Resources for Gardeners

2016 Garden Enhancement Grant
Need a grant to enhance your garden? Apply for the 2016 Garden Enhancement Grant!
Micro Grant Program Info
Micro Grant Application

Join the Gardens Network
Want to become a bigger part of the gardening community, build relationships, and access resources? Become a member of the Gardens Network and view the Gardens Network brochure!

Horticulture Hotline
Questions on how to make the most of your plot? Try asking other gardeners in your community – they can be a wealth of knowledge, and you’ll make a personal connection. Dane County UW-Extension Master Gardener volunteers are also available to answer questions: call the Horticulture Hotline at 608-224-3721, or send them an email at horticulture@countyofdane.com. The Horticulture Hotline is staffed by volunteers May-October, if you have questions at other times in the season please contact Dane County UW Extension Horticulture Educators.

Gardening to Fight Hunger in our Community
CAC continues to support two initiatives for gardeners interesting in growing food to donate to area food pantries: Food Pantry Gardens and Plant A Row for the Hungry. For more information, please contact CAC at cac@cacscw.org or 608-246-4730.

Dane County Seed Library
Five Dane County libraries have started a self-sustaining seed exchange program. Much like checking out a book at the library, this program allows community members to “check out” seed packets of 15 different vegetable varieties for at-home gardening. After growing the vegetables, participants are then asked to return the harvested seeds back to the library offering the program. Participants are encouraged to return the seeds keep the program running smoothly and effectively. For more information, visit the program’s website. Contact Michael Spelman at 608-266-6395 or mspelman@scls.lib.wi.us with questions.

Also check out these great publications developed by UW-Extension, CAC, and others:

General + Comprehensive

  • Community Gardens: Where People and Plants Come Together (PDF)
  • Food and Garden Activities for Kids (PDF)
  • From the Ground Up: A guide to basic organic vegetable, flower, and herb gardening for new gardeners (PDF)
  • Growing Vegetables: Questions & Answers (PDF)
  • Starting a Community Garden (PDF)
  • The Vegetable Garden (PDF)
  • Toolkit for Quantifying Your Garden’s Impact (PDF)
  • Youth Gardening (PDF)
  • Compostable Materials Graphics from the DNR and a Master Gardener Volunteer.

Planting

  • Common Crops for Community Gardens (PDF)
  • Madison Planting Time Chart (PDF)
  • Plain Language Guides to Growing Onions, Garlic, and Leeks (PDF); Salad Greens (PDF); and Tomatoes (PDF)
  • Sample Planting Schedule (PDF)
  • Seed Starting (PDF)
  • Soil Temperature Planting Guide (PDF)
  • Succession Planting (PDF)
  • Vegetable Cultivars and Planting Guide (PDF)
  • Vegetable Planting Guide (PDF)

Growing

  • Common Weed Seedlings (PDF)
  • Community Garden Security (PDF)
  • Composting “On Site” (PDF)
  • Container Gardening (PDF)
  • Cover Crops for the Home Garden (PDF)
  • Improving Soil Fertility (PDF)
  • Managing Insects (PDF)
  • Organic Soil Conditioners (PDF)
  • Protect Your Plants from Bugs (PDF)
  • Soil Contaminants (PDF)
  • Specialized Gardening Techniques (PDF)
  • Why Use Mulch? (PDF)
  • Pests, Diseases and Weeds in Community Garden Setting (PDF)

Harvesting

  • Harvesting Vegetables (PDF)
  • Harvest/Post-Harvest Handling (PDF)
  • Recipes from our Community (PDF)
  • Storing Fruits and Vegetables (PDF)
  • Storing Vegetables (PDF)

En español

  • Cómo cultivar cebollas, ajos, y puerros (PDF)

For many more publications with information tailored to Wisconsin’s growing conditions, visit UW Extension’s The Learning Store.

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