Beating Food Challenges: Growing Veggies, Herbs, and Fruit
Almost anyone anywhere can grow some vegetables, herbs, and fruit.
This is a great place to start on a quest to provide more for yourself and rely less on outside sources of food.
It’s still possible to plant some cold season veggies in many areas–see our fall and winter veggie gardening info sheet for suggestions. Fall is definitely a good time to prepare a garden plot for next year. And winter can be the perfect season to study, learn, and order seeds in preparation for spring planting.
Why is it so important to raise our own food? Aside from shortages and high prices, there are other reasons it’s crucial that we take control over what we eat. We’ve talked about GMO foods before, and at the time of this posting, a must-see movie is available for free viewing. You won’t want to miss Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives.
Now, on to some resources to help with your gardening projects:
The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour
Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman
All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
THS Learning to Garden Part 1
THS Learning to Garden Part 2
THS Grow More With Companion Planting
Gardening and Plant Propagation Forum
Sites, soils, amendments
THS Natural Nutrients for Plants
THS How to Properly Mulch a Garden
The Difference Between Open Pollinated, Heirloom, and Hybrid Seeds from Seed Savers Exchange
THS Learning How to Grow From Seeds
THS DIY Heat Mat for Seed Starting
THS DIY Grow Rack for Seed Starting
Creating a Personal Seed Bank from Rural Spin
Saving Seeds by Jackie Clay
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward C. Smith
The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible by Edward C. Smith
THS Learning to Garden: Growing Vegetables
Homegrown Herbs by Tammi Hartung
THS Learning to Garden: Growing Herbs
Propagating Herbs from Homestead Revival and friends
The Fruit Gardener’s Bible by Lewis Hill & Leonard Perry
THS Learning to Garden: Growing Fruit
Alternative gardening concepts
Self Watering Containers from Preparing Your Family
Key to the Rural Living Today Network blog posts listed above:
RLT = Rural Living Today (our main website and blog: encouragement for the urban/suburban to rural transition)
Previous posts in this series
In the coming weeks, we’ll be talking more specifically about each of our ten topics: growing vegetables, herbs, and fruit; raising meat, eggs, and dairy; local food sources and buying freezer meat; food storage; food preservation; sprouting; foraging; bartering; and learning more and more to help along the way.
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