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The kitchen garden, once a standard fixture of most American households, is gaining renewed attention as one component of the movement towards local, fresh and seasonal foods. Many people who take up kitchen gardening are concerned about the sustainability of a system in which most foods in a typical meal have traveled over 1,000 miles to get to their tables. Some kitchen gardeners are drawn by the variety of heirloom and hybrid plants available to growers, while others are attracted by freshness, flavor and nutritional value.

A kitchen garden does not necessarily require much land or equipment. Many plants will grow happily in containers, and varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers are available in smaller sizes for growing on patios, decks, balconies, and even on windowsills. With its combination of flowers, herbs and vegetables providing varieties of color, scent and form, a kitchen garden can be as pleasing as a formal flower bed.

The focus of this guide is on the practicalities and history of kitchen gardening. Not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography, this Tracer Bullet is designed -- as the name of the series implies -- to put the reader “on target.” Related Tracer Bullet and Resource Guide titles include Gardening and Container Gardening.



Damrosch, Barbara. The garden primer. Emmaus, PA, Rodale, 2003. 673 p.
   Bibliography: p. 632-633.
   SB453.D338 2003 <SciRR>
   See particularly Vegetables, p. 182-305; Herbs, p. 308-324; Fruits, p. 326-387.

The Edible garden. In The American Horticultural Society gardening manual. New York, Dorling Kindersley, 2000.
p. 234-273.
   SB453.A67 2000 <SciRR>

Growing plants for food. In Reader’s Digest new illustrated guide to gardening. Pleasantville, NY, Reader’s Digest, c2000. p. 340-461.
   SB453.R365 2000 <SciRR>



Subject headings used by the Library of Congress, under which works on kitchen gardens and gardening can be located in Library catalogs, include the following:

Highly Relevant



VEGETABLES See also individual crops, e.g., TOMATOES, CORN, HERBS, etc.

More General




Bartley, Jennifer R. Designing the new kitchen garden: an American potager handbook. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2006. 222 p.
   Bibliography: p. 211-213.
   SB324.3.B38 2006 <SciRR>

The Big book of kitchen gardens. Alexandria, VA, Time-Life Books, c1999. 335 p.
   SB321.B534 1999

Biggs, Matthew, Jekka McVicar, and Bob Flowerdew. Vegetables, herbs & fruit: an illustrated encyclopedia. San Diego, CA, Laurel Glen Pub., c2002. 640 p.
   Bibliography: p. 626.
   SB320.9.B54 2002 <SciRR>

Coleman, Eliot. Four-season harvest: organic vegetables from your home garden all year around. White River Junction, VT, Chelsea Green Pub., c1999. 234 p.
   Rev. ed. of The new organic grower’s four-season harvest, c1992.
   Bibliography: p. 224-227.
   SB324.3.C64 1999

Courtier, Jane, and Fern Marshall Bradley. Vegetable gardening, from planting to picking: the complete guide to creating a bountiful garden. Pleasantville, NY, Reader’s Digest, c2006. 288 p.
   SB321.C823 2006 <SciRR>

Denckla, Tanya. The gardener’s A-Z guide to growing organic food. 2nd ed. North Adams, MA, Storey Books, c2003. 485 p.
   Rev. ed. of her The organic gardener’s home reference, c1994.
   Bibliography: p. 433-451.
   SB324.3.D47 2003 <SciRR>

Growing fruits and vegetables organically: the complete guide to a great-tasting, more bountiful, problem-free harvest. Edited by Jean M. A. Nick and Fern Marshall Bradley. Emmaus, PA, Rodale Press; New York, distributed in the book trade by St. Martin’s Press, c1994. 532 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   SB324.3.G75 1994

Hirsch, David P. The Moosewood Restaurant kitchen garden: creative gardening for the adventurous cook. Rev. ed. Berkeley, CA, Ten Speed Press, c2005. 294 p.
   Bibliography: p. 287-289.
   SB324.3.H57 2005

