Do It Green! Minnesota in partnership with Robert Mugaas a University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Horticulture have created this gardening mini manual.
Home flower and vegetable gardening can be a fascinating and rewarding activity involving the whole family. There is hardly anything more rewarding than walking out to your gardens and harvesting fresh vegetables for your stir fry and cutting a few stems of flowers to decorate the dinner table.
Produce grown in the home vegetable garden is fresher and may have a higher nutrient content than those available in your local market. Backyard gardening also helps the planet in many ways, reducing your environmental impact. For example, if you grow your food with no or only minimal and judicious use of pesticides, you'll spare the earth the potential burden of unnecessary air and water pollution. You'll also reduce the use of fossil fuels and the resulting pollution that comes from the processing, packaging and transport of produce from all over the world (in planes and refrigerated trucks) to your supermarket.
If are planning to start a garden, this manual is for you! If you already have your own gardens, skip to the planting, watering and weeding sections in this article for great tips and resources.
For more information visit http://www.doitgreen.org/green-living/gardening-mini-manual