Gardening Ministry Page
I have been contacted by many individuals who have expressed interest in vegetable gardening in their own backyard or lot next to their house, but they do not know what to do or even how to get started.This page of THE CHRISTIAN HERALD bible study website was developed to assist those individuals interested in backyard vegetable gardening. Although my wife and I have been backyard gardeners of vegetables and flowers for over 32 years, I will be the first to admit that I am not a horticulturist or professional gardener, and my knowledge and experience is limited; but I hope the information listed below meets your needs, and is helpful. For your information, nothing on this page is for sale; only information and encouragement is provided!
What is gardening? Wikipedia Encyclopedia defines gardening as "the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and hers, are grown for consumption, for us as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use. Gardening is considered to be a relaxing activity for many people."
Gardening may also be considered a mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical activity which involves selecting, modifying, developing and tending a piece of land for the purpose of growing plants, flowers, shrubs, or trees for pleasure, productivity, or profit. People garden in the ground, in raised beds, in pots or other types of containers, or sometimes even on a roof. Those interested in supporting nature may garden specifically for butterflies, bees, or birds, or other wildlife.
Backyard gardening is simply the application of gardening knowledge, principles and activities to a usually small and well defined area of your back yard. Whether one gardens for pleasure, productivity, or profit, developing a garden can be one of the most enjoyable, productive, and rewarding activities humans can participate in.  It can be just plain fun [involving some expense, and a bunch of work].
Websites and "youtube videos" are listed below to provide specific information and advice for those interested in backyard gardening, including information about vegetables and flowers. These embitters and videos also provide specific, hands-on advice and demonstrate techniques for developing, maintaining, and enjoying your backyard garden, no matter how small or large.  To view a video or website, just click the underlined blue link.  Happy gardening!!!
How To Grow A Lot Of Food In A Small Garden, 9ez Tips (youtube video) 
How To Start A Vegetable Garden (youtube video)
Planning Your First Vegetable Garden (youtube video)
Starting A Vegetable Garden (youtube video)
Best Way To Enrich Your Garden Soil (youtube video)
How Do I Make Good Gardening Soil? (youtube video)
How To Amend Soil With Organic Materials (youtube video)
How To Break New Ground For A Garden (youtube video)
In Ground Gardening With P. Allen Smith (youtube video)
Start Your First In The Ground Garden (youtube video)
Adding Garden Soil Compost To A Raised Garden Bed (youtube video)
Best Way To Enrich Your Garden Soil (youtube video)
DIY Raised Garden Bed  (youtube video)
How To Build A Raised Garden Bed For Under $15 (youtube video)
How To Build A Raised Vegetable Garden (youtube video)
How To Make A Raised Garden Bed (youtube video)
Basics On Buying Container Mixes (youtube video)
Container Gardening, The Basics (youtube video)
The Basics Of Container Gardening (youtube video)
Building Amazing Fertile Garden Soil Using Free & Local Resources (youtube video)
Building Garden Soil With Free, Local, And Abundant Resources (youtube video)
How To Make Square Foot Gardening Soil Mix (youtube video)
Preparing The Garden Soil With Organic Amendments (youtube video)
Super Soil Recipe (youtube video)
Choosing A Fertilizer For Your Vegetable Garden,  (website)
Fertilizer Basics, Gardener's Supply Company (website)
Steps In Fertilizing Garden Soil, University Of Missouri Extension  (website)
The Basics Of Fertilizing, Bonnie Plants  (Website)
Combining Organic Fertilizers To Make A All Purpose Fertilizer  (youtube video) making the most of small spaces  (website) provides knowledge for successful organic gardening  (website)
Why I Never Fertilize My Vegetable Garden  (youtube video)
Why Organic Fertilizer  (youtube video)
Ever Growing Farm  (website)
Gardening Know How  (website)  (Webster)
National Geographic  (website)
Rodale's Organic Life  (website)  (website)  (website)
Urban Organic Gardener, Starting An Apartment Vegetable Garden  (website)
Clemson Cooperative Extension  (website)
Cornell University  (website)
Gardeners Supply Company  (website)
Gardening Know How  (website)
Garden-Planting-Tips  (website)
National Gardening Association  (website)
Planet Natural  (website)
The Tasteful Garden  (website)
Cornell University, Minimizing Diseases In Vegetable Gardens  (website)
Hobby Farms  (website)  (website)  (website)
Planet Natural  (website)
Rodale's Organic Life  (website)
UGA Extension  (website)
GROWING PEPPERS:  (A Hobby I Really Enjoy)
Balcony Garden Web: Growing Hot Peppers In Containers (website)
Bonnie Plants (website)
Burpee (website) (website)
How To Grow Hot Peppers (youtube video)
Johnny's Selected Seeds (website)
PEPPERHEAD (website)
Pepper Joe's: Growing hotter every day (website)
Rodale's Organic Life (website)The Gardener's Network (website)
The Tasteful Garden (website)
Freeman, Mark, Gardening In Your Greenhouse, Stackpole Books.
Jeavons, John, How To Grow More Vegetables, Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony.
Pezza, Kim, Backyard Farming: Growing Vegetables & Herbs (E-Book), Hatherleigh Press.
Philbrick, John, Philbrick, John H., and Philbrick, Helen Louise Porter,Gardening For Health And Nutrition, Castle Books.
Pleasant, Barbara, Starter Vegetable Gardens, Storey Publishing.
Shelton, Neil, The Everything Backyard Farming Book (E-Book), F&W Media.
Smith, Edward C., The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, Storey Books.
Stone, Curtis,The Urban Farmer, Growing Food For Profit On Leased And Borrowed Land, New Society Publishers.
Better Homes And Gardens (website) gardens for beginners (website)
American Community Gardening Association (website)
American Horticultural Society (website)
Backyard Gardeners Network (website)
Backyard Growers (website)
Bonnie Plants: Gardening With A Home Owners Association (website)
House Method: Community Gardening (website)
INVESTOPEDIA: The True Cost of Growing A Garden (website)
KidsGARDENING (website)
National Garden Clubs (website)
National Gardening Association (website)
Pollinator Partnership (website)
United States Department of Agriculture (website)
Virginia Master Gardener Association (website)
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For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
(Isa 61:11)
And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.  (Amos 9:14)

And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones:
and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
(Isaiah 58:11)
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