McGrath, Michael. Kitchen garden A to Z: growing, harvesting, buying, storing. New York, H. N. Abrams, 2004.
158 p.
   Bibliography: p. 160.
   SB321.M393 2004

Michalak, Patricia S., and Cass Peterson. Vegetables. Emmaus, PA, Rodale Press; New York, distributed in the book trade by St. Martin’s Press, c1993. 159 p.
   Rodale’s successful organic gardening.
   SB324.3.M53 1993

Miller, Crow, and Elizabeth Miller. Organic gardening: a comprehensive guide to chemical-free growing. Foster City, CA, IDG Books Worldwide, c2000. 338 p.
   SB453.5.M553 2000 <SciRR>

Nardozzi, Charlie, and the editors of the National Gardening Association. Vegetable gardening for dummies. Foster City, CA, IDG Books Worldwide, c1999. 356 p.
   Bibliography: p. 338.
   SB321.N24 1999

Pavord, Anna. The new kitchen garden. London, New York, Dorling Kindersley, 1996. 208 p.
   Bibliography: p. 200.
   SB321.P4 1996 <SciRR>

Smith, Edward C. The vegetable gardener’s bible: discover Ed’s high-yield W-O-R-D system for all North American gardening regions. Pownal, VT, Storey Books, c2000. 309 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   SB324.3.S62 2000 <SciRR>

Thompson, Sylvia Vaughn Sheekman. The kitchen garden. New York, Bantam Books, 1995. 389 p.
   Bibliography: p. 377-378.
   SB324.3.T48 1995

White, Hazel, and Janet H. Sanchez. The edible garden. Menlo Park, CA, Sunset Pub. Corp., c2005. 192 p.
   SB453.W4267 2005 <SciRR>



Fruits, Berries, Nuts and Vines

Bowling, Barbara L. The berry grower’s companion. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2000. 284 p.
   Bibliography: p. 267-271.
   SB381.B68 2000 <SciRR>

Otto, Stella. The backyard berry book: a hands-on guide to growing berries, brambles, and vine fruit in the home garden. Maple City, MI, OttoGraphics, c1995. 284 p.
   Bibliography: p. 270-272.
   SB381.O88 1995

Trehane, Jennifer. Blueberries, cranberries and other vacciniums. Portland, OR, Timber Press, c2004. 256 p.
   Bibliography: p. 249-250.
   SB386.B7T74 2004 <SciRR>

Garden Ecology

Basic composting: all the skills and tools you need to get started. Edited by Eric Ebeling and others. Mechanicsburg, PA, Stackpole Books, c2003. 87 p.
   Bibliography: p. 87.
   S661.B38 2003

Carroll, Steven B., and Steven D. Salt. Ecology for gardeners. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2004. 328 p.
   Bibliography: p. 290-291.
   QH541.5.G37C27 2004 <SciRR>

Cloyd, Raymond A., Philip L. Nixon, and Nancy R. Pataky. IPM for gardeners: a guide to integrated pest management. Portland, OR, Timber Press, c2004. 204 p.
   Bibliography: p. 171-172.
   SB603.5.C58 2004 <SciRR>

Grissell, Eric. Insects and gardens: in pursuit of a garden ecology. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2001. 345 p.
   Bibliography: p. 327-330.
   SF517.G75 2001 <SciRR>

Heiser, Charles B. Weeds in my garden: observations on some misunderstood plants. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2003. 247 p.
   Bibliography: p. 223-227.
   SB611.H39 2003 <SciRR>

Ingham, Elaine R. The compost tea brewing manual. Eugene, OR, Unisun Communications, in association with the Sustainable Studies Institute, 2000. 59 p.
   “An educational outreach of SoilFoodweb Inc.”
   Bibliography: p. 58-59.
   S654.I54 2000

