Organic Food Gardening Minneapolis MN
Maple Grove, MN
Lino Lakes, MN
by National Gardening Association Editors
It's a great treat to go shopping in your own garden to harvest fresh food.
A small, well-tended garden can be just as productive as a large one that is ignored, so it is a good idea to start small and expand it as you need more space.
If you are gardening in small spaces, your taste and budget will shape your garden plan. Here are some examples:
The herb garden. Cooks love to have a supply of fresh herbs on hand. As a rule of thumb, use twice the amount of fresh herbs as dried herbs to achieve the same taste. Herbs are just weeds with special-tasting properties. Flavors intensify as they dry. You can have an herb garden mixed in with vegetable or flower gardens, separately outside the kitchen door, or on a sunny windowsill. Favorites are basil, chives, parsley, tarragon, oregano, and thyme. Herb seeds are very slow to germinate, so get started with young plants from the garden center. If you love pesto, be sure to get enough basil to freeze some for the winter. For frozen pesto, add the garlic after you thaw it for best flavor.
The hidden garden. If you only want an occasional tomato or other vegetable for fresh use, plant vegetables among your flowers. Instead of a border planting, use a few feet of leaf lettuce. Cut it instead of pulling it and it will produce two more cuttings. Tomatoes, eggplant, even bush varieties of cukes can be tucked into a flower garden.
The kitchen garden. This can be a small garden planted in 1-, 2-, or 3-foot-wide blocks or rows (you have to be able to reach into the middle of the row). It is "shopped" daily and meals can be planned around what is coming in. It might contain two or three varieties of lettuce (make plantings three weeks apart in spring for a long harvest), onion sets that can be pulled as scallions or allowed to mature, two or three varieties of tomatoes ('Sweet Million' cherry tomatoes for salads, 'Roma' for sauces, and an early variety for slicing), cucumbers, zucchini and summer squash, and two or three varieties of peas (snow peas for stir fry and salad, snap peas for salad and fresh eating, and 'Sugar Snaps' for snacks), and bush or pole beans such as 'Roma' or 'Tendergreen Improved'). Your herb garden can occupy one corner, if you choose. A few flowers will brighten it up. As you set out broccoli plants from the garden center, plant some seeds as well. It will stretch the harvest.
No kitchen garden is complete without a fruit tree. If you live in coastal California, plant a 'Meyer' lemon tree, and you'll enjoy a year-round supply of the best lemonade you've ever tasted. Or if you live in Minneapolis, make it an apple tree.
Let your taste dictate what you plant. A kitchen garden is designed to be small, for daily use. Crops like potatoes and carrots are fun to grow, but are inexpensive to buy, so they might not be a top priority. An early crop of beans can be pulled out when it is done producing, composted, and t...
Whether you're growing basil, blueberries, or bok choy, the Food Gardening Guide will give you all the information you need to succeed. Plus, we'll feature a vegetable, fruit, or herb monthly on this page with seasonal articles about that plant.Feature of the Month
by Susan Littlefield
Gardening can be a way to connect with nature, enjoy delicious produce for much less than you'd pay at the market or experiment with heirloom varieties or the latest cutting-edge hybrids. But becoming a proficient gardener is also a way to increase your self-sufficiency and prepare for the rigors of hard times.
As author Carol Deppe, a long-time gardener with a PhD in biology and decades of experience in plant breeding and sustainable agriculture, explains in her new book, The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010, $29.95), hard times can come in a variety of ways. Personal hard times may come in the form of drought, special dietary needs, job loss or lack of time. But they can also come as what she calls "mega hard times," the result of man made or natural disasters that cause major disruptions in all aspects of society.
To help weather the personal hard times, Deppes's book is filled with advice on ways to create a garden with the resiliency to withstand periods of minimal care or climatic challenges and still provide a secure source of healthful food. She also shows how gardening can help those dealing with dietary restrictions and allergies.
To prepare for the "mega hard times," she provides advice on growing five crops on a small scale that could enable you to survive and feed yourself and your family, come what may. Potatoes, corn, beans, squash...
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