Whether you live in a house or an apartment, here are some of the best gardening websites, eBooksand applications to help you grow your own green patch.
If you have some free time at home, take the opportunity to add some greenery.
If you have a garden, you can grow vegetables and herbs in it or decorate it with flowers. Growing plants indoors has been proven to improve mood and mental stability.
These gardening websites and apps offer both novice and experienced gardeners something to reap the rewards of their efforts.
A Way to Garden (Web): One of the best all-stage gardening blogs
Margaret Roach, the former editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Empire, started a blog and wrote a book to share her gardening secrets. A Way to Garden is one of the most respected must-read gardening resources on the web.
That Garden Planting Calculator is a webwide favorite. It advises you when to plant different ones vegetables, herbs and flowers. You will also get a calculation of whether you need to spend a few weeks indoors with them first.
A way to the garden “Tasks per month” is also a popular guide to essential seasonal activities. Roach’s tips are for the Northeast US, so consult the provided regional calendar and adjust accordingly. Also check out the Gardening FAQs where she answers beginner questions on various topics.
Aside from these three resources, A Way to Garden is a treasure trove of knowledge for both novice and experienced gardeners. You can even listen to a podcast while you tend to your little patch.
garden beast (eBooks): 7 gardening eBooks for free
Beginners can download seven eBooks free of charge garden beast in pdf format. You can choose to download one or all. And you can always print them out, save them to your Kindle, or read them offline. All you have to do is sign up for the newsletter, which you can do with a disposable email address.
The seven books are as follows:
Ultimate organic gardening for beginners
51 tips for gardening in the greenhouse
100 hints and tips to improve your gardening
Herbs 101: Ultimate Herbal Guide for Beginners
vegetables Gardening for beginners
How to attract butterflies to your garden
Greener life for a greener world
As you can see, the eBooks range from 16 to 52 pages and cover a variety of different topics. The 100 hints and tips are extremely valuable for everyone, so get them anyway. garden beast is also a full online magazine with garden news, resources and guides.
candidate (Android, iOS): The only gardening app you’ll ever need
Candide is a gardening app to help you discover inspiration and knowledge. In the app you’ll find places to visit, information about what to plant in your garden, and images from the community sharing what’s going on in their gardens.
The app is like a social network for garden lovers.
Share, Ask a Question, Identify a Plant, Follow, Trends, Weather and Discover are the main options. The big winners here are Ask and Identify. Take a picture of a plant in your garden and the app will respond. If you ask a question, the community will contribute their thoughts as well.
By scrolling through the feed you will find ideas for various garden projects as well as tips and tricks. Check out Candide’s content for various articles and guides, and make some new green-fingered friends along the way.
Candide is available in the US, UK, Ireland and South Africa. You can download the APK and use it anywhere in the world as well, but the information is localized to the four regions mentioned above.
Apartment Gardening (Ebook): Practical guide to small space gardening
YoungWifesGuide.com Jami Leigh wrote the go-to eBook for beginners who want to garden in an apartment or a small space. That eBook“Apartment Gardening: A Practical Guide to Growing Vegetables in a Small Space”, is extensively quoted and recommended on the Internet.
Because the book is intended for beginners, it focuses on the essentials: staying on budget, making things easy and practical for beginners, and mindful of space. You will learn how to choose the best spot, soil and seeds for your apartment, as well as planting and harvesting patterns and plant care.
The guide is all about growing vegetables you can eat. Once you’ve mastered that, look around the internet for other plants that can grow in your home.
The 94-page book is available as a free PDF download on their website, which you can get from the link below. You can also purchase the book and additional worksheets for a small fee.
Downloads: Apartment Gardening by YoundWifesGuide (PDF)
Charles Dowding (Web, YouTube): Discover the “No Dig” gardening method
Charles Dowding has been writing about gardening since the 1980s. He pioneered the “No Dig” approach, which focuses on disturbing the soil as little as possible. Dowding’s philosophy is that organisms in the soil would be allowed to do what they do best, allowing for natural aeration and drainage. You can adopt more sustainable and ecological gardening practices by disturbing the soil less and feeding the organisms.
Dowding’s YouTube channel is full of great videos on the concept and other gardening tidbits.
Check out the short video above for a 3 minute explanation of the technique from the man himself. If the no-dig method sounds interesting and you have questions, he’s probably answered them in the frequently asked Questions
Start with Dowdings Beginner’s Guide to the No-Dig Method. Whilst living in the UK he is advising on fitting the practices methods exercises to every situation. Dowding’s YouTube tutorials have a soothing tone that makes gardening seem more accessible.
First published on: February 14, 2022 03:23 IST