Growing Together — A New Series, by YOU

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Love is sharing


Do you know how much I’ve learned from you over the past two years?

Your comments, your questions, your engagement with me on my Facebook page, your chats with me at speaking engagements — all of these communications have challenged me to grow and develop as a gardener and writer. With your help, I’ve discovered new vegetable varieties, new recipes, cool gardening hacks, and brilliant thinkers in the fields of gardening and sustainability.

With all of social media’s faults, sharing is one of its spectacular capacities. And I’ve learned how great it feels to share — for both of us. It’s an incredible feeling to see my work shared and celebrated in different social media channels, but also sweet to be the one doing the sharing, regardless if it’s the hard-earned knowledge of an individual, a fellow blogger, or a great company that I admire.

Which brings me to today’s post.

Many of you that follow this blog don’t have your own “page” or website to share with the world, but you are doing incredible things — shouldn’t we know about them? Or perhaps you do have a great gardening blog post, but it isn’t ranking well enough on search engines or social media for people to learn about it.

Now’s your chance to share what you love with a larger audience. It’s a new monthly series that I’m calling, “Growing Together.”

Each month, I’m going to open up my blog, Facebook page, and Twitter to you — an open invitation for you to share something about a topic that will switch up each month. So if you’ve been dying to tell the world about your garden, or a great variety, recipe, or gardening trick that you have up your sleeve, here’s your opportunity to do so. If you don’t wish to contribute, I encourage you to comment or “like” the work of others who’ve been brave enough to do so.

And if you’re a blogger, don’t be shy about linking to a blog post about the topic, thinking you’ll ruffle my feathers if you try to promote your site on my own. I’ve always believed that the Internet is an awfully big place for one site to have all the answers, and I’m happy to direct other people to you. Just no spammy posts, please.

After the invitation period, you’ll also get the chance to be featured in a “Top Picks” post about the month’s topic, giving your idea, photo, or tip even more exposure.

So let’s start “Growing Together.” This month, as many of us have just experienced our first frost or may be winding down our summer gardens, let’s do a little reflecting. Share your favorite garden fruit or vegetable variety that you are growing, perhaps including your seed or plant source. Let us know what makes this fruit or vegetable so special, and help other gardeners discover great varieties to try. Have a picture? Feel free to post it to my Facebook page, or tweet to @Ma_Hubbard.


By the way, if I don’t respond to your post right away, please be patient and don’t be discouraged. I’m on vacation with my fantastic Mother-in-law right now, visiting the Czech Republic and Germany! We’re in a different city every night on a river cruise, and so I’m not sure how consistent my wireless access will be (plus, I’m on vacation, right?).

And let me tell you how fabulous my husband is (as if I haven’t glowed about him enough). It’s his Mom’s dream to see Germany (her ancestral homeland), and due to some walking issues, she would only be able to tour Germany via river cruise — a venture that can be problematic for people like my husband with gluten intolerance. Since it would be risky to his health for him to make the trip, he suggested that I go along instead, offering to stay at home with Miss Muffet and Little Bo Peep while I helped make his Mom’s dream come true. If that isn’t a great demonstration of sharing, I don’t know what is.



  1. Mary Beth Kochie

    November 9, 2014 at 9:40 am

    What a tremendous demonstration of love to let you go in his place! You are blessed with a truly amazing husband and family! Have a fantastic time!!!

  2. Rachel Joy

    November 9, 2014 at 10:01 am

    This sounds like a fabulous idea,I hope many people jump on board! Enjoy your holiday 🙂

  3. Jo Ann Strosnider

    November 9, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Cathy, thank you for caring enough to share your garden and your dreams with us. And now you are helping your mother in law fulfill her dream. Yes, you are a blessing to all who know you and those who have yet to meet you, whether that be in person or via the internet.

    • Cathy

      November 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Awww. Thank you!

  4. Marcia Ballard

    November 9, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Appreciate everything you do. Hope you have a wonderful time, a memory maker

  5. JessB

    November 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    What a great idea. Germany is beautiful-enjoy!

  6. Texan

    November 9, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Have a great time! I love the idea of sharing info! I have learned so very much about gardening on the net! Bloggers mostly, as I do blogging… :O)… I am constantly looking for a way to expand or improve our gardening here on the farm! Just today pegged my 100th pot of blackberries, rooting off new plants ya know :O) … I have a variety of blackberries that does fantastic in our heat, it survived 2011 which was a historic summer for Texas, sadly ….due to heat and drought… however this blackberry variety not only survived it did so with very little water in full sun!!!!!! I had enough limbs this year to peg 100 pots! Kiowa is the variety. It makes a HUGE berry probably the biggest at least that I know of. It cans beautifully, freezes wonderfully! Its not quite a sweet as some other varieties but its such a gem in our extreme heat and lack of water in Texas!

    • Cathy

      November 10, 2014 at 3:59 am

      That sounds like a great blackberry variety for your climate — I’ll have to remember that one. I’d love to hear about what you do with all of those berries… wow!

  7. Rebecca Cash

    November 10, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I appreciate all your information/advice/recipes! You are an inspiration!

    • Cathy

      November 11, 2014 at 4:33 am

      Thank you. I’m glad you’re here. 🙂

  8. Lisa from Iroquois

    November 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Your post about traveling with your mother in law brought back wonderful memories. My grandmother (now passed) always wanted to travel but my grandfather figured he did his traveling during the war and wanted no part of it. My brother in law was head of his union and had to travel every year to the annual convention. My sister enjoyed those trips and since they had two pre-school kids so they all went, and my mother (any excuse to travel) would go along to help with the kids. One year my grandmother decided to join the group and I was asked to come along to be her companion assistant. Together over 3 year years we visited Newfoundland, the Bahamas and Edmonton, Canada. My grandmother delighted in those trips and my mother who can no longer travel because of health issues looks back with great pleasure on those memories. We all do. I hope you have a wonderful trip with your mother in law.

    • Cathy

      November 11, 2014 at 4:33 am

      What wonderful memories! Thank you!

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