Vegetable Gardening in Cold Climates: How-To Practical Tips for Organic Vegetable Gardening

How-To Practical Tips for Organic Vegetable Gardening

    • Two Vegetable Gardening Tips You Need
    • Seven Rules of Thumb
    • Zone Maps and What They Mean For Vegetable Gardening in Canada
    • The Weekend Planting Rule of Thumb
    • The Old Farmer Rule of Planting
    • Soils and Compost (Modern Research)
    • The Hard Way And The Easy Way To Improve Soil
    • Mulches and Getting Rid of Myths
    • How Much Water Does A Vegetable Garden Need?
    • Seven Suggestions For Container Vegetable Gardening
    • Problems We See in the North: From Animals to Insects
    • Rules of Thumb For Identifying What’s Eating Your Vegetables
    • Organic Insect Control
    • Getting More In Less Space
    • Vegetable Gardening In The Shade
    • Feeding The Vegetable Garden
    • Planting Rules
    • Root Patterns and Spacing
    • Cool Temperature Planting and Harvesting
    • Crop Rotation
    • Plant Thinning
    • How To Grow 37 Vegetables

Community Review

  • This e-book has all the basics and more for backyard vegetable gardening in the North. Doug talks about how to amend your soil for optimal growing and how to control weeds organically. There is a lot of good information on compost and how it helps your soil.

    He explains how to determine when to plant for optimum harvest times, how much and when to water your garden, and also how to succeed at container gardening. There is a good section on organic pest and animal control and chapters to help you plan and space your plantings. Doug goes through many, many types of vegetables, one by one, explaining when, where, and how to plant each one. He also adds care and maintenance of each vegatable and any additional information that each may require.

    Overall this is a great little gardening book with all of the basics you will need to be a successful gardener. I have a lot of gardening books, but, I can see myself going back to this reference more frequently due to its straightforward and succinctly organized format.

    And, as always, Doug’s two most important rules of gardening are: It’s supposed to be FUN and it isn’t rocket science!

  • An interesting and in-depth look at the subject, which includes information on many lesser seen topics, such as the pros and cons of tilling, use of double digging, and handling wood chip products in the garden.
  • It’s refreshing to have someone not only acknowledge the realities of northern gardening, but also guides you on how to deal with them. A must-have for every gardener who lives in a short-season climate.
  • One of the benefits (if you can call it that) of chemically-enhanced produce is that it grows bigger, faster and cheaper than organic produce. But the risk factor involved is just too much for some people to live with, and thus they attempt to grow their own produce organically. If you fit this bill, check out these gardening tips.When you buy seeds for your garden, be sure to purchase seeds that are labeled “certified organic.” This ensures that your plants will be organic throughout their lifespan and that the seeds you are buying aren’t contaminated with chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Watch out for labels, such as “genetically engineered” or any mention of “natural” that does not include the phrase “certified organic.”While Mother Nature will eventually do the work needed to create compost from a backyard pile, even if it is not actively tended, you can give her a helping hand by adding compost starter to the mix. Compost starters, available from the garden centers, add microorganisms to the soil that help speed up the decay process.Utilize frost covers for your plants when it gets cold. Frost may cause tiny ice crystals to form in your plant and shred the natural, soft flesh of the plant. Milk jug containers and other plastics can help assist you in making a closed environment around your plant. Ideally you want to protect your plant from being exposed to the cold outside air.When growing your own organic plants, you should move your seedlings away from any air vents or radiators immediately upon germination. This is because your seedlings do not need to be really warm like germinating seeds do. They need to be cooler in order for them to grow in the best way.Composting is a great way to fuel your garden. You can add pretty much anything, like grass clippings, shredded paper, coffee grounds, and much more. Basically, you can use anything that was living at one time (but try to avoid animal products). If you buy some worms and keep the compost bin in a warm, sunny place it will turn into perfectly dark and rich soil in no time.For the best organic garden, choose plants that do best in your type of soil and climate. Plants that have adapted to a specific type of environment have a better chance to thrive without much fuss in that environment. These plants will also save you time in maintenance because they are naturally hardy.If you are preparing to move your indoor organic garden outdoors, a great tip is to start preparing your plants one week ahead of time. Move them to a shaded area in your home for a few hours on a warm day. Your aim is to gradually increase your plants’ exposure to light. Then, leave them outside overnight at the end of the week. This will ensure your plants survival.Mass-produced food will always have its own advantages, but it may not be worth it to you or your family to risk your health for a few extra dollars in savings. If you decide to grow organically, however, you can save hundreds while ensuring that everything you eat is fresh and healthy. Just use these tips to help you grow.

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