Grow Your Garden + Your Community

Garden Resources Including:
Finding Seeds
Finding Plant Sales
Garden ‘How To’ Links
Community Gardens


Seed Libraries

Our very own White Bear Lake Seed Library is a great local garden resource when getting ready to find your seeds. I interviewed Pam, the founder of the WBL Seed Library, for the article Seed Saving Starts Now so its packed with lots of valuable info!

Another fun + mobile local seed library is the Como Community Seed Library.

Seed Companies I Grow with…

Seed Savers Exchange
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
High Mowing Organic Seeds
High Mowing also has a Seed Viability Chart

Local Plant Sales for 2019

Plants grown for the sales listed are never treated with Neonicotinoid pesticides, are almost always non-GMO. Locally raised by experts and directly benefiting some local gardening programs makes these a great local garden resource!

Mahtomedi Garden Club
May 10, noon-7 PM + May 11, 9 AM-noon at the Park Shelter in Wedgewood Park, 211 Wedgewood Drive, Mahtomedi

Friends School Plant Sale
May 10th-12th
, (times vary daily) at the State Fair Grounds. With more than 2,450 plant varieties this may be the largest single plant sale in the U.S.

51st Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale
May 11-12, 9 am – 4 pm at the Red Barn, Free Admission and large selection

Ramsey County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
May 18, 8am-2pm at “The Barn” 2020 White Bear Ave. Maplewood

Landscape Revival Plant Sale
June 1, 9am-1pm
at the Shepherd of the Hills Church 3920 Victoria St N, Shoreview
June 8, 9am-1 pm at the Oakdale City Hall, 1584 Hadley Ave N, Oakdale

Early Season Farmers Markets often
sell vegetable starter plants in early Spring!

Another reason to go to Market

Two of my favorite local homesteading stores for Seeds + Plants:
Hugo Feed Mill and Hardware
EggPlant Urban Farm Supply

“How To” Garden Links

Planting Calendars:
A Way to Garden for when to plant seeds
Seed to Fork for a continuous harvest seed sowing chart using hoops or some protection- and one that plants into open soil

Germination Temps:
Gardener’s Supply Company’s link to Soil Temps
Companion Planting:
Farmers Almanac basic guide to top 10 veggies

Crop Rotation:
Harvest to Table a good overview with rotation by family plus an easy 4 space rotation model
Green Life Soil for rotating by family, more in depth

Planting Guides:
Seed to Fork for a visual minimum spacing guide
U of MN specific + thorough A-Z Crop Info

U of MN Gardening Info

The Master Gardeners, a garden resource in volunteer form, are educated by the U of MN Extension. More info at and at many green events year round. They know their stuff and are there to help us all!

Here’s a LINK to their Class Calendar for this season!
From Composting, Herb Gardening, Pollinator Plantings, and Intro and Advanced Veggie classes, they have you covered!

The U of MN Extension website has easy to read info on all aspects of starting your veggie garden.

The U of MN BEE LAB is another amazing resource for gardeners looking to work with nature and her ultimate pollinating machines.

Community Gardens

There are great garden spaces available right in the community for rent if you prefer!
YMCA Community Gardens (which I coordinate)
Mahtomedi Community Gardens
WBL United Methodist Community Gardens

Eat Local

If you just don’t dig gardening, try a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). I have a blog post all about some great local CSA options in the CSA’s So Many Ways Blog Post. Or, try shopping our very own White Bear Lake Farmers Markets, starting up the last Friday in June. I have some Farmers Market Shopping Tips for you too.

Of course, you can always check out the Forks in the Dirt Blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed where I sift through lots of local food info and have full blog posts on CSA’s, gardening tips, upcoming garden events and recipes for using your harvest.

Is there a Local Garden Resource I’ve missed? Let me know so I can add it here by commenting. Can’t wait to Dig In!