On Monday, I was suppose to take a class at Missouri Botanical Garden on organic spring gardening. I was all set to become totally inspired as well as increase my knowledge tenfold about how to grow organically. Unfortunately, I signed up late and never made it off the wait list. So it seems I am left to my own devices to figure out the plan for this year's planting. To help me become inspired I am reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. I am about half way through and am very much enjoying it/becoming more and more horrified by the industrialization off our food systems. The book, however, does not provide much helpful information for someone who is just working with a small container garden.
Last year, I feel like I tried too much in my one planter so this year I am thinking I want to simplify and maybe add more individual planters. I found these plant-a-grams on William-Sonoma's Agrarian website and am thinking about investigating them further as potential guides to follow.
My primary concern with following one of these plans is it doesn't tell you when to plant i.e. spring or summer; thus its going to take some research to figure out timing as well as if these plants are appropriate for Missouri. I also want to try to find non-GMO seeds/plants so I might end up being limited with my options. Ideally, I would find a magical book that would guide me to becoming a first-class gardener. Realistically, I know such a thing probably doesn't exist but I am on the look out. Any readers have recommendations? I have high hopes for the weekend and visiting some local garden shops to helpful get an actual plan going. Any advice is very much welcome and appreciated!