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Welcome to the Resources Page

This page lists my favourite resources broken down by type of resource. 

Some are resources I have bought or used. 

Others are resources I have created to help you in your gardening and homesteading journey.

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Downloads

Free downloads that are available in the Downloadables Library - sign up once and get access to all of them!

Books

Books that I recommend or have written myself.

Buying Guides

Recommended tools and other supplies to support your growing efforts.

Video

Videos showing you how to do something or provide inspiration in the way of homestead tours and updates.

Community

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Courses

Under planning. Let me know what courses you'd be interested in.

Downloads

Fall Cleanup & Prep Checklist on iPad

Fall Cleanup & Preparation Checklist

Keep track of what you need to do to prepare your garden for winter in the vegetable garden, orchard, flower garden and greenhouse.

Garden Supplies Checklist on iPad

Garden Supplies
Checklist

Print out and use the checkboxes to note down what you have and what you don’t have, so you can stock up your garden shed to avoid running out.

Garden Features Worksheet on iPad

Garden Features
Worksheet

Print out and take this with you if you are buying a house. Includes lots of space to make rough sketches of the property and make notes.

Garden Planning Worksheet on iPad

Garden Planning Worksheet

Print out and print out and plan out your gardening year. Includes lots of space to plan out your vegetable garden, projects, and maintenance routine.

Homeowner Vacation Checklist And Caretaker Vacation Checklist

Both checklists help prepare you, your garden and the caretaker of your garden when you go on vacation, especially during the main growing season.

Outdoor Lumber Cheatsheet on iPad

Outdoor Lumber Cheatsheet

This lists possible uses of lumber in the garden for various projects, then covers the various types of lumber including cost, pros, cons and types for each.

Vegetable Crop Rotation Cheatsheet on iPad

Vegetable Crop Rotation Cheatsheet

This lists all the vegetable plant families and shows you how to plan your crops in a typical 4 bed rotation sequence.

Spring Cleanup & Prep Checklist on iPad

Spring Cleanup & Preparation Checklist

Keep track of what you need to do to prepare your garden for summer in the vegetable garden, orchard, and greenhouse.

Your Idea Here

Got an idea for a downloadable that would help you and others? Suggest one today!

Books

Family Raised Bed Garden eBook

Family Raised Bed Garden By Marc Thoma

The busy parent's guide to growing vegetables at home. Learn how you can easily grow lots of healthy, fresh food for your family in a beautiful raised bed garden at home, even if you’ve never gardened before.

Childrens Garden Planter Box eBook on iPad

Children's Garden Planter Box By Marc Thoma

Learn how to build a strong, attractive planter box for your child (even if you are not a woodworker). Provide your child with their own space to be creative and grow their own tasty, healthy vegetables and fruit.

Tranquil Garden eBook - 25 Simple Ideas to Transform Your Outdoor Space

Tranquil Garden "25 Simple Ideas" by Marc Thoma

Note: this book is aimed at general gardening, not specific to homesteading or growing food.
The Tranquil Garden eBook will show you 25 ideas to transform your yard into a tranquil garden a few steps at a time.

jamie at home - Cook Your Way to the Good Life by Jamie Oliver - This book is a combination of a recipe book and a vegetable gardening book. Each chapter introduces a food and then contains some recipes. The last page of each chapter then has a page or two where Jamie explains how he grows the food or purchases it (such as lamb or wild game). He also provides a list of his favourite vegetable varieties, seed suppliers and useful websites at the back of the book. This is my go-to book for recipes, especially his pizza crust recipe and shortcrust pie crust recipe. The recipes contain some additional info, not just the ingredients and steps. Photos show Jamie in his garden harvesting vegetables and preparing them for cooking.

Jamie At Home – Cook Your Way To The Good Life By Jamie Oliver

This book is a combination of a recipe book and a vegetable gardening book – the perfect combo in my opinion! Each chapter introduces a food, follows with some recipes and ends with a “how I grow…” section where Jamie explains how he grows the food.
Read the full review...

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A Year On The Garden Path – A 52-Week Organic Gardening Guide By Carolyn Harriot

This book is a week-by-week guide on how to grow organically. Carolyn Harriot took a neglected property close to Victoria and turned it into a high-yield food garden, growing vegetables, herbs and fruit organically without pesticides, chemical fertilizers or herbicides.
Read the full review...

