Where to start

Some resources for the urban gardener interested in growing vegetables in a small space:

Rooting D.C.


Some of the leaders of this year’s workshops have posted their handouts online. Look for those attached to “Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck Through Gardening,” which can help you decide what to grow.

Neighborhood Farm Initiative


Teaches an intensive season of growing (on land near Fort Totten) to participants who want to tend a 12-by-12 community garden plot there. The $450 fee includes plot, seeds, seedlings, tools, a weekly two-hour class and time for one-on-one consultation with staff experts. Summer session: April 26-Aug. 31. Also available: The Neighbor to Neighbor Farm program, in which a community of neighbors will be picked to get hands-on classes, guest speakers, seeds, soil amendments and more.

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange


Great source of seeds (including many heirloom varieties), books, tools and growing guides — including the online garden planner, which for $25 a year helps you design and manage your garden.

“The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast”

By Ira Wallace (Timber Press, 2013, 216 pages)

Gardening primer for the region, which includes Virginia and Maryland. Wallace is a worker/owner of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and a frequent speaker on the subject.

— Joe Yonan