Saturday, January 8, 2011

Know How

Above is a scan of my favorite calendar of all time (and a bag of butterfly weed seeds to make sure I'm not reproducing the calendar's information). The calendar is called The Perpetual Garden Guide: What to do each month in the East Tennessee Valley. Author Connie Whitehead of Planted Earth Farms has been using "organic methods since 1985" and lays out in categories like Harvest, Start Indoors, Direct Seed, and Transplant, which plants need what care when.  It is not specific to any calendar year, but to the seasons. It also has space for notes so you can return to it year after year as you learn what works and what doesn't in your area. The calendar is finely illustrated by Janet Vancil. In the winter, I turn to this calendar like a picture book and in the summer as a level-headed and reasonable guide. You can purchase one at Three Rivers Co-op or contact Ms. Whitehead directly. Good gift for anyone gardening in the East Tennessee Valley.

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