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A Cover Crop Chart

Here  is a great way to compare crops with each other and to find one to address specific situations like clay, flooding, use as a lawn, etc.

Build Fertility with Leaves and Branches

 Over the years, farmers and gardeners have noticed that soil gains in fertility when it is covered up--even by something that has no nutrients,  like snow or plastic.  Why? Nobody knows! There are factors in play we don't understand. But you don'...
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Cover Crops: Choosing and Timing

It's all about the roots.Did you know that when you plant cover crops, the roots make more compost than the tops?  Winter Rye makes 380 miles of roots per plant! When the tops are cut, those roots make compost right in the soil, so none of t...

Edible Flower Ideas

This collection of edible flowers concentrates on easy-to-grow varieties that can mix right in your vegetable beds if desired and will bloom the first year from seed. Some will be tasty and to eat, while others will be garnish—...

Grain Vocabulary:What's an awn????

Growing grain is easy, but understanding the descriptions can be hard if you are unfamiliar with the terms farmers use. Here are some definitions: Awn - the stiff "whiskers" that stick up out of the seed heads of many grains like wheat and ry...

Heirloom, Hybrid, Open-Pollinated-- a Guide

What do all those terms really mean? And why do they matter?  We started Bountiful Gardens with the idea that people could grow their own food without weird chemicals, and save their own seed, just as gardeners have done for generations. At the...

How to Grow Seedlings Indoors

Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and onions need to be started at least 2 months before you want to put them outside—March is good. Melons, cucumbers, squashes, basil, okra, and sunflowers (as well as chia and quinoa in some places)can be started a mo...

How to Make a Butterfly Garden

Choose the Right SiteButterflies need sunshine and warmth, so choose a sunny spot. They can't fly against strong winds, so avoid exposed, windswept places. Trees and shrubs not only provide shelter from wind, they also provide places for the butt...

Know your Transplants--Movers, Divers, Sprinters and Sprawlers

Garden vegetables can be grouped by their root structure and their tolerance for transplanting.  This system tells you which crops like to be transplanted; which don't want to be disturbed; and which can wait the longest to get to their final posi...

Rotation--A Guide to the Plant Families

Garden vegetables belong to families of related plants.These families tend to share pests and diseases. Rotating families can keep you garden healthy.Pests and disease spores overwinter in the soil and on crops residues. You can prevent many probl...
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Seed Spacing Calculator

Click and Check out our seed spacing calculator, used to determine how many seeds you need

Starting Lettuce in Hot Weather

1) Choose bolt-resistant varieties. To simplify that, we have a Summer Salad Collection and a Bolt-Resistant Mix 2)Put the seed in a dry, closed jar in the refrigerator for a few days. Most lettuce varieties do not like to sprout if  the seeds hav...


For high-yielding, sustainable food growing: 1. Double-Dug Beds  Biointensive crops are planted in bed that are "double-dug".The gardener digs 12 inches down and then loosens the next 12 inches of soil in place. This helps plant roots grow easily,...

Three Sisters--A True American Garden

Permaculture is just now rediscovering the style of garden that fed North America for hundreds and probably thousands of years. Native peoples grew all of their own staple foods using hand tools and home garden techniques. Far from being a dru...

Watering--When, Where, and How

Water behaves differently in different soils and climates—so the more you know, the better you can decide how and when to do it. The time of day to water is controversial, with vociferous champions for both morning and evening watering. We li...

When Seeds Hibernate: Breaking Dormancy

Most domesticated vegetables and grains sprout when and where they are planted. They no longer go dormant (literally meaning "sleep") because the gardener is going to take care of them. Perennials, berries, trees, and many herbs are closer to th...

Winter Garden: How

Winter survival depends on more than just cold: excess dryness, alternating high and low temperatures, and saturated soil will all kill plants that might have survived the cold. Here is a simple checklist for winter survival:Choose the right varie...

Winter Garden: Where and When

Siting the Winter Garden It is important to site your winter garden in a place best for the plants, but even more important that it be where you will remember to use it. Try to find a good place close to the door so you can check your pla...