How to Create Beauty in the Vegetable Garden
My vegetable garden usually has the shabby chic look (or maybe just shabby), but I’ve found that lettuces planted in pots or window boxes can be very attractive, especially those with rose-tipped, ruffly foliage. But a couple of the gardens I visited last summer took vegetable gardening beauty well beyond that.
Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables
Explains how to choose vegetable and fruit varieties that will store best, individual requirements for nearly 100 home garden crops, how to use root cellars in the country, in the city, and in any environment, how to build root cellars, indoors and out, big and small, plain and fancy, and gives case histories.
Small-Scale Homesteading: A Sustainable Guide to Gardening, Keeping Chickens, Maple Sugaring, Preserving the Harvest, and More
With over thirty-five years of combined experience, homesteaders Stephanie Thurow and Michelle Bruhn have taught thousands of people across the globe how to garden, preserve food, tend backyard chickens, cook from scratch, and care for their families with natural homemade alternatives. Now, their homesteading knowledge and instruction can be found in one place with Small-Scale Homesteading.
Three Books for Beginning Veg Gardeners in the North
A few years ago (gosh, it was 10!), I did a list of best books for beginning gardeners, with a focus on vegetable gardening. Those books are still good options, but several more recent books are really worth adding to your collection. And, any of them would make a wonderful gift for a young gardener just starting out.
Freeze Fresh: The Ultimate Guide to Preserving 55 Fruits and Vegetables for Maximum Flavor and Versatility
Capturing the peak flavor of freshly harvested produce and preserving it for year-round eating is easier than ever with Freeze Fresh, the ultimate guide to freezing and enjoying more than 55 popular fruits and vegetables. Author Crystal Schmidt shares her time-tested preparation techniques that ensure color, texture, and flavor are retained in the freezer.
Indoor Kitchen Gardening
Minnesotan Elizabeth Millard has the right attitude. In the book’s introduction, Millard co-owner of Bossy Acres, a vegetable farm now operating in Bruno, MN., says that growing food indoors is “about creating a sense of play and nourishment.” She promises that the book will deliver “easy growing practices so indoor kitchen gardening feels more like a fun journey than a daunting task.”
Amy Andrychowicz walks gardeners through the basics of why to grow up rather than out and which plants do best in elevated planters and on trellises and other growing apparatuses. She discusses the best materials for different types of structures and how to maintain plants, such as beans, indeterminate tomatoes, heavy squashes and peas.
Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden
Karen Newcomb packs a lot into 217 pages on growing ornamental edibles in keeping with her philosophy of packing a lot into small gardens. She includes options for planning, prepping and planting a garden, be it a container up to a 10-foot-by-10-foot bed, and offers 11 sample postage stamp garden layouts.
What You Plant Matters
Deep Roots KC is a Kansas based organization dedicated to encouraging the appreciation, conservation, and use of native plants in the heartland through educating, collaborating, and facilitating the planting of regenerative native landscapes that are essential for a healthy planet.
PLANTING FOR POLLINATORS
Rain Gardens: Solving Drainage and Water Quality Issues
solution to solving drainage issues on
properties and water quality issues
state-wide. Learn more about the benefits and considerations for starting your own rain garden in this resource from Minnehaha Landscaping!
TOUGH GROWING LOCATIONS
HARVESTING & PRESERVING
When to Harvest Vegetables and Fruit for Best Flavor
When are vegetables and fruit at the peak of flavor? See our Harvest Guide to know when produce is ready to harvest. It’s all about recognizing the signs that tell you when your crops are ripe. We’ll cover when to harvest potatoes, zucchini and squash, garlic, onions, corn, and more!
PLANTING & CARE
SOWING & SAVING SEEDS
GARDEN CLUBS AND PLANT SOCIETIES
More coming soon!
More coming soon!
Food Safety for School Gardens manual
Food safety is an important part of a sustainable, well-run garden, and supports the use of fresh, healthful garden-grown produce within the cafeteria, classroom and the community. Download this handy pdf on on planning and managing a garden with a focus on food safety!
Minneapolis Public Schools - School Gardens
Starting a school garden has endless benefits - from providing hands-on learning activities, to increasing food literacy, to growing fresh food for your lunchroom. Explore these resources, links, and guides in order to learn about the steps to garden with your school.