Lord, Tony. The encyclopedia of planting combinations: the ultimate visual guide to successful plant harmony. Toronto, Buffalo, Firefly, 2002. 416 p.
   SB473.L6555 2002 <SciRR>

Spedding, C. R. W., and Geoffrey Spedding. The natural history of a garden. Portland, OR Timber Press, 2003.
246 p.
   Bibliography: p. 238.
   QH541.5.G37S64 2003 <SciRR>

Stell, Elizabeth. Secrets to great soil: a grower’s guide to composting, mulching, and creating healthy, fertile soil for your garden and lawn. Pownal, VT, Storey Pub., c1998. 215 p.
   Bibliography: p. 206-207.
   S596.75.S74 1998 <SciRR>

Turner, Carole B. Seed sowing and saving: step-by step techniques for collecting and growing more than 100 vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Pownal, VT, Storey Communications, c1998. 217 p.
   Bibliography: p. 208.
   SB324.75.T87 1998 <SciRR>

Heirloom Vegetables

Coulter, Lynn. Gardening with heirloom seeds: tried-and-true flowers, fruits, and vegetables for a new generation. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, c2006. 316 p.
   Bibliography: p. 303-304.
   SB117.C74 2006 <SciRR>

Creasy, Rosalind. The edible heirloom garden. Boston, Periplus Editions, 1999. 106 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   SB324.73.C74 1999

Male, Carolyn J. 100 heirloom tomatoes for the American garden. New York, Workman, c1999. 246 p.
   SB349.M356 1999 <SciRR>

Stickland, Sue. Heirloom vegetables: a home gardener’s guide to finding and growing vegetables from the past. New York, Fireside Books, 1998. 191 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   SB324.73.S75 1998

Stuart, David C. Gardening with heirloom plants. Pleasantville, NY, Reader’s Digest Assoc., 1997. 160 p.
   SB407.S79 1997

Taylor’s guide to heirloom vegetables. Edited by Ben Watson. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1996. 343 p.
   Includes bibliographies
   SB324.73.T38 1996 <SciRR>

Weaver, William Woys. Heirloom vegetable gardening: a master gardener’s guide to planting, growing, seed saving, and cultural history. New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1997. 439 p.
   Bibliography: p. 395-409.
   SB324.73.W43 1997 <SciRR>

Yepsen, Roger B. A celebration of heirloom vegetables: growing and cooking old-time varieties. New York, Artisan, 1998. 192 p.
   SB324.73.Y46 1998


Tucker, Arthur O., and Thomas DeBaggio. The big book of herbs: a comprehensive illustrated reference to herbs of flavor and fragrance. Loveland, CO, Interweave Press, c2000. 688 p.
   Bibliography: p. 616-679.
   SB351.H5T777 2000 <SciRR>

Lanza, Patricia. Lasagna gardening with herbs: enjoy fresh flavor, fragrance, and beauty with no digging, no tilling, no weeding, no kidding! Emmaus, PA, Rodale, c2004. 278 p.
   Bibliography: p. 269-270.
   SB351.H5L27 2004

Lima, Patrick. Herbs, the complete gardener’s guide. Willowdale, ON, Firefly, 2001. 222 p.
   SB351.H5L562 2001 <SciRR>

History of Kitchen Gardening

The Country house kitchen garden, 1600-1960: how produce was grown and how it was used. Edited by C. Anne Wilson. London, Sutton Pub., in association with National Trust Enterprises, c1998. 212 p. (Food and society, 10)
   Based on papers from the Tenth Leeds Symposium on Food History, April 1995.
   Bibliography: p. 195-197.
   SB320.8.G7C68 1998

Davies, Jennifer. The Victorian kitchen garden. New York, W. W. Norton, c1987. 160 p.
   Bibliography: p. 156.
   SB320.8.G7D38 1988

Harrison, Lorraine. The Shaker book of the garden: with a facsimile of the original Gardener’s manual of 1843. Hauppauge, NY, Barron’s, 2004. 64 p.
   Reprint of The Gardener’s manual in pocket of book.
   SB324.3.H37 2004

