Free Stuff for Your Garden Journey
How to Start a Veggie Garden Checklist
Enjoy this free checklist to keep you on track to start that organic veggie garden you have always wanted.
Recommneded Seed Companies
One of my passions is helping organic gardeners succeed and one way I do that is by testing seed companies against 16 criteria.
Enjoy this Free list of over a dozen companies that made the grade.
16 Criteria to Evaluate a Seed Company
Often when people see my recommended companies, they want to know how I came up with them.
Here you go, the 16 criteria I use to decide if a company makes the cut or not. – The list is free.
How to Start a Container Garden Checklist
Enjoy this free checklist to keep you on track to start that organic contianer garden you have always wanted.
Living Soil Info Card
Healthy Living Soil is the foundation of your garden.
Enjoy this info card for understanding LIVING soil to keep your garden thriving. – Its Free.
Plants - Veg, Herb, Native, Fruit, Nut
Choosing plants can be more important than you might imagine. As an organic gardener, you don’t want to bring in annual plants and flowers that have things like bee killing pesticides on them.
When choosing long term plants for your landscape, such as fruit and nut trees and berry bushes, you want to insure high quality. More
Anyone can incorporate aspects of permaculture into their gardens and lives.
Think beyond permanent agriculture to permeant culture. The design principles are used for more than gardens and farms, they are a way to approach any project and a guide on how to live in harmony with those around us.
- Permaculture Activist – Friends of ours who walk the walk. Available for design and instruction.
- Keith and Peter, of Permaculture Activist are the original publishers of the premier US permaculture magazine, now called Permaculture Design Magazine https://www.permaculturedesignmagazine.com/
- An absolute must read is Peter Bane’s book, The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country and they have other permaculture books too.
- The permaculture design principles are an great way to approach not only planning your garden, but your lifestyle. This website gives you insight into each one.
- Sustainable World Radio had a good list of permaculture podcasts, and other cool stuff too.
- World Wide Permaculture Network of permaculture people, projects and more.
- Our Foundations of Organic Gardening Course includes some aspects of permaculture useful for the home gardener and homesteader
Biodynamics literally means Dynamic Life. We use and recommend using biodynamic preparations as well as other methods used in biodynamics to bring our organic gardens to a whole new higher level.
- Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association. Fantastic organization worth a membership. These folks also have a selection of Biodynamic Growing Guides, calendars and books.
- The Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics, Inc. aims to heal the earth through production of quality biodynamic preparations, and to advance education and research in biodynamic agriculture. This is where we get our preparations. They also have classes on making the preps and an excellent collection of books.
- The Pfeiffer Center – Want more extensive biodynamic training ? They have an excellent one year training program and more.
- Demeter Association, Inc is the organization that certified folks as biodynamic. They have branches worldwide.
Adding mushroom to your landscape, food forest or basement is just freeking cool. They pack protein and can be used in so many dishes.
- Sharondale Farm – We loved meeting Mark Jones as he is a wealth of knowledgeable and very personable (some mushroom folks can be sorta out there). Great resource, outstanding instruction on growing, right here in Virginia.
- Field & Forest is a great place to get all you need to grow mushrooms outdoors or indoors. Best selection we have found and very reliable. Their catalog has great information on growing the different types.
- Remember we said some mushroom folks can be kinda out there, yet out there can also be brilliant.. here are a couple other favorites:
- Tradd Cotter, of Mushroom Mountain is one of those amazing mushroom minded folk who research and test and we learn oh so much from him.
- Then there is the guy who made mushrooms famous and to started the mushroom trend, Paul Stamets. His book Mycelium Running is likely the most well known. Check out his stuff at Fungi Perfecti. He thinks mushrooms can save the world, so if you do too, you likely already know of him.
A healthy life not only includes our garden, but those around us. Here are link for those we call community, both near and far.
Local & Regional Events
Take Back Your Health Conference: Robin Shirley puts on amazing conferences to empower you to Take Back Your Health. We love them! Stop by and say hi, we’ll likely be at the DC one.
Mother Earth News Fair, super fun! Just do it, make a little vacation out of it, you’ll learn loads and remember to pack extra cash for all the deals you can get.
Sierra Club – Find Your Local Chapter
Fairfax County Water & Soil Conservation District hold Green Breakfasts with interesting topics, good company, and breakfast too if you choose.
For Small Business Owners
Need a website – our founder, Debby Ward also builds and maintains small business websites, use our contact form to inquire
Need a Business Coach ? In Northern VA? Want some business advice, starting a business, call Steve Chiama and set up a free meeting to see how he can help you. We still call him for advice even years after we were officially his clients.
The Safe Seed Pledge
“Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms poses great biological risks, as well as economic, political and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities.”