You want a garden this year and you want to start now. Today. Maybe tomorrow at the latest. Here’s our list of five resources to read, watch or listen to today to get you started. We’re curating gardening resources for Food For All New Brunswick right now and you’ll find all these resources and more in their Resources section prominently displayed on their home page.
We choose resources based on a few criteria, but super practical and easy to understand are two big ones. The resources below meet those criteria.
Podcast — Maritime Gardening Podcast Episode 3: Getting Started Gardening Greg Auton and Dave Doggett talk about the essentials of gardening. Greg is the gardener and has loads of good advice on how to get started gardening today. They’re Maritimers and you’ll have that familiar feeling while you listen. There are almost 100 podcasts now so there’s lots of listening. There is also a YouTube channel.
YouTube Video — Gardening 101: How to Start a Garden is a video from the YouTube channel SSLFamilyDad. SSL stands for Simple Sustainable Living. The video is a simple 15 minutes of him talking in his backyard in spring in Michigan. There are some cutaway clips of gardening but the value is what he has to say. He jumps right into the topic, which always raises a video up in the ranks for us.
Webpage Article — How to Start a Vegetable Garden Fast (and on a Budget!) by Jessica Walliser from the Savvy Gardening website. Good, step-by-step instructions with attention to all the details, such as how to get the sod off without breaking your back. The site itself is excellent with plenty more information in a well organized format. The three women who run this site are from Nova Scotia, Ontario and Pennsylvania.
YouTube Video —In Emma’s Garden: Kid Tested Theme Gardens for Gardening with Children Emma was ten when she made this video in February of 2016. She loved gardening — probably still does. She talks about a lot of fun things kids can do by starting a garden based on themes like colour, snack-sized vegetables, and uniquely shaped gardens.
Webpage Article — Planting An Edible Garden With Kids is a post for CBC’s Parents section. Julie Van Rosendaal, the author, has some good ideas for getting kids into growing things like seeds from vegetables already in the house.
Bonus item: PDF — And as a bonus here is the Ecology Action Centre’s An Introduction to Gardening: A Twelve Part Workshop Curriculum, if you’re interested in getting your kids involved for the entire growing season. The curriculum was designed for workshops but you could easily adapt them for you and your family at home.