If you want to get casually involved in gardening for the first time, or you are a master gardener ready to improve your skills, I’ve put together a selection of blogs and videos to help you grow.
Do you journal about your garden? Do you know want to be entertained and learn from your own garden efforts? Of course you do. That is why Donna Balzer wrote the Three Year Gardener’s Gratitude Journal: Part Diary, Part Personal Growing Guide. This guide is packed with fun tidbits and garden information as well as garden stories. Donna shows you how to use it in your garden.
If it is little jobs for little people you are excited about sharing then watch the second half when Donna works with her grandkids in the garden. Tips for getting kids involved? Just do it yourself and they will follow and the messier the better.
Yes we all love early blooming alpine flowers and summer-long showy annuals. But sometimes it is the humble shrub that wins praise with its fantastic blooms and ability to welcome the world of pollinators. When I walked outside and saw my ninebark ( Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Tiny Wine’) in bloom I was surprised by the range and number of bees attracted to the flowers.
Soil Research shows improving Your Garden Soil by adding organic matter improves the world by reducing climate change. New York Times writer Kendra Pierre-Louis says soil research shows ordinary back yards are more likely to reduce climate change over parks. This isn’t the first time I have heard of gardeners saving the world one back yard at a time….”Terra Pretta: How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change” impressed me last year. Adding Biochar is one way to permanently boost carbon in the soil and take carbon out of the air.
“This is the book that keeps you ‘on course’ in your garden. By tracking your progress, not only will you see the results, but you will have a fantastic guide of your successes for the next growing season to come! Get journaling…AND gardening with the help of these wonderful experts!” Carson Arthur, Outdoor Lifestyle Expert, HGTV and Cityline
“… perfect for all gardeners – there is great information provided, it’s a beautiful layout, [and] an all-around cheerful and enjoyable journal. …It’s an original approach to a garden journal and would make an excellent gift.” Colleen Zacharias, Winnipeg Free Press Homes
“We love the fun, friendly look and attitude of the [Three Year] Gardener’s Gratitude Journal!” Helen Battersby and Sarah Battersby, TorontoGardens.com
Globe and Mail Columnist and author of Thrifty: Living The Frugal Life with Style: “In this charming, zestful and funny book, Donna & Steve de-bunk false garden advice, gadgets, gimmicks & claims while providing great information and wisdom for both the beginner and experienced gardener. Highly recommended!” Michelle and Rob Avis, Verge Permaculture Inc.
“At last a book about vegetable gardening that doesn’t take itself so seriously…. The Fun charm of this book is that it’s a lot of fun to explore visual; easy to read even if you aren’t a vegetable Gardener; and it’s super opinionated but with good sense. Hallelujah, a sense of humour that isn’t full of manure.” Marjorie Harris
“Occasionally in a librarian’s life…a book will arrive that causes immediate bibliomania. A book that is so different, so appealing, and upon reading it, so completely perfect, that it must be shown with great excitement to everyone who loves books.” Susan Yates, Gabriola Sounder Review
Hi I’m Donna –
Garden expert, regular guest on CBC radio in Alberta and host of internationally aired Bugs & Blooms on HGTV.
Are you are really ready to have fun in the garden? I’m here to help you get there.
My parents and grandparents grew a garden to survive. I garden to feel more alive!