It’s time to start gardening smart, not hard.

Say goodbye…

  • To your struggles with weeds.
  • To disappointing garden layouts and plants that bite the dust.
  • To time and money wasted on gardening tips and products that don’t work.

And say hello to a garden you’ll love and have time to enjoy!

I created Simply Smart Gardening to help you spend less time working in your garden so you have more time to enjoy it.

You’ll discover:

  • The best tools to help you garden more effectively.
  • Easy ways to save money in your garden.
  • Simple strategies to get more done in less time.

Hi! I’m Cheryl.

I believe you can grow your dream garden and still have time to enjoy it. All you need are a few simple strategies and a little know-how. You CAN have a garden that fits into your lifestyle, wows your neighbors, and makes your family say “more veggies, please!” Get ready to grow your best garden ever!

What do you need help with?

Gardening Basics

Get the help you need to start gardening like an expert. No experience required!

Ornamental Gardens

Discover how to grow and maintain your flowers and ornamental plants like a pro.

Edible Gardens

Learn how to grow vegetables, fruit, and herbs you and your family will enjoy.

Download your free Smart Gardening Checklist! Discover what to do in your garden right now.

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