So glad to connect! In our experience, gardeners are great people who love to share their knowledge and their garden bounty with those around them. We certainly do, which is why we’re glad to add you to our growing community of gardeners.
“The world needs more real experience from real folks doing real things. The world needs your wisdom.” GardensAll
About GardensAll and Our Mission, Vision and Purpose
Like us, GardensAll is a work in progress and we’re really glad to be on this journey with so many like-minded folks in this GardensAll community.
We’re on a Mission
- “To empower the individual.”
- “To strengthen families.”
- “To place the power with the people.”
Our Goals with GardensAll:
- “To be of the people for the people.”
- “To be all about gardening from gardeners.”
- “To encourage, serve and empower gardeners to grow more and better.”
- “To be your garden gathering place, where [virtual] neighbors help neighbors.”
Let us know what you need… what you’d like to see more of and how else we may serve you.
If you like to write and share—even if you’re not a writer—we’d love to publish your photos, experience, recipes… anything you’d like to share related to gardening, harvesting, herbs, etc.!
“Real gardeners sharing real experience.”
~ Your garden gathering place.”
Interested in Writing for GardensAll.com?
If you’re a writer or aspiring writer, actively gardening or with an interest in gardening, and you’d like to write for GardensAll.com, please send an email. Please include links to some of your published articles, or samples of your work if you’re not yet a published writer.
Not a Writer But Want to Share Your Story?
If you’re a gardener or homesteader, and/or someone earning a living through gardening, farming or homesteading, and would like to share your story, please send an email with a brief bio (casual is fine) on who you are and what you’re doing. We love to share stories from the GardensAll audience of people who are actively doing related work and projects.
If You Want to Know More About Who We Are
We are a family of five: two baby boomer parents in our 50’s and 60’s, with two young adult “kids”, aged 20 and 22, both internationally adopted as toddlers, living near Winston-Salem, North Carolina. And, a mother/grandmother who lives next door.
We are the Alderson family:
Coleman Alderson, born and raised in WV (LeAura’s husband)
LeAura Alderson, born in AL, raised in HI (Coleman’s wife)
Devani Alderson, born in India turned US citizen raised in NC (our daughter)
Nikolai Alderson, born in Russia turned US citizen, raised in NC (our son)
Carol Lackey (LeAura’s 82 y/o mother, who lives next door and has gardened for years)
We homeschooled our children for most of their school years. Our daughter, Devani, has been running the social marketing aspects of our businesses through her company, VitalMediaMarketing.com1)http://vitalmediamarketing.com/ which began as a part of a homeschooling project when she was 15.
Our son, Nikolai, is currently a co-gardener and caretaker of our property. Nikolai is developing his cooking and household management skills, is dabbling at building a website about his dog, Labrottie.com, and enjoys fiction writing as a hobby with aspirations to become a novelist. Nikolai’s also works for FedEx.
We’re delighted to be amongst you as students of gardening and self-sufficiency. We probably have more experience than some of you and much less experience than others of you, so we’re glad to be serving this community, contributing what we can, and learning together from your experience and wisdom.
We’re a family of writers, authors, aspiring authors, entrepreneurs and product developers, running and growing our family enterprise. We’ve gardened, invested in real estate and developed and built properties in NC, WV and in Costa Rica.
Where we live now in NC, zone 7, is mostly woods, so not conducive to much of a garden plot. However, we’re steadily expanding our garden plots and patches while enjoying trying new methods. This year it’s Straw Bale Gardening,2)https://gardensall.com/straw-bale-gardening-benefits-hacks-and-how-to/ more Square Foot Gardening3)https://gardensall.com/square-foot-gardening-benefits-and-how-to/, and Hugelkultur4)https://gardensall.com/the-ultimate-raised-bed-hugelkultur/, amongst other experiments we’re writing about.
We have a rental cabin on 50 acres in the Piedmont (foothills) of North Carolina, site of our future off-the-grid homestead with plans for gardening, greenhouses, edible landscaping, and passive solar tied in with a wood-burning water stove. We currently have blueberries5)https://gardensall.com/3-easy-steps-to-healthier-blueberries-and-increased-production/ planted up there along with nut and fruit trees, with lots more planned. Right now our soil quality isn’t great, so we’ll be addressing that over the winter, and as we’ve shared about in articles here.6)https://gardensall.com/is-pine-needle-mulch-good-for-your-plants/
One of our dreams is to develop a plot of land into 2-10 acre off-the-grid, turn-key sustainable cabin homesteads focused on gardening, edible landscaping and self-sufficiency in our area of North Carolina. If you have any interest in a project like this, or creating one yourself, let’s talk and see what we can learn from each other and together.