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The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse – How To Design And Build A Net-Zero Energy Greenhouse By Lindsey Schiller And Marc Plinke

This book is a comprehensive guide to building a greenhouse that is energy efficient and uses the energy of the sun to heat and cool the interior.The authors first go over some basics to building a greenhouse that controls heat gain and heat loss.
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The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How To Grow Your Own Food 365 Days A Year, No Matter Where You Live By Niki Jabbour

This book busts the myth that you cannot grow vegetables in winter other than in mild climates. Niki shares her experience of growing vegetables year-round in Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada, where the winters are often cold and stormy.
Read the full review...

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The Zero-Mile Diet – A Year-Round Guide To Growing Organic Food By Carolyn Harriot

This book follows a month-by-month format expanding on the info presented in Carolyn's first book. She focuses more on specific types of produce, with more detailed information on each and emphasizes the benefits of growing your own food, just steps from your kitchen.
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Japanese Gardens In A Weekend

Japanese Gardens In A Weekend – Projects For One, Two Or Three Weekends By Robert Ketchell

This book is a guide to constructing over 20 Japanese features in manageable steps. You can complete each project in either one, two or three weekends. Read the full review...

Buying Guides

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10 Must Have Gardening Tools That You Need To Start Gardening

Tools are a key to having a successful garden. These 10 tools will make maintenance easier and faster.

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15 Special Gardening Tools That You Will Find Helpful

Tools are a key to having a successful garden. These 15 special gardening tools can help you if you have specialized tasks that you need to do.

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15 Woodworking Tools That You Can Use In The Garden

Supplement your garden tools by including some woodworking tools that you need. Learn which tools you can use and how you can use them.

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21 Best
Gardening Supplies To Keep In Stock

Keeping your garden supplies stocked up is crucial to getting work done when you need to. Learn what supplies you need to keep on hand.

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Gifts For Beginner Gardeners: 12 Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Have a beginner gardener on your holiday shopping list you still need to buy for? Get ideas for some last-minute gifts for beginner gardeners.

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Best Kids Gardening Tools That Make
Gardening Fun

Getting kids involved in gardening, especially growing their own food has many benefits. But they need the right tools that are safe for them to use.

videos

Urban Homestead Tour: Raised beds, greenhouse, fruit trees and more [April 2019]

Take a walk through the homestead with me as I show you the various features of the backyard garden and find what is starting to grow at this time of year.

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Urban Homestead Tour: Raised beds, greenhouse, fruit trees and more [Nov 2018]

Take a walk through the homestead with me as I show you the various features of the backyard garden and find what is still growing at this time of year.

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Greenhouse Passive Heating Features

Take a look with Marc at the greenhouse features that allow it to capture heat energy during the day when the sun shines and release that heat slowly at nighttime to avoid having plants inside freeze.

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Fruit Tree Fertilizer: How To Make And Apply Homemade Fertilizer [How-to]

Follow along with Marc as he makes and applies homemade fruit tree fertilizer to one of his many fruit trees to feed the tree for a better harvest.

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Tree Banding: How To Easily Increase Fruit Yields in 2019 [How-to]

Follow along with Marc as he applies a resin tree band to one of his many fruit trees to guard against the winter moth and avoid damage.

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Raspberry Pruning Basics: Get better harvests. 
[How-to]

Follow along with Marc as he shows you how to prune raspberries. Learn why you need to prune and what you need to do it successfully.

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Transplanting Onions with the Seeding Square [How-to]

Follow along with me as I transplant onions that I grew from seeds in my greenhouse. I use the Seeding Square to properly space out the seedlings.

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Transplanting Leeks - Keeping it Simple and Easy to Do

Follow along with me as I use simple methods to transplant leeks that I grew from seeds in my greenhouse. Just eyeballing the plant spacing.

Your Video Idea Here

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Community

Subscribe and join others growing their own food for their families on their urban homesteads

Sign up for access to the Free Downloadables Library and also get useful tips and tricks weekly on Friday morning.

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Check out lots of pins on Pinterest

Find hundreds of pins on the Tranquil Garden Urban Homestead Pinterest boards for inspiration and ideas.​

Quick Tip: Google Image Search for Unknown Plants

Check out inspirational photos, quotes and tips on Instagram

Get inspired and connect with Marc as he posts photos of his garden, his harvests and provides inspirational quotes, tips and gardening term definitions.

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Follow and interact on Facebook

Be notified when new blog posts are published. Join and post questions and successes on the Tranquil Garden Urban Homestead Facebook Group.

Get help and share your successes (and yes failures!)

Join the free Facebook community for families who want to start or just started growing food at home. It's a safe place to ask any question, no matter how basic they may seem.

Courses

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Courses are being developed and will be available in 2020! Feel free to suggest a course or topic you would be interested in learning more about.

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