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The best online resources for budding gardeners
In this article, I’d like to share with you some resources that I’d always like to recommend to gardeners of all experience levels. Whether you’re an experienced green fingers, or a budding potterer just starting out – these are the websites to head to.
This amazing website is an extensive resource that covers just about anything you can think of, at all levels of gardening. There’s a huge amount of really useful information about types of plants, garden troubleshooting, and an excellent month-by-month gardening calendar. There’s also stacks of informative video material, at-a-glance checklists, and detailed information about the Royal Horticultural Society’s many beautiful open gardens. By registering for an account you’ll get access to the user forum, where UK gardeners share ideas and get inspiration from each other.
If you’re more of a visual learner, Youtube could be the resource for you! I partner with Silverline Tools, who produce some of the best gardening tools out there. They’re also leading the way with informative video content, covering all aspects of home and garden DIY. On their Youtube channel you’ll find topics like making your own liquid fertiliser, building your own barbecue, dividing perennial plants (featuring yours truly) and even bleeding a radiator! It’s a veritable goldmine. Come and say hi!
This once mighty website is unfortunately no longer updated, but the archives are still available for your perusal and packed with information. There’s a fab gardening with children section that hosts a great selection of activities and projects to get your little ones flexing their green muscles, and a detailed page on identifying pests and diseases that’s really helpful. The blog archives are entertaining and inspiring, making this resource a great option if you fancy a browse.
This Facebook site is a worldwide community of gardeners of all experience levels, and is great whether you’re after a casual browse or some expert tips. You have to have a Facebook account and request specially to join the group, or a friend can refer you – but it’s worth it! Browse the garden pictures of community members in far-flung places and drool over the gorgeous tropical blooms they’re cultivating. Chat with gardeners in chilly Nordic countries and get the low-down on how they tackle a frozen plot. This is, as the name suggests, a friendly and supportive online environment for sharing ideas and tips. Just remember to follow the community rules!
Remember, great advice exists offline too! If you have questions or concerns about your garden, it’s a great idea to visit your local garden centre or plant nursery. The staff there are usually passionate and well-informed, and will be happy to have a chat with you about getting the most from your garden.