So where ELSE can you find accurate gardening information these days? Below, our suggestions for other, non-video sources.
On the Web
Google: Try using the search term site:.edu to find answers from universities. For example, for compost info you could put site:.edu compost in the Google box. Or add the school of your choice to find their specific info on the topic. (E.g., compost site:wmd.edu.)
To find actual research papers, use Google Scholar – because that’s what it serves up. Not for anyone looking for a quick answer.
Search Cooperative Extension Universities: Extension Search allows you to search hundreds of Cooperative Extension sites, which are land-grant universities charged with educating the public about gardening (among other things). Because not all Extension websites will give you the same answer on every topic, it’s best to visit more than one, and look for information that’s been published in the last five years or so.
More Recommended Websites
These websites are frequently recommended by one or more members of our Advisory Team.
- Missouri Botanic Garden Plantfinder.
- USDA Plant Database for correct/current scientific names and determining where a plant is native to.
- Purdue Virtual Plant and Pest Lab.
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
- Plant trial evaluation info at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Mt. Cuba.
- For up-to-date information about lawns, this site has it. It’s a new joint project by Penn State, University of Maryland, and Virginia Tech that focuses on the most environmentally responsible practices today. It may help turn the American lawn culture away from highly fertilized turfgrass monocultures to a more diverse plant community that requires fewer inputs.
These books are recommended by one or more of our Team members as trusted sources.
- By Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott at Washington State U: How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do and The Informed Gardener.
- By Dr. Jeff Gillman, now the director of the Botanical Gardens at UNC Charlotte: The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why, The Truth about Organic Gardening, and Decoding Gardening Advice.
- by Tracy diSabato-Aust, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques is a long-time favorite source of info for growing perennials.
- By Ruth Stout, The No-Work Garden Book: Secrets of the Famous Year-Round Mulch Method.
- By Michael Dirr, Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs and others.
- Lee Reich’s books on pruning and growing fruit trees.
- Richard Harris’s books on Arboriculture.
- (Not a complete list – more coming…)
Extension University Publications (free or to purchase)