It's a great time to think about designing and planting your garden. Growing your own garden is a great way to save money, provide family fun and get exercise. Michigan is great state for growing fruit, vegetables, flowers and landscape plants; and community gardening, farmer's markets and eating local are all the rage. Get help gardening, from learning the basics to advanced strategies, with these resources and books.
Michigan State University – A fantastic go-to resource for all things gardening in Michigan. It’s rich with tips, tricks, tool kits and more. The garden planner, a printable calendar, is a great place to begin. In the Smart Gardening section, you find research-based knowledge with videos, articles and tip sheets to use at home. MSU also provides a free gardening hotline.
Green Education Foundation (GEF) – This national non-profit organization is committed to creating a sustainable future through K-12 education. Its Garden Resource link has printable pdfs and monthly recommendations for organizing, harvesting, and maintaining your backyard garden.
Bees in the D - Gardening is not just about what you put in the soil, but also attracting pollinators to work their magic on flowers, fruit trees, and plants. Find out more about local bee-saving efforts and what you can do to help the bees.
Don't have space for a garden at home? Fear not, local community gardens and farmer's markets, specifically, the Canton Farmer's Market, will still enable you to be part of the eating local movement.
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