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Recommended Resources

I thought it would be helpful to create a list of recommended resources for you to use in your own garden, or on your gardening journey.

Each of these these items are products I’ve used myself or other similar items that I have personal experience with. I use these items in my garden or in the gardens of my clients or colleagues. There is also a collection of books that are great resources for gardening advice.

I will never recommend something I would not use myself, as your trust means the world to me! This list is simply a collection of items I love that I hope you can find helpful, and I’ll add to it as I find new products you may find useful.

In full disclosure, some of these items are linked with an affiliate link, which means I may a small commission if you choose to make a purchase of an item using my link. This is at no extra cost to you! You can read my full policy here.

And if you landed on this page without knowing who I am, hello! My name is Liz, and it’s so nice to have you here! You can read more about me and Learn To Grow Gardens here.

Now, on to the list!

Plant & Seed Companies:

  • Stark Bros. Nursery – I have purchased all my fruit trees, strawberry and raspberry plants, blueberry shrubs, etcetera, through Stark Brothers and I’ve always had great success with anything I’ve purchased from them.
  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds – Bake Creek offers unique and heirloom seed varieties, and includes free seeds with a minimum purchase. The more seeds you buy, the more free seeds they send. At least half of my seed collection is from Baker Creek!
  • Johnny’s Seeds – Great varieties and high germination rate, even if they’re a bit pricier than others.
  • Botanical Interests – I love Botanical Interests and their pretty art on the seed packets! They were recently acquired by Epic Gardening, which is exciting! I’m sure great things are to come.


  • Felco hand pruners – Amazing, and will last for years.
  • Stirrup hoe – I use this for weeding large areas. Cuts plants off a couple inches below the soil line. I love this thing!
  • Atlas nitrile gardening gloves – I garden professionally for a living, in addition to daily gardening at home. These are the only gloves I’ll use, and they last a couple years! Even after washing them multiple times per season.
  • Plantskydd – I have several deer in my yard daily, in addition to chipmunks, rabbits, gophers, etc. This stuff is the only thing I’ve found that keeps deer from eating my perennial shrubs. It’s even safe for vegetables, if it’s not sprayed directly on the edible part. I use the granular version to deter rabbits and chipmunks.
  • BT Spray – BT, short for Bacilus Thuringiensis, is a bacteria affecting pests in the caterpillar stage. It’s great for cabbage moths, gypsy moths, hornworms, tent caterpillars, and more. It’s also approved for organic gardening.
  • 5-gallon bucket – I love these! I use them for weeding (so much easier to fill the bucket and then dump into a lawn and leaf bag) plus they’re great for growing container vegetables!
  • LED Grow Lights for seed starting – I start all my seeds under several of these. I have a 5-tier plastic shelving unit and these are attached to the undersides of each shelf on chains, so I can adjust the height as seedlings grow.
  • Garden Hoops – These are great for creating low tunnels over your garden, to protect from pests (I cover all my brassicas this way) or for extending your season by a few weeks with garden fleece.
  • Mesh netting for row cover – I use these during the summer, to protect from pests. They can be cut to fit each bed.
  • Garden fleece – In the fall, I switch to garden fleece to protect my plants from frost. This can extend the growing season by a few weeks on either end, and give you an extra month of growing time.


Check back for more recommendations at a later date!

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