Cherie Everhart grew up watching her dad garden and eventually started gardening herself. She earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina, and her career was in corporate research and development for several major corporations. She is now retired from corporate research, but continues to garden. Prior to this book, her writing experience has been technical in nature -- including a thesis, technical reports, journal articles, and patents. She currently lives and gardens in Alpharetta, Georgia. Her garden is currently about 2,500 square feet, including a variety of berries and vegetables.