Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote in magicgarden,
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Grow Your Own Food

One sensible response to the plummeting economy is to grow some of your own food. Vegetables, fruits, and herbs taste better when fresh; you can choose varieties suited to your area and taste; and it doesn't have to be either expensive or difficult. Here are some resources.

Grow food in small spaces:
"Container Gardening 101" by Suzette Haden Elgin
Square Foot Gardening homepage
"Intensive Gardening Methods" by Alex X. Niemiera, Extension Horticulturist, Virginia Tech
"Hydroponic Gardening for Beginners" by Greentrees Hydroponics

Make your own soil or improve poor soil:
Kitchen Compost Crocks
"How to Make Compost"
"How to Make a Small Backyard Compost Bucket" by shoopgirl
"Compost Tea Makers"
Vermiculture Supplies
"Composting Your Organic Kitchen Wastes with Worms" by Lori Marsh
5 dollar, 1/2 hour worm composing bin by Marcus

Grow "heirloom" or "antique" varieties:
Heirloom Seeds
Amishland Heirloom Seeds
Victory Heirloom Seeds
Hobby Farms Apples of Antiquity
"Stone Fruit Varieties for Milder Climates" by Andrew Mariani
Heritage Fruit Group (Australia)

Save and exchange seeds:
Seed Savers Exchange
International Seed Saving Institute
"How to Save Seeds for Next Year's Garden" by Edwin Marty
National Garden Association Seed Swap

Divide and exchange roots, canes, and other live plants:
Trade A Plant
Plant Exchange
The Plant Exchange (UK)
Plant Swap Forums
Plant Swap Party
"How to Organize a Plant Swap" by Sophia S.

Start a fruit/vegetable swap in your neighborhood:
How to start a homegrown fruit and vegetable exchange in your community
Ceres Organic Farm activities
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