Want to get started vegetable gardening but feel you need to know more? Here's where to turn.
Web sites •"Watch Your Garden Grow" (urbanext.illinois.edu/veggies): The basics of vegetable gardening, from the University of Illinois Extension. Go to urbanext.illinois .edu/hort to find helpful information on composting, container gardening, vegetable pests and diseases and more.
•Vegetable Gardener (vegeta blegardener.com) is by the editors of the excellent Fine Gardening magazine.
•Gardeners Supply Co. "Kitchen Garden Planner" (gardeners .com): An interactive space-planning tool that is based on the company's products, including its 3-by-6 raised beds, but could be useful for planning other gardens too.
•Weekend Gardener GrowGuide (chestnut-sw.com/grow form.htm): A tool for scheduling tasks in the vegetable garden. You'll need to know our local average last frost date (roughly May 15) and first frost date (roughly Oct. 15).
•National Garden Bureau fact sheets (ngb.org). Information on growing specific vegetables.
• Cornell University Extension vegetable site (www.gardening .cornell.edu/vegetables): Includes gardeners' reviews of varieties.
•Chicago Tribune's "Gardening 101" series (chicagotribune.com/gardening101): A host of useful articles for beginner gardeners.
•Cool Foods Campaign "Garden Guide" (chicagotribune.com/coolfoods). Handy basic guide, for window boxes and containers as well as gardens.
Classes • Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, 847-835-5440, chicago botanic.org/school
• The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, 630-968-0074, mortonarb.org
Books•"Burpee: The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener: A Guide to Growing Your Garden Organically" by Karan Davis Cutler (Wiley, 448 pages, $39.95)
•"Crops in Pots" by Bob Purnell (Reader's Digest, 160 pages, $19.95)
•"Vegetable Gardening: From Planting to Picking—The Complete Guide to Creating a Bountiful Garden" by Fern Marshall Bradley and Jane Courtier (Reader's Digest, 288 pages, $32.95)
•"Guide to Illinois Vegetable Gardening" by James A. Fizzell (Cool Springs Press, 288 pages, $12.95)