Getting Started with Sustainable Gardening
What Is Sustainable Gardening?
What to Consider in Sustainable Horticulture
Four Questions to Ask When Starting a Sustainable Garden
What do I have?
- Test your soil for workability, compaction, plant vigor and more using Good Housekeeping’s 10 Easy Soil Tests That Pinpoint Your Garden’s Problems.
- Purchase a testing kit to measure the soil’s pH level, an indicator of its nutrients. Check out this Better Homes and Gardens resource on How To Test Your Soil to learn more.
What do I need from this space?
What will work here?
- Learn more about your region’s climate and which plants will thrive there using the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map.
- Use the National Wildlife Federation’s Native Plant Finder to learn more about what grows naturally in your area.
- Get a custom garden plant calendar based on your zip code using The National Gardening Association’s When to Plant Vegetables tool.
Who can help me?
- Find a community garden in your area with the American Community Gardening Association’s Find-A-Garden tool.
- Extension programs are university departments that offer external resources and education for community members. Look for one near you for classes and programs specific to your area. For example, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) is the D.C. extension program.
- Master Gardeners complete about 40 hours of training, depending on the program, and then share their knowledge with the community in a variety of ways. Find a Master Gardeners program near you.