Wednesday, March 26, 2014

why we garden

In case you need any more encouragement to grow some of your own food, here's a passage from the always insightful, ever inspiring Wendell Berry:

"If you have a yard or even just a porch box or a pot in a sunny window, grow something to eat in it. Make a little compost of your kitchen scraps and use it for fertilizer. Only by growing some food for yourself can you become acquainted with the beautiful energy cycle that revolves from soil to seed to flower to fruit to food to offal to decay, and around again. You will be fully responsible for any food that you grow for yourself, and you will know all about it. You will appreciate it fully, having known it all its life."

Remember, you don't need a huge yard or a traditional garden space to grow your own food. Find any spot with some sun and a little soil (this can be a container, of course) and you can grow some food. Don't have much sun? Grow a little lettuce, arugula, kale or chard. These don't need as much sun as a tomato, and will make you feel very successful.

Need more of Mr. Berry's inspiring words? Read more of his thoughts on The Pleasure of Eating.

Happy gardening,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

a little inspiration

I had a wonderful time in the Twin Cities these past few weeks, speaking to lots of enthusiastic gardeners about edible landscaping. It was great meeting so many of you and discussing ideas for your gardens.

If you weren't able to join me, or if you would simply like to see some inspiring photos, here is a copy of one of my presentations for you to peruse. Hope you get some ideas you can use in your garden this year.

Also, if you didn't have a chance to pick up a copy of The Edible Landscape and have it signed while I was in town, you can order a copy right here. I'll sign it for you and you'll have it in your hands in just a few days. Look over on the right side of this page for ordering info.

Thanks again to all of you who joined me to talk about edible landscapes these last couple weeks. I had an absolute blast!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

talking edible landscaping in march

It is finally March, which means it is now not too crazy to start thinking about spring. And when we think about spring we starting thinking about our gardens. Some of you surely have trays of tiny seedlings scattered around the house, getting a jump on the growing season.

This is the time of year for inspiration, dreaming, and planning; it's the time of year that the Twin Cities comes alive with garden expos, home and garden shows and all kinds of events to cure - or maybe just crank up - our spring fever.

I'll be speaking about edible landscaping at several events over the next couple of weeks, and I'd love to see you there. Do you have a copy of The Edible Landscape you'd like signed? Bring it along. Don't have a copy yet? You can purchase a copy at any of these events.

Registration is required for most of these events, so check the links below for more information.

Hope to see you!

March 8
Chaska, MN

March 8 (Yes, two in the same day!)
Rosemount, MN

March 13

Wescott Library
Eagan, MN

March 19
Dakota Garden Club - for members only
South St. Paul, MN

March 20
Minnesota State Horticultural Society