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Tres Crady, Customer service

Tres Crady

Title: Expert Customer Service Rep

When I started at Gardener's Supply: 2003

My gardening style: I am a raised-bed gardener with nine raised beds in my yard.

I have been gardening for more than 20 years, starting as a kid. We had a big veggie garden with everything from corn to beans. Back then, I hated to weed; now I find it relaxing.

More about my garden in the blog post, Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Vegetables or flowers?: I grow both veggies and flowers. I love to grow all kinds of hot peppers and experiment with making hot pepper jelly using unusual peppers. I love morning glories of all kinds.

Best gardening tip I ever got: Cover crops are your friend. Use them whenever possible.

What do you like about working at Gardener's Supply? Gardening is hopeful. I like that. We are a great group of people trying to do something good in the world.

I also like the fact that the company is 100 percent employee-owned. I am proud to be chair of the ESOP (employee stock ownership program) committee.

Favorite free-time activities: Knitting, cooking with the veggies I grow in my garden.

What people probably don’t know about me: I am very handy and put down hardwood floor in my kitchen and tiled my bathroom. If something needs to be fixed at my house, I am the one to do it.