Welcome to Gardening at the Crossroads
Gardening can help families and individuals in many ways. In these uncertain economic times, gardens can be used to supplement the family food budget, as well as provide fresher, healthier food for the table.
Gardens can help families to connect- gardening with your children creates bonding experiences that will educate and entertain. It instills in them knowledge of our natural world they will carry for a lifetime.
Gardens can be an escape from the everyday rat-race. Whether you spend time daily weeding, tending, or just enjoying the beauty of the flowers, time spent in the garden every day will help relieve stress and worry.
Gardening is an endless classroom for all, young and old. Learning about different plants, trying new varieties, seeing what works and what doesn’t, and watching the garden grow from the anticipation of March and April, through the heat of August, until the final harvest in late September, the garden is an open text book and an ever changing canvas for you to enjoy.
There is self-satisfaction in knowing that the produce you grow was created by your own efforts, grown organically if you wish, and not shipped hundreds or thousands of miles before it graced your dining table.
Even if you live in an apartment, we will show you how to grow small amounts of vegetables, care for indoor plants, or create a small but enjoyable flower display.
While the focus of our advice is gardening in the Mid-Western United States, the basic principles put forth here will work anywhere. Soil improvement works for every gardener. Composting can be done in any scale from a small vermiculture project to large community projects.
Vegetables can be grown hydroponically, vertically, horizontally and decoratively. Flowers and herbs can be grown in formal arrangements, islands, beds and boxes, or however you wish.