Gardening Resources

This just in. Couple of articles on City of Chicago Urban Ag Zoning Changes. (Jan 10, 2011)

First time Gardener’s Bed Layout,
Go on-line and plan your plots. Sample arrangements, companion planning and more. Easy and Educational.

Recommended by Julie Samuels at the May 23 Root-Riot: Harambee  New Gardener Session
John Jeavens: Bio-intensive methods web site:
And the name of the book info:

  • How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine (Paperback)
  • John Jeavons
  • A link to the book on

Other Useful Gardening web sites.

Books on Gardening

Radio Resources

Books on community gardening at the Oak Park library:

  • Community Gardening by Ellen Kirby This book focuses on various CG projects around the country. All of them give interesting tips on how to manage and make your CG flourish.
  • Sharing the Harvest By Elizabeth Henderson
Local Resources

  • Garfield Park Conservatory holds workshops, lectures and even has horticultural vendors onsite. They provide a wealth of information, ideas and resources for horticulture.
  • Chicago Botanic Garden has an extensive line of lectures, classes and workshops available. They also have wonderful demonstration gardens of various types and designs:
    The Jane Addams Hull House has a free program every Tuesday called Re-Thinking Soup that focuses on different projects. Tomorrow they are having a discussion on creating an urban farm! Hopefully someone form your group can attended this program.They also have a free online copy of their canning manual.
  • University of Illinois Extension website supplies a wealth of resources. They have a plant clinic based at the Garfield Park Conservatory where they can troubleshoot many individual plant/gardening problems. Master Gardener and Master Composter certification classes are also available.
National ResourcesMenu for the future:A very interesting web site and group course that explores the connection between food and sustainability. If you are interested in this write and let them know! Perhaps this would make a good winter session activity.

National Resources

  • ACCA (American Community Gardening Association) gives great tips on how to start and manage a community garden. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter!
  • Community Garden Organizer’s Handbook is a comprehensive down-loadable manual by the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin. Its a good source to view policy guides for your group.
  • Though guerrilla gardening is not in part community gardening (CG) it gives good food for thought on how to garden in a different way!

This Jeavons book may be a good book to read as a group over the winter. If a Root-Riot Regular is interested in putting a book-club session together, let us know.  It could be a start of something great!

4 thoughts on “Gardening Resources

  1. Hi~ I took a gardening class at the Conservatory recently & I never received an e-mail with the protective orange barrier material info needed for a raised bed. I just need to know where to purchase it~thanks much! 🙂

  2. I live in Oak Park and would like to start a summer garden. I did not start plants from seed and was wondering what options I have for planting an inexpensive vegetable garden. I have 2 4×4 raised beds… I am a mom of 3 and looking to both learn and help teach my young girls the importance & joy of gardening.

    Also, do i still have time to do some plants from seed?

    Thank you!

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