Need to find answers to your gardening questions? Here are the resources we looked at during this week’s Lunch and Learn!
General Gardening & Reference
Gardening on About.com
Extensive directory of gardening articles and videos from About.com
Cyndi’s Catalog of Garden Catalogs
From the site description: “The home gardener’s one stop to find all the mail-order seed catalogs and gardening catalogs in the US and Canada – over 2000 of them!”
The self-professed “hands-down favorite website of gardeners around the world.” A lively website with a strong community of gardeners. Includes discussion forums, plant and seed trading, blog directories, informational articles, videos, and much more.
Farming & Gardening
Farming and gardening how-tos and informational videos from kyGREENtv.
Garden Gate: Roots of Botanical Names
“Did you know that ‘Lavender’ (Lavandula) comes from the Latin word ‘to wash’? Ever wonder why the daylily is called Hemerocallis? Or what angustifolia means? Here are over 1000 root word of botanical names from a- to zyg-.”
Gardening in Kentucky
The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s Youtube channel.
Gardening Resources from the National Gardening Association
The National Gardening Associate website has tons of information for both experienced gardeners and newbies. You’ll find articles, videos, guides, calculators, message boards, and seed swaps.
Gardens, Lawns, and Landscapes
Gardening resources from the nationwide Cooperative Extension System.
Publications from the University of Kentucky about home landscaping.
Kentucky Living Home & Garden
Monthly garden almanac, plant features, and Ask the Gardener archives.
Old Farmer’s Almanac
Same helpful resource, but now online! Find the best planting dates, plant guides, frost dates, articles, gardening tips, and much more.
Plant List for Kentucky Garden Flowers: A Selection Guide
Provides brief performance and planting information for common Kentucky garden flowers.
Pronunciation Guide: Fine Gardening
How to pronounce the Latin names of plants.
Rainscaping Guide: Is a Rain Garden Right for You?
A guide to building a rain garden from the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Companion Plants Chart
Companion Planting Poster
Gardener’s Supply Company
From the Gardener’s Supply Company, lots of informative articles to help with all your gardening projects. The ready-made kitchen garden plans and garden planner are especially helpful.
Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky
A PDF booklet from the UK Agricultural Extension Office with just about anything you’d need to know about making a home vegetable garden.
Home Vegetables—Department of Horticulture at the University of Kentucky
Publications from the University of Kentucky about home vegetable gardening, pests, raised beds, diseases, and more.
Covers green living in the Bluegrass. Includes tips for organic farming and gardening.
Vegetable Diseases—Cornell University
Provides access to Vegetable Disease Fact Sheets from Cornell University.
Vegetable Growing Guides
Detailed growing guides for 58 garden vegetables.
Free for 15 days, or buy for $24. Good for the visual placement of plants, beds, and other items. However, this planner does not include a very extensive list of plants. You also have to download the program to your computer.
Vegetable Garden Planner Software
Create the perfect garden plan with this easy software. No need to download anything as the planner uses Adobe Flash in your browser. Helps you plan crop rotation, successive plantings, etc. Sign up for a free 30 day trial; after that, the planner costs $25/year.
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council
From the Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council. Exotic plants list, least wanted plants (with native alternatives) and lesson plans for teachers.
Kentucky Native Plant and Wildlife
According to blog author Dr. Thomas Barnes, an author and UK Extension Professor, “The purpose of this blog is to provide information on using native plants in the landscape, issues related to invasive exotic plants, urban wildlife management, and wildlife damage management.”
The Kentucky Native Plant Society
Where to buy Kentucky native plants, links to other resources, membership information.
Kentucky Rare Plants Database
From the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission.
Beautiful photographs of Kentucky wildflowers.
NPIN: Recommended Native Plants—Kentucky
From the LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center, a list of recommended Kentucky native plants.
Shooting Star Nursery
A Georgetown nursery specializing in plants native to Kentucky. Provide photos and growing information for each plant.
Threatened Plants Search Results
A list of threatened and endangered Kentucky plants.
Wild Ones—Lexington Chapter
Wild Ones is a non-profit focused on native plants and natural, sustainable landscaping. The Lexington chapter website provides good native plant resources, including events, a list of native plants, and more.
Inside/Out & About
News of local gardening happenings from a garden writer with the Lexington Herald-Leader. The site doesn’t appear to update very frequently, but you may want to keep an eye on it.
The Micro Gardener
Although this blogger is from Australia, many of her articles are still relevant to Kentucky gardeners. The articles are quite thorough and easy to understand.
Mr. Brown Thumb
A how-to gardening blog—mostly flowers, some veggies—that’s especially good for beginners.
You Grow Girl
A DIY gardening blog from the author of You Grow Girl and Grow Great Grub.
Gardening eBooks on Kentucky Libraries Unbound
Gardening eBooks on Axis 360