10 Online Gardening Communities
Whether you are a master gardener or backyard experimenter, it's nice to know there are places to go to ask a question or share your experiences. Thanks to the internet, there are countless sites where you can do just that. These discussion forums are packed full of friendly and expert advice for the everyday gardener and welcome new members from around the world everyday. They offer tips, stories, seed exchange, ideas and resources. Most of all, they share your passion for all things green.
1) GARDENING FORUMS - The Gardening Forums community is more than just a garden advice site, it is definitely a friendly community with lively conversations and news. They encourage members to ask questions and find the answers they're looking for. The forum covers a variety of gardening topics including greenhouse gardening and plant identification. You can hang out in the active chat room or take advantage of expert advice.
2) MOOSEY'S COUNTRY GARDEN - I love this place. Here they encourage you to let them know how your garden grows. Besides general garden chat, there is a rose section, an organic gardening section and my favorite, the unidentified flowering objects section. Moosey's encourages photos and even discusses what to do about dogs and cats in your garden. Sign the guestbook and check out these friendly folks.
3) HELPFUL GARDENER - Helpful Gardener is a more scientific venue though still very welcoming. This is an extremely comprehensive site with a broad spectrum of categories. They include organic gardening, vegetable, herb, bonsai, cactus, container, woody plants and fruit. They even have more specific sub-categories like tomatoes, hydrangea, and lilacs as well as a forum that discusses the wildlife garden, keeping nature's critters in mind. There's a whole lot of stuff here.
4) DAVE'S GARDEN - Dave's Garden touts itself as a place to ask gardening questions. But it is so much more. The home page provides links to many specific categories. Just about every flower is included alphabetically. That's not all. There are links to international gardening forums, beekeeping, houseplants, landscaping, farm life and a huge variety of helpful places. Do check out the garden art forum.
5) UBC BOTANICAL GARDEN - This site is hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. People from around the world discuss gardening with input from university researchers. There are some great categories in pest management, plant identification and interesting discussions on soil types, fertilizers and invasive plants. You can learn a lot here. Photos and discussion are welcomed.
6) GARDEN STEW - Garden Stew is a down to earth community for the average gardener and homeowner. There are how-to guides, seed exchange, as well as a recipe and cooking section. Folks discuss lawn care and water gardening in a friendly atmosphere. This community encourages photos of your garden and blog entries. It's like talking with neighbors.
7) GARDEN BANTER - Based in the UK, Garden Banter serves as a gateway to gardening forums around the world. There are groups for ponds, edible gardening, orchids and bamboo. You'll want to spend a lot of time here if only to ogle the breathtaking photos. For both beginners and experts alike, Garden Banter will take you to gardens around the globe and inspire you.
8) HOMESTEAD GARDENING - This site is a back to nature place. Members from all walks of life talk about living a simpler and more self-sufficient lifestlye. Besides gardening, there are discussions on cooking and food-preserving. There's a garden swap, a singles section, and plenty of discussion about farming and getting back to nature. It is a friendly and gentle place and well worth a visit.
9) I DIG MY GARDEN - Here's another site I really like. They consider themselves free-thinking gardeners who are different, political, and organic. This community discusses issues as well as gardening. Vegetarianism, natural politics, gene-altered food are spoken about. Heirloom gardening is a focus here and there is a great trading bazaar. There are some pretty good recipes too.
10) NATURE'S GARDEN - Hosted by Better Homes and Gardens, this site is just plain beautiful. Check out the photo of the week or submit your own. Discuss butterflies or daylilies. Write a blog or accept the weekly challenge. You can learn how to attract birds to your garden. I recommend a visit here for any nature lover, green thumb or not.
These websites are just a sampling of the many communities that share our love of all that is nature. If there is one thing that connects us all as human beings, it is gardening. Have fun.
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