Pennington, Susan. Feast your eyes: the unexpected beauty of vegetable gardens. Edited by Ann C. Easterling. Berkeley, University of California Press, in association with Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, c2002. 142 p.
   Bibliography: p. 133-135.
   SB320.5.P45 2002

Stuart, David C. The kitchen garden: a historical guide to traditional crops. London, R. Hale, 1984. 270 p.
   Bibliography: p. 257-260.
   SB320.8.E85S77 1984 <SciRR>

Tucker, David. M. Kitchen gardening in America: a history. Ames, Iowa State University Press, 1993. 205 p.
   Bibliography: p. 179-200.
   SB320.6.T83 1993 <SciRR>

Kitchen Gardening in Containers

Atha, Antony. The container kitchen garden. London, Collins & Brown; New York, Distributed in the United States and Canada by Sterling Pub., 2000. 160 p.
   SB418.A84 2000 <SciRR>

Crandall, Chuck, and Barbara Crandall. Movable harvests: fruits, vegetables, berries, the simplicity & bounty of container gardens. Shelburne, VT, Chapters; Buffalo, NY, Trade distribution in the U.S. by Firefly Books, c1995. 128 p.
   Bibliography: p. 122.
   SB324.4.C73 1995

Guerra, Michael. The edible container garden: growing fresh food in small spaces. New York, Simon & Schuster, c2000. 159 p.
   Bibliography: p. 155-156.
   SB324.4.G84 2000

McGee, Rose Marie Nichols, and Maggie Stuckey. McGee & Stuckey’s the bountiful container: a container garden of vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers. New York, Workman Pub., c2002. 432 p.
   SB418.M32 2002

Pleasant, Barbara, Doreen Howard, and Betty Mackey. Container gardens. Minnetonka, MN, National Home Gardening Club, c1997. 152 p.
   Bibliography: p. 145.
   SB418.P64 1997

Kitchen Gardening with Children

Brennan, Georgeanne, and Ethel Brennan, with Marcel Barchechat and the East Bay French-American School. The children’s kitchen garden: a book of gardening, cooking, and learning. Berkeley, CA, Ten Speed Press, c1997. 146 p.
   Bibliography: p. 141.
   SB457.B66 1997

Creasey, Rosalind. Blue potatoes, orange tomatoes: how to grow a rainbow garden. San Francisco, Sierra Club Books for Children, c1994. 40 p.
   SB324.C68 1994

Hardesty, Constance. Grow your own pizza! gardening plans and recipes for kids. Golden, CO, Fulcrum Kids, c2000. 128 p.
   Bibliography: p. 127.
   SB457.H34 2000

Kuhn, Dwight. More than just a vegetable garden. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Silver Press, c1990. 40 p.
   SB324.K84 1990

Lerner, Carol. My backyard garden. New York, Morrow Junior Books, c1998. 48 p.
   SB324.L47 1998

Lovejoy, Sharon. Roots, shoots, buckets & boots: gardening together with children. New York, Workman Pub., c1999. 159 p.
   Bibliography: p. 158-159.
   SB457.L827 1999

Richardson, Beth. Gardening with children. Newtown, CT, Taunton Press, 1998. 153 p.
   SB457.R484 1998

Waters, Marjorie. The Victory garden kid’s book. Rev. ed. Old Saybrook, CT, Globe Pequot Press, c1994. 148 p.
   SB457.W34 1994

Of Historical Interest

Bailey, L. H. The principles of vegetable-gardening. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1901. 458 p. (The Rural Science series, edited by L. H. Bailey)
   American books on vegetable gardening: p. 244-263.
   Recent experiment station publications relating to vegetable gardening: p. 263-270.

The Complete kitchen and fruit gardener. Philadelphia, T. B. Peterson, 1851. 118 p.

