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About D.S. Venetta

Network profileMy garden started with a couple of pots on my back patio that were spotted by my neighbor.

“You like to garden?” she asked me.

“I think so,” I replied. “I’m not sure. This is my first time.”

Her eyes lit up and she leaned close. “Would you like to start a garden together?”

I stared at her. “You mean, like a real garden in the ground?”

“Yes!” she exclaimed. “My husband knows everything about gardening–we could have one together!”

Excitement skirted up my spine as I heartily agreed, “Sure! That sounds like fun.”

And my garden was born. However, what started as a shared project with my neighbors soon blossomed into a huge backyard garden of my own.  Not because they didn’t want to continue gardening, mind you, but because their health made it too hard to continue. That’s when my kids stepped in and agreed to help me and the adventure began!

From bees to worms, insects to wildlife, we soon learned we weren’t alone in the garden, discovering a ton of new facts and cool trivia. Did you know that Mother Nature’s ant repellent is the herb plant peppermint? Who knew? How about taking a sniff of rosemary? It will give you that mental boost you need (like right before you head off to school!).

There are so many things to learn around the garden and once I started, I couldn’t stop. I loved it! Next thing you know, I’m blogging about my adventures over at BloominThyme and creating new and delicious recipes. That’s what you do when faced with a basket full of harvest. You eat it!

Next, I headed to my kids’ school and offered to help start a school garden. Well, wouldn’t you know it became the students’ favorite time of the day. “The garden lady is here! The garden lady is here!”

Gardening is fun. Not only do you get to be outside and play in the dirt, you get to grow stuff and eat it, too. And bugs? They’re just another facet of fun. In fact, I had so much fun gardening with kids that I wanted to share our adventures and wrote them all down on my blog. Now, I’ve put them into a book–in the form of a fiction chapter book. Wild Tales & Garden Thrills is my new series about adventure and hands-on knowledge for everything gardening, beginning with Show Me The Green!

Beans, Green and Grades is next, followed by The Muddy Fingers Grden Crew to the Rescue! (releases summer 2017)

But stay-tuned–these books are only the beginning. From here, we’ll cover square-foot gardening, hydroponics/aquaponics, bee keeping, butterflies and so much more!

Additionally, D.S. Venetta writes adult fiction novels and contributes gardening advice for various websites and has been featured on GalTime, Huffington Post, EarthEats (Indiana Public Radio), eHow and IdealHomeGarden among others. She’s also featured as a contributing author in the recently published cookbook, Earth Eats: Real Food Green Living.

Email me: dsvenetta(at)

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  • by Blair Bancroft, Author

    Although Show Me the Green! is clearly a strong “Let’s garden” for country and suburban children, even city dwellers should be inspired by this charming tale of how to grow veggies. With chapter titles like “Slippery Eggs & Seeds,” “Wacky Weeds,” “Shiny Frogs & Flittering Flies,” this is a fun story in itself and an inspiration to children everywhere.


  • by Sharon Grier, Teacher

    Not only were the characters easy to relate to and real, one can learn quite a bit about gardening without feeling like you’re reading a textbook. My students commented that they had felt just like Jason and Lexi a few times, and I shared that I had surely felt like the mom, too. Having read many books, I feel strongly about recommending this book to students as well as teachers. Great, well-written children’s book!


  • by Kirkus

    Venetta’s debut children’s book conveys the thrill of growing one’s own food.

  • by Indie Reader

    A cheerful, welcoming way to plant seeds of interest in gardening for elementary-school aged children, SHOW ME THE GREEN! falls on fertile soil.


  • by Queen Bee Books

    This is a story that kids will be absorbed in without realizing how much they’re learning–about seeds, planting, plant life cycles, bugs, fertilizer… If you’re looking for a chapter book to get kids excited about nature, gardening, and science, this one would fit the bill.