Gardening is one of those subjects where there’s no lack of information and advice. I understand gardening and homesteading books are really hot sellers at bookstores this year. A lot of people are apparently thinking of survival as they’ve never thought before. For example, the swine flu outbreak makes us more aware of the possibility of disruption to availability of food through normal channels. It also reminds us of the importance of wholesome, healthful food. You can read all you want about gardening–and you should—but there’s nothing like doing it.
If you’re still sitting on the fence, so to speak, about whether you should take up gardening, it’s time to get started. It’s not too late to plant crops, such as beans, corn, squash or watermelon. You can plant tomato plants from a local nursery, too. However, time’s slipping away quickly.
Jackie Clay can help if you need to know some basics. She’s gardened for many years in several places around the country. The article excerpt below is from the May/June 2009 “Backwoods Home Magazine,” and will answer several questions about composting, mulching, raised beds, what to plant for your area, and more.
Jackie's garden primer
By Jackie Clay
Is it complicated? You know: mulch, compost, pH, organic, chemicals, biologic insect controls? No. It isn't a bit complicated. As you progress, you may want to expand your gardening skills for an even more productive garden. But gardening definitely is not complicated.
Well, isn't it expensive then? Again, no. Like anything else, you can spend a lot of money gardening. But you don't have to. In the old days, folks grew tons of food by saving their own seed from year to year, trading seeds with neighbors, and occasionally buying a few packets of seed to grow other crops they didn't have seed for. In fact, by growing even a modest home garden, you can save up to one third of your grocery bill each week all summer and fall, and even more if you home can your extra vegetables.
Read the whole article here: www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/clay117.html
Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine. www.backwoodshome.com 1-800-835-2418
By the way, you can read more from Jackie Clay on her “Ask Jackie” blog, linked on this blog’s sidebar.
If you’re limited on space and want practical info from another gardening pro, get Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening. On the other hand, if you’ve got lots of room, you can get tips from his book on how to use your space more efficiently. Order your copy by clicking on the picture of the book below. That takes you to the Amazon.com page featuring the book.
Now, Get started on that survival garden!
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