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"Weeding" through the Web

Can't seem to find what you're looking for in gardening books or magazines? Well there is a wealth of information on the World Wide Web. There are lots of commercial sites, some of which you must pay for in order to use their site but there are plenty of free ones too! There are university, government and reference websites filled with information to cover just about any gardening question.

Here is a list provided to us from the National Gardening Bureau.

All land grant (state) universities have cooperative extension programs, many with web sites filled with information. Some have information for professionals but most have information for the home gardener.

University Web Sites

Penn State Extension Office in Allegheny County
This is Penn State Extension's office in Allegheny County. Agents for consumer and commericial horticulture as well as agents for nutrition and family management are available for questions and loads of information. GARDENLINE is manned by Penn State Master Gardeners who will help you with your garden questions and problems. Gardenline phone number is (412) 473-2600 or 2601.

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Publications
Penn State University offers many publications, some free, some for a minimal cost on a wide variety of subjects. Available for download is a publication on Small Scale Fruit Production for the homeowner. You can just download parts that are applicable to you.

Colorado State University Cooperative Extension
Colorado State University offers publications, gardening online and information on edible flowers.

Cornell University Department of Horticulture
Cornell University has a "Home Gardening" page that has a searchable flower and vegetable database for selecting plants, fact sheets and photos.

North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension
This is the web site for North Carolina State University with links categorized by plant groups, garden topics and sources of information.

Ohio State University Horticulture & Crop Science in Virtual Perspective
Ohio State University's website offers an illustrated plant dictionary, a collection of 200 short gardening how to videos and a downloadable plant database for your handheld.

University of Illinois Extension
This website from the University of Illinois has a Horticulture and Home Garden page that includes a listing of extension web sites and "Ask an Expert."

University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension
PowerPoint presentations for vegetables are available to view and download from this University of Wisconsin Extension site.

Government Web Sites

National Plant Database (United States Department of Agriculture)
This national plant database provides standardized information about US plants. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, characteristics images plant links and references. There are links to plant photos, plant nomenclature and significant plants.

National Biological Information Infrastructure
The National Biological Information System provides many links for topics that include gardening information: botany for Kids, Collections and Organizations, General Reference sources, Taxonomies, Plant ID tools, Image Collections, dictionaries, glossaries and Encyclopedias.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture encourages, protects and promotes agriculture, horticulture and related industries throughout the commonwealth for both homeowners and businesses. Their exhaustive Web resource accomplishes this by providing news, events, FAQs, links and even weekly photos as well as data and statistics, funding opportunities and market reports.

Reference Web Sites

American Horticultural Society
The American Horticultural Society provides connects you to the great gardens of the world and provides a national registry of children's gardens. Listings are provided for Children's Gardening Programs at public gardens, formal educational programs and guides and sources of children's gardening activities. There are also internet links and resources for all skill levels.

Internet Directory for Botany
This internet directory for botany site provides lists and links to worldwide organizations that provide gardening information. You can link to botanical gardens, museums, horticultural societies as well as university botany departments.

All-America Selections
This redesigned website features an AAS winner image library, trial ground information and a searchable database of AAS display gardens, store locators for AAS winners and direct links to AAS winner seed sources.

National Garden Bureau
The National Garden Bureau website "Year of " offers flower and vegetable fact sheets with images. "Today's Garden" contains 55 gardening bulletins, "How a Garden Grows" features a photo gallery with fact sheets,, and has links to a member mail-order seed and plant company.

Children's Gardening Sites
This award winning website offers a wealth of information for parents and teachers. The Teacher's Room page offers classroom stories, activities and advice.

Aggie Horticulture (Texas A&M University System)
There is a Kids Zone, full of activities including compost critter identification, an activity page for kids and tips for gardening with children.

Life Lab Science Program
This California non-profit group has worked with over 1,000 schools nationwide in developing Life-Lab school gardens. Their K-5 garden centered science curricula are available for purchase.

Urban Programs Resource Network (University of Illinois Extension)
Click on the "Just for Kids" section for "A Walk in the Woods" complete with sound, pages for the secret life of trees, a first garden and insects. There area teachers guides as well.

VIVA! Garden for Schools
Offers herb and vegetable cultural information, ideas, tips, recipes, containers and FAQs. Their link with NGA provides information on growing herbs and vegetables with an emphasis on gardening for children.

Web Sites on How to Grow from Seed

The Garden Helper
This site helps you get started with gardening. There is a general how-to section for starting your own seed, garden styles, list of plants with cultural requirements, gardening forums and a handy month-by-month gardening calendar.

One of the older internet destinations, gardenweb offers page after page of useful and fun information. It has a directory of botanical gardens and plant societies along with message boards for gardening questions and links to products and plants, articles and forums.