Many people plant a garden, only to be overwhelmed by the amount of information they need to be able to plant, harvest, and preserve their hard-earned crops. It can be hard to know how to plant in order to have vegetables for an extended time, when to pick produce at the height of its freshness, and what to do to preserve the bounty you spent some much time growing!
Here are a number of resources that can help make your own gardening journey easier:
The Old Farmers Almanac Planting Dates Guide allows you to input your local zip code and gives seasonal planting and harvesting information for many common fruits and vegetables.
Have a gardening question? Check the Mother Earth News website, full of articles, blogs, and information, even if you do not subscribe to the magazine.
The Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) is a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating the public and other farmers about healthy, sustainable food production. For information on connecting with local farmers, or with questions about where you can find growing resources for your own adventures, check out SEPMAPonline.org.
Want to learn more about harvesting and storing vegetables through freezing, cold storage, canning, and other methods? Check out The Joy of Keeping a Root Cellar by Jennifer Megyesi (remember to choose NRT of Easton as your Amazon Smile partner is you choose to order through Amazon.com!)
Check out the Northeast Organic Farming Association for information for gardeners, homesteaders, and farmers about organic methods, events, and programs.
Regardless of your experience level, years of gardening, or specific interest, there is always more to learn when it comes to producing and preparing homegrown food. What resources do you particularly enjoy or find helpful? Share them with us in our comments, or on our Facebook page.