Spring is in the air and I have been spending time daily in my garden. My focus has been on vegetable gardening this year so my herb garden is still needing some TLC. I back yard garden on a rental property in the high desert. Because of this gardening can be very challenging. I battle the drought and increased need for water, the need to amend the soil, and the hardest to overcome: the crazy rodents. Bunnies are pretty easy to keep out of the garden but the squirrels are a constant battle. Some may think I’m crazy but even with all the challenges I love gardening, soaking up the vitamin D and working in the garden is great for my health. I thought I would share some helpful links for gardening and gathering during this season.
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Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) by Angela England
I love this part of the description of this book: The authors guide readers through the essentials of planning a small-scale farm from a 1/4 acre all the way up to an acre and beyond. Readers will learn how to decide how large (or small) their farm should be, what they should plant or raise based on their individual wants and needs (and available space), and how they can prevent their efforts from being wasted.”
Karen Stephenson from Edible Wild Food has two books that focus on foraging of wild foods.
Free food From Foraging-From The description: Free Food from Foraging takes the reader into an in-depth look at the food “system” and how to improve on daily nutrition intake by simply looking at the ground they walk on. Once you know what to look for, free food is out there – all you have to do is go get it!
Her other book is a pocket guide called Fields of Nutrition.
This 63 page book contains identifying information and colour photos on 30 popular edible weeds, including nutrient content, health benefits, as well as interesting facts.
For those who want to learn what herbs to plant in your medicine garden the book Growing 101 Herbs That Heal: Gardening Techniques, Recipes, and Remedies gives you instructions on how to grow 101 medicinal herbs, and includes information on making them into healing remedies.
If you are still planting you can plan out your entire garden with this interactive Garden Planner . You can use this garden planner for free for 30 days.
I pray you have enjoyed these links, please share in the comments how your gardening is going this year. Prosperous gardening to all!