Your First Garden
No green thumb required!
This is the class for YOU if you are absolutely sure that you can't grow anything!
I totally understand! I used to think I had a brown thumb too, but today we grow a large portion of our fruits and vegetables, and you can too! Anyone can learn to garden!
You'll get answers to these questions and more ...
- What are the pros and cons of buying transplants versus starting seeds?
- How do you start seeds?
- What are your options for starting seeds?
- Should you use peat moss or coir?
- What's the difference between plastic pots, peat pots, and a soil blocker?
- Do you need a heat mat?
- How do you avoid buying GMO seeds?
- How much space do you need?
- Do you need a tiller?
- How can you kill grass organically?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of raised beds?
- How do you control weeds and pests without chemicals?
- How do you save seeds?
- How can you have a garden in a place like Illinois through the winter?
StartStarting Seeds (12:34)
StartWhere to plant? (8:23)
StartWhat should you grow? (4:57)
StartAnnuals vs Perennials (1:47)
StartNatures Fertilizer: Compost (4:39)
StartOrganic Pest Solutions (7:29)
StartOrganic Weed Solutions (4:58)
StartSeed Saving (3:45)
StartWinter Gardening (5:51)
In 2002, Deborah and her family moved to 32 acres on a creek in the middle of nowhere to grow their own food organically. With the help of goats, sheep, pigs, and poultry, they produce 100% of their meat, eggs, and dairy products, as well as a large percentage of their vegetables, fruit, and herbs. Deborah is the author of six books, including Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally, as well as her latest book, Goats Giving Birth. She also teaches sustainable agriculture courses online for the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She has been teaching Raising Dairy Goats Sustainably since 2013 and Pastured Poultry since 2015.