Starting a Garden or Orchard: Plant Selection

You’re almost ready to start gardening. You have designed a water system, assigned tasks, chosen a site, and mapped out a garden you can navigate. All that remains is to buy your seeds and plants. Choosing Plants What do you plan on growing? Fruits? Vegetables? Herbs? Flowers? A little of everything? Write it down onContinue reading “Starting a Garden or Orchard: Plant Selection”

Starting a Garden or Orchard: Location

So just where will you put your garden or orchard? If you live on a small acreage, your choices may be limited in this regard. However, you probably still have some options, so do the best you can with what you’ve got. Here are some things to consider. Sunlight Probably the most important criterion forContinue reading “Starting a Garden or Orchard: Location”

Starting a Garden or Orchard: Water

February is already here, and gardening season is just around the corner! It’s none too early to start planning this year’s garden. For those of you who are starting a garden or orchard for the first time, we are posting a five-part series that will guide you through some of the planning process. Happy gardening!Continue reading “Starting a Garden or Orchard: Water”

All New Square Foot Gardening

So you crave the taste of fresh, homegrown vegetables, but the idea of a huge row garden seems a little daunting, and canning just isn’t your thing, either. How do you enjoy gardening on a small, easy-to-manage scale? All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew may have the solutions you’ve been looking for. SpecificallyContinue reading “All New Square Foot Gardening”

5 Ways to Save Money On Seeds

If we avid gardeners were to be brutally honest with ourselves, we would all probably have to admit that we spend way too much money on seeds.  There are always new and exciting varieties to try, and we want to have some extra seeds on hand just in case, and sometimes we get carried awayContinue reading “5 Ways to Save Money On Seeds”

Super-Small-Scale Farming

How many acres do you own? Ten? Five? Two? None? Good news—you can still farm! Yes, it’s true! Limited acreage cannot prevent you from pursuing a country lifestyle or from raising food either for your own use or to sell to others. With wise stewardship of the land, a couple of acres can yield anContinue reading “Super-Small-Scale Farming”

Free eBook: Home Vegetable Gardening

Don’t you just love old books that are still relevant today? Here’s one for the gardener of the family: Home Vegetable Gardening: A Complete and Practical Guide to the Planting and Care of All Vegetables, Fruits and Berries Worth Growing For Home Use by F. F. Rockwell. This book is about a hundred years old, but isContinue reading “Free eBook: Home Vegetable Gardening”