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Growing Techniques

Garden No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden.
~Hugh Johnson

There are countless resources on gardening techniques. Here, we have gathered some favorites to help you find methods that work for you and your garden space!

Growing Resources

Master Gardeners

Master gardeners are trained to give gardening advice and can answer many gardening questions.  Their webpage includes access to many useful publications, or call them directly at (952) 443-1426.

Each county has a garden "helpline" and email account. You can take pictures to illustrate your question and send them. This is especially helpful in identifying unknown plants, pests, or diseases. 

Online Resources

  • Zukeeni (formerly Smart Gardener) is a super easy and FREE online tool to help you plan your garden and monitor it throughout the season. You will have to create an account to use it.
  • GardenWeb Forums: The largest network of gardeners on the internet offering a wide array of topics and peer-to-peer advice. 

Other Resources

  • Try an internet search about a particular plant or technique.
  • Look for used books or at your local library branch.
  • Ask a neighbor who gardens at home or in the plot next to yours. 
Growing Techniques

Succession Planting and Season Extension

Succession planting allows you to get multiple harvests out of the same space in one season. Season extension techniques lengthen your growing season.

Companion Planting

Some vegetables are buddies. Others don't get along so well. Here are some resources on optimum crop arrangments, so your plants aren't competing for space and nutrients.


Some plants need the support of trellises to grow. In urban areas with limited space, trellises save space in the garden by allowing us to grow vertically.

Gardening Methods


Pests, Weeds, and Diseases


  • The Pest Control Library from the National Gardening Association can help you identify common garden pests and critters!
  • Check out What Insect Is This? a pest identification guide from the U of M Extension.
  • Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process you can use to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment.


  • Is it a plant or a weed? Use this picture guide to find out!
  • Some weeds are edible, and very tasty! Take care when identifying and eating weeds. Univeristy of Utah's extension service highlights these basics.