Saturday, October 19, 2013

{31 Days} Back to Basics Day 19

This month I am participating in the nester's {31 Days} challenge.  My topic for the month is Back to Basics.  If you would like to follow along youcan find all of my posts here.

When I think about gardening, I think a lot about books.  Books have been extremely instrumental in my ability to garden.  And for a lot of people that are far removed from their food (ie parents that did not have a garden), they do not know the first steps that you need to take.

The first book that I would recommend, especially if you are just starting out with gardening, is SquareFoot GardeningThis book covers all the basics.  It has spacing requirements (for square foot gardening of course), how to build the boxes, the combination of soil for the boxes, and even a section on vertical gardening.  I think that even experienced gardeners can get some great information from this book. 

The other book that I absolutely love, which is geared more towards overall self-sufficiency is TheBackyard HomesteadThis book is especially good for people that have a little bit of space, but not acres and acres to roam about.  Essentially this book tells you how to produce all the food you need on a quarter of an acre.  It is a book that I go through every year, and there are some important sections on gardening as well as animal care.

I think that if you are afraid of gardening, or are questioning whether getting chickens is the right step, books are the best place to start.  I know that before each step of our homesteading journey, I have found books to help me out. 

Do you have a favorite gardening or homesteading resource you would like to share?

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