Plan your garden online
Published: Monday, January 19, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 19, 2004 at 3:02 a.m.
While much of the nation is in the grip of winter, gardeners everywhere are dreaming of spring. Winter is the perfect time to sit by a roaring fire and make gardening plans. And you're no longer limited to books, magazines and seed catalogs.
Hundreds of Web sites offer tips on plants, garden design, watering techniques, pest control and other topics. At interactive gardening sites, you can ask questions and trade gardening information with fellow hobbyists around the world.
The most extensive site, without a doubt, is the GardenWeb: www.gardenweb.com.
The best feature of this award-winning site is its long list of forums, where gardening fans can exchange information. Forums cover more than 90 different plants, regions and topics. You can post questions about plant care or landscaping, or begin a discussion on your own favorite topic.
There's also a garden exchange, where users post requests for seeds and plants, and offer the same for trade. For new gardeners, there are articles on everything from starting seeds indoors to preparing a new garden and proper watering techniques.
One popular gardening site has disappeared. Garden.com, at www.garden.com, was a casualty of the dot.com wars. It fell into bankruptcy and Burpee Holding Co., parent company of W. Atlee Burpee & Co., purchased its assets. Users logging onto Garden.com now land instead at Burpee's site (regular address: www.burpee.com).
But never fear. The Burpee site is more than an online seed and plant catalog. Burpee offers a wealth of general information about gardening. The Q&A section features more than 20,000 questions asked by visitors, and answers from experts. The list is searchable by topic, but if you can't find what you're looking for in the database, "Just type (the topic) in and we will dig it up within a couple of days," site creators promise.
Other helpful gardening sites:
Ames Lawn and Garden Tools at www.ames.com. The site offers gardening advice, a newsletter, a section on choosing the right gardening tools and a "Kids Korner," where you can find gardening projects for children.
MySeasons: Garden Solutions, at www.myseasons.com, is a family of Web sites offered by major nurseries that sell most of their products via catalog. You can order products online, request newsletters, or simply browse for general information.
(Find something online you think others should know about? Or do you have a question? Let Dave Peyton know. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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