Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Your Local Extension Office and Garden Advice

Urban Farming Workshop
     I do not recommend buying too many general gardening or small farming books.  Some are good general knowledge, but they are not specific to your yard without charts and a little math on your fingers!

      Your local Extension Office is a branch of your local Agricultural Department also called a cooperative extension office.  You can find tables for what to plant this month or in six months, native plants and information on watering, saving water and soil testing.  Services may differ by area, but this is a go to site to enhance your knowledge and get you the success you want now and the knowledge that will lead to success when you need it.  

     Some offices will let you send them a photo or email them a question and answer back within a few days.  This is great in diagnosing plant rot before you put a fungicide on an insect infestation.  

      This site will help you find a world of information nearest you!


     This site has links in the upper right corner where you can find a farm near you.  Then you can click on your state and find a 'pick your own' farm.  From there you can click over to find hours of operations and tips like, call first to verify availability.  Picking your own fruit and vegetable crops gives you something to do as a family, the knowledge that you have the best produce not the picked over stuff at the store, a boost to the local farmer and the freshest food for canning.  Often, these farms sell potted plants you can buy for your own garden.  Around me, most of the berry farms also have hives, so they sell honey, too!

hurricane: disaster preparationHolding money     My county Extension Office posts disaster information, plant fairs, conventions, seminars, and even budgeting your money tips.  They have kindly updated the recent decision by our county government regarding front yard food gardens.  Apparently some people consider them eyesores and rules had to be drawn up for everyone.  
Charlie Nardozzi

     Any reputable seed company will post helpful growing tips and other information on their website for you.  This is a good way to learn about your plants before you buy the seed.  The National Gardening Association offers a great site for more information than the seed companies share.  They have tree pruning guides, time tables, a tip of the day and articles on landscape and gardening design.  It reads like a magazine.  It is all printable and savable.

squash plant

Horticulture - The Art & Science of Smart Gardening


Horticulture Magazine - smart gardening ideas, growing tips and garden how-to ...Gardeners On the Go is a FREE online issue of ideas and inspiration for busy 

The very first article at this online magazine, 'hortmag' featured above,  is, what to do when you have too much.  The first suggestion was donating to a food bank, there were five others and worth the quick read.

Doug Green is an award winning
Canadian writer who has been
answering gardening questions using
organic techniques for over 30 years.


This is a great blog site.  Go here, click on 'Courses'.  The courses are over but the information has been left for you to use.  The photos are clear and he writes as if he cares what's growing in your garden.  

If you are a visual learner, get yourself over to Youtube!   Type in Survival Gardening or prepper's garden.  Watch and learn, then go and do!

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