Select On-Line References for Vegetable Gardening

Prepared by Catherine Connor, Master Gardener

Principal sources (and other sources as noted)


Planning & Selecting an Approach

  1. VT Pub 426-312 – Planning the Vegetable Garden
  2. VT Pub 426-335 – Intensive Gardening Methods
  3. K-State – Intensive Spacing for Raised Beds
  4. VT Pub 426-366 – Minimum Chemical Gardening
  5. VT Pub 426-381 – Season Extenders
  6. VT Pub HORT-189 – Vertical Gardening Using Trellises, Stakes & Cages
  7. VT Pub 426-336 – Vegetable Gardening in Containers
  8. VSU Presentation – Container Gardening for Small Spaces
  9. NCSU – How to Create a Container Garden for Edibles in the North Carolina Piedmont

What and When to Grow

  1. Virginia Plant Hardiness MapUSDA – Plant Hardiness Map (select state or ZIP code)
  2. AHS – Heat Zone Map
    See also:  Gardening Places Online AHS Plant Heat-Zone Map
  3. VT Pub 426-331 – Vegetable Planning Guide & Recommended Planting Dates
  4. VT Pub 426-334 – Fall Vegetable Gardening
  5. UMD HG70-2015 – Recommended Vegetable Cultivars for Maryland Home Gardens
  6. UMD – Define your terms! Hybrid, heirloom, GMO, etc.
    See also:  University of Maryland Extension Home and Garden Information Center
  7. VSU Fact Sheet 08-17 – Companion Planting in Gardening
  8. UW – Using Crop Rotation in The Home Garden
  9. SARE – Crop Rotation on Organic Farms
  10. VT Pub 426-001 – Plant Propagation from Seed
  11. Oregon State – Soil Temperature Conditions for Vegetable Seed Germination
  12. VT Pub 426-316 – Seed for the Garden
  13. UMN – Winter Sowing Kits
    See also: Wintersown.org
  14. VT Pub 426-420 – Herb Culture and Use
  15. VT Pub 426-840 – Small Fruit in the Home Garden
  16. VT Pub HORT-225 – What in the World – International Produce Takes a Stand at Virginia Farmers Markets
  17. VT Pub ANR-102 – The Basics of Hardwood-Log Shiitake Mushroom Production and Marketing
  18. VSU Fact Sheet 08-21 – Pruning of Tomato Plants

Manage Pest & Disease

  1. VT Pub 426-714 – Diagnosing Plant Problems
  2. VT Pub 426-363 – Selected Vegetable Diseases
  3. UCANR Pub 8099 – Vegetable Diseases Caused by Soilborne Pathogens
  4. VCE – Photo Guide of Insects Commonly Found on Vegetables In Virginia (Rockingham County VA Extension Office)
  5. UMD – Insect Pests on Vegetables
  6. VT Pub 426-708 – Integrated Pest Management Ideas for Vegetable Gardens
  7. UMD (GE004) Floating Row Covers, an organic gardening tool that improves plant growth and excludes pests
  8. VT Pub 426-615 – The Virginia Gardener Guide to Pest Management for Water Quality
  9. NCSU – Integrated Pest Management (Chap. 8 of NC Extension Gardener Handbook)

Healthy Soil

  1. Virginia Tech Soil Testing Lab
  2. VT Pub 426-313 – Soil Preparation
  3. VT Pub 426-711 – Building Healthy Soil
  4. VSU Presentation – Building Healthy Soils for Urban Farming
  5. VT Pub 426-704 – Using Compost in your Landscape
  6. VT Pub HORT-49 – Backyard Composting
  7. VSU Extension Bulletin 14-09 – Composting
  8. Clemson HGIC 1607 – Worm Composting
  9. Cornell – Building Healthy Soils in Vegetable Gardens: Cover Crops Have Got It Covered
  10. ATTRA – Overview of Cover Crops and Green Manures (from Cornell blog)
  11. VT Pub 426-323 – Fertilizing the Vegetable Garden (not organic)

Water Quality & Irrigation Options

  1. VT Pub BSE-194 – Soil & Soil Water Relationship
  2. VT Pub 426-322 – Irrigating the Home Garden
  3. VSU Extension Bulletin 03-15 – Water Management for Raised-bed Gardens
  4. Nebraska-Lincoln Pub G2189 – Water Wise Vegetable and Fruit Production
  5. Get Started With More Efficient Irrigation Systems by David A. Bainbridge
    See also: https://works.bepress.com/david_a_bainbridge/  for selected works on irrigation methods
  6. How to Use Olla Irrigation by Melissa Kruse-Peeples
    See also: Olla Irrigation handout
  7.  UMD – Self-Watering Containers: Converting a 5-gallon bucket into a mini-garden
  8. My Balcony Jungle – Self-Watering Containers by Jeff Haase
  9. VT Pub 426-125 – Rainwater Harvesting
  10. Arlington County Rain Barrel Program
    See also:
    Fairfax County Rain Barrel Program  and
    Alexandria City Rain Barrel Program
  11. VT Pub 426-046 – Decreasing Runoff & Increasing Storm water Infiltration
  12. VT Pub 426-043 – Urban Water Quality: Rain Garden Plants (not vegetable related)

Pollinators

Flowers and pollinators at the garden

Flowers and pollinators at the Glencarlyn Garden.
Photo © Judy Funderburk

  1. VT Pub 426-070 – Backyard Wildlife Habitats
  2. VT Pub HORT-59 – Creating Inviting Habitats for the Birds, Butterflies and Hummingbirds
  3. SARE – Cover Cropping for Pollinators & Beneficial Insects
  4. USFWS – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – Pollinators page
    Also see: Attracting Pollinators to the Garden
  5. USFS – U.S. Forest Service – Pollinators page

 Other Resources

  1. Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia
  2. Virginia Cooperative Extension Horticulture Help Desk for City of Alexandria and Arlington County
  3. Between the Rows – A Guide to Vegetable Gardening (monthly post & quarterly Herb Supplement)
  4. Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture
  5. AFAC – Arlington Food Assistance Center – Plot Against Hunger Program