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Backyard Gardening

One of the easiest ways to know where your food comes from and how it's grown, is to grow it yourself. It can also be a cost effective way to feed you and your family. Here are some resoucres to get you started:

The Canadian Organic Grower, COG's triannual magazine packed with inspriration for gardeners, farmers, and consumers.

If you're looking for basic information to get started with your garden, compost, cover cropping, green manures and more, check out the following resources applicable to backyard gardening from COG's Reference Series. 

Non Toxic Lawn Management

Composting for Gardeners

Organic Gardening: The First Steps

Succession Planting: How to Prevent "Feast" or "Famine"

Organic Care of Trees, Shrubs and Roses

Improving Soil Fertility and Organic Amendments

Vegetable Garden Insect Management


You may also be interested in:

The Organic Companion: Gleanings from The Canadian Organic Growers Magazine. Available as an e-book only for $16.50 +GST. 


Our Toronto Chapter has done a great job creating two-page brochures to help the backyard gardener. For optimal readability, print double-sided and fold in half. 

Starting an Organic Vegetable Garden

Fast and Slow Composting

Companion Plants to Deter Pests

The Golden Rules of Organic Lawn Care

Organic Protection for Your Garden

Protecting Plants Using Other Plants


We have plenty of books in our library to help the backyard gardener. Check out the library database here.