"Hip" Urban Gardening Resources?
February 3, 2008 5:25 PM   Subscribe

Are there any urban gardening resources along the same lines as, say, Make, Craft, or Instructables?

Online would be great, but print is cool, too.

For the first time, I have a yard to garden in. While I have a small amount of experience growing herbs on the windowsill and starting plants under lights, I'd like to have a community of some sort to fall back on when I inevitably stumble or have questions. Extra points for communities, websites, or publications oriented toward the young, broke urbanite.

also if anyone has garden center recommendations on the north side of chicago that would be sweet, I know there's gotta be something out there beyond home despot
posted by jtron to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: You Grow Girl. It's also a book.
posted by Airhen at 5:37 PM on February 3, 2008

I read a bunch of blackfinger blogs on a semi-regular basis. I've always enjoyed Green Urban FarmGirl.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 6:31 PM on February 3, 2008

North side of Chicago would be Gesthemane. They know their stuff and their merchandise is excellent (but they are pricey).

If you have transportation, consider Woldhuis or Adams & Son. Haven't tried Farmer's Market Garden Center, but have heard hopeful things.
posted by jeanmari at 7:13 PM on February 3, 2008

Guerrilla Gardening is focused on enhancing urban public spaces with greenery rather than private gardens, but it's certainly hip and it has a proper message board/community.
posted by roofus at 7:04 AM on February 4, 2008

Gardenweb is a free site , and should have a forum for almost everything you may be interested in.

Dave's Garden is a good fee based forum ($15.00 per year).

Garden Buddies is free and has many photos, compared to other forums, but does not seem as active as Gardenweb.
posted by SMELLSLIKEFUN at 8:53 AM on February 4, 2008

Seconding You Grow Girl.
posted by desuetude at 11:45 AM on February 4, 2008

Response by poster: Thanks for the recommendations, everyone.

jeanmari: Adams & Son is pretty close to my area, I will check it out!

You Grow Girl is awesome. I plan to buy the book and have been reading through the archives of the site.
posted by jtron at 8:16 PM on February 4, 2008

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