Thank god for the interweb. I say that almost daily, for it’s amazing what you can find there. For a beginning gardener, it’s a miracle sent from heaven. What on earth did people DO before? Lots of library books and the occasional class, I guess and if you were lucky, a friend with a green thumb. I’m sure I’ve barely scratched the surface, but I already have a few favorite sites.
As mentioned previously, Annie’s Annuals is like flower porn. Lots of rare, hard-to-find things (though, to be honest, I’m so new I probably wouldn’t know if it was rare or not). I do know they have lots of things I haven’t seen locally. My order comes in a couple weeks, so I can’t vouch yet for the quality, but the prices are excellent and their reputation is stellar.
For lots of gardening (and a ton other stuff) it’s hard to beat Sunset magazine’s site. There’s a calendar for what to do in the garden each month, plant finder, great articles and inspiration, landscape plans, all specific to our area.
We’re also lucky to have Seattle Tilth, which, according to their website is ” a nationally recognized non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources.” They offer classes and fabulous plant sales, and their site is full of local resources for organic gardeners. The Lovely Miss Z and I are going Friday to the Early Edible special Friday night sale.
Given that our veggie gardening method of choice is Square Foot Gardening, I’m also a big fan of My Square Foot Garden. You can sign up for your zone, and they will send you weekly emails listing what can be planted during that particular week. There’s also a photo gallery, veggie reference guide, and a TON of other information.
Another local resource is Diggin Food, a blog by a Seattle gardener, Willi Galloway, who mixes in recipes with what’s going on in her garden. She’s a gardening whiz, being a Master Gardener and expert for NPR and eHow.com, as well as the West coast editor of Organic Gardening magazine - she knows her stuff!
And though I haven’t yet fully checked it out, The Lovely Miss Z turned me onto You Grow Girl, which looks to be chock-full of awesomeness.
A person really could fry their brain just by looking at all the information just in these sites, let alone the rest of the interweb. Let me know if you have any go-to gardening sites!