Web Gardening Resources
Just think how the practice of gardening has changed in the last decade. Houses have become bigger as yards, for many, became smaller. The family vegetable garden which formerly took up a fair share of the back yard is now appearing, if at all, mixed with flowers in the landscape (a good thing) and in various containers (also workable.) But is has changed and is changing.
Add to that there is a growing awareness that gardening can and should be a family event and that the harvest should grace the family table.
The only shadow on this glorious enterprise is that, for many people, there is a generation or two of parent and grandparent gardening skill lost. What can replace those weathered and experienced hands? Where is the understanding of seed, soil, weather, insects and birds gained from time spent in the garden?
The 21st century gardening
tool- the Internet!
Black Hills Garden offers a list of Websites that many gardeners have found to be well-researched, science-based sources of information, instruction and products. We list them here with glosses (explanations) to help inquiring gardeners locate help.
A cautionary note: The Internet can be a gardener’s best friend. When choosing a site, look for those that end in .edu or .gov or indicate clearly that they are the property of a college or university or published by a Cooperative Extension office. Be aware that the .com sites are commercial and are promoting a product. Blogs and similar sites feature a great deal of opinion and not much credible science.
Are you interested in learning to use redworms to consume your clean kitchen waste?
1. Composting with red worms (red wigglers, esenia foetida)
Good information about composting with redworms.
Are you wanting to learn more about the web of life in our soils?
2. Soil Biology Research Group in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences in the School of Earth and Environment at The University of Western Australia.
An excellent site from Australia. Explore all the links. They are very informative.
Are you looking for good information about growing from seed? sources for plants developed for container growth? new organic seeds?
3. Renee Shepherd’s site. Ms. Shepherd is the owner of Renee’s Seeds. Throughout the year, her e-newsletter is an excellent source of plant information. She focuses on growing, cooking and enjoying a wide variety of vegetables. Also worth noting are her excellent cookbooks which focus on ‘eating fresh’. She is also involved in EZ from Seed which is a program sponsored by several seed sources to encourage people to grow from seed. Privately owned business.
Are you looking for help to find science-based answers to some contemporary gardening practices/myths?
4. Linda Chalker-Scott is an Extension Horticulturalist in Washington. Her site is informative and excellent because she gives the research behind her discussions. Excellent archived material. She is also the author of two fine books, The Informed Gardener and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again.http://www.puyallup.wsu.edu/~linda%20chalker-scott/horticultural%20myths_files/index.html
Here is some of the latest research on the effect of the size of the pot for the ultimate growth of the plant. The BBC posted the scientific report. Most of us are taught to start small and then continue to repot as the plant grows. This new research suggests that plants 'know' when the roots hit the wall of the pot and signal to the rest of the plant to slow down growth. Click on the link to read the report and see the MRI images.
This is the season of tomato angst....for some reassurance and education, click on the following links.
Is gardening still a puzzle at times? ? If so, check out this newly recommended site on flowers and gardens (or whatever) and start to put your gardening life back together again.
Keep sending us your recommended or interesting sites, and we'll take a closer look before getting back with some further comments.