Organic Gardening

Get dirty, have fun and grow more food with great gardening tips from real-life gardeners.

Add to My MSN

What Are Your Favorite Gurus for Gardening Advice In Your Region?

2/24/2010 5:10:11 PM

Tags: gardening, question to readers

It's a big country out there, with huge variations in soils, climates, and pest problems. Having LOCAL sources for advice can sometimes make a big difference in the success of your gardening efforts. Invaluable tips can come from a neighbor who has been gardening in your microclimate for years and years. Thankfully, some of those folks maintain amazing websites and/or have written terrific books, etc. One that came to our attention recently is Mike and Roxie's Vegetable Paradise: Tips, Tales and Other Brave Stories About Growing Food in Kansas City, an informative and attractive 130 page book by veteran Midwest gardeners Mike Hendricks and Roxie Hammill. If you know similar regional/local gardening resources, please share them here. Tell us where you live, and what resources you trust most for gardening advice about your region. Post your suggestions in the comments section below.



Related Content

Lessons Learned On a Seed Farm

Achieving real food independence means gaining the knowledge and skills to grow, harvest and store f...

What Gardening Book Would You Recommend for Beginners?

Gardeners suggest gardening books for beginners.

Attend a Regional Food Workshop on Winter Gardening in Kutztown, Pa.

The Keystone Center, in partnership with the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, is hostin...

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 

Gneiss
3/27/2011 10:14:25 PM
For Georgia, I find the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service Bulletins to be informative, and best of all, are free. A list of publications can be found at http://www.caes.uga.edu/publications/ In general, cooperative extension bulletins are a great resource with information tailored for each state.

KJ FERREIRA
4/30/2010 8:17:54 AM
I love the info available through the Phoenix Permaculture Guild www.phoenixpermaculture.org. All of their classes are designed for us in the low desert, a unique growing environment to say the least. The low desert planting guide from The Urban Farm is a great guide for veggie growers http://www.yourguidetogreen.com/TheUrbanFarm/2010/02/08/low-desert-planting-harvest-calendar-1-step-away/ . My all time favorite though is Dave's Garden www.davesgarden.com. It is a site "for gardeners by gardeners"! You can connect with people all over the world as well as those in your backyard. Nothing speaks like the voice of experience when you have a question or concern.

JILL ROGERS
3/26/2010 9:33:56 PM
Here in Texas, hands down, Neil Sperry is THE best resource. His Texas Gardening book was the first thing I bought when we moved here from Ohio. He also has a great magazine and a free e-newsletter!

Brandi_6
3/4/2010 9:01:04 PM
Howard Garrett and Malcolm Beck hands down for Texas, many of their lessons are applicable for other areas as well as they teach gardeners to mimic nature.

Julia Rain
3/3/2010 5:43:01 PM
I live on Guam, which is tropical. It is hard to find good information on growing vegetables in the tropics and dealing with the bugs. I'm still looking for good information on gardening...but I've found a great site for natural pest control. It is the Online Information Service for Non-Chemical Pest Control in the Tropics. The pest info applies to other zones as well. The site can be found at http://www.oisat.org/home.html.

PhlatPharmer
3/2/2010 7:02:59 PM
Beverly without a doubt, but she died last month so the jobs open. Devine, Texas is without a master gardener and heavens a little greener.

Kathleen_23
3/1/2010 1:36:35 PM
I follow the advice of my landscape designer. Here in PA there is a radio show but it is way to broad (and annoying!!! many of you know who i am talking about) My friend is with www.apld.org - and that is where I found her. We creatd a plan that works for my garden, and I can forget about the guy on the radio!

Dianne Aikey_1
3/1/2010 8:12:06 AM
Central Florida Based out of Lakeland, The Barefoot Gardener is an organic yahoo group run by Peggy and Jeff; AMAZING group info and classes offered by themselves and other locals of similar intention :) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BarefootGardener/ Also, out of Tampa John Starnes is great, and has a very wide range of info for urban homesteaders at http://www.johnstarnesurbanfarm.blogspot.com/ Hope someone else enjoys these resources as much as I do!! All the best, Dianne Aikey

Pat_38
2/27/2010 5:58:36 PM
Here in the low desert (Metro Phoenix), we have The Garden Guy who does a segment on Channel 3 TV. He turned part of a paved parking lot at the Channel 3 station into a beautiful organic garden. He has two books out which are very good for gardening in this climate. You can do a search for Garden Guy Phoenix if you would like to find some good advice, both for low desert and general info. One of the best bits of advice he gives is to interplant flowers and veggies as the flowers draw the good insects that pollinate.

Aaron Merritt
2/27/2010 2:46:13 PM
SC's upstate has been slowly working towards a real and viable network of like-minded nature lovers, and I love that http://www.appalachianfeet.com/ has been offering a base for people to touch base. It's a well designed and lovingly maintained piece of the www. Lots of suggestions for building positive change to your diet, home, community and local policy.

