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Gardening is a pastime that has two very significant purposes – relaxation and sustenance. For people who simply enjoy the activity, gardening is often soothing, and a way to unwind. When the garden involves edible items, such as vegetables, gardening can provide food to help feed a family. Depending on the size of the garden and the effort put into it, such as a community garden, the food produced can feed many people and families. Whether one is gardening for food or the pleasure of beautiful flowers and plants, a person will need to possess both skill and knowledge to achieve success in gardening. Fortunately, even those born without a “green thumb” can learn what is needed to become a proficient gardener.

Gardening Clubs

  • National Garden Club: A volunteer gardening organization that is meant for people who love gardening. The organization offers education such as basic horticulture, environmental studies, landscape design, and gardening study. Networking opportunities are available for members as are other resources.
  • National Home Gardening Club: This is a membership gardening club. Benefits of the club include special deals, discounts member events, and tips. The club website has numerous articles on gardening, member forums, and groups. The National Home Gardening Club is also affiliated with Gardening How-To Magazine.
  • The Garden Club of America: A volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1913. The club's goal is to promote understanding about conservation and horticulture. Scholarships are available and members can take advantage of numerous events and educational opportunities.
  • The Gardeners of America – Mens Garden Clubs of America: Founded in 1928, the club was originally named the Mens Garden Club of America. The number of participating clubs expanded and in 1992 the Gardeners of America was added to the name. The club promotes gardening and is open to not only men, but to women members as well. The goal of the club is to research new gardening techniques, provide education to members and the public, and to help conserve the environment.
  • American Horticultural Society: A gardening organization founded in 1922. Members of the Society can take advantage of additional benefits including a subscription to American Gardener Magazine. It focuses on education about gardening and the environment.
  • The Gardening Club of Georgia, Inc.: Founded in 1928, the Gardening Club of Georgia has over 12,000 members and is made up of 420 clubs. Its headquarters are located in Athens, Georgia at the State Botanical Garden. The organization has a number of programs, such as floral design and garden therapy. It also has a scholarship program.

DIY Gardening Projects

  • DIY Project – Recycled Pallet Vertical Garden: A Do-It-Yourself project on the blog Design Sponge. The project is to create a vertical autumn garden on a wooden pallet. Succulents are used for the demonstration, however, the directions indicate that people may use any type of plants that they choose.
  • Garden Projects: The website for the Family Handyman magazine. This page lists several DIY gardening projects for readers to choose from. A brief description of the project is included on the page including a link to the actual project on the Family Handyman site.
  • Six DIY Garden Projects You Can Do Right Now: Food52 blog lists six DIY gardening projects. The projects are fairly simple and include creating plant markers from spoons and directions on how to make planters from items such as milk crates, gutters, bag, and boxes.
  • Five DIY Gardening Projects: Five projects listed on the blog Sustainablog. These gardening projects range from two types of planters, cold frames, compost bins, and rain barrels.
  • Repurpose Dresser Drawers Into a Veggie Garden: The blog Home Jelly gives instructions on how to turn an unused dresser into a garden. The garden is elevated and the drawers are the bed for plants. This project is suitable for yards with limited space.

Indoor and Greenhouse Gardening

  • TheEasyGarden – Indoor and Greenhouse Gardening Forum: A gardening forum filled with various topics and discussions that are associated with gardening indoors, including in greenhouses.
  • Indoor Gardening Guide: A gardening guide for indoor gardeners. The guide is presented in a slide format, each new slide, or page covers a separate important aspect associated with indoor gardening. There are a total of four topic pages included.
  • Indoor Gardening Tips: A list of indoor garden tips presented by the Toledo Botanical Gardens. Some of the tips offered by the article include lighting, soil, and temperature.
  • Growing Tomatoes in Your Greenhouse: Advice on how to safely grow tomatoes in a greenhouse garden. The best type of tomatoes to use, water, temperature, and fertilizer are all topics reviewed in the article.
  • Four Greenhouse Gardening Tips for Beginners: An article from the Greenhouse Catalog that lists tips for new greenhouse gardeners. Supply, options, compost, and water tips are all included in the article.
  • Doug Green's Garden - Greenhouse Gardening Tips: This blog article on the Doug Green's Garden website gives readers three greenhouse gardening tips. The writer of the article has a 23 year history working in the nursery and greenhouse business.

