When shopping for seeds, keep in mind that New York City is gardening Zone 7B. You can see the USDA Plant Hardiness map here.
Where to Buy Plants in NYC*
Wild Yarrow Farm (Uncommon varieties galore! Really knowledgable growers. Seasonally at the Union Square Farmers Market)
Chelsea Garden Center (Red Hook & Williamsburg)
Union Square Farmers Market (Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday. Great selection from local farmers!)
Save your seeds! Learn how here.
*It’s best to avoid buying plants from big box stores, hardware stores, or any other place that doesn’t specialize in gardening. Those plants are often grown in hotter climates and are more likely to carry diseases. It’s best to shop from local growers.
Great Gardening Blogs/Websites
The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden by Brie Arthur
Growing Beautiful Food : A gardener’s guide to cultivating extraordinary vegetables and fruit by Matthew Benson
A Way to Garden: A Hands-On Primer for Every Season by Margaret Roach
The Seed Garden-The Art & Practice of Seed Saving by Lee Buttala and Shanyn Siegel
Jekka’s Complete Herb Book by Jekka McVicar
Designing with Plants by Piet Oudolf
Natural Companions: The Garden Lover’s Guide to Plant Combinations by Ken Druse
The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change by Ken Druse
On The Ledge (Indoor plants)