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February 2021: Edible Gardens and Plants

A close-up image of reddish orange and green tomatoes on stalks.

Between stay-at-home orders, restrictions from various re-opening phases, and remote work, people around the world are finding themselves spending more time at home than ever. As people have picked up new hobbies and activities to pass the time, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of people trying out gardening.

Gardening is known to be beneficial for the mind and body. According to a 2018 article published in the Royal College of Physicians journal Clinical Medicine: “There is increasing evidence that exposure to plants and green space, and particularly to gardening, is beneficial to mental and physical health..." A 2017 meta analysis published in the Preventative Medicine Reports suggests that “that gardening can improve physical, psychological, and social health, which can, from a long-term perspective, alleviate and prevent various health issues facing today's society.” For some people, gardening can be a source of exercise, stress relief, and/or a sense of community.

For many, gardening helps provide one of the most basic human needs: food. Creating an edible garden can help someone eat healthier by having access to fruits and vegetables, decide what types of fertilizers and pesticides contact their food, and choose when to harvest their own food (Harvard Health Blog, 2012).

Creating an edible garden empowers people to grow their own sources of food. In communities that have limited or non-existent access to healthful foods, edible gardens, often in the form of community gardens, can mean access to produce that otherwise would not be available.

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Through our e-book collection, the Sterling Morton Library has resources that can help you start or improve your own edible gardening journey! We also have resources to help you learn more on community gardens and gardening as it relates to social justice.

With the barcode on the back of your Sterling Morton Library card, you can access the Library’s e-book collection. Not sure where your library card is or you are not yet registered as a library patron? No problem! Contact library@mortonarb.org and one of our librarians will assist you!


Edible Gardening

The Backyard Gardener : Simple, Easy, and Beautiful Gardening with Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers
The Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables, Flowers, Fruits, and Herbs from Containers : Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply
Edible Flowers : A Kitchen Companion
The Edible Front Yard : The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden
Edible Mexican Garden
Fabulous Food from Every Small Garden
Growing Your Own Fruit and Veg for Dummies
Groundbreaking Food Gardens : 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden
Grow your own food : Simple ideas for home-grown produce
Herb Gardening for Dummies
One Magic Square Vegetable Gardening : The Easy, Organic Way to Grow Your Own Food on a 3-Foot Square
Perennial Vegetables : From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, a Gardener's Guide to over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Edibles
The Tao of Vegetable Gardening : Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity
The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture : Creating an Edible Ecosystem
Vegetable Gardening for Dummies

Community Gardening and Social Issues
Beyond the Kale : Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City
Community Gardening As Social Action
Public Produce : The New Urban Agriculture
Public Gardens and Livable Cities : Partnerships Connecting People, Plants, and Place
Urban Gardening and the Struggle for Social and Spatial Justice

The Morton Arboretum is hosting a variety of classes to help you with your edible gardening efforts! Click the links below to learn more:
Home Gardening for Beginners (Online)
Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herbs (Online)
Growing a Productive Edible Garden (Online)
Starting Vegetables from Seed (Online)