Hedrick, U. P. Cyclopedia of hardy fruits. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1922. 370 p.

M’Mahon, Bernard. American gardener’s calendar. 11th ed. Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, 1857. 637 p.
   SB93.M16 1857 <SciRR>

Rogers, John. The vegetable cultivator: containing a plain and accurate description of all the different species and varieties of culinary vegetables... . 2nd ed. London, Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1843. 343 p.

Phillips, Henry. The companion for the kitchen garden. London, H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1831. 2 v.

Putnam, Jean-Marie. Gardens for victory. New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1942. 221 p.



Dissertations may be identified by using online resources or the following indexes located in the Main Reading Room. Consult any reference librarian about options. Some dissertations may be available in full text through electronic resources on public terminals at the Library of Congress.

Comprehensive Dissertation Index. Supplement (1973- annual)

Dissertation Abstracts International (1938- monthly)
   Z5053.D57 and Electronic format

Digital Dissertations (1980- )
   Electronic resource



Bomford, Michael K. Yield, pest density, and tomato flavor effects of companion planting in garden-scale studies incorporating tomato, basil, and Brussels sprout. Ann Arbor, MI, UMI, 2005.
   UMI publication number AAT 3156337 <MicRR>
   Collation of the original: 121 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--West Virginia University, 2004.

Damrow, Christine B. “Every child in a garden:” radishes, avocado pits, and the education of American children in the twentieth century. Ann Arbor, MI, UMI, 2005.
   UMI publication number AAT 3186174 <MicRR>
   Collation of the original: 400 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--University of Wisconsin, 2005.

Dillon, Clarissa Flint. “A large, an useful, and a grateful field.” Eighteenth century kitchen gardens in southeastern Pennsylvania, the uses of the plants, and their place in women’s work. (Volumes I and II). Ann Arbor, MI, UMI, 1986.
   UMI publication number AAT 9004053 <MicRR>
   Collation of the original: 697 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--Bryn Mawr College, 1986.

Hammetter, John Thomas. Gardening and meaningful lives: an ethnography of Milwaukee-area residential vernacular gardeners. AnnArbor, MI, UMI, 2002.
   UMI publication number AAT 3050530 <MicRR>
   Collation of the original: 413 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--Northwestern University, 2002.

Liu, Jing Yu. A vegetable garden plan for a family of four. Ann Arbor, MI, UMI, 2000.
   UMI publication number AAT 1399418 <MicRR>
   Collation of the original: 129 p.
   Thesis (masters)--Mississippi State University, 2000.

Mohan, Soumya. An assessment of the ecological and socioeconomic benefits provided by homegardens: a case study of Kerala, India. Ann Arbor, MI, UMI, 2004.
   UMI publication number AAT 3158840 <MicRR>
   Collation of the original: 133 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--University of Florida, 2004.

Nickerson, Virginia. Continuity and resistance: Central Vermont farmers’ motivations for cultivating heirloom vegetables. Ann Arbor, MI, UMI, 2006.
   UMI publication number AAT 3208526 <MicRR>
   Collation of the original: 277 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--University of Michigan, 2006.



ABSTRACTING AND INDEXING SERVICES that index relevant journal articles and other literature are listed below. Consult a reference librarian for the location and format of abstracting and indexing services.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
   Electronic Resource

Biological and Agricultural Index (1916- )
   Z5073.A46 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic Resource

Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index
   Electronic Resource

General Science Index (1978- )
   Z5851.E62 <SciRR A&I>

General Science Full Text
   Electronic Resource

Gerritsen’s Women’s History
   Electronic Resource

Horticultural Abstracts (1981- )
   SB1.H65 <SciRR A&I>

InfoTrac OneFile
   Electronic Resource

   Electronic Resource

Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature (1900- )
   A13.R48 <BusRR> and Electronic Resource

Readers’ Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)
   Electronic Resource



Journals that often contain articles relevant to kitchen gardens include the following:

