Gardening is a good form of low-impact exercise, lowers your blood pressure (unless you have a deer problem), is accessible to anyone, and is a great way to get the kids outside.
You can also grow whatever you want (and not be limited to the three kinds of tomatoes that the local big box carries) and grow it how you want, too (no nasty -cides tagging along). Eating locally and seasonally can start right in your backyard!
A Beginner’s Guide to Gardening
- Why Start a Garden?
- What to Grow?
- Where to Grow?
- How to Grow?
- Get Your Garden Ready for Spring Planting
- Learn about Growing Vertically
- The Benefits of Raised Beds
- Several Vegetables that Grow Well in Cold Weather
A Seed Starting Primer
- Seed Starting: What to Grow
- Creating Your Own Seed Starting Mix
- What You Need: Seed Starting Equipment
- The Final Steps: Hardening and Transplanting
- Computer-savvy? Put together a seed-starting calendar
Some Things I’ve Grown
- All-Blue Potato
- Black Cherry Tomato
- Blue Berries Tomato
- Bloody Butcher Corn
- Bowling Red Okra
- Cutting Celery
- Early Wonder Beet
- Fortex and Coco Noir Beans
- Listada de Gandia and Rosa Bianca Eggplant
- Mini Sweet Peppers (originally from Costco)
- Rainbow Carrots
- Some Different Roots (celeriac, salsify, and more)
- Sunchokes (Jerusalme Artichokes)
- Tomato Review, 2011
- Tomato Review, 2011 (pt. 2)
- White Tomesol Tomato