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Find free, local resources for gardening

Now is a great time to start planning a vegetable garden. Here are places to discover free gardening inspiration, guides, and expert advice to get started or take your garden to the next level.

Kansas City Community Gardens

Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) is on a mission to make gardening affordable for everyone. Free resources for growing in the Kansas City area include:

  • In-person workshops and how-to videos for beginners and experienced gardening on topics including garden soils, vegetable garden basics, insects in the garden, growing tomatoes
  • Gardening guide sheets including a cool & warm season planting guide, planting calendar, raised bed construction guide, and more. 
  • A Planting Plan Calculator to help determine planting and harvest dates, numbers of plants and seed packs, etc. The calculator is available for KCCG members only.
  • KCCG members also get access to low-cost garden supplies like tomato cages, straw bales, fertilizer, and tillers.
Extension Offices

Extension offices are run by university employees and offer many programs and resources for gardening.


Your library card includes access to not only gardening books, but also free digital access to gardening magazines.

The Kansas City Library Ruiz Branch is home to a seed library with vegetable, herb, flower, and native plant seeds that library patrons can check out.

The F.L. Schlagle Library in Kansas City, KS also features a seed library with a variety of native plant and vegetable seeds that can be checked out.

KC Farm School

Through its Let’s Grow Wyandotte program, KC Farm School at Gibbs Road provides free programming for Wyandotte County residents. In 2020 alone, the organization worked with 400 households to grow food in yards, in pots, on patios, and in straw bales.

The program includes on-farm workshops, garden tours, mentorship, and volunteer opportunities in the greenhouse. Residents from other counties can participate for a pay-what-you-can sliding scale.

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