Many individuals want to vegetable garden in their own backyard or vacant lot next to their house, but 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 38 years, we
will be the first to admit that we are not horticulturists or professional gardeners, and our knowledge and experience is limited,
but practical. We hope the information listed below meets your needs, and is helpful. Nothing is for sale on this page. Only information
We might start by asking the question, 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 the 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 [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 websites 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 website or video, just click on the blue links provided below!
BACKYARD GARDENING BASICS:
GARDENING IN THE GROUND:
RAISED BED GARDENING:
BUILDING GOOD SOIL:
FERTILIZERS AND SOIL AMENDMENTS (Inorganic, or man-made):
AND SOIL AMENDMENTS (Organic):
PLANT & SOIL PESTS:
PLANT & SOIL DISEASES:
GROWING PEPPERS: (A
Hobby I Really Enjoy)
Freeman, Mark, Gardening In Your Greenhouse, Stackpole Books.
Jeavons, John, How To Grow More Vegetables,
Pezza, Kim, Backyard Farming: Growing Vegetables & Herbs (E-Book), Hatherleigh Press.
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.
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.
HELPFUL GARDENING WEBSITES (General):
HELPFUL GARDENING ORGANIZATIONS:
Plants: Gardening With A Home Owners Association (website)
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.