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Links to help you start a food garden
How to Start a Food Garden
Here are links to teach you how to become a gardener.
Plan Your Garden - 19 Illustrated Kitchen Garden layouts from Morning Chores
A website which offers tons of advice on homesteading and self-reliance but also has 19 fully illustrated garden plans and layouts with details on plant placemen. Some designs can be adapted to a front, side or backyard.
Identify Your Hardiness Zone
Folks easily add their zip code and find out their "Plant Hardiness Zone " on the USDA interactive map. Useful information to select the right seeds and plants (perennial or seasonal) for the right local climates and home micro garden climates.
How to Fill a Raised Bed | Gardener Scott
Gardener Scott shows three different methods for filling raised beds inexpensively.
Healthy compost is a foundation to healthy veggies. This page contains a series of user-friendly PDF's detailing the process for creating organic compost at home for indoor and outdoor gardening, from selecting the right compost bin to controlling fruit flies.
Review A Planting Calendar
The National Gardening Association is a non-profit organization with an excellent, easy to understand list of veggies (perennials and seasonal) and their planting times. Plug in a zip code and the list is generated for the closest location to your zip code. The list is divided into when to A) Start seeds indoor 2) Transplant outdoor & 3) Sow directly outdoors. The site has some pop-up ads that crowd the page but can be easily clicked off.
Learn About Vegetable Varieties
Cornell University is located in New York state. It has an interesting and updated list of plant varieties and the type of disease or pest commonly associated with them. This work is done in conjunction with citizen scientists and university staff. The list is straight-forward and exhaustive.
Horticultural Center Illinois State University - Nutraceuticals
An extensive and excellent guide for selecting learning more about the food we eat , how it affects the way we live and what to select for your edible food garden. Based on research, tradition and theory.
How to Grow Tomatoes from Seed to Harvest
Calikim Gardens & Home detailed, step-by-step youtube tutorial for growing tomatoes.
5 Fast Growing Veggies You Can Harvest in Under 1 Month | Epic Gardening
Gardener and author, Kevin Espiritu, reviews several plants from micro greens, to baby greens and greens of baby root crops, that provide quick crops.
The City of Woburn offered a series of simple guidelines to conserve water because it's a limited resource - especially in the summer despite having access to a lake like Horn Pond. However, these guidelines also apply to edible plants and fruiting plants. For example, one tip recommends grouping together plants with similar watering needs.
Growing Potatoes in 5 Gallon buckets Hollis & Nancy's Homestead 1 of 2
A good tutorial for growing potatoes in containers. The gardener goes over a detailed diagram, while providing growing updates over the course of the entire growing cycle. Part 1 of 2.
Growing Potatoes in 5 Gallon buckets Hollis & Nancy's Homestead 2 of 2
A great tutorial for growing potatoes in containers from Hollis & Nancy's Homestead. Hollis goes over a detailed diagram, while providing growing updates over the course of the entire growing cycle. Part one of two.
"Top 10 Cold Hardy Fall & Winter Crops | MIGardener
A succinct video on the "Top 10 Cold Hardy Fall & Winter Crops to Grow In Your Garden + Reasons Why."