|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 Amazon.com
Other Useful Gardening web sites.
|| Books on Gardening
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
- 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: http://www.chicagobotanic.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know! Perhaps this would make a good winter session activity.
- 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!