Resource Handout
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Mike's Resource Handout

This is not meant to be a comprehensive listing of all things gardening. It is simply a few sites, books, etc., that I have come across along the way that I think may be helpful, especially to gardeners in Illinois and nearby states. Enjoy!

And if you want more detailed resources, go to my resource pages by clicking here.

Printable version of the handout

The Basics

"The Mike Nowak Show" on WCPT Radio 820

Chicagoland Gardening Magazine

The Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association (MELA)

Lists of Soil Testing Labs

University of Illinois Extension

Purdue University Agronomy Extension (Indiana)

Cook County Farm Bureau B (They do testing themselves, too)

Organic Gardening (List of soil testing labs throughout the U.S.)

Plant Health Care and General Helpful Info

U of I Extension Home, Yard & Garden Pest Newsletter

Morton Arboretum Plant Health Care Monitoring Report

U of I Extension Hort Corner

GreenNet, Chicago's Greening Network

Compost/Composting/Soil Food Web/Mulch

Lake Street Landscape Supply (Chicago compost source)

Midwest Organics Recycling (McHenry County compost source)

Resource Center (Chicago compost source)
Ken Dunn: 773/758-1351

Soil Food Web, Inc.

City Farmer

Composting Council of Canada

Jeff Lowenfel's Soil Info

Keep It Simple, Inc. ( home compost tea brewer)

Waterkeeper Alliance ( cypress mulch information) 

Turf Grass and Weeds Campaign

National Coalition for Pesticide Free Lawns

Corn Gluten Meal Research Site

Cornell's Lawn Care Without Pesticides

Pure Prairie Organics (natural lawn care)

Wildflower Farm (look for Eco-Lawn link on left side of home page)

Weed Alert (everything about weeds )


Chicago Recycling Coalition

Illinois Recycling Association

Illinois Recycling Association Resources

National Recycling Coalition

Invasive Plants

Invasive and Exotic Species of North America

Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas

Global Warming

Gardener's Guide to Global Warming (National Wildlife Federation)

Native Plants and Restoration Services

Northwind Perennial Farms (Roy Diblik's place)

Millenium Park plants

Chicago Wilderness

EPA's Green Landscaping With Native Plants

Midwest Invasive Plant Network

The Sustainable Sites Initiative

Wild Ones

Art and Linda's Wildflowers

Pizzo & Associates



Pesticide Information

Safer Pest Control Project

Beyond Pesticides

Alternative Control Outreach Research Network

Illinois Pesticide Safety Education

Pesticide Action Network North America

PAN Pesticides Data Base

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides

National Pesticide Information Center

Extoxnet: the Extension Toxicology Network

Garden Pests

The Bug Review, Illinois Extension

Clemson University Insect Photos

Virginia Tech Household Insect Pest links

Morton Arboretum Plants Not Favored By Deer (PDF)

Rabbit & Deer Resistant Plants, Town of Parker, Colorado

Golden Harvest Organics

Box elder control

Ant control

American Mosquito Control Association

Some Books

Teaming with Microbes, A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowelfels and Wayne Lewis; Timber Press

Native Trees for North American Landscapes by Guy Sternberg with Jim Wilson; Timber Press

Remarkable Trees of the World by Thomas Pakenham; W.W. Norton and Company

Native Plants in the Home Landscape for the Upper Midwest by Keith Gerard Nowakowski; University of Illinois Extension

Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest by Elizabeth J. Czarapata; University of Wisconsin Press

Invasive Plants: Weeds of the Global Garden ; Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants : Brooklyn Botanic Garden

How to Get Your Lawn and Garden Off Drugs: A Basic Guide to Pesticide Free Gardening in North America by Carole Rubin; Harbour Publishing

The Organic Lawn Care Manual by Paul Tukey; Storey Publishing

How to Get Your Lawn Off Grass: A North American Guide to Turning off the Water Tap and Going Native by Carole Rubin; Harbour Publishing

Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony by F. Herbert Bormann, Diana Balmori and Gordon T. Geballe; Yale University Press

Handbook of Successful Ecological Lawn Care by Paul D. Sachs; Edaphic Press

Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology by Eric Grissell, with photographs by Carll Goodpasture; Timber Press

Ecology for Gardeners by Steven B. Carroll and Steven D. Salt; Timber Press

IPM for Gardeners: A Guide to Integrated Pest Management by Raymond A. Cloyd, Philip L. Nixon and Nancy R. Pataky; Timber Press

Weedless Gardening by Lee Reich; Workman Publishing

Allergy-Free Gardening: The Revolutionary Guide to Healthy Landscaping by Thomas Leo Ogren; Ten Speed Press

Diary of a Compost Hotline Operator: Edible Essays on City Farming by Spring Gillard; New Society Publishers

The Gardener's Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control by William Olkowski, Sheia Daar and Helga Olkowski; The Taunton Press

Natural Pest Control: Alternatives to Chemicals for the Home and Garden by Andrew Lopez; Harmonious Technologies

Rodale's All New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening , by F.M. Bradley and Barbar Ellis, Rodale Press

The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, by Edward C. Smith, Storey Books

Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte; Storey Books

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques by Tracy DiSabato-Aust; Timber Press

A Year of Roses by Stephen Scanniello; Cool Springs Press

The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices , by Michael Brower and Warren Leon, Three Rivers Press

Cradle to Cradle, Remaking the Way We Make Things , by William McDonough & Michael Baungart, North Point Press

Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage by Heather Rogers; The New Press

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan; Random House

A Natural History of the Chicago Region by Joel Greenberg; University of Chicago Press

The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual by Barbara Pleasant; Storey Publishing