The garden is a place I go to for peace, to unplug, and to bring some treats to the kitchen for supper. It’s also a free gym and tanning salon. Gardening feels like the best kept secret to happiness, if you ask me. I think the world would be a better, more understanding, merciful place if everyone gardened, even if it’s just a little bed or a few potted plants. Ask any farmer and they will tell you the same thing: gardeners are the most appreciative customers. Not until we plunge our hands into the soil and work with it to yield food do we know the reward and sometimes disappointment that encapsulates the process it takes to bring food to the table.
- Square Foot Gardening has been very helpful when we only had a tiny space to work with.
- The Backyard Homestead is a great book to get you dreaming and is extremely encouraging to see how much food you can grow in the space that you have.
- Easy Garden Projects to Make, Build, & Grow shares 200 do-it-yourself ideas that have many fun weekend project ideas to give your garden a personal touch. I learned about the Three Sisters from this book and it’s something we do each year now.
- Successful Berry Growing is an old book I stole from my parents that has been a fun read and very helpful. We plan to grow berries and kiwi along the garden fence starting this year.
- Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening is a must-have reference.
- Smart Gardener is a free, online garden journal that keeps everything organized for you. You can design your plot, calculate how much of each veggie you need to grow depending on how many people you are feeding, it will have a to-do list for you, and gives many helpful tips. I love this site!
- Back to Eden. Talk about inspiration! You won’t be the same after watching this.
- Zone-by-zone to-do lists from Organic Gardening. A great reference to stay on track.