yourownvictorygardenGreg Holdsworth, Plano, TX, US
Vegetable gardening has always been one of my biggest and most rewarding hobbies. My first garden "success" was harvesting a few radishes that I had planted in the family's home flower bed in 7th grade. It wasn't much, but it was enough to get me interested in it at an early age. It wasn't until high school when I could actually grow and maintain a full-size garden. By then, there was no turning back. I now had Green Thumb blood in my veins.
I had to take a gardening hiatus during college and through the first few years of my career due to not having the room for a garden. In 1999, I moved into my first home in North Texas, and again my gardening passion was unleashed. I give credit to a few great books that helped my knowledge; most notably The New Victory Garden by Bob Thomson. The first few years were tough, and a great learning experience (not that I've ever stopped learning).
My goal now is about refining my skills and experience, trying new things, decreasing my dependence on store-bought produce, and becoming a "greener" citizen. I want to give back to my community. One big way I'm doing that is volunteering my time at the local community garden in Plano. This has rewarded me with new friendships and knowledge without measure.
I'm now in my second year of a side business called "Your Own Victory Garden". It is a local business where I offer organic vegetable garden installation and maintenance, garden "structures" construction, compost system setup, and consulting.
Today there is a revival of the "Victory Garden" movement that occurred during World Wars I & II. The desire to be self-sufficient, save money, eat healthier, and enjoy the freshest produce possible is something I think we can all relate to. It is tremendously rewarding to help anyone start their first garden or to exchange knowledge with other experienced gardeners.
gardening interests: Composting, Culinary Herbs, Organic Gardening, Vegetables, Projects
Member Since: 06/22/2009
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Joel Karsten's book on this breakthrough method of gardening is well written, informative, and beautifully illustrated.
Photos of my Spring veggie garden. Cheers!
My first attempt at growing this beautiful and unusual kale and been a sweet success.
This do-it-yourself pest gate is removable and can help keep out unwanted guests.
This video explains how to harden off your transplants and prepare them for outdoor conditions.
This video compares using seed starting mix with or without compost, and how it affects absorption and drainage.
This video shows you how to protect your seedlings from cutworms, and cool tips on watering and marking your plant labels.
This video shows you how to plant and water your seeds, labeling the markers, and the "moisture meter".
This video continues the list of what you need to start your own seeds, and then shows you how to prepare the soil for planting.
This video explains the advantages of starting your own seeds, and goes over what you’ll need.
Warm your cold-sensitive seedlings with repurposed holiday lights.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers more than 700 varieties of open-pollinated, heirloom, and traditional varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers, grains and cover crops.
Got a young gardener in the family? Here's a starter raised bed just for them!
Fired up already about next year's garden? Then let's get planning!
Here are some great holiday gift ideas for the veggie gardener on your list.
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A soil test is a simple project that will provide helpful information about your soil.
Here's a breakdown of four common "Cucurbit" groups.
My first experience as a gardening teacher and mentor to a young man.
The Texas Bug Book is a glossary of the most common pests and beneficials around the garden.
With good preparation, you'll have a great Fall garden.
This book is a must-have reference for any tomato lover.
Garden weeds can be controlled with vinegar and boiling water, as shown in this experiment.
This screen will give you finely-sifted compost, and save your back.
This shield will help protect against squash vine borer attacks.
A fitting tribute to the gentleman and gardener known as the "Pickle Man".
Got a damaged or leaking garden hose? Here's how you can repair it.
This video goes over the advantages raised beds offer, as well as what you will need to build one.
In this second video, the raised bed is put together from the pieces we prepared in the first video.
Growums gardening kits make it simple for children to start a fun and easy- to-grow vegetable or herb garden.
The Growers Exchange has been providing top-quality herb plants and garden-related products since 1985.
This unique coleslaw recipe uses many veggies that are coming out of your garden right now.
Seeds From Italy is the U.S. distributor for Franchi Sementi, Italy’s oldest family-owned seed company.
Abundant Life Seeds has been producing organic, Biodynamic & sustainably-grown seeds since 1975.
My "Victory Garden" last Summer and Fall
Here are more items that will make your indoor seed-starting more successful.
The R.H. Shumway's catalog is a vintage-illustrated gem, with a great selection of seeds and garden products.
This festive lighted heat mat will help warm your seeds. It's inexpensive to build, and it can be sized to suit your seed flats.
Here are some useful and unusual holiday gift ideas for the veggie gardener on your list.
These wood templates will save you a lot of time making evenly-spaced planting holes.
2011 brought a record-breaking drought and heat wave. Here are three ways my garden got through it.
This “bed seat” will offer you more comfortable access to your raised beds, or simply let you enjoy what you’re growing.
