Welcome to the Resources Page
This page lists my favourite resources broken down by type of resource.
Some are resources I have bought or used.
Others are resources I have created to help you in your gardening and homesteading journey.
Keep track of what you need to do to prepare your garden for winter and learn what needs to be done in the vegetable garden, orchard, flower garden and greenhouse. Secure your garden against severe weather, protect plants from disease, build soil health and ensure tools and supplies are ready for spring.
Print out and take this with you if you are buying a house. Includes lots of space to make rough sketches of the property and make notes and checkboxes for features that will have an impact on your garden.
Print out and take this handy checklist with you into the garden shed and on your shopping trips. Use the checkboxes to note down what you have and what you don’t have, so you can stock up your garden shed.
Both checklists help prepare you, your garden and the caretaker of your garden when you go on vacation, especially during the main growing season. Come back to a productive and cared-for garden/homestead.
Learn how to build a strong, attractive planter box for your child (even if you are not an experienced woodworker or DIYer.) Provide your child with their own space to be creative and grow their own tasty, healthy vegetables and fruit.
This book is a combination of a recipe book and a vegetable gardening book – the perfect combo in my opinion! Each chapter introduces a food, follows with some recipes and ends with a “how I grow…” section where Jamie explains how he grows the food.
Note: this book is aimed at general gardening, not specific to homesteading.
The Tranquil Garden eBook will show you how easy it is to transform your backyard or front yard into a tranquil garden a few steps at a time. This eBook describes in detail 25 ideas you can follow to transform your outdoor space into a more tranquil garden.
This book is a week-by-week guide on how to grow organically. Carolyn Harriot took a neglected property close to Victoria and turned it into a high-yield food garden, growing vegetables, herbs and fruit organically without pesticides, chemical fertilizers or herbicides.
The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse – How To Design And Build A Net-Zero Energy Greenhouse By Lindsey Schiller And Marc Plinke
This book is a comprehensive guide to building a greenhouse that is energy efficient and uses the energy of the sun to heat and cool the interior.The authors first go over some basics to building a greenhouse that controls heat gain and heat loss.
The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How To Grow Your Own Food 365 Days A Year, No Matter Where You Live By Niki Jabbour
This book busts the myth that you cannot grow vegetables in winter other than in mild climates. Niki shares her experience of growing vegetables year-round in Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada, where the winters are often cold and stormy.
This book follows a month-by-month format expanding on the info presented in Carolyn's first book. She focuses more on specific types of produce, with more detailed information on each and emphasizes the benefits of growing your own food, just steps from your kitchen.
This book is a guide to constructing over 20 Japanese features in manageable steps. You can complete each project in either one, two or three weekends. The book is richly illustrated with high-quality photos and detailed drawings and illustrations.
Tools are a key to having a successful garden. These 10 must have gardening tools will make maintenance easier and faster and should be in your toolshed.
Take a walk through the homestead with me as I show you the various features of the backyard garden and find what is still growing at this time of year.
Follow along with Marc as he makes and applies homemade fruit tree fertilizer to one of his many fruit trees to feed the tree for a better harvest.
Take a look with Marc at the greenhouse features that allow it to capture heat energy during the day when the sun shines and release that heat slowly at nighttime to avoid having plants inside freeze.
Follow along with Marc as he shows you how to prune raspberries. Learn why you need to prune and what you need to do it successfully.
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Get inspired and connect with Marc as he posts photos of his garden, his harvests and provides inspirational quotes, tips and gardening term definitions.