Garden research today isn't so much a matter of stacking reference books around your desk as it is bookmarking favorite Web sites in your computer.
Hundreds of educational institutions, government agencies, commercial garden centers and other organizations have compiled indexes or lists of flora and fauna, plant diseases and insects, landscaping and planting tips, specific to certain areas. Many are available without charge, and can be the basis of your cyber library.
Some sizeable examples:
• Internet Public Library: www.ipl.org. An array of articles and fact sheets about gardening.
• Cooperative Extension System: www.extension.org. A list of state and provincial Master Gardener coordinators, along with questions and answers about many garden-related topics.
• USDA Plants National Database: plants.usda.gov. State-by-state listings of plants by scientific, common and family names, plus some 40,000 plant images.
Do a Google search if you don't see the answer to your plant problem or garden question. The more specific your inquiry, the better.
- Associated Press
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