"We grow FOOD, FLOWERS, and FAITH!" - JMS

Every month Jerald Simon holds a four week Beginning Gardening Course for Children, Teens, and Adults. We will start a new four week course on the first Monday of each month (this will be an on going course that is taught throughout the year). There is a course for children, and also one for teens and adults. This course is taught on location in St. George, UT (USA) at Jerald's home. 

This is an in person course and is NOT an online course (yet). We will soon be sharing video tutorials on our YouTube channel and Instagram Page. Currently, this course is being taught during the day which is ideal for homeschoolers and can be great for traditional students during the summer months).

Participants attend a one hour long gardening class/course at Jerald Simon's home to learn the basics of starting and growing a garden. Class participants tour Jerald's garden, learn the basics about plant varieties, companion planting, plant propagation, saving seeds, and even the importance of creating fruit tree guilds.

There are two separate groups who can attend this four week long course as outlined below (each group meets at a different time on each Monday):

Watch the video to learn more...

Here is the outline for the Beginning Gardening Course for Children, and Teens and Adults each month.

Days and Times for the Beginning Gardening Course

Here is the schedule for the course...

1. BEGINNING GARDENING Class for CHILDREN (ages 6 - 12) - Mondays from 9 - 10 AM
​2. BEGINNING GARDENING Class for TEENS and ADULTS (ages 13 and up) - Mondays from 10:30 - 11:30 AM 

Learn Life Lessons from the Garden!

The Beginning Gardening Course is a one time payment of $40.95 for the entire 4 week in person course for each individual participant. If you would like to register your entire family, you can add on the Beginning Gardening Course Family package for an additional one time payment of $40.95 when checking out. This will allow you to have the entire family attend the 4 week course (the total would then be $81.90 for the entire family to attend). After signing up for the course, please email Jerald and let him know whether you or your family will be attending the course for children, or teens and adults (if you have the family package, you can attend both courses if you'd like). 


Positive Planting includes motivational messages...

When Jerald is not gardening, planting, saving seeds, or surveying the property (as he likes to call it), he is a motivational speaker/performer, composer, and author. Jerald Simon has published 42 music books, 15 albums, 4 motivational/self help books, and 2 motivational poetry books (and continually releases new books and albums). He also continues to teach a few piano lessons three days a week because he loves teaching piano students music theory, improvisation, and composition. He refers to these as Theory Therapy™, Innovative Improvisation™, and Creative Composition™. Jerald loves helping piano students learn, what he refers to, as: The Practical Application of Music Theory™. His music company is Music Motivation® (https://www.musicmotivation.com/) and was created and set up as a record label and a publishing company.


" My purpose and mission in life is to motivate myself and others through my music and writing, to help others find their purpose and mission in life, and to teach values that encourage everyone everywhere to do and be their best. "

- Jerald Simon

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Jerald Simon became a Master Gardener in 2014 and then continued on and went through the Docent Master Gardener program (an additional 4 year program). He completed the master gardener program through the Utah State University Master Gardener program in Davis County, Utah through the Davis County Extension Office. You can learn more about the Master Gardener program in Washington County, UT (for those who live in St. George, Cedar City, Washington, Hurricane, Ivins, Santa Clara, La Verkin, Leeds, and surrounding cities) at this link: https://extension.usu.edu/washington/gardening/

All photography on this page was taken by Jerald Simon and all of the plants, flowers, trees, herbs, fruits, and vegetables shown on this page were planted by Jerald in his garden or around his home property. All of the flowers were planted by seed. Jerald helps course participants learn how to save seeds, take cuttings, and propagate plants of their own. Course participants will even be able to receive complimentary seeds from Jerald and, at times, take small seedling plants or cuttings to grow new plants of their own. It's an additional perk of joining the course!

Positive Planting (positiveplanting.com) is a gardening company created by Jerald Simon that focuses on growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, trees, shrubs, flowers, and helping various organizations and individuals in the community. We also teach beginning gardening courses that help people learn how to garden and plant and grow food and flowers of their own. This is done through in person and online courses, videos, and information products. We teach how to save seeds for the coming years, propagate plants, and create fruit tree guilds while conserving resources and watering less. The company slogan is: "Sustainable is Obtainable!" It is our hope that everyone will have an increase in their own personal faith in God, in humanity, and ultimately in themselves through the miracle of planting.  

An Additional Bonus for signing up for the course...

Everyone who signs up for the Beginning Gardening Course will automatically receive Jerald's 4 PDF Book Set (Poetry that Motivates) for FREE when signing up for the Beginning Gardening Course.

The PDF series is usually an additional one time payment of $9.95 (which still is an unbelievable deal for four PDF books), but you will receive each of the following PDF books he has written as a FREE bonus, just for signing up for the course:

1. Poetry that Motivates, 2. The 'As If' Principle (motivational poetry), 3. Perceptions, Parables, and Pointers, and 4. Who Are You? (Your Personal Success Goal Book)

You can learn more about Jerald's 4 PDF Book Set included with the Beginning Gardening Course below to see the additional benefits of joining the Positive Planting Beginning Gardening Course.