The American Gardener SB1.N3
Arnoldia QK479.A7
Country Life S3.C9
Fine Gardening WMLC 93/1412
Flower & Garden Magazine SB1.F65
Garden Design SB469.G27
Garden History SB451.G34
The Herb Companion SB351.H5H3523
The Herb Quarterly SB351.H5H357
Horticulture SB1.H86
The Horticulturist SB1.H9
HortScience SB317.5.H675
House & Garden NA7100.H6
Journal of Agricultural & Food Information S494.5.I47J68
KGI Newsletter Online at
Kitchen Garden (not in LC collections)
Mother Earth News AP2.M7919
OG S605.5.O7



Bhardwaj, Harbans L. Muskmelon and sweet corn production with legume cover crops. HortScience, v. 41, Aug. 2006: 1222-1225.

Burton, Bonnie. Beauty of the beets. Organic gardening, v. 52, Oct./Nov. 2005: 22-27.

Chandoha, Walter. Grow and sell heirloom tomatoes. Mother earth news, Dec./Jan. 2007: 73-77.

Damrosch, Barbara. A shrinking homegrown crop. KGI newsletter, Sept. 2006: 5.
   Online at

Fischer, Thomas. Fields of greens. Horticulture, v. 97, Jul./Aug. 2000: 44-48.

Hall, Doug. A fall vegetable garden for children: planting activities that can be done in August. Flower & garden magazine, v. 38, Aug./Sept. 1994: 48.

Halloran, Kathleen. A bed of mixed greens. Herb companion, v. 19, Jan. 2007: 16-17.

Heirloom vegetable seeds. Better homes & gardens, v. 81, Mar. 2003: 260.

McWilliams, James E. “To forward well-flavored productions:” the kitchen garden in early New England. New England quarterly, v. 77, Mar. 2004: 25-50.

Ogden, Shepherd. Creating a kitchen garden from scratch. American gardener, v. 85, Mar./Apr. 2006: 38-42.

Paul, Lindsay C., and James D. Metzger. Impact of vermicompost on vegetable transplant quality. HortScience,
v. 40, Dec. 2005: 2020-2023.

Pelczar, Rita. Managing your load with wheelbarrows and garden carts. American gardener, v. 85, Nov./Dec. 2006: 50-51.

Volkening, Tom. Seed Savers Exchange. Journal of agricultural & food information, v. 7, no. 2/3, 2006: 3-15.

Weaver, William Woys. The joy of kitchen gardens. Organic gardening, v. 49, May/June 2002: 20-25.

Weaver, William Woys. Three rare beans: plant these exceptional beans now to add color and zip to midsummer meals. Mother earth news, Apr./May 2006: 123-124.



Selected Materials available in the Science Reading Room pamphlet boxes include the following:

Allen, Kimberley Jordan. Edible history: discovering the benefits of heirloom fruits and vegetables. E magazine, v. 16, May/June 2005: 42-43.

Campbell, Susan. The genesis of Queen Victoria’s great new kitchen garden. Garden history, v. 12, autumn 1984: 100-119.

Downing, A. J. Okra, and the science of soups. The Horticulturist, v. 2, Sept. 1847: 118-121.

Favretti, Rudy. Colonial gardens. Arnoldia, v. 31, July 1971: 154-171.

Growing it all. Organic gardening, v. 53, Aug./Sept. 2006: 30-31.

Jackson, Barbara-Jean. Heirloom tomatoes. Prairie garden annual, 2007: 39-42.

Jordan, Jennifer A. The heirloom tomato as cultural object: investigating taste and space. Sociologia ruralis, v. 47, Jan. 2007: 20-41.

Kingsnorth, Paul. Green fingers: gardening in tiny spaces. The Ecologist, v. 37, Feb. 2007: 64-65.

Kitchen Gardeners International newsletter. Scarborough, ME, July 2006.

Newbury, Umut. 2,657 ‘new’ vegetable varieties! Mother earth news, Oct./Nov. 2006: 26.

