Learn how to make an annual crop plan for a school garden calendar. Resources from Life Lab including links to more planning guides
Articles on many individual fruit and vegetable crops from UC Santa Cruz (CASFS)
Planting and harvesting details by crop in the Food Garden Guide from National Gardening Association
Vegetable Planting Guide from Let’s Grow Veggies helps to choose spring and fall plantings by your zip code
Free publications on home gardening and specific crops from UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Catalog
BOOK: Plants for Play: A Plant Selection Guide for Children’s Outdoor Environments by Robin C. Moore
BOOK: The Zoo Garden: Forty Animal-Named Plants Families Can Grow Together by Chris Hastings
How to create a seed-starting plan from OrganicGardening.com
Edible Theme Garden Planting Guide by Life Lab – download these planting calendars to plan an edible harvest, including suggested planting dates and generalized days to harvest for a California Coastal climate. Includes crop plans you can modify for the following edible theme beds:
Spring Planting: Pizza Bed, Three Sisters Garden, Salsa Garden, Stir Fry Garden, Grazers Garden, Salad Garden
Fall Planting: Stir Fry Garden, Salad Garden
Children’s Gardens – A Field Guide for Teachers, Parents, and Volunteers gives a simple charts on when to plant in a California school garden (from UC Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County)
Las Pilitas Native Nursery has an online plant database plus tips and videos for planting and landscaping with native plants
Yerba Buena Nursery has an extensive list of downloadable Garden Guides for growing native plants, plus offers expert advice and small grants to school gardens
PlantRight.org can help to identify invasive plants in California, learn how they can damage the environment, and choose alternatives to plant.
Simple and concise tips on selecting and growing fruit trees from Earth Easy
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation resource page shares good information including aftercare planting tips and a quick guide to planting trees.
The UCSC Farm and Garden Program provides more detailed description on planting bare root fruit trees.
California Backyard Orchard on growing non-commercial fruit trees in California
Learn about less common fruit trees from California Rare Fruit Growers
More on backyard orchards from Dave Wilson Nursery