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Gardening on the Web

This article was originally published on March 1, 2010 and expired on July 1, 2010. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

Gardening resources have surged into the twenty-first century, noted a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

"I can remember walking eight blocks to my neighborhood library in Peoria each week to get every gardening