Gardening Resources

Some of the best resources for gardening are your fellow CSCG members. Whether you have been gardening for fifty years or this is your first time, you have something to offer your neighbor. The Educational Director is also available to answer questions and point you in the right direction. Below are some resources that have been found to be especially useful to urban spaces or raised beds. You also have the option as a member to ask for a mentor or be a mentor yourself.


  • Square Foot Gardening, by Mel Bartholomew
  • Wisconsin Garden Guide, by Jerry Minnich
  • The Vegetable Gardener’s Book of Building Projects: Raised Beds, Cold Frames, Compost Bins, Planters, Plant Supports, Trellises, Harvesting and Storage Aids, by Story Communications
  • Cubed Foot Gardening: Growing Vegetables in Raised Intensive Beds, by Christopher Bird


Natural Insect Control
Insect & Disease ID
The Garden Networks
From the Ground Up Organic Gardening Guide
(Click where it says “Free Garden Manual” to download the .pdf.)



Organic Gardening Short Course: UW Extension 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Ste. 138, Madison, Thursdays at 6:30-8:30PM
Madison Greenhouse Store, 1354 Williamson Street, Varied classes depending on season


Dane County compost hotline at 608-267-1502 to pick up excellent compost, free in small quantities and $10 for a pickup truck load.


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