If you would like to add on the paperback set of the series to have your own personal physical copy of each book, you may do so for an additional $49.95 add on. The course is a one time payment of $40.95 (for individuals - but you can also add on the Beginning Gardening Course Family package for an additional $40.95 when checking out to include the entire family).

Learn more about POETRY THAT MOTIVATES...

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4 PDF Book Set

Poetry that Motivates

by Jerald Simon

These poems will inspire and motivate you to be and do your best! I hope you enjoy reading these motivational poems and inspirational books I have written.

- Jerald Simon

You receive the PDF versions of my (Jerald Simon's) Poetry books, "The 'As If' Principle" (motivational poetry), and "Poetry that Motivates," in one PDF bundle! I will also include my PDF books, "Perceptions, Parables, and Pointers," and "Who Are You? - Your Personal Success Goal Book" all for FREE.

You will receive all four of these books as PDF downloads and all of the PDF books will automatically be sent to your email for FREE when you purchase this course. These motivational and inspirational books are perfect for anyone who enjoys self help books, personal development, and wants or needs more peace and positivity in their lives.

If you have a blog or if you know family or friends who have a blog, a vlog, a website, or a following on social media, please help us spread the word about this poetry book set. I would love to be a guest on your podcast or be interviewed for your social media page(s). Please share the announcement of this poetry book bundle with your family and friends. Thanks for your help!

I Believe in You by Jerald Simon

One of the motivational poems from the book "The 'As If' Principle" (motivational poetry)

Why We NEED Motivation

In poetry, parables, stories, and life.

Poetry that Motivates by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation (musicmotivation.com)

Poetry that Motivates

Poetry is wonderful. It’s inspirational and motivational - at least it should be. Every poem from this book was penned to hopefully inspire or motivate those who may need a poetic pick-me-up to help them on their way.

Poetry that Motivates features 153 original motivational poems written by Jerald Simon. The various themes of the poems from this book include: hope, happiness, belief, faith, strength, optimism, positivity, nobility, might, experience, improvement, preparedness, perspective, nobility, capability, responsibility, potential, self- improvement, selflessness, restraint, perseverance, humility, courage, virtue, faith, leadership, mentorship, integrity, patience, truth, honesty, creativity, success, accomplishment, overcoming, dreaming, achieving, and so much more.

It is my hope that these motivational poems may encourage someone who needs encouragement. I hope these poems may instill hope to those who feel hopeless, increase faith in those individuals who are faithless, strengthen the weak, and give everyone a greater outlook and perspective on life. We see what we want to see. We believe what we want to believe. As a natural outcome of these beliefs, we experience what we have told ourselves we would experience, and that can limit us if our understanding and thinking is in any way restricting or belittling. The more positive we can be in speaking to ourselves and others, the more positive our overall experiences in life will be. We can make the most of any situation - good or bad. It is my hope that we will look for the good and find it! - Jerald Simon

Here are two poems from the book, Poetry that Motivates...

Befriend the Failure you Fear
by Jerald Simon

Do not fear failure.
Befriend the failure you fear.
    Failure can become a dear friend if you let it.
    But most fear failure, and eventually regret it.

Failure is not a folly fool,
to be avoided, and dreaded, and cursed.
    It is a gift we have been given so we might improve
    the performance we’ve daily rehearsed.

Each step backwards is a friendly failure,
    not a foe to be beaten and bruised.
For with each failure we learn something new,
    though most feel discarded and used.

Do not let failure frighten you,
    face it with faith and might.
Encourage it, and learn from it,
    for each failure can bring you new light.

Feast Upon the Words “I Can”
by Jerald Simon

Be weary of the words “I won’t,
”Be cautious of the words “I can’t,”
    Carefully choose the words you use,
    the dos you do and the don’ts you don’t.

Think about what you tell yourself -
    what you harbor as fear, guilt, or remorse.
For the words you tell your heart are real
    and can alter, at once, your entire life’s course.

The words "I can’t" and the words "I won’t"
instill in one’s self a firm belief.
They dictate what you do
and they become who you’ll be.
“I can’t,” and “I won’t,”
is what despair wants you to believe.

Focus on the words “I will.”
Feast upon the words “I can.”
    Believe in yourself and then create your plan.
Now follow it. through
   and become a noble man.

The "As If" Principle

The "As If" Principle (motivational poetry) by Jerald Simon features 222 original motivational poems written by Simon to inspire and motivate men, women, businesses, organizations, leaders, mentors, advisers, teachers, and students. The poems were written to teach values and encourage everyone everywhere to do and be their best.

The poems were written over a 20 year period and contain motivational advice about never giving up. It’s about doing what it takes, believing in yourself and your own abilities and believing in others.

The poems focus on such topics as: Honor, courage, success, strength, will power, leadership, possibilities, confidence, goal setting, optimism, rising above mediocrity, character, never doubting ourselves, being productive, learning from adversity, doing what it takes, being happy, seeing the good in others, forgiving, seeing our own potential and the potential in others, learning life’s lessons, righting wrongs, becoming a self starter, learning to control our thoughts, words, and deeds, and many more.

