Gardening Resources

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Gardening

Gardening improves the outside appearance of your living space, cultivates healthy living habits through growing and eating your own produce, and has positive benefits from the exercise you get while planting and maintaining your own garden. The following guide provides the latest tools and resources you need to learn about gardening to fit your lifestyle. Adults, seniors, and children can find gardening a healthy and exciting hobby to pursue.

Gardening Resources

If you're looking for some sites chock-full of information about all sorts of gardening, the online homes of some offline gardening resources, or even some reference tools to help you plan and plant, you've come to the right place.

If you don't feel comfortable shopping online, most gardening suppliers will mail a catalog to your home. Take a look at the Web site of your favorite supplier to see if this option is available to you.

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  • Many online garden communities and magazines have a list of garden retailers or vendors from which you can order products. They often list products by subject category or location.
  • Some sites have a "zone finder" or "region locater" that can tell you what plants are best suited to your region. Using plants suited to the climate and soil where you live is important to planning a successful garden.
  • Gardening may be beneficial to your health. Take a look at "Go for Green" from the Evergreen Foundation.
  • For another health-based article, visit and "Healthy Gardening" from the University of Vermont Extension for more information.
  • Most garden sites are geared toward adults and seniors. For kid-friendly gardening information, check out the "Gardening for Kids" section of this guide.

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Vegetable and Herb Gardens

Want to avoid a few trips to the supermarket? Consider planting a few herbs and veggies of your own. To help you make sure that, come dinnertime, your parsley or peas are ready to eat, we've put together some sites to help you start a vegetable or herb garden.

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  • Herbs are great garden plants as you can use many of them in cooking. Don't have an outside garden? That's okay—many herbs will do well grown indoors in pots.
  • Heirloom vegetables and fruits are older varieties that have been around and weathered the test of time. Often they are no longer grown because other varieties come along to replace them. Sometimes, after many years, they are cultivated again and reintroduced by growers due to their excellent taste or use.

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Small Gardens

Just because you don't have space for an expansive garden doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a few plants or some freshly grown herbs. Take the advice of the following sites to help you discover how you can fit a lot of green into a small garden spot.

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  • Many plants are suited to container gardens and small spaces. For example, herbs are excellent plants for container gardening and are easy to maintain.

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Environmentally Friendly Gardening

Planting a garden is a great way to provide more fresh oxygen for all the breathing creatures on earth, but there are some techniques you can use to nurture Mother Earth even more. We've put together a few sites to help you help the earth.

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  • Many of the general gardening sites have tips (or entire sections) to help you conserve resources when gardening. If you are looking for more information about living a "green friendly" life, see our findingDulcinea Green Living Web Guide.

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Gardening for Kids

Gardening is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Getting your kids out of the house and into the garden can be a great way to teach them about plants, bugs, and even where their vegetables come from. If you're looking for some creative ways to help your children help you in the garden (or to start their own garden), take a look at the following sites.

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  • Look for gardening information that is user friendly for kids. Projects geared toward your child's age and ability level are key. Does the site have information about different types of gardening explained in a fun and interesting way?

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For Gardening Blogs and Forums

You'll find some of the best gardening advice from other gardeners just like yourself. Take a look at some of these online blogs, communities, and forums to see if someone has already asked (and answered) your question. Or see if you might be able to provide help or advice to another gardener, and post any questions or comments you may have to get responses from other members of the community.

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  • Many online magazines and communities require you to register with your name and e-mail address if you want to post to their forums or blogs. If you don't want to register, don't worry—almost every forum allows you to read posts by others without registering.

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