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 is provided!

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!
A Complete Guide To Digging & Planting Your First Vegetable Garden  (YouTube Video)
Dear First Time Gardener, You Can Grow Food / How To Start Gardening  (YouTube Video)
Gardening 101: How To Start A Garden  (YouTube Video)
How To Start A Vegetable Garden / Gardening Tips  (YouTube Video)
Building Structure In Soil / Soil Food Web School  (YouTube Video)
How To Build Great Soil - A Soil Science Masterclass With Dr. Elaine Ingham (Part 1 Of 4)  (YouTube Video) 
The Secret To Building Healthy Soil  (YouTube Video)
5 Tips For Building Perfect Healthy Soil For Free  (YouTube Video)
Buying A Vacant Lot In Detroit For $100 And Transforming It Into A Community Garden  (YouTube Video)
Community Gardens - 10 Steps To Successful Community Gardens (Module 1 Part 1)  (YouTube Video)
Community Gardens Decorate New York City's Urban Landscape  (YouTube Video)
Community Gardens: Different Types  (YouTube Videos)
Community Gardens: Typical Costs  (YouTube Video)
Community Gardens - 10 Steps To Successful Community Gardens (Module 1, Part 1)  (YouTube Video)
Couple Turns Abandoned Lot Into Community Garden  (YouTube Video)
How To Set Up Your Community Garden Plot In 2022  (YouTube Video)
How To Start A Community Garden  (YouTube Video)
The Benefits Of Community Gardens Featuring Amherst Park  (YouTube Video)
The Off-Grid Community Garden In The Middle Of The City! (YouTube Video)
Tour This 1/4 Acre Urban Food Forest & Community Garden : St. Pete EcoVillage (YouTube Video)
Beginner's Guide To Composting  (YouTube Video)
Composting For Beginners / The Dirt  /  Better Homes & Gardens  (YouTube Video)
Composting 101: Stupid-Easy Compost Making In Piles & Bins  (YouTube Videos)
Feeding Worms In An In-Ground Worm Bin  (YouTube Video)
How To Make Compost - The Simplest Easy Method To Compost Piles!  (YouTube Video)
Stop Buying Compost. Perfect Way To Make Your Own Compost At Home  (YouTube Video)
The Art Of Lazy Composting / How To Make High-Quality Compost The Simple Way  (YouTube Video)
What Happens When You Bury Kitchen Scraps In The Garden?  (YouTube Video)
Vermicomposting The Easy Way With In-Bed Worm Composting  (YouTube Video)
5 Minute Compost Bin - Composting For Beginners  (YouTube Video)
Container Gardening For Beginners: 10 Simple Steps  (YouTube Video)
Container Gardening / Growing In 30+ Containers (YouTube Video)
Container Gardening 101  (YouTube Video)
How To Grow Vegetables In Containers / Container Gardening / Self Sufficient Sunday  (YouTube Video)
Fertilization: Why Mixing Organic And Inorganic Fertilizer Is Recommended  (YouTube Video)
Fertilizer Basics, Gardener's Supply Company (Web Site)
Steps In Fertilizing Garden Soil, University Of Missouri Extension  (Web Site)
The Basics Of Fertilizing, Bonnie Plants  (Website)
Is Chemical Fertilizer Bad For Soil? (Soil Microbes And Soil Life) (YouTube Video)
Organic VS. Synthetic (Inorganic Fertilizers - Properties, Advantages, And Disadvantages  (YouTube Video)
Why Organic Fertilizer?  (YouTube Video)
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.
How To Improve Soil And Build An In-Ground Garden Bed  (YouTube Video)
How To Prepare Your Garden Soil For Planting Vegetables In 3 Easy Steps  (YouTube Video)
How To Amend Soil With Organic Materials  (YouTube Video)
Preparing Your Garden: How To Break New Ground For A Garden  (YouTube Video)
Start Your First In The Ground Garden! Easy Design Model  (YouTube Video)
Don't Make These 5 Food Gardening Mistakes!  (YouTube Video)
9 Beginner Gardening Mistakes To Avoid  (YouTube Video)
Backyard Growers (Web Site)
Bonnie Plants: Gardening With A Home Owners Association (Web Site)
KidsGARDENING (Web Site)
GARDENING WEBSITES (General): gardens for beginners (Web Site)
GROWING PEPPERS:  (A Hobby I Really Enjoy)
Burpee (Web Site) (Web Site)
How To Grow Hot Peppers (YouTube Video)
The Kitchen Garden  (YouTube Video)
Cornell University, Minimizing Diseases In Vegetable Gardens (Web Site)
UC Davis Global Soil Health Portal  (Web Site)
Hobby Farms  (Web Site)
Planet Natural  (Web Site)
Clemson Cooperative Extension  (Web Site)
Cornell Cooperative Extension  (Web Site)
Family Handyman (Web Site)
Gardeners Supply Company  (Web Site)
Gardening Know How  (Web Site)
National Gardening Association  (Web Site)
Planet Natural  (Web Site)
Closing The Garden For Winter  (YouTube Video)
How To Amend A Raised Bed Garden  (YouTube Video)
How To Amend Raised Bed Garden Soil For Continued Health  (YouTube Video)
How To Prepare A Raised Garden Bed For Winter / This Old House  (YouTube Video)
How To Prepare Your Garden For Winter, Winterizing A Garden Bed (2020)  (YouTube Video)
How To Winterize A Garden: 10 Steps Before It Snows  (YouTube Video)
Preparing Your Garden (and soil) For Winter  (YouTube Video)
Quick And Easy Way To Amend Last Year's Container Garden Soil: Weed, Dump, Mix, Feed  (YouTube Video)
3 Cheap And Simple Ways To Prep Your Garden For Winter & Spring  (YouTube Video)
Adding Garden Soil Compost To A Raised Garden Bed (YouTube Video)
Beautiful DIY Metal Raised Garden Beds / Complete Guide  (YouTube Video)
Best Way To Enrich Your Garden Soil To Grow Bigger And Better Vegetables (YouTube Video)
Building A Cinderblock Raised Bed And Planting Squash  (YouTube Video)
DIY Garden Build - Finishing The Raised Garden Beds (Part 5 / Bog Life  (YouTube Video)
How To Build A Raised Bed Cheap And Easy, Backyard Gardening  (YouTube Video)
How To Build A Raised Bed Using Pallets, Free Backyard Gardening  (YouTube Video)
How To Build A Raised Garden Bed / This Old House: Live  (YouTube Video)
How To Build A Raised Garden Bed For Under $15  (YouTube Video)
How To Build A Raised Garden Bed Under $80 With Cinder Blocks  (YouTube Video)
How To Build A Raised Garden Bed With Drip Irrigation - Inexpensive & Easy  (YouTube Video)
How To Build A Raised Garden Bed Using Fence Pickets / Really Easy And Cost Effective  (YouTube Video)
How To Build A Raised Bed Using Pallets, Free Backyard Gardening  (YouTube Video)
How To Build A Raised Vegetable Garden / This Old House  (YouTube Video)
How To Build Brick Garden Boxes With Fence Brick  (YouTube Video)
How To Build Durable Raised Beds (Planter Boxes)  (YouTube Video)
VermiBag Ep 23 "Making A Raised Bed Garden With Concrete Blocks"  (YouTube Video)
Raised Bed Gardening - How To Start A Garden With Raised Beds  (YouTube Video)
The Best Raised Bed Garden  (YouTube Video)
Why Raised Beds Are Best  (YouTube Video)
2018 Raised Bed Cinder Block Gardening Perfection (YouTube Video)
Apartment Veggie Garden Tour! Self Sufficiency in 2020  (YouTube Video)
Clever Ways To Grow In Small Spaces: Container Vegetable Gardening For Beginners  (YouTube Video)
Growing A Greener World Episode 1207 - Small Space Gardening  (YouTube Video)
Growing Food In Urban Small Spaces - Urban Gardening  (YouTube Video)
Massively Productive Small-Scale Suburban Vegetable Garden / Backyard Self-Sufficiency On A Budget  (YouTube Video)
How To Grow A Lot Of Food In A Small Garden - 9 EZ Tips  (YouTube Video)
How To Grow Garden Vegetables In Small Spaces  (YouTube)
Small Space Gardening Strategies  (YouTube Video)
Grow Your Own Food / Easy Fast Growing Veggies / Small Space Urban Garden  (YouTube Video)
Growing Food In Urban Small Spaces  (YouTube Video)
Ron Finley: Urban Gangsta Gardener In South Central LA / Game Changers (YouTube Video)
Secrets To A Successful Urban Garden With Little Work  (YouTube Video)
Small Urban Garden Tour  (YouTube Video)
Tour This 1/4 Acre Urban Food Forest & Community Garden: St. Pete EcoVillage (YouTube Video)
Urban Homestead Garden One Year Later (YouTube Video)

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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
(Isaiah 61:11)
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)
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)