About Gardens That Matter
I love how my kids eat food right out of the garden, and I don't have to worry about what's been sprayed on it. And I love the discoveries we make as we explore nature together.
But to be honest...sometimes, gardening as a family can feel overwhelming.
Maybe you've been there?
You want your family to have clean, healthy food.
You have fond memories of playing in the garden as a child and you want your own kids to have the same.
You know your whole family can use less screen time and more "green" time.
Maybe you already have a small vegetable patch or a few fruit trees. Or maybe you want to start a garden this year.
But, up pop the challenges...figuring out what to plant when...dealing with weeds and bugs...diagnosing a strange wilty disease...keeping little feet from trampling everything! Not to mention as a parent, you have a long “to-do” list that rarely allows enough time in the garden.
We’ve been there. (Goodness knows, some days we’re still there!)
And over decades of tending plants, we’ve learned gardening is a deliciously forgiving endeavor.
Our garden is far from perfect, but it is full of the things that matter most to our family: food, beauty, wildlife, and opportunities to care for others and the earth.
We’d love to help you create your own garden that matters.
Hi, I’m Amy Landers and this is my husband Colby with our boys. Here at Gardens That Matter, we teach families how to create beautiful, bountiful gardens by sharing step-by-step lessons and stories from the field and backyard.
On our family’s small homestead in western North Carolina, we grow food for ourselves, our community and the resident wildlife. We use organic methods and practice a mix of permaculture, biointensive growing and traditional farming.
Through our blog and classes, we share our successes and our messes. And you know with three young boys, there will be plenty of messes!
These boys are at the heart of Gardens That Matter. We want to make the world a better place for them in very real ways. Healthy food. Good soil. A love of nature. Self-reliance. Resilient communities. Strong ecosystems.
What We Do
We create articles, videos, tutorials and classes with families and beginning gardeners in mind:
- Actions you can take to start or improve your garden
- Step-by-step lessons and detailed instructions
- Fun inspiration
- Ideas for involving and empowering kids
- Answers to your specific questions
- Resources to help you dig in deeper when you’re ready
- Practical knowledge you can understand and apply right away
If you want to create beautiful outdoor spaces where you can garden, connect with your kids, take time to smell the mint, and feel good about living more sustainably, you are in the right place.
Meet the Team
Amy here, and I love science. I majored in biology in college, and I’ve been a nature nerd ever since. Yes, I geek out over plant identification, animal scat and the occasional biochem reaction.
I can’t even tell you how proud I was when my 3 year old correctly identified a maple tree. Turns out, he called all leafy trees “maple” (and all needley ones “pine”), but it wasn’t a bad start. [Read more ...]
Colby is the the weirdo artist of the family. He has been designing and building sets for stage and screen for 20 years. All that experience in carpentry, welding, painting and even sewing comes in handy on the farm.
Although he has less experience with plants, Colby brings a unique creative perspective to our endeavor. He is passionate about design, artistic expression, and sound craftsmanship. [Read more...]
We live in a hundred-year-old house that belonged to my grandparents. Our next door neighbors are my parents, “Nana” and “Grandpa.” Having grown up next door to my Grandma Millie, I know how awesome this is for our kids. The boys know just where to go for treats and extra hugs.
Nana and Grandpa are willing, if sometimes skeptical, participants in our eco-friendly farming endeavors. [Read more...]
We are blessed to have family, friends and neighbors who love and support us. We’ve got mentors who blaze the paths we walk and teachers who light the way.
We want to pass on the love and encouragement to others. We want Gardens That Matter to grow into its own community of readers, contributors and gardeners. Will you join us?