The 'As If' Principle (motivational poetry) by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation (musicmotivation.com)

Here are two poems from the book, The "As If" Principle...

The Courage to Continue
by Jerald Simon

When others tell you, you can't,
    when everyone says that you won't,
don't listen to them, they're the worst of men,
    continue and do what they don't.

The courage to continue,
    when others retreat and give up,
is a courage to always hold on to,
    to live life and never let up.

Everyone will tell you what you haven't done,
    people often give up right away.
They prefer to quit and often say,
    nothing good ever comes their way.

But if you have courage and do your best,
    and if you continue each day,
you'll live your life and be content,
    and won't listen to what others will say!

Fortress of Faith
by Jerald Simon

A fortress of faith is built by time
    as months and years go by.
The seedlings sprout, hope's blossoms bloom,
    and the fortress extends to the sky.

Our fortress of faith is our fortitude,
    we are strengthened as each day goes by.
But our faith is often tested,
    and often we wonder why.

When our health fails or we lose a job,
    and our faith and patience is tried,
our fortress of faith keeps us fortified,
    it is what keeps us going inside.


What others are saying about these Books

"These poems are a gift. They uplift, inspire and also contain deep meaning. They are insightful. It is absolutely amazing that there are so many poems, each containing such depth. I have been uplifted by reading these and recommend them to all. Thank you for writing these and sharing them!"

Amazon Customer

"This book has such a beautiful compilation of heart felt thoughts and feelings, written in a flowing poetic format. It is written in such a positive "can do" way, it inspires me to smile, hold my head up high and take courage in a negative world. I really enjoyed it, I would recommend it to anyone looking for an uplifting positive read, young and old. Nicely done!"

Joy Flitton

2 more FREE PDF Books

When you sign up for the Beginning Gardening Course TODAY!

Perceptions, Parables, and Pointers by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation (musicmotivation.com)


Perceptions, Parables, and Pointers

What do you really want to do with your time? What is your mission in life? Where have you been, and where would you like to go? What are your dreams, your hopes, your wishes? If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?

The main goal in writing down these perceptions, parables, and pointers, and in creating this book in general, is to present ideas that will help get people thinking, imagining, planning, creating, and actively participating in life.

Who Are You? Your Personal Success Goal Book by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation (musicmotivation.com)


Who Are You?

Who are you? Do you know? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? How well do you really know yourself? What are your limitations? Do you have any? Do you feel you have too many? What are your goals, dreams, hopes, fears, and personal outlook on life? Have you ever taken the opportunity to sit down with yourself and have a “heart to heart” conversation about your true potential? What do you think you can accomplish in your life? What would you like to do, be, and become? What would you like to learn? Where are you currently, at this minute, with your goals, dreams, ambitions, talents, knowledge, and individual areas of expertise? What is your “dream destination?” How are you going to get there and what will it take for you to do everything you want to do and be everything you need to be?

This book is your personal success goal book for the year to help you discover who you are and who you can become.

Poetry that Motivates by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation (musicmotivation.com)
The 'As If' Principle (motivational poetry) by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation (musicmotivation.com)
Perceptions, Parables, and Pointers by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation (musicmotivation.com)
Who Are You? Your Personal Success Goal Book by Jerald Simon - published by Music Motivation (musicmotivation.com)
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You'll enjoy Reading Poetry...

That Motivates You! - Be Inspired to be better.

After you read this PDF series, I'd love to receive a testimonial from you about the books that we can share on our website. I'd love your help in spreading the word about my inspirational and motivational poetry books and other books I have written. Thank you for helping me spread the word to everyone!

It's wonderful to have a physical copy of the book as well. If you know any family and friends who would enjoy my books, please let them know about it. Feel free to share this page with others!

Additional FREE Bonus PDF book when you buy today!

Everyone who purchases the Beginning Gardening Course PDF bundle set today and orders the paperback copies will also receive this additional FREE PDF book as well. Cool Songs for Cool Kids (book 1) features 21 original fun piano solos I have composed from my COOL SONGS Series.

This is Book 1 from the COOL SONGS Series by Jerald Simon - These are all of the music books from the series...

FREE PDF Book #5

Cool Songs for Cool Kids (book 1)

Cool Songs for Cool Kids (book 1) features 21 fun and Cool sounding piano pieces composed specifically for teenage piano students – especially teenage boys. Each of these Cool Songs were composed by Jerald Simon during actual piano lessons with many of his own teenage piano students to help motivate and inspire them to learn music theory the fun way – through original Cool Songs. This is a single use license.

1. Five, Four, Three, Two, One…BLAST OFF!
2. Play ground Pro
3. Beat-cha to it
4. Checkmate
5. Five for Five
6. Deep Sea Diving
7. Game Over
8. Locker Jam
9. Rock ‘n Rag
10. Rocket Man
11. Junkyard Jive
12. Lefty
13. Championship Game
14. On Your Mark…Get Set…
15. Spy Games
16. Proximity
17. Battle Front
18. Homework Hang-Over
19. Thunderstorm
20. Bittersweet
​21. New Age-Ish

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