Gardening Resources & Information
Gardening is America's number-one leisure activity, enjoyed by one in three adults. Why do we garden? Survey responses suggest we like being active and out of doors, we garden to relax, and we find creative expression in the "slowest of the performing arts." This information is sourced from the Internet, suggestions from our members and the community. If you have information or resources you would like to share or are in need of gardening information or help please contact us through our Contact Us page and we will be happy to share our knowledge.
American Community Gardening Association - Do you want to learn how to start and maintain a community garden? This site covers group gardening's joys and challenges.
Bee Friendly Garden - There are few healthier, happier signs of a blooming garden than the sound of bees buzzing around your flowerbed. Sadly, bees have become a less common sight in recent years, and need a bit more encouragement to show their stripes and do their crucial pollinating work. What can you do to make your garden a bee-friendly place? Click here and here to learn more!
Composting Brochures -
DYI Garden Pest Control (Infograpic) - With so much information available, sometimes it’s easier to have it in one place. This great infographic (click the blue button below or you may click here for the web link) helps you to get to know more about how to get started with the organic method of pest control for your plants and gardens during this planting season.
IFAS Extension - University of Florida - The information in the IFAS Extension from the University of Florida covers Organic Farming in Florida. Click on any of the topic areas or their subtopics to get started.
Introduction to Soil Solarization - Soil solarization is a practice used to manage weeds, nematodes, diseases, and insects in soil (Fig. 1). The soil surface is covered with clear plastic, which allows sunlight to pass through and heat up the soil to temperatures that are lethal to many of these pests. If effective, solarization can reduce population levels of these pests for 3-4 months, sometimes longer. The benefits, risks, and use of solarization are the subject of a recent article that summarizes results of solarization tests in Florida (Krueger and McSorley, 2009). However, many people may be unaware of solarization or have not tried it. The method may be a convenient way for managing some soil pests in home gardens or small field sites. This article is intended as a guide to solarization in Florida. Click here to read the complete step-by-step article.
Gardening with Your Children - Want to get your children involved in gardening? Click on this link to check out both flower and vegetable gardening projects to enjoy with your children!
Glossary of Pest Control Solutions from Mother Earth News - Faced with a pest problem? Learn a three-tiered approach to natural garden pest control: attract beneficial insects, employ effective physical pest controls such as handpicking and row covers, and use organic pesticides if needed. Click here to see the information.
OMRI Products List and Downloads - The OMRI Products List© is the most complete directory of products for organic production or processing under the U.S. National Organic Program standards, and includes over 4,000 "OMRI Listed®" products, click here for the link.
Pest Control - Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI ) for cucumbers, cabbage, squash, and other plants that tend to get devoured by caterpillars. Monterey Bt Liquid is a good OMRI approved treatment, as always, use sparingly and follow the directions. You may be able to find this brand in Lowe’s or Home Depot or on Amazon.
Poisonous Plants- People often wonder if a plant is poisonous to their children or pets. This Florida website can help you and your family learn to safely plant for your lifestyle.
ReviewLab - (the Ultimate Guide to Gardening Resources) - The first gardens, which were sown in ancient times, were created out of the need to grow and provide food. Ornamental or decorative gardens came later as a reflection of the desire of the upper class to enjoy a garden purely for its aesthetic value. Today, both types abound throughout the world. Actress Helen Mirren once said, “Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun of them. You’re always learning.” Presumably, that’s why you’re here – to learn. Whatever type of gardening project you’re interested in launching or improving upon, this guide has you covered. Dig in to more than 40 valuable resources that span from creating a garden specifically for wildlife to discovering a blog or podcast that will provide you with the gardening tips and techniques to help your garden grow!
Seeds (Organic) - Organic Heirloom Seeds
Summer Cover Crops for Zone 9 - We too often think gardening reduces soil fertility, but in fact, the more you keep live plants growing, the richer your soil will become. For weed suppression and a major boost to soil fertility, sow these four fast-growing summer cover crops in any patch possible, even during your prime gardening season.
The National Gardening Association - This nonprofit organization uses gardeners from all over the country to contribute Web content. We use its regional reports, Frequently Asked Questions, and its Gardening with Kids sections the most. Other sections include Gardening Resources (articles, dictionaries, Q. & A.) and Community (events calendar, message boards, and seed swaps).
Dirty fingernails are not the only requirement for growing plants. One must be as willing to study as to dig, for a knowledge of plants is acquired as much from books as from experience. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence
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