Community and School Garden Resources

Scroll down to find success in starting and maintaining your garden.

For school gardeners - UGA's School Garden Resource Website is a comprehensive site addressing the unique challenges facing school gardeners.  Included in the website are curriculum plans, grant opportunities for school gardens, and  tips from teachers.

For 4-H leaders - 4-H lessons specifically created for use in 4-H clubs with school or community gardens are available.  Email Becky Griffin at beckygri@uga.edu for more information.

Your local UGA Cooperative Extension Agent is your best resource!

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Starting Your Community Garden

Maintaining Your Community Garden

Advanced Community Gardening

Other Resources

How to Start a Community Garden:  Getting People Involved

A team of committed people is essential to a community garden's success


Siting a Garden

Picking the best location for your garden


Planning an Edible Garden

A helpful guide to getting your garden started


Soil Testing

Soil test results include a nutrient profile of your soil and soil pH


Sources of Water for the Garden

Securing a water source for your garden is extremely important


Raised Beds vs. In-Ground Gardens

The pros and cons of each growing system


Raised Bed Dimensions

Helpful information to help you construct your raised beds


Vegetable Planting Chart

Includes vegetable planting dates and recommended plant varieties


Georgia Organic's Planting Chart

A printable one page reference


Georgia Weather Network

Find detailed weather from around the state, including soil temperatures.

Growing Fruits

Fruits can be a nice, perennial part of your garden


Irrigation

Water needs of plants and irrigation systems


Less Expensive Sources of Plant Material, Amendments and Tools

Creative ways to save money in the garden


Weed Control

Weeds are the number one horticultural problem in the garden


Garden Sheds

Having a shed on-site can be a convienent addition to your garden


Stock the Toolshed:  Hand Tools

Having the right tools makes gardening chores easier


Garden Fencing

Fencing can be important for security or to keep out deer


Preparing for Your Fall Garden Video

UGA's Charlotte Meeks discusses getting your garden ready for Fall


Atlanta Regional Commission Community Garden Manual

Includes sample forms and checklists of interest


University of Missouri's Community Gardening Toolkit

A resource for planning, enhancing, and sustaining your community garden project

Pollination of Vegetable Crops

Understanding the basics of pollination can help increase vegetable yield


Beneficial Insects, Spiders and Mites in the Southeast

Learn the difference between the helpful and destructive insects


Troubleshooting Vegetable Production Problems

Common vegetable problems


Growing Vegetables Organically

Describes an overall organic growing plan


Using Cover Crops

An efficient alternative to abandoning your garden in the winter


Video about Tomato Blossom End Rot

Detailed photos showing a common tomato problem


Extending the Crop Season

Make the most of each growing season


IPM for Vegetable Gardening Video

Integrated pest managment approach to gardening


Garden Composting

Composting can be a terrific addition to your garden


Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce - On the Farm

An Extension Campus free on-line course covering food safety


Urban Gardening:  Assessing Soils for Contamination

Soil contamination of urban soils with heavy metals can be a concern.


Earthworm Facts!

Earthworms are a sign of healthy soil.

Community and School Gardening Blog

Research-based information

Publishes weekly


UGA Community and School Gardens Facebook Page 

Updates several times a week

Share your garden photos with us!


Twitter

Periodic updates


American Community Garden Association

Working in the United States and Canada to promote community gardens


Georgia Organics

Promotes and provides training for community gardens


Food Well Alliance

Involved in the local food movement in metro Atlanta