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Recommended Gardening Resources

Websites, Books and More for Gardeners

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By Jenny Sigler, SparkPeople Contributor         
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This guide contains a wealth of knowledge to help you begin your journey into gardening or expand what you already know. Included are touching memoirs from experts, advice on preserving your bounty, links to encourage and inspire creativity in the garden, seasonal recipes, and retailers for everything from seeds to compost bins.

Gardening Websites
  • American Community Garden Association: www.communitygarden.org
    No yard? No problem! The ACGA deeply believes that by sharing a garden, you bind your life with those in your community and improves people’s lives. Search an interactive map of community gardens across the nation and find information about how you can start or join a community garden in your area.
     
  • Backyard Gardener: www.backyardgardener.com
    All types of gardening are discussed at this website—water, rock, edible, floral, trees, organic, and more. It contains the world’s largest plant encyclopedia. Everything you need to know for a successful vegetable garden is on this site!
     
  • Companion Planting: www.companionplanting.net
    All you ever need to know about companion planting (the idea that placing certain plants close together can naturally control pests and increase yield) on one website! It includes a comprehensive list of vegetables, their friends and foes.
     
  • National Center for Home Food Preservation: www.uga.edu/NCHFP
    The National Center for Home Food Preservation brings you the USDA’s complete guide to home canning. This resource will answer all of your questions on canning, freezing, drying, pickling and other methods of preserving the bounty from your backyard garden!
     
  • National Gardening Association: www.garden.org
    This website houses a large library or projects, videos, and guides to plant care. The site includes a map to help you figure out your hardiness zone, which will equip you with knowledge about what you can and cannot grow in your climate. Subscribe to their email list and receive regional reports containing gardening tips, techniques, news, and events. Continued ›
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About The Author

Jenny Sigler Jenny Sigler
Jenny is a stay-at-home mom to her young children, Augustine and Olive. An avid gardener and baker, she enjoys writing about health and childcare topics to empower people to make healthy choices. See all of Jenny's articles.

Member Comments

  • What a great collection of resources. Thank you. Another one I use very often is MIgardener.com. Sells heirloom seeds, knows a lot about gardening and has a youtube channel also with great tutorials. Check it out when you can.
    - 3/27/2016 3:33:24 PM
  • Jenny, thank you the for resources. I've recently started my own 4x4 raised garden. I have baby bell peppers, cilantro, and a tomato plant. I love it. Gardening is very peaceful. - 3/3/2016 10:57:20 AM
  • A good source for heirloom seed varieties is www.VictorySeeds.
    com - The Victory Seed Company is a family operated organization working to keep rare, heirloom, and other open-pollinated seed varieties available to home gardeners. No unstable hybrids, no GMOs, no chemically treated seeds. - 5/9/2013 1:28:10 AM
  • Organicgardening.
    com has lots of info. WWW.seedsavers.or
    g for seeds. - 2/22/2012 5:28:44 PM
  • davesgarden.com is a huge gardening site with forums, articles, and reviews of seed and gardening supply comapanies. There also is a forum on the Baker's Creek site that I like, called idigmygarden.com. It is for organic and heirloom seeds gardeners. - 1/1/2012 12:52:02 PM
  • I love Gardener's Supply...both their catalogue and their website offer lots of information along with all the products from the mundane to the fun and unusual for gardens and yards. - 6/28/2011 9:46:54 PM
  • I am so suprised that Gardenweb.com is not mentioned on this. I've been using Gardenweb for the past 8 years or so and have found it full of information! - 3/11/2010 11:02:31 AM
  • I've been getting "Organic Gardening" magazine, which is a help. - 3/4/2010 8:22:20 PM
  • CRBEDELL
    Seedland.com is a good resource as well - 8/13/2009 10:18:13 AM
  • Vermont Bean Seed company sells a host of dry bean seeds, many of them heirloom. - 4/24/2009 3:44:15 PM
  • _Western Garden Book_ by Sunset Magazine for those of us that are west of the Rockies. - 4/21/2009 11:46:02 PM
  • The OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC is available on-line and a great help with any planting. - 4/9/2009 4:17:37 PM
  • Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds are great.
    http://rareseed
    s.com - 4/6/2009 1:21:55 PM

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