Interested in more in-depth material to help your garden grow?  Check out these garden manuals, which will help you with everything from starting seeds to cleaning up your garden after harvesting in the Fall!

The Garden City Handbook

Created in partnership by the Vancouver Foundation, the McLean Foundation, and the University of Victoria’s POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, this manual contains a wealth of information about the value and purpose of community gardens, land tenure options, and protecting gardens.

New Farmers: A Training Manual for Volunteers, Volunteer Coordinators, and Trainers at Community Gardens and City Farms

Compiled by Tash Morton and Dick Copeman from Windsor, Australia, this manual has helpful training and evaluations for you to use and modify for use in your own community garden.

A Gardening Angels How-To Manual: Easy Steps to Building a Sustainable School Garden Program

Developed by the Common Ground Garden Program, the University of California Cooperative Extension, and Los Angeles County, this manual provides essential information for building and operating a school garden!  It includes detailed chapters on team building, soil, and seeking donations.

The Boston Schoolyard Initiative Landscape Manual for On-Site Personnel

This manual has been adapted,  revised, and helping gardeners across North America since its first publication by Boston Urban Gardeners for public housing complexes in 1983.  This manual contains information about all the facets of school gardening, including maintenance, watering, planting, design, and garden preparation.


Collard Greens and Common Ground: A North Carolina Community Food Gardening Handbook

Created by Don Boekelheide and Lucy Bradley this resource hopes to that by emphasizing practical information you can use to help make your community garden a success, whether you are a beginner starting your first garden or a veteran community gardener looking for ways to make your garden even better meets a different object than most gardening guides.

This publication is not an academic study, although we did our homework. We purposely focus on specific, practical, and applicable suggestions. We hope this guidebook will equip you with tested tools and techniques you can adapt to create successful solutions to match your own community garden’s needs.