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Whether it's spring that's in the air or a blizzard, there are plenty of ways that you can tap the resources of the Internet to bring a little green into your home or garden.
- Don't want to bother going to the store to get gardening supplies? There are plenty of online nurseries that will sell you seeds and other garden products.
- Many online garden resources can help you sort out which plants are native to your area and which plants are invasive. You will also find information about water conservation and attracting (or avoiding) certain types of wildlife using certain plants.
My Garden Guide
has a plant encyclopedia that will help you look up plants by scientific name, common name, maximum height, bloom time, and other attributes.
will take you through the process of landscaping your yard including design and soil considerations, xeriscaping (landscaping with water conservation), lighting and soil choices, and composting.
has a collection of garden and landscaping articles and blogs written by freelancers. It is a good place to start if you are looking for opinions or very specific garden interests.
has a number of garden-related forums and resources. The plant and bug files are complete with pictures and information about a variety of species. The "Garden Watchdog" section has user reviews of garden suppliers, and PlantScout helps you find vendors of the plants you are looking for. You'll also find a glossary of plant, bug, and garden terms. The site as a whole could use a design makeover, but the information is helpful.
The National Gardening Association
has a number of resources including gardening with kids, plants you can eat, how-to guides, pest control, event calendars, and material calculators.
from Ohio State University offers links to many other Internet resources, a number of how-to videos, and answers to hundreds of commonly asked gardening questions.
is a gardening community from iVillage. You'll find a glossary, a directory of gardening organizations, an events calendar, forums to discuss gardening topics with other users, as well as photo galleries and blogs from other users.
has lots of tips and techniques in its how-to section as well as gardening basics for a variety of garden types and plants. The drawback to this site is that it requires a great deal of clicking to get to an article if you are browsing so we recommend that you use the search box at the top of the page. Also, there aren't many images on the site.
has garden supplies and tips, and a "growing zone finder:" simply enter your zip code to find out your gardening climate and what plants are best suited for it.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture
has a plants database where you can learn about the plants in your region or identify an unknown plant using the site's identification keys. Look at over 30,000 plant images and learn about all of the endangered plants in the United States.
The University of Illinois
has a Yard and Garden Solutions site that covers everything from houseplants to trees and shrubs. The clean design of this site makes it easy to navigate.
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