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Meet Cass and learn how she preps her garden for winter, makes creative gifts, and more

Cassandra 

Say hello to Cass

My name is Cassandra but you can call me Cass, I am 38 years young, a full time event professional, mother of three, wife to my amazing husband & avid gardener. I began my gardening Journey in 2012 when my eldest daughter wanted to create a fairy garden in our backyard. I had no clue what I was doing, no experienced friends to ask for advice….. needless to say the garden was a fail & I was discouraged. 

Fast forward to 2018 my youngest daughter was gifted tomato seeds for her birthday. I decided to plant them to see what would come of it. To my surprise I successfully grew my first cherry tomatoes & was hooked!

2020 I expanded my garden from ten 20 gallon containers & 3 fruit trees …..to over 100 grow bags, 7 raised beds & 5 garden towers & 1 greenhouse. I’m obsessed to say the least and my protection sleeves have become an essential part of my took kit. 

What do you do to help prepare your garden for the colder months and what do you grow during these months?

Gardening in zone 10b means I can pretty much grow year round. Our growing is done in 2 groups; cold weather crops and warm weather crops. As winter is approaching I am prepping/amending soil, transplanting 2 fruit trees (because temperatures are ideal/reducing transplant shock), pruning my trees back to prepare for spring & mulching everything for my fall/winter garden.

What are the gift boxes that you are putting together?  What inspired it? 

In 2020 I had an abundance of produce I had grown…I decided to gift my friends and family with my handcrafted garden gift boxes. Each box was filled with homemade jams, lavender sugar scrubs, healing salve, homegrown flowers for potpourri, herbal teas, fresh produce, dried & fresh herbs, fruit simple syrups & much more. Gifting sustainably made me realize this new way of life was unfolding before my eyes. I’m a fan of anything homemade and it turns out so was everyone who received a box.

Is there anything specific you are excited to use/cook for holiday gatherings this year that you grew? 

I’m looking forward to enjoying persimmon empanadas! Empanadas are a delicious crescent shaped (savory or sweet) pastry (fried or baked) eaten all over Mexico, South America, Southern Europe, & the Philippines. My persimmon tree gave me several bushels of fruit this season! So far I have made candied persimmon, jam, simple syrup & dehydrated them to name a few ways we are enjoying our harvest!

Any other tips and tricks you'd like to share :)  

Top Quality Soil will give you the healthiest plants!

No expensive raised beds or fancy tools required to start your garden!

Gardening isn’t easy but it’s very rewarding to those who are patient enough to keep trying 

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