as encouraging to you as reading the websites of Troy’s companies was to me.  The concepts promoted in his websites are what made America great to begin with.

I want to put a link to this post (and thus to Redline) that will be more accessible to visitors and new readers of TMG. This will be done in the hopes that they too will be encouraged.

Not yet sure where that will be.

It’s great to know that in spite of all the things going on in the world today there are still courageous men and women always looking to the future and how they can make it better — not just for themselves but for others.

Troy Greenberg is one of them. His wife and kids are more.

We’ll need to have this same mindset as we go through the hard times that lie ahead. 

Final Thought

Thank you all for supporting the work I do on TMG whenever you can. It allows me to continue.


To see pictures of the Greenberg kids in prior posts:



  • Theresa, what a wonderful post!
    It warms my heart and gives me a glimmer of hope to know of people with good moral character and a honest, strong work ethic.
    I will take the time to browse the website and links.

  • Hello Theresa! Rotating crops is a big deal in farming and gardening around here in SC. What is your experience in planting in the same areas for particular crops? My field peas continue to self propagate and yield well for the last several years but I’m concerned about some of my other less hardy veggies which I try to move around my garden. Thanks so much for your time and help! This has been the best gardening season yet and my freezer is getting full thanks to all your guidance over the years! With appreciation! Becky

  • Rebecca – it was so nice to hear from you!! And I was extremely pleased that you are filling your freezer and that my writings on TMG have helped you do that.
    Thank you for letting me know.

    There is a lot to be said about rotating but here are the highlights.

    Conventional farmers are so far off the base with what nature has set up for growing success — that if they didn’t at least rotate — they would have even more trouble than they do.

    Rotation of crops is an age old practice and founded on good solid principles.

    Some things demand rotation more than others. Garlic and onions absolutely have to be rotated every 3 years and 4 is even better. I have to “qualify” the “absolutely” by saying that if you are fortunate enough over the years to not introduce (transfer from any outside source) any allium problems maybe “absolutely” would be too strong a word. But I would not chance it.

    Cruciferous vegetables (Brassicaceae family) like cabbage, kale etc. is another that “absolutely” would apply. As most gardeners know harlequin bugs, cabbage worms etc can be a problem as well as soil “diseases”. I wouldn’t think of not rotating these crops in my garden — along with the 3 keys.

    I would not worry too much about the occasional one or two plants that volunteer around the garden.
    Look to following principles of nature — like you have to continually replenish your soil with organic material like plant residue which gives energy to your soil.

    Although field peas are great for the soil I personally would treat them differently from time to time. For example you might pull or cut them before they reach maturity — leave them on the soil to decay – maybe cover with some straw – and plant some other vegetables in that same bed as the residue from the field peas decays.

    I think rotation is a good principle to follow.

    Again, it was so good hearing from you Rebecca.
    Please keep in touch.

  • Ok! I feel like I have my marching orders! Definitely keep rotating the crops! Will do! I greatly appreciate your experienced opinion! Thanks for all your help! Best wishes! Becky

  • It’s always my pleasure to help Rebecca.
    Keep in touch and let me know how things are going from time to time.
    AND – any more questions that may come up – feel free to ask.

    PS I guess I should start addressing you as “Becky”? It will be sorta
    hard because I’ve always called you Rebecca. (And I love the name.)

  • Either name is fine! I answer to anything said politely . I was a teacher for many years before my retirement

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