A Green Thumb?
Laura Emery, Field Editor
Not everyone is born with a “green
thumb” – the innate ability to garden and make all things green grow
For those who have not yet discovered
the beauty of gardening, starting from scratch can be a confusing and
What’s the difference between annual
and perennial plants? Is it possible to “go green” in your garden?
What should you plant, what can you plant, and when should you plant?
From bracts, biennials, and buds to
germinating, girdling, and grafting – getting started in gardening can
quickly become overwhelming.
So, if you’re missing your green
thumb, do not fear — for the World Wide Web is here.
Digging up The Basics
You can enjoy gardening success your
very first year with the expert tips and tricks provided on HGTV.com’s
gardening section. With a huge variety of gardening articles, this Web
site will help guide you through common gardening tasks with ease –
while also providing shopping tips, advice from experienced gardeners, and
other valuable information. This isn’t just a valuable resource for
beginning gardeners; there’s something for every level of expertise on
this Web site. You can learn more about getting to know your landscape,
common plant name misconceptions, hydroponics and other soil-less
gardening, raiding rodents, gardening with kids, and more.
The Garden Helper
This is where you learn the basics;
the most common terms and expressions used in the gardening world are
covered in the Gardening Encyclopedia & Glossary. This Web site also
covers the basics of starting and caring for your first garden, from the
first turn of the soil to the first harvest of your flowers or food. If
you are a novice gardener, start your visit here for step-by-step
instructions for creating and nurturing a beautiful garden or for dealing
with pests and problems in the garden.
This Web site is exclusively about
organic gardening. Organic gardening, for those who might not know, is
gardening that does not involve the use of synthetic fertilizers or
pesticides. This Web site covers such topics as composting, building
healthy soil, controlling insects without pesticides, and controlling
weeds the organic way. This Web site also covers other ways that
first-time gardeners, and expert gardeners alike, can make earth-friendly
choices while gardening.
This Web site covers all things
hydroponic — the art of gardening without soil. The concept of
hydroponics has been around for thousands of years. The
and The Floating Gardens of
are two of the earliest examples of hydroponics. Scientists started
experimenting with soil-less gardening around 1950. Since then other
countries, such as
, have used hydroponics for crop production with amazing results. This Web
site not only reviews the history of this interesting gardening concept,
but also covers the basics of building your own system, growing media,
various techniques that can be used, the benefits of hydroponics, and
The Tasteful Gardener:Vegetable Gardening
For gardeners who want to enjoy the
vegetables of their labor, this is a great Web site to visit. Here, you
can read articles on topics such as starting a vegetable garden, a
beginner’s lesson in Xeriscaping, understanding seasonal vegetables, and
other subjects. There are more than 50 valuable topics covered on this
informative Web site.
Herb Gardening For
If you enjoy cooking and have always
wanted to grow your own herb garden filled with aromatic parsley, sage,
rosemary, and thyme – this is the perfect Web site for you. There are
few things better tasting than foods seasoned with herbs grown in your own
backyard. Herbs are great for beginners because they require very little
soil and fertilization maintenance. Also, pests and diseases are not
usually problems for herbs. This Web site will show you how to plant herbs
in a container, a garden or into landscape fabric.
At HerbGardening.com, you'll find a
wealth of information on how to grow fresh kitchen and medicinal herbs in
your backyard, on your balcony, deck or patio, even indoors.
The GardenWeb Forums comprise the
largest community of gardeners on the Internet. Whether you're a new
gardener or an old master, here you will find like-minded people and
friendly discussions. You will also find a number of seed- and
plant-exchange forums. This is a place where users can offer seeds for
trade and make requests for seeds they are seeking. This is not a forum
for selling items; it’s about sharing your seeds and plants with others.