My wife and I have been gardening together for a few years now and every season we learn a bit more about it. The small vegetable garden in back under the big oak tree is our guaranteed annual producer of frustration and joy. Being partly shaded, only so many things will grow there well. We have decided this year to give up the peppers altogether, but will continue with tomatoes, zucchini and green beans.
We began gardening before most people had a personal computer, so a few hand me down Jerry Baker pamphlets and a generic gardening book from a garage sale got us started, along with advice given by those with more experience. Today there are so many online resources that it is hard to decide where to start. To that end I have put together a few personal favorites that could be beneficial for both those just getting started and the old green thumbed pros.
Mother Earth News – If you have never visited this HAS to be your first stop. If you have you already know why.
ATTRA.org – Make sure to check out their Soils & Compost and Organic Farming sections for some fantastic advice and downloadable PDF articles.
The Dollar Stretcher has compiled a large index on gardening articles.
Sharing Sustainable Solutions – Start with the collection of articles in their food section and then take some time to explore the rest of the site.
Soil and Health Library – The Agriculture Library section has a large collection of online books on farming, gardening and soil fertility, among other topics.
My Garden Guide – In addition to their plant encyclopedia, tutorials and guides they offer a blog called The Daily Dirt.
If you don’t have the space for a garden look into community gardening.
Do you have a large enough space to produce more than what you can eat, can, freeze or give away? Consider the advice offered by Growing For Market.
Are you are unable to or not interested in gardening but would still like to enjoy fresh organic food? Check out Local Harvest to locate products in your area.
Finally, check your phone book or search online for your local cooperative extension office for additional gardening information and soil analysis.