Hi, I’m Laura and I’m so excited that you stopped by You Should Grow!
This website was born out of my desire to share the joy of gardening with anyone who cares to listen. I’ve always been interested in gardening, but I wasn’t always very good at it!
My first adventures in growing plants were often failures. I didn’t know anything about gardening, and I usually chose the wrong plants for the wrong places.
Although I was disappointed, I didn’t give up.
I started with a few flowers in containers on my back patio, later I installed a small herb and flower garden around the patio, and finally ended up homesteading and growing food on our small farm.
Over the years, gardening has become such an important part of my life that I left my career in veterinary medicine to work full time on this blog and growing tomatoes. Learn more about that transition here.
I believe the love of gardening is within all of us. You just need to experience it.
My mission with You Should Grow is to help everyone find a way to get in the garden and experience the many positive effects of playing in the dirt.
Gardening has led to a ton of major changes in my life!
At one point in my life, I dreamed of having a big house in a fancy neighborhood. But I believe there’s a reason I never felt settled in that environment.
As it turns out, my happy place is somewhere much more simple. A place where nothing stays clean and shiny for long, and I’m often found with dirt under my nails and mud on my shoes.
Life is truly better on the farm.
Not long ago, I was able to identify some food intolerances that were making me miserable, but having to buy all the whole food ingredients that keep my belly happy gets expensive.
On our homestead, we have the ability to grow our own food and cook wholesome meals from scratch with no unnatural ingredients. We’ve also added 9 chickens to our farm who give us tons of fresh eggs and organic fertilizer for our veggie garden.
My journey to a simpler life started simply by growing some herbs and tomatoes, but you may find your passion is for growing flowers, succulents, or landscape plants.
Whether it’s growing flowers, succulents, or vegetables, you should grow whatever inspires you.
Our passion is for tomatoes, and if you love the sweet satisfaction of summer’s homegrown tomatoes, I suggest you read these important tomato facts.
We offer a variety of digital products, garden wear, and recommended gardening resources for any level.
I spend a lot of my time writing free articles for this site, but I also dedicate some time to creating products for sale. Make sure you check back as new products are added often.
Creating new content is one of my favorite things to do! Between garden chores and family life, you’ll usually find me on the computer working on new posts for the blog.
I post a new article at least once every week, so there’s always something new to read.
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And if you love posting pics of what you’re growing, we should connect on Instagram!
If you have questions about one of my products, this website, or any of the articles on the blog, you can reach out to me at Laura @ youshouldgrow.com. I’m happy to help you in whatever way I can.
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