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AVANT-GARDENING: CREATIVE ORGANIC GARDENING
WELCOME!    " YOU CAN GROW! "
"Confronted with the vision of a beautiful garden, we see something beautiful about ourselves..."
Jeff Cox


In 1986 we created our first sustainable organic gardens. Years of gardening experiences are a pleasure to pass on. In our travels, we have created both Pacific Northwest and high-desert Southwest gardens, resulting in a wide range of gardening experience. Working with the soil has always been an expression of values and ideals: truth, beauty and goodness. Truth - discovering predictable patterns and laws of the universe while observing and enjoying the cause and effects of our creative actions; Beauty - the art of using patterns in garden design, and working with living plants as a medium for creativity; and Goodness - sharing the bounty from our gardens with others.

It is through sharing that gardening becomes more than just a means of providing food, it becomes a model of what is possible within a community. Everyone who is growing healthy, nutritious, organic food is promoting a more sustainable way of living. Your garden endeavors might encourage others to garden, creating a local gardening community. With a collective surplus of food, a local farmers market could then be established providing an arena to discuss gardening experiences, and sell extra produce. Transform your soil, your soul, and the world around you - one seed at a time.

"The Acts of Today are the Destiny of Tomorrow...!"


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WHAT'S ON OUR WEBSITE? - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ORGANIC GARDENING!


What is Sustainable Organic Gardening?
How to Grow an Organic Garden and Make it Sustainable Over Time; The importance of heirloom/organic/non-GMO seed;
Frost/Insect/Wind/Rain/UV Plant Protection

Sustainable Organic Gardening in New Mexico
How to Grow High altitude Gardens in the Southwest; NM plants, trees, and wildlife
Watch our video - Coyote eating a bird seed block!
Raised beds in our NM sustainable organic gardens

Circle Garden at Mossy Knoll Garden on San Juan Island, WA
Sustainable Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

Culinary Herb Gardens, Cooking with Herbs, and Herb Garden Designs
Herbs are easy to grow, they don't require many nutrients, are generally drought resistant, and their flowers attract and feed bees and butterflies.

Garden Pests and Organic Control
How to recognize garden pests and control them organically and sustainably!   Where to get organic pesticides.   How to attract bees to your garden.

Xeriscape
Organic xeriscaping - landscaping with slow-growing, drought tolerant plants/trees/and shrubs


Sunstone Press in Santa Fe, New Mexico recently published a book by Frank and Vicky Giannangelo - photographs and essays about their New Mexico adventures in sustainable organic gardening, personal growth, community, and sustainability - titled  "GROWING WITH THE SEASONS".
It is available from the publisher Sunstone Press in Santa Fe, NM (505) 988-4418, or from  Amazon Books, or it can be ordered from a bookstore near you!
growing with the seasons

Permaculture Principles
Learn how to create a diverse, complex, and sustainable organic ecosystem, where all the elements interact in mutually beneficial ways

Creative Organic Garden Design
When surrounded by beauty, plants respond to a garden's aesthetics

The "GreenzBox"
A gardening solution for UV rays, intense heat, wildlife, and pest control - free plans! Why and how it works

Composting
Composting is the ultimate recycling process and it is the key to sustainability when gardening organically

Companion and Bio-Intensive Planting - maximize garden space
Learn about the symbiotic/chemical relationships between plants, roots, and the soil Why organic matters.

 The Importance of biodiversity
Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson states in his book 'The Diversity of Life' that we have only identified about 10% of the species on our planet.
Knowing so little about our world, why are we in such a hurry to alter it?

What is wrong with GMO's? The Very Real Danger of Genetically Modified Foods
and the largly unknown effects of Genetic Engineering on seeds, soils, and all life forms

Organic Seed Starting Guide
When and how to start organic seeds indoors using heat mats and grow lights. When to plant your seedlings outside. Direct seeding techniques.

