I’m Megan Cain and I want you to know that you can grow great food and become a passionate (and successful) vegetable gardener! I’m here to teach you how to do just that.
Because, here’s the thing: gardening is a lot of work — joyful work for sure — but, I’ve met lots of gardeners over the years who aren’t getting the most from their gardens. And if you’re not seeing real results, well … gardening isn’t as rewarding a pastime as it should be.
a daily jaunt out to your garden to harvest fresh ingredients for dinner.
the pleasure that comes from creating something with your own hands – a garden, a meal, a bouquet of fresh flowers for the dinner table.
biting into real food with real flavor. Red tomatoes bursting with ripeness, crisp green spinach leaves, spicy yellow peppers, and earthy carrots in all the colors of the rainbow. This is what food is supposed to taste like!
If you’re ready to get more from your garden — more food, beauty, pleasure, health, and joy – you’re in the right place.
So grab a cup of tea, sit in a cozy chair and read on for more of my story and an abundance of practical and actionable gardening advice. And don’t forget to get on the list to get my best advice for free, right to your inbox, right in the season you need it most.
1) Simple and elegant gardening solutions.
I like to deliver down-to-earth and actionable advice you can use in your garden immediately. The goal is a beautiful garden that yields lots of food for the least amount of time and money invested. (An approach I call “smart” gardening.)
2) It’s not about the garden, it’s about the gardener.
Passionate about your garden success, I focus on educating you for the long haul – a satisfying lifetime of growing your own food. My secret goal? To turn you into a gardening addict! (shhh…)
I’d love for you to join me in this big adventure called vegetable gardening. We’ll roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. We’ll marvel at the beauty of everything around us. We’ll smile with pleasure when we lug a basket full of ripe vegetables into our kitchens.
Is there anything sweeter than a life filled with flavorful food and garden adventures?
I’m a garden educator, writer and speaker. I developed one of the first youth gardening programs in Madison, have designed and installed gardens in many homeowners’ yards, managed a 1/4 acre youth farm, worked on CSA farms, created a series of gardening class that often have waiting lists, and tend to a large home garden. I know what works and what doesn’t…and I love to share it.
I grew up an urban girl in a row home in Philadelphia. I never saw a vegetable growing in the ground until well into my 20’s.
I moved to a hippie farm when I was 26. My life path radically changed. I learned how to garden, lived simply in a 90 square foot cabin, and met the love of my life. (Watch my 5 minute TED-like talk about it here.)
I love art fairs. I could go to one every weekend! My all-time favorite find was a ceramic totem I placed in my front yard garden.
I’m a health nut. I love to bike, hike, and walk and I go to my neighborhood Y to work out 3 times a week.
A few years ago I quit my job and traveled to Africa for two months to volunteer with a fair trade organization.
I’m a book nut, too. My mom, sister and I have had a weekly book club for 3 1/2 years. They live in Philly and I live in WI, so we have a three way call each Monday. (They usually last 2 hours!) Right now we’re reading Playing Big by Tara Mohr.
My favorite vegetable to grow is spinach because it’s one of the only vegetables that can survive the winter in Wisconsin.
When it comes to most things in life, especially gardening, I’m a minimalist. I focus on the essentials and like minimal fuss.
At the prompting of my life coach, around my 38th birthday I gifted myself with a “week of being”. The goal was to do nothing for the entire week! You can read about my experience here.
I drink a smoothie for breakfast every day. This is my favorite source for recipes.
My husband and I often take the month of January off from work to travel to distant locations. We’ve spent time in Oaxaca and Chiapas in Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Chile, Hawaii,New Zealand, Australia, the coast of CA, and our second favorite city of Portland, OR. You can read about our last 10 years of trips here.
My previous garden (which we built from scratch) was featured on the popular website Apartment Therapy. See the before and after here.