As we alternate between boredom and anxiety during our current crisis, gardening is a great way to spend time outside (while social distancing), get some exercise, and eat local food that YOU have grown. There is nothing like the taste of fresh basil, a juicy strawberry or the bite of a crunchy Manitoba cucumber in the middle of summer. We can also enjoy the harvest in the middle of winter with canned or frozen food, direct from your garden. Yum!
Vegetable Gardening Calendar
Start planning your garden; Purchase seeds as needed
Start seeds indoors for crops requiring a longer growing season
Prepare Garden; Plant seeds and seedlings according to instructions on seed packages
Water as needed; Thin plants as needed; Replant/successive plant as planned; Stake plants that need it; Examine plants for disease or insect problem; Enjoy the food in the kitchen
Enjoy, store and preserve harvest; Clean the garden; Prepare garden for next year; Plant any crop you want to over-winter
Huw's Grow Food for Free has the inspiration and practical advice you need to start, grow, love, propagate and harvest your own fruit and veg organically and at zero-cost. This is real sustainability! (Also in Print collection)
If you buy only one herb gardening book, this should be it. Creasy takes you from seeds to stove top, from preparing the soil to elegant dining suggestions, with easy-to-follow instructions and inspirational ideas every step of the way.
This hardworking and enthusiastic guide will help you take advantage of the space you have—whether it's a balcony, a patio, a plot in a community garden, or even a small yard—to create the food garden of your dreams. (Also in Print collection)
Food to Grow includes a detailed A–Z index of over fifty of Canada's most popular home crops. Whether you have space for a few pots or a back forty, Frankie Flowers will help you make your dream of home-grown treats a fun and tasty reality. (Also in Print collection)
Square Foot Gardening with Kids offers you the proven methods Mel has developed himself to entertain and amaze the kid in all of us. And, in the process, many valuable life lessons can be learned—such as the importance of following instructions and doing your chores, basic skills like counting and water conservation, and learning to appreciate the nature of food and why it is important to respect it. (Also in Print collection)
Bring mushrooms into your life as you dive into the practice of home-scale mushroom cultivation. Beautiful full-color photos and step-by-step instructions accompany a foundation of mushroom biology and ecology to support a holistic understanding of the practice.
You haven't truly experienced flavor until you've eaten fruit fresh out of hand in your own garden. You want perfectly crisp apples? Sweet, juicy pears? Or how about varieties that can never be found in the store? For more than 40 years, Orin Martin has taught thousands of students, apprentices, and home gardeners the art and craft of growing fruit trees organically.
Starting plants from a seed grants earlier harvests, greater variety, healthier seedlings, lower costs, and the undeniable sense of satisfaction and reward. The robust encyclopedia section lists more than 200 plants--including vegetables and fruits, garden flowers, wildflowers, herbs, trees, and shrubs--with details on how to start each from seed.