Quench Spring Fever by Planning Your Garden

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

by Sherrie P.

It’s that time of year again: time to start planning your garden. If you are new to gardening then the following programs are for you. If you missed Master Gardener Steve Nokes at the North Spokane and Spokane Valley Libraries talk about Propagation from Seeds and Cuttings, be sure to catch him discuss Vegetable Gardening 101.

Steve Nokes has been gardening for most of his life and has been a Master Gardener for 27 years. He is involved with the Inland Empire Dahlia Society, Inland Empire Glad Society, and Friends of Manito. He teaches you when to start your seeds, how to propagate from cuttings, and some low cost alternatives to gardening starter kits. You will also learn about design and soil preparation, the care and feeding of vegetables, and when to harvest.

I know you can’t wait to get started so here are some books to checkout:

Making More Plants by Kenneth Druse is a wonderful all-encompassing book for the beginner, as well as, expert gardener. Specific techniques are covered with fabulous photos and text.

Starting Seeds by Barbara W. Ellis is another valuable resource. If you’re only interested in starting your plants from seed this little book is the one for you. It includes step-by-step instructions and helpful tips for success.

The Beginners Guide to Vegetable Gardening by Samantha Johnson and her brother Daniel Johnson is a guide that was created for Future Farmers of America as a resource for beginning gardeners of all ages. Easy to follow instructions and techniques along with great photography.

The Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening by Brett L. Markham is a great book for the beginner. It covers all stages of gardening, from soil preparation to harvest, with valuable tips for getting the most out of your garden.

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