How to build cement walls for raised bed gardens - a You Tube video by Frank and Vicky Giannangelo
Instructions for building cement wall raised bed walls for a garden - step by step!

  "Best Friends: Black Cat and Red Fox" - a You Tube video by Frank and Vicky Giannangelo
A black cat and a red fox spent two years together on the north end of San Juan Island! Watch their cute interactions.
Quirky the Blind Kitten

  "Follow Quirky the Blind Kitten as he grows up" - a You Tube video by Frank and Vicky Giannangelo
Quirky is a kitten blind from birth. The local shelter asked if we would adopt him when he was 5 weeks old and we did. He is way beyond cute.

Hardiness Zone Map and First and Last Frost Dates
Use this map as a general reference when determining what plants will survive the climate in your area. First/last frost dates, and frost/freeze definitions

Botany Basics
Everything you need to know about botany, simplified

Labyrinths
A metaphor of life's journey, a pattern that creates a symbolic space. A meditation technique to balance the right and left brain. Stress reducing benefits.
one of the sustainable organic perennial gardens and the one of the bird feeding areas in our garden in NM
Workshops
The Greenzbox; Sustainable Organic Gardening; Rockwork; Strawbale Walls; and Labyrinths

"Avant-Gardening Tid-Bytes Insights"
"A collection of gardening related essays

VIRTUALLY VISIT - "One picture is worth a thousand words..."
NM Photo Tour I
Home and Gardens, Building a Straw Bale Wall

NM Photo Tour II
Rescued Pets, Wildflowers, Wildlife, and Rock Formations

NM Photo Tour III
Winter, Native Trees and Shrubs, Landscapes

NM Photo Tour IV
Building a Hogan and a Kiva Fire Pit; Gardens and ponds, Wildlife

San Juan Island, WA Photo Tour V
Gardens, Wildlife, Sunrises, Sunsets, Flora and Fauna

"You Can Grow" Organic Gardening CD
Sustainable Organic Gardening Information/Planting Techniques/Garden Design/Inspirational Sayings
wild NM Four O'clock in bloom in our garden in NM
NEW! - The Spirit of Gardening Quotes
Over 3,500 Inspirational Quotations, Poems, Sayings, Quips, Links and References. Arranged by 140 Topics

NEW! - Photos of Beautiful Gardens
Take a Virtual Tour of Gardens Worldwide

"Watch Frans Lanting's - A lyrical view of life on Earth
In this stunning slideshow, celebrated nature photographer Frans Lanting presents
The LIFE Project, a poetic collection of photographs that tell the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity.

One Man, One Cow, One Planet
Watch this Great Documentary on the Importance of Biodynamic/Organic/Sustainable Gardening
This movie will encourage you, inspire you, and restore your faith in the possibilities of one person's ability
to change the world, one step at a time...buy it, support them, spread the word.
This is one of the most important movies of our time if we are to sustain life on this planet!

Organic Plants, Seeds, Foods, and Supplies
Helpful Gardening Books
Gardening Supplies

Resources
"Other helpful gardening websites"

HELPFUL WEBSITES YOU MIGHT LIKE TO VISIT:
Wind Chimes
  Bamboo Poles
Garden Sheds and Summerhouses
Valentine's flowers





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Home Page    About Us    Sustainable Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest    Botany Basics    "You Can Grow!" Workshops    Composting    Soil Building
Hardiness Zone Map   WebRings    "You Can Grow" CD's   "Tid-Bytes" Insights   Garden Pests & Organic Controls
Biodiversity and Genetic Engineering    Sustainable Organic Gardening in New Mexico    Companion & Intensive Planting     Permaculture    Labyrinths
Seed Starting Guide    Creative Garden Design    The Greenzbox    Culinary Herb Gardens    Xeriscape
"Growing with the Seasons"    Photo Tour I    Photo Tour II    Photo Tour III    Photo Tour IV    Photo Tour V
Organic Products    Gardening Books   Gardening Supplies     Recommend This Site    Resources

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