ABOUT GARDENSALL and OUR MISSION, VISION and PURPOSE
Like us, GardensAll is all a work in progress. and we’re really glad to be on this journey with so many like-minded folks in this GardensAll community.
WE’RE ON A MISSION:
“To empower the individual.”
“To strengthen families.”
“To place the power with the people.”
Here’s the thing: in today’s online world, there’s a LOT of great info “out there”… and a lot of junk, shallow, inaccurate information written by writers who are not actually doing the work of the thing they’re writing about.
We’ve learned all about the “website industry” and have discovered more than we ever knew (or wanted to know) about how deep this derivative work goes. It turns out that we bought a site that had over 1,000 articles, many of which had to be deleted! 😯
We had to remove the majority of those because they were curated from other sites, many of whom had curated them from other sites. Sometimes that chain of derivatives goes back several times before finding the source and most of those were poorly written, of little value and/or not even accurate. Lesson learned… we should’ve done better due diligence. We didn’t know what we didn’t know. Meanwhile, what we’ve learned has fueled our mission.
We’re all for research for learning and sometimes writing from that perspective to share what we’re learning. We have to do this sometimes too, and as we learn about something we want to share it with you. Like our research on air fryers. A friend has one, raves about it so we’re sharing our research on it as we look into getting one for ourselves and as a possible Christmas gift for our mom (sshhh 😉). We’re also in favor of folks finding ways to earn money online. Our own approach is harder in that regard as we’re not doing what others are doing. We’re trying to make a go of it by creating the kind of reader experience we would also enjoy. We’ve always followed our heart and principles in these things… over the “smart” approach used by the majority. We’re not at all against profit and capitalism. We just have to feel good about the method of arriving at that.
If you’ve ever been annoyed and frustrated with the proliferation of ads and spammy clickbait on other websites… the double underlined text words that lead to things completely unrelated to the article topic… the videos that auto-play and can’t be found to be turned off… well those sites have to do that for survival. They have staff to pay and that’s how they do it. Our way is not the way to wealth because all those annoying clickbait things pay so much more than the few ads we place. We spend a lot of time researching and placing the Amazon links to specific products where relevant to help you find things that might be useful. So while their way does more than pay the bills it doesn’t represent our values.
There’s also a huge segment of websites that are created to earn money using all the latest marketing tactics in addition to the above mentioned ads. They have paid writers, the majority of whom are not actually doing what it is they’re writing about. These site owners decide to create sites in a niche that has monetization potential. Sometimes it’s in an area of interest, but that’s less common. Probably something like the 80/20 rule.
So again, we’re not against those folks earning a living. It’s still honest work. But we see in this GardensAll community a vast wealth of knowledge and experience from folks in the garden… doing the real thing. That’s what the world needs more of real experience from real folks doing real things: your wisdom!
OUR GOALS with GARDENS ALL… TO:
“Be of the people for the people.”
“Be all about gardening from gardeners.”
“Encourage, serve and empower gardeners to grow more and better.”
“Be your garden gathering place, where [virtual] neighbors help neighbors.”
Let us know what you need… what you’d like to see more of and how else we may serve you, and if you like to write and share… we’d love to publish you!
– The Gardens All Team
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The more we hear from you, the more content we can research and write about that may help you. We’ve noticed how ready the GardensAll Facebook community is to jump in to offer advice and share learnings. That’s what we’re all about. We’re in this together, and believe that most gardeners are great people, because they nurture life by growing things.
What Joining us Means
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We may also occasionally, ask for your opinions or advice, so that we can better serve you and also learn from you, but we will never sell your information or engage in any spammy marketing practices. We don’t like that and guessing you don’t as well.
Thank you for visiting… we hope you’ll come again!
Gardeners are all about growth.
Here’s to all gardens and all gardeners from GardensAll.com
Coleman, LeAura, Devani and Nikolai Alderson