Resources for Planning Your Garden

As soon as we get a few nice, sunny days here in wintry, cold Michigan, I start dreaming about my garden.

I spent last weekend with some girlfriends from church up at our family’s cottage. It was so fun to hang out and enjoy time with friends who are “into” the same things I am. Not only did we eat like queens (a few recipes and pics to follow in a future post), but we are all so nerdy that instead of going shopping or watching movies, we spent time reading books about gardening, meal planning and working on our garden plans.

I started making a list of what I’d like to plant for this summer: such things as green/yellow beans, onions, tomatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, various lettuces, beets, radishes, green onions, sugar peas, potatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, etc.

I also have a section of our side garden that has flowers and some of my herbs like chives, thyme, parsley and rosemary. In some pots on my back porch I will probably do cilantro again, since it was my first successful cilantro planting experience.

I also love to pick one thing each year to try that is new to my garden. I’m still deciding on what that might be….any suggestions?!

I thought I’d share a few resources I am using for my garden this year in case you need some help getting started (or just improving your garden this year!)

1) Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance

One of my friends, Trisha, had this AWESOME book that she was going through. I quickly realized that I NEED TO HAVE THIS!!! It’s designed for anyone from those who live in an urban setting on 1/4 acre to those who are homesteaders on several acres. So cool…..I know, you are probably laughing at me being excited about a book on Self Reliance….check it out and you’ll catch the fever, too!

Here are highlights from the books’ chapters:

Part 1: Your place in the Country (outdoor spaces, your water supply, polumping, heating, electricity, basic home improvements, etc)

Part 2: Your Garden, Yard & Orchard (the vegetable, herb, flower gardens, improving your soild, garden pests and diseases, birds/butterflies, lawn care, berries/fruits, green houses, sheds, etc)

Part 3: Country Cooking & Stocking Up (classic country recipes, diary, meat/fish/game, preserving the harvest, the country pantry)

Part 4: Your Barn, Stable & Fields (farm/ranch animals – such as chickens, goats, cows, barns/fences, country pets, small-scale farming, tools/techniques).

SO MUCH GREAT STUFF IN HERE! For example, under the herb section, it explains how to plant different herb gardens for “Cold & Flu” remedies, First-Aid, Teas, etc. There are also sections on different types of composting and even successful crop rotation practices for your garden. I am SOOOO excited to dive into this book and learn more about these topics.


2) Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening

This book explains what plants like to be near each other. It also shares which ones are beneficial to others – all helping you to control potential garden pests and nourish the soil!

This one has been on my shelf for a while but I will be referring to it this spring as I plan exactly where in my garden I will be planting each thing!

 

3) Garden Supplies and Seeds

Did you know that Amazon has a great resource for garden supplies and seeds for your organic garden? They have EXCELLENT options if this is your first garden or if you don’t know what to start with. They have seed packages for seasons AND you can buy individual organic & heirloom seeds individually based on what you’d like.

The next things to work on are planting my seeds inside and preparing for our chickens.

Now, I just need to wait for the last of the snow to melt……

 

How about you? What are you planting in your garden this year? 

 

This is shared at: Thank Goodness It’s Monday , Fat Tuesday, Family Table Tuesday, Anti-Procrastination Tuesday, Hearth & Soul Hop, Wednesday Fresh Foods, Real Food Wednesday, Party Wave Wednesday, Small Footprint Friday

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