At Home with Patti Moreno, the Garden Girl

This IS reality TV! I can't believe I'm even showing you this! There is a warning about no make-up so be prepared for what you are about to see – very different than the Garden Girl that you know and love.

This is just a quick clip of what it’s like when Garden Girl has to be a mom and a wife and make a dinner for her hungry family. You’ll see me out in my garden unable to resist a quick snack of freshly picked grapes and a pear. You will also see how I plan my menu based on what’s growing around me. You will see me pick tomatoes and herbs for my sauce for that night’s dinner.


My Almost Record Tomato

I am not a competitive type, but I must admit that I was very curious to see how all of my gardening efforts were measuring up with others tomato growers. Size does matter, sometimes.

I looked online and found that one of the largest tomatoes grown in the state of Massachusetts was 1.76 pounds. Although I never officially entered any competitions, I had a feeling in my bones that, unofficially, I could be a winner, too.

With cameras rolling and you as my guests, we’ll go down to my garden to find the biggest tomato I’d ever grown. It’s massive. You’ll be impressed.


My First Farm Stand

Do you remember all those little seedlings that I started inside? Today you will see them all grown up and outside! Since I had such an abundance of seedlings, I decided to share the wealth and invite my neighbors in to see what is possible in the middle of the city! My daughter and I made a sign says “Organic Farm Stand" and waited for them to come. And they did. I've met so many of my neighbors thru my farm stand.  It was great to know that I played a small part in helping my neighbors heat healthy organic vegetables from plants that I started from seed.


Who is Patti Moreno?

In 2007, I needed to introduce myself because no one including me could imagine I would be where I am today. This video is a bit of nostalgia that shows two important things: time flies and nothing is impossible.  This video is just a reminder that Garden Girl is a wife, daughter, mother, gardener and most ironically, a girl from New York City. I was raised in Queens, The Bronx, the lower east side and even some time in Brooklyn. I came to Boston for college and that's where I live today.


Boston Public Market

On October 4th, 2008 Rodale Institute sponsored the opening of The Rose Kennedy Greenway Farmer’s Market in downtown Boston. I was proud to be one of the many local urban gardeners that were there to usher in this much-needed fresh vegetable market. Look at all of the vibrant colors of fresh fruits and vegetables. This is what good health looks like.


My Trip to Mahoney’s Garden Center

I’m on my way to Mahoney Garden Center in Winchester, Massachusetts. They have invited me to do a seminar for their customers who are interested in sustainable living. I was honored to be invited and nervous that no one would show up!

I was thrilled to learn that over 60 people showed up to see me.