Organic Gardening

  • A Beginner's Guide to Organic Gardening: Organic Gardening magazine's guide featured on their website. This six page guide include common vocabulary associated with organic gardening, instructions, advice on controlling pests, and other tips.
  • Organic Gardening: The website for Mother Earth News magazine. This section of the site covers information about organic gardening. Readers interested in this topic will find articles, including how-to gardening articles, and the site's organic gardening blogs.
  • Dirt Under Your Nails – Online Organic Gardening Tutorials: An article on the blog entitled Going Home to Roost. The writer recommends several organic gardening tutorials that can be found online. She includes links to the tutorials.
  • The Organic Gardening Guru: A blog that is dedicated to organic gardening. Readers will find information such as what growing organically is, planting techniques, tips and tricks, terminology, and seasonal garden care.
  • How to Start an Organic Garden in Nine Easy Steps: This is an article presented by the Daily Green, which is a green guide from GoodHousekeeping.com. The article is presented as a slide show that instructs the reader on how to start an organic garden. The information in the article begins at the benefits and covers each step from compost making to harvesting and cleanup.
  • Turn Your Dirt Into Soil: Start an Organic Garden Today!: An article on the BreastCancer.org website that discusses the four "S's" of organic gardening at home: space, soil, seeds, and stuff. The article reviews soil and seeds as the most important elements of organic gardening.

Vegetable Gardening

  • Home Vegetable Gardening: An NC State University page on planning and planting a vegetable garden. This page includes illustrated examples to help with planning out the garden and fertilizer application. It also includes a table for different vegetables and their required temperature and growing time.
  • The Vegetable Garden: This is an index page for Vegetable Garden Chapter of the Arizona Master Gardener Manual. In addition to the introduction, topics covered in this chapter include soil preparation, seeds, transplanting, irrigation, fertilization, weed control, and more. Selected vegetable crops are also included.
  • iVillage GardenWeb - Vegetable Gardening: A forum on choosing, planting, and maintaining vegetables.
  • Vegetable Garden Planting Guide: A PDF chart from the Texas A&m Systems AgriLife Extension. The chart illustrates the best months to plant different types of vegetables. Most of the planting times are for seeds, however, when indicated planting times are for transplants.
  • Improving Soils for Vegetable Gardening: This Ohio State University Fact Sheet covers things that gardeners should consider when planting a vegetable garden. These considerations include the pH, drainage, erosion, texture, moisture conditions, and erosion.
  • Starting a Garden: A guide from the University of Maryland Extension on how to start a vegetable garden. The guide is broken into five separate steps. These steps are planning a garden, selecting a site, preparing the soil, planting the crops and taking care of the garden.

Garden Pest Management

Seasonal Gardening

  • Winter Gardening Tips: The University of Illinois Extension web-newsletter entitled Home Hort Hints. This issue reviews gardening tips for the winter months. Tips are primarily how to care for certain plants and how things such as the weight of ice and snow and warm spells can affect outdoor plants. Ordering seeds, caring for indoor holiday plants, storing firewood and pests are also reviewed.
  • Preventing and Repairing Winter Damage: An article on the website for Fine Gardening magazine that discusses how to prevent plants from damage caused by extreme winter weather. Prevention and repair tips are given on damage such as broken branches, frost damage, desiccation, frost heave, sun scald, and salt burn.
  • Nine-Water Conserving Tips for Summer Gardening: A Popular Mechanics article on how to maintain gardens over the summer months when extra water is often necessary. The tips are presented as a slide show.
  • Garden Plans That Peak in the Fall: A Better Homes & Garden slide show of fall garden plans. Each of the plans includes details and a downloadable planting guide.
  • Seasonal Tips for the Garden: The information in this PDF is divided into sections by season. Each section includes gardening tips for the specific season.
  • How to Get Ready for Spring Gardening: This article appears on the blog entitled the Big Blog of Gardening. It gives the reader information on how to prepare their gardens for the spring. It is directed toward the new gardener and give advice on planning the garden and buying seeds or plants from a garden nursery.

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