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Gardening in the North Country and Local Food Sources: Start Gardening!

Do you want to grow your own food, or find locally grown food in our northern New York region? Or do you want to beautify your landscape or help the environment? We have resources for you!

Books for the Beginning Gardener - How to Start

Focus on Local!

We're focusing on what grows here, how to grow it, or where to find it!

The public libraries in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties have many resources available to gardeners of all skill levels, as well as people who want to cook and eat local food or protect the environment by learning about pollinators and native plants.

This guide highlights the books and videos you can borrow, local organizations you can contact, and how to find fresh, locally grown food in our area.

Read Gardening Magazines Free Online!

The area libraries subscribe to a service called Flipster, which offers popular magazines you can read on your computer or tablet. All you need is a library card!  Click on this link to access all of the magazines.  The titles below are of particular interest to gardeners:

Fine GardeningHorticulture


Subject Guide

Local Help for Gardeners

Cornell Cooperative Extension offers information on soils, site improvement, plant selection, proper plant care, eco-friendly practices, integrated pest management, composting and  more. They offer free or low-cost gardening classes, and opportunities to share your love of gardening as a volunteer. We have three locations you can contact with gardening questions in our region.

Ebooks on Gardening

Our collection of ebooks is growing and includes some great gardening titles.  You can see all of them by clicking on this link:  Gardening Ebooks.  Below is one example.