Smith, Miranda. Dare to dig in: a guide for beginning gardeners. Mother earth news, June/July 2005: 64-71.

Weaver, William Woys. ‘Yokohama Squash’: enjoy the buttery-rich flavor and floral fragrance of this heirloom variety. Mother earth news, Feb./Mar. 2005: 35-40.

Young, Emily. Julia’s kitchen garden: an interview with Julia Child and Sydney Baumgartner. Garden design, Nov./Dec. 2002: 24-27.



General Interest

Block Style Layout in a Raised Bed
Advice on close-row planting, from Colorado State University Extension Service.

Dave’s Garden
A good site for all types of garden information; includes Garden Watchdog for a directory, and ratings of vendors.

Garden Rant
A gardening Weblog from a group of writing gardeners.

Garden Web Forums: Kitchen Gardens
A variety of forums for discussion of most aspects of vegetable growing.

Growing Vegetables Organically
From the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Experimental Sciences.

Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky
See also for answers to questions about gardening in this geographical area; from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

Home Vegetable Gardening in New Mexico
Advice from New Mexico State University Extension Service.

Kitchen Gardening
Advice on many kitchen gardening topics, from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Michigan Blueberry Facts

Vegetable Gardening Information
Information on gardening from the University of California Cooperative Extension.

Vegetable Growing Guides
A variety of guides, from Cornell University.

Watch Your Garden Grow
Guide to growing, storing and preparing vegetables, from the University of Illinois Extension.

Heirloom Vegetables

The Heirloom Vegetable Gardener’s Assistant
In addition to information on growing heirloom vegetables, this site has a list of public gardens that display them and a helpful collection of seed sources.

Heirloom Vegetables
From Clemson University Home & Garden Information Center.

Vegetables and Fruits:
A Guide to Heirloom Varieties and Community-Based Stewardship
By Suzanne DeMuth, National Agricultural Library.

Kitchen Garden History

The magazine of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Core Historical Literature of Agriculture, Mann Library, Cornell University
Electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century.

Gardens and Grounds at Monticello

Gardens of Colonial Williamsburg

Harvest of Freedom: the History of Kitchen Gardens in America
Well-illustrated introduction to the history of kitchen gardening, from Cornell University Mann Library, with suggestions for further research, and links to digital resources, CHLA (Core Historical Literature of Agriculture) and HEARTH (Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition and History).

Heirloom Gardening at Old Sturbridge Village

Pounder Heritage Vegetable Garden, at Cornell University

Kitchen Gardening in Containers

Container Vegetable Garden
Gardening guide from the BBC.

Container Vegetable Gardening
From Ohio State University.

Growing Vegetables in Containers
From Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Vegetable Gardening in Containers
Advice from the Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

Vegetable Gardening in Containers
From Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Kitchen Gardening with Children

The Edible Schoolyard, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Berkeley, CA

Ultimate Beginners Guide To Gardening With Kids, from Yard Care Gurus

Growing in the Garden: K-3 Curriculum, Kids and Gardening
From Iowa State University Extension.

The Ithaca Children’s Garden, from the National Gardening Association

Plant a Garden Salad, from

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

Associations and Organizations

Kitchen Gardeners International
Non-profit global network celebrating home grown foods and promoting their role in a sustainable and secure food system.

National Garden Association

Walled Kitchen Garden Network
Informal UK group of national organizations and individual experts; maintains a list of gardens to visit.

A Few Selected Sources for Kitchen Garden Seeds and Plants
See Garden Watchdog at for more information and additional sources.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Bountiful Gardens
Heirloom Seeds
J.L. Hudson, Seedsman
John Scheepers
Native Seeds
Renee’s Garden
Seed Savers Exchange
Seeds of Change
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Sustainable Seed Company
Territorial Seed Company
Trees of Antiquity
Underwood Gardens
Victory Seed Company

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