Gardening Resources

Planning and Planting


  • Composting 101: Tips on how to Start Composting
  • Lasagna Composting: The "Lasagna Method" is a way of structuring a compost system so that maintenance is minimized, pests are deterred, and both large and small amounts of compostables can be handled at any time. This simple layering system can be used in any bin.
  • Worm Composting: Learn the basics of indoor worm composting. Includes Herman the Worm's family tree, history, anatomy and diet. 
  • Home Composting 


      • How to Take a Soil Sample: One of the best things a first-time gardener can do is have a soil sample taken. Learn how to properly take a soil sample. 
      • Soil Testing Labs: This list is provided for your reference. Call for current fees and services. Request an interpretation of the soil test results. Often labs will provide sample bags prior to you taking a soil sample, if you request sampling information.
      • Organic Mulches: Organic mulches serve several important functions in garden and landscape plantings

        Food and Nutrition

        • 13 Vegetables to Donate to Food Pantries: While food pantries that accept fresh produce will accept most types of vegetables, the following are generally preferred.
        • Food Preservation: The National Center for Home Food Preservation is your source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation.
        • USDA: Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit: Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit Featuring MyPlate is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits - peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables - spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.

        Garden Safety