For Food Day this year I presented a lecture again for UC Davis Medical Center Employees and the topic was gardening. I admit, although I have a Satsuma Mandarin farm, I feel like I am still a novice when it comes to gardening. I have no advanced degrees or formal training, and everything I know about growing food is partially due to reading books and looking stuff up online, but mostly due to trial and error. However, there are a few references and resources that I go back to again and again, year after year, and I thought I would use this post to share these references with my readers and those who attended my talk yesterday.
Here is a photo of our fairly traditional garden, taken in the spring.
From the back to the front and left to right you can see raspberries, English peas, artichokes, onions and garlic, “Lacunato” kale, chard, shallots, thyme, rosemary, parsley, dill, mesclum salad mix, “Little Gem” lettuce and “Bloomsdale” spinach.
Almost all of my favorite seeds come from the following 4 companies:
Baker Creek Seed company: http://rareseeds.com/
Renee’s Garden Seed: http://www.reneesgarden.com/
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply: http://www.groworganic.com/
Botanical Interests: http://botanicalinterests.com/
These are recommended sources in the Sacramento/ Northern California area for plants and seeds:
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply Grass Valley: http://www.groworganic.com/
Eisley’s Nursery Auburn: http://www.eisleynursery.com/
Harmony Farm Supply Sebastopol: http://harmonyfarmsupply.com/
Orchard Supply: http://www.osh.com/
Sacramento Natural Foods Coop: http://www.sacfoodcoop.com/
Whole Foods Market: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/
Talini’s nursery East Sacramento: http://www.talinisnursery.com/
Next, my favorite gardening books (I admit, these are oldies and may only be available used). When I started gardening, the web was not available, so I had to look every thing up in books. Can you imagine that?!!“How to Grow More Vegetables” by John Jeavons, “Vegetables: How to Select, Grow and Enjoy” by Derek Fell (HP Books) and The Sunset New Western Garden Book.
Of course, nowadays, most of us use the web instead. How lucky are modern beginning gardeners to have so many great online gardening resources available for free? These are some great links:
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply www.groworganic.com
Dave Wilson Nursery http://www.davewilson.com/
UCDavis Garden Web http://ucanr.org/sites/gardenweb/
UCDavis Home orchard http://homeorchard.ucdavis.edu/
The following download is a full gardening book for beginners:
Vegetable garden handbook for beginners http://ucanr.edu/blogs/food/blogfiles/12709.pdf
National Center for Home Food Preservation: nchfp.uga.edu
Ball Blue Book :
Also Ball has a good website with recipes: http://www.freshpreserving.com/home.aspx
UCDavis: includes USDA Complete guide to home canning pdf download: http://ucfoodsafety.ucdavis.edu/files/26457.pdf
UC Davis home food preservation and storage website:
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