Gardening & Landscaping 101

Most of us have dreams of getting back to nature and living the simple life, gardening makes this happen, even if just for a little while. We can make this as simple or elaborate as our hearts desire, landscaping may involve a small flower bed in the middle of the lawn or rock faced terraces, fish ponds and exotic foliage. The tools for this may range from a lawn mower stored in the garage to a shed full of shovels, hoes, rakes and hedge clippers. By growing healthy organic food you will improve the quality of life for yourself and those around you. Even if you were not born with a green thumb you will find help here to add beauty to your yard and peace to your mind.


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Growing Carrots

Growing Cucumbers

Growing Garlic

Growing Parsnips

Growing Squash, Pumpkins & Gourds

Growing Tomatoes

Green Thumb Garden Goodies (Organic Gardening)

Online Tools & Guide

Allan Block Estimating Tool

Garden Projects

Printed Row Markers

Potting Tray


Allan Blocks, how to install videos

Building A Rock Garden

Backyard Pond

Bucket Planter

Fire-Resistant Landscaping

Free Outdoor Plans

How To Build A Water Garden

How to Build Gates

Landscaping with Native Plants

Making a Garden of Perennials

Mini Wishing Well Planter

Overwintering Plants in the Landscape

Pergola Gate Topper

Planning the Home Landscape

Shed Plans

Value of Landscaping

Lawn Care

Concrete Lawn Roller

Gardening Tools

Maintaining Your Chainsaw

Free eBooks from Project Gutenberg

These are mostly old books from the early 1900's, yet contain a lot of valuable information.

A Book of Fruits and Flowers by Anonymous (1653)

Agriculture For Beginners by Burkett, Hill and Stevens (1903)

Amateur Gardencraft by Eben E. Rexford (1912)

Among the Mushrooms, A Guide for Beginners by E. M. Dallas & C. A. Burgin (1900)

Apple Growing by M.C. Burritt (1912)

Cabbages and Cauliflowers: How to Grow Them by James John Howard Gregory (1889)

Cactus Culture for Amateurs by W. Warson (1889)

Clovers and How to Grow Them by Thomas Shaw (1906)

First Book of Farming by Charles Landon Goodrich (1923)

Gardening for the Million by Alfred Pink (1900's?)

Gardening for Little Girls by Olive Hyde Foster (1917)

Growing Nuts in the North, Minnesota & Wisconsin (1953)

Handbook of the Trees of New England by Henry M. Brooks & Lorin Low Dame (1904)

Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers by John Wood (1884)

Manual of Gardening (Second Edition) by L.H. Bailey (1910)

Manures and the Principles of Manuring by Charles Morton Aikman (1890's)

Mushrooms: how to grow them by William Falconer (1892)

Organic Gardener's Composting by Steve Solomon (Recent?)

The Amateur Garden by George Washington Cable (1914)

The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots by Sutton & Sons (1921)

The Fern Lovers Companion by George Henry Tilton (1920's?)

The Garden, You, and I by Mabel Osgood Wright (1906)

The Library of Work & Play: Gardening & Farming by Ellen Eddy Shaw (1911)

The Pecan and Its Culture by H. Harold Hume (1906)

The School Book of Forestry by Charles Lathrop Pack (1922)

Tomato Culture: A Practical Treatise on the Tomato by W.W. Tracy (1907)

Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota by Various (1916)

Wild Flowers on the Farm by Arthur Owens Cooke (1900?)

Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by Neltje Blanchan (1914)

The Botanical Magazine by William Curtis (Pre 1900's)

- Each issue has excellent descriptions and colored plates of 25 - 30 flowering plants.

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Wishing Well Plans

To keep deer out of a garden use the two-fence approach. Build a normal sheep-wire fence right at the garden's edge, then about three feet outside of that put in another line of fenceposts about 20' apart. String three strands of fishline on those posts, all the way around the garden. The deer see the sheep-wire fence and approach the garden to get within springing range, they walk into the fishline, which startles them and they retreat.

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