Resources for Gardening

Speaking at Conduit Church in Franklin, TN on Saturday April 22nd about gardening.  Here are some of the resources that we will mention:

Well Watered Garden Project – this is my favorite resource for gardening.

Redeeming the Dirt Academy – this is a network for Christian agriculture people, passionate to use agriculture to share Jesus.

Get Chip Drop – this is a source for free wood chips, however, you will get a large truckload, which may not be for everyone. Also, the website will suggest getting logs with your drop, absolutely say no to logs.

Clyde’s Garden Planner – this is a great, simple tool for knowing when to plant the basic vegetables in the fall and spring.

Back to Eden film – this is a great documentary film, inspiring, but I would get motivation here, but not the specifics of starting a garden. The Well Watered Garden Project is an easier approach. (See it on the original site)

Homesteading to a High Standard

Foundations for Farming,  connected with the Well Watered Garden Project and our friend Noah Sanders, uses four key principles in farming, homesteading, and all of life. Honestly, we aren’t perfect, and we are still working to reach optimal stewardship of what we’ve been given. But we still wanted to share these principles with you.

Principle #1: High Standard

God has called us as Christians to steward well what he has given us, and to multiply it. This means doing our best, working hard, and not skimping on anything. It’s a powerful witness to unbelievers to see an orderly, beautiful homestead, and it often saves you work in the long run.

Practical Tips

Doing your work to a high standard goes from the little thing to big things:

    • Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Work with portions that you’re able to do to a high standard. Then work up from there!
    • Straight rows
    • Clean animal environments (see this post about clean nesting boxes)
    • Keeping records
    • Planning
Straight row

How do you all keep your work to a high standard on the homestead or other contexts?