JANET GILLIAM
2/27/2010 2:08:54 PM
I love watching Gardening with Cisco on Northwest Cable News here in the Pacific Northwest. He has a great sense of humor and has a great co-host named Meeghan. Frequently they are out in one of their own gardens doing chores appropriate for the season. Filmed in the Seattle area, the advice given if given with how to adapt it to other climates found within the northwest. A website is available with past shows and links: http://www.nwcn.com/lifestyles/ciscoe

Paul J. Pfarr_2
2/26/2010 3:27:09 PM
ustice here: We just wanted to say hello and connect with all you Mother Earth News'ers out there and share this about our lifestyle. My wife and I are one of the original back-to-the-landers from the 70's. We wrote a book called Build Your Own Log Cabin in the late 70's -- now out of print, but still available as a free ebook on our website http://www.Choosing-natural-health.com. Our website is an outgrowth of how we've lived our life, and it covers everything from health foods, organic gardening, natural medicine, living green and holistic medicine. We hope to reach many by sharing our knowledge gained through experience, to encourage people, right where they're at, to move toward a more natural life. Being (almost) old timers ourselves, we're glad to see Mother Earth News is still alive and kicking also... All the best, Paul and Justice One of our favorite sayings: The buck stops here.

Paul J. Pfarr_2
2/26/2010 3:24:42 PM
Hi, Justice and Paul here: We just wanted to say hello and connect with all you Mother Earth News'ers out there and share this about our lifestyle. My wife and I are one of the original back-to-the-landers from the 70's. We wrote a book called Build Your Own Log Cabin in the late 70's -- now out of print, but still available as a free ebook on our website http://www.Choosing-natural-health.com. Our website is an outgrowth of how we've lived our life, and it covers everything from health foods, organic gardening, natural medicine, living green and holistic medicine. We hope to reach many by sharing our knowledge gained through experience, to encourage people, right where they're at, to move toward a more natural life. Being (almost) old timers ourselves, we're glad to see Mother Earth News is still alive and kicking also... All the best, Paul and Justice One of our favorite sayings: The buck stops here.

Marcia Hooten_1
2/26/2010 2:47:15 PM
We use Neil Sperry's Complete Guide to Texas Gardening. He covers trees, ground covers, bushes, all fruits and vegetables, pruning, grafting. This is lauded to be the best book to use for Texas gardening. We live where the soild is black. The best vegetables to grow in dense black soil are: eggplant, cantelope, cucumbers, peanuts, tomatoes (with sand sprinkled around the bottom of your stalks), okra flourishes in this soil, potatoes and onions.. Hope anyone living in northeast Texas will get some use from this information.

Mickie_3
2/26/2010 1:36:11 PM
I like to use Squidoo.com to find helpful information. I have written several articles there about my attempts at gardening, as well. Last year I chronicled the development of my small garden (www.squidoo.com/this-years-garden) and honestly reported my successes and failures. It is a great place to journal my experiences. In Alabama, there is a wonderful site for buying great plants and getting advice: www.tastefulgarden.com.

Lisa D.
2/26/2010 1:27:04 PM
The local county extension office in your area is by far the best single place to seek information. They share their wisdom, customized to your own area, absolutely free of charge.

Russ Henry_2
2/26/2010 12:28:12 PM
Hi Gardeners, I'm an organic gardening and Earth-friendly landscaping educator here in Minneapolis. My free newsletter lists some of the finest local gardening superheroes and gurus in town and helps gardeners everywhere understand organic methods. The newsletter is called The Seed, have a look at our latest issue http://www.gtgardens.com/TheSeed35.html Happy Composting! Russ Henry

Stanley E Groves_3
2/26/2010 9:31:15 AM
One of the best places to get help and info on gardening is your county Extension Office and the Master Gardener progam thru them and the state university, each state has a rep. in each county.(IE Pasco County Master Gardeners thru the USF and the County Extension OFFICE,

Donna Putney_3
2/25/2010 11:58:26 AM
I am a master Gardener in the Greenville/Anderson SC area, also a sustainable small farmer. Eliza Holcombe fron the Greenville SC area has a wonderful Blog called Appalachian Feet. This lady is a genius in my book. http://www.facebook.com/l/2e978;www.appalachianfeet.com/

Aaron_15
2/25/2010 11:35:25 AM
Eliza Anne Holcombe @ http://www.appalachianfeet.com/ is our local gardening godess. Her blog is terrific and she always has helpful answers and suggestions for us novices.

David Funderburk
2/25/2010 11:24:11 AM
I grew up in Greenville, SC and have recently discovered a blog by another Greenville native, Eliza Holcombe: www.AppalachianFeet.com She covers everything from organic gardening and native plants to seasonal cooking and canning/ preserving to local economics, sustainability issues, and new agricultural movements. Really, I've never seen a better go-to guide for DIY sustainable living in the southeast (or anywhere else, for that matter). It's definitely worth a look.

MY COMMUNITY
no image
lucy123
7/8/2014 10:01:23 AM
no image
SECRET MILLIONAIRE M
7/8/2014 10:00:59 AM
no image
SECRET MILLIONAIRE M
7/8/2014 9:39:00 AM
no image
SECRET MILLIONAIRE M
7/8/2014 8:56:48 AM
no image
SECRET MILLIONAIRE M
7/8/2014 8:54:33 AM
no image
SECRET MILLIONAIRE M
7/8/2014 8:50:19 AM
no image
SECRET MILLIONAIRE M
7/8/2014 8:42:12 AM
no image
SECRET MILLIONAIRE M
7/8/2014 8:39:49 AM
no image
saracamber
7/8/2014 7:54:00 AM






Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.