SmartGardener.com is a great online tool that enables gardeners to easily plan, manage, inform and share their gardens.
This "casket-style" container produces compost below ground, and is a great container for outdoor worm composting.
High Mowing Organic Seeds has been offering only 100% Certified Organic seeds since 1996.
Shopping for school? Remember to get a few things for you and your garden.
This system will save you a lot of time watering your transplants.
Here are some organic solutions to control squash bugs, featuring an insecticidal soap recipe.
The rooting-along-the-stem power of tomatoes isn't just for transplants anymore.
A short story documenting the events surrounding the dreaded squash vine borer and the damage it can cause.
Need awesome and convenient gardening information? Look no further than your Apple handheld device.
This trellis design uses a different style of string attachment inspired by, yes, a tennis racquet.
My Victory Garden so far... cheers!
Growing flowers alongside your veggies can greatly help in the fight against pests.
When the need for more garden space arises, trellises certainly meet the challenge.
Vermicompost tea is simple to make and has multiple benefits to your plants.
A good bucket (or two, or three) can be a loyal friend in the garden tool department.
There are basically three methods ror watering your seeds (or your seedlings).
Here's a simple test to see if your seeds are ready to plant.
Park Seed Co. remains one of the oldest and widely-respected seed companies in the business.
Here's a grow light stand your seedlings and wallet will appreciate.
The Cook's Garden is dedicated to cooks who love to garden and gardeners who love to cook.
Kitazawa Seed Co. is a great source for Asian vegetable seeds.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect, enjoy fellowship, and give thanks for what you have.
As a green thumb devotee, I've set aside an entire room in my house to my passion.
Now's the time to order those Winter and Spring seed catalogs.
If you are into stir-fry or oriental cooking, the many varieties of Chinese Cabbage are a must in your Victory Garden.
This bed cover is functional, lightweight, and quick to make.
Volunteering for my local community garden has allowed me to share my passion and receive experience beyond measure.
In this video, I show you a way to set up and maintain a compost system using the Bokashi method.
It's Fall planting time again! Here I show you how I plant large seeds in a raised bed.
With Fall planting right around the corner, it was time to re-cover my raised bed "defense system".
With the new compost bin in place, it was time to harvest my "black gold".
A compost bin is simply essential in your garden. This two-bin design is simple, efficient, and won't break your budget to make.
Now's the time to get into save-mode for anything you might need for the upcoming seasons.
Here's a great way to organize your seed packets by the month. It's a great improvement over the "shoebox" method.
Harvest time is a great time to reflect on why we do what we do, and why we love our passion so much.
Here's a nutritious, easy to make snack from the orient.
Some recent shots of my Victory Garden shot a few days ago. Enjoy and cheers!
Here's an easy to make pest-proof food scrap digester/composter.
A heartwarming gardening story you don't hear everyday.
Here's your list of required and "oh, I forgot that!" tools for gardening the right way.
Here's a simple and effective tool to space your transplants evenly in your raised bed
As green thumbs, we need to exercise every method available to protect our plants. Here are some options that really worked.
Tomatoes are truly the headliners of the show in my Victory Garden.
Here's an a-frame trellis design your climbing veggies will love you for.
Here's a cool list of garden goodies you can score at your local dollar or thrift store.
This method of intensive composting has advantages over traditional composting.
Here's a DIY project that will help you separate your soil
Here's a cool list of garden supplies you may not know you had at home.
Folia is a free online social garden tracking app that you can use to track, journal and share the progress of your plants and gardens
Understanding the information on your seed packets is crucial for a successful crop.
If you have a green thumb on your Christmas list, here's a stocking stuffer idea for you
I had purchased some Wall O' Water plant protectors but never tried them out. With cold temperatures this past week, I had the makings of a "cool" experiment.
I've come up with a quick DIY project that will help you ''corral'' the great and FREE garden resource - leaves. I call it the Fall leaf collection bin.
I am currently converting a section of my back yard to a new garden area. This is a great time to go through the steps I have taken to realize a new garden - from planning to preparation to execution.
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Merlot? Cabernet Sauvignon? Shiraz? Edging material? Some creative folks at the local community garden I volunteer for think so. The process is fairly simple. Fill empty wine bottles with common...
If you live in the North Texas area as I do, you don't really concern yourself with the first annual frost/freeze threat until late October at the earliest. I am always thinking ahead to the upcoming...
One of the most effective weeding tools I've discovered isn't for the garden at all... it's for carving wood or chipping paint!
Starbucks doesn't just have great coffee. They also have a good amendment for your plants... coffee grounds. Here's the best part - it's FREE for the asking!
My "Victory Garden" in Plano, Texas. Mostly vegies, but a few herbs and flowers are growing as well.