Gardening Resources

Sources for garden soil in bulk (cubic yards)
We’ve compiled a link of nurseries and garden centers that provide bulk quantities of garden soil in the far western suburbs of Chicago. The list includes price per cubic yard, garden soil “ingredients” (typically topsoil and mushroom compost) and contact information. Use this soil in raised beds or to build up and enrich your in-ground beds.

You can also search for retailers selling Purple Cow organic compost in bags here.

For a local source for native plants, check out our friends at Natural Communities. See this link to learn more!

Here is a link to our “Organic Gardening” 2015 class handout.

Other helpful gardening links


  • A dear friend, Chris Blanchard, offers an engaging podcast (Farmer to Farmer) where he interviews a full range of farming pioneers and newbies. So many topics and layers to their discussions. It’s a GREAT listen!



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