Gardeners can dig up ideas, advice on the Web
June 24, 1996
Web posted at: 7 p.m. EDT
From CNN Interactive Writer Kristin Lemmerman
(CNN) -- Judging from the plethora of technical sites
accessible through the World Wide Web, you'd think nobody
who's on-line now ever steps outside. A small but healthy
number of other Web sites prove the opposite is true.
Some Net denizens not only step outside, they take a spade
and gloves with them as they walk out the door.
There are several "green thumb" sites for computer-savvy
gardeners. Some sites answer gardening questions; others
offer advice through articles. Still others are designed by
gardeners to show off the fruits (and flowers) of their
Here are a few of the best.
GardenNet's The Ardent Gardener
This easy-to-navigate site bills itself as the Internet's
"only weekly gardening publication." Like a magazine, it has
regular features. "Over the Fence," for example, offers tips
on new and unusual plants, garden design, and the editor's
Most gardeners, new and otherwise, will probably find the
"Ask the Ardent Gardener" section to be the most useful.
Gardeners post questions, ranging from "How do I salvage my
Christmas poinsettia" to "Is there any tree in the world that
deer won't eat?" The gardening expert in charge of the site
posts the answers.
Look for a new search engine in the near future that will
make the site's Q&A section even more useful, allowing anyone
interested in saving their poinsettias to browse the
questions and find the answer themselves. The Ardent
Gardener promises that the search tool is on the way.
Washington State Gardening Unlimited
Atlanta Garden Connection
Ohio State University WebGarden
What worked in your grandmother's Oregon garden probably
won't carry over to your garden in Mississippi. These sites
are among those available when you need advice from somebody
with the same weather you have.
The three sites listed above are just a few of the many good
sites available that deal with gardening specifics in their
region. You might go there to find out what ornamental
bushes do well in your area, learn whether there are specific
blights affecting your food crops, or look up a checklist of
yard care chores by season.
However, each site does have features that cross regional
boundaries. The Ohio State WebGarden site, for example, has
a dandy on-line image database where you can search for
information on more than 250 different ornamental plants.
Gardening Unlimited, a site run out of Oregon, incorporates
local Extension Agency information into its layout instead of
treating extension agents like a separate species, as many
Among its general offerings are tips for garden
projects almost any gardener would find interesting -- for
example, detailed instructions on building your own cedar
No clue what to plant in your new cedar garden box? The
Atlanta Garden Connection published a lengthy article full of
ideas this month. All the Atlanta Garden Connection's articles are easy
to find, listed by subject matter in their features section.
And for gardeners who live near Atlanta, the site gives a
comprehensive list of area resources, shows, and seminars.
Joe & Mindy's WebGarden
Joe & Mindy's falls in a very small way into the "made to
make you drool" category. It is extremely image-heavy, and
beautiful. For those with modems without the power to cope,
the link to a text-only version is placed high on the page.
What Joe & Mindy do best, though, is present links, according
to category, to a multitude of gardening sites on the Web.
It's organized, it's well laid out, and it's comprehensive.
If you need something and don't know where in the Web to find
it, go here.
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