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.
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].
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!!!
BACKYARD GARDENING BASICS:
GARDENING IN THE GROUND:
RAISED BED GARDENING:
BUILDING GOOD SOIL:
FERTILIZERS AND SOIL AMENDMENTS (Inorganic,
AND SOIL AMENDMENTS (Organic):
PLANT & SOIL PESTS:
PLANT & SOIL DISEASES:
GROWING PEPPERS: (A
Hobby I Really Enjoy)
HELPFUL GARDENING BOOKS:
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.
HELPFUL GARDENING WEBSITES
Bonnie Plants: Gardening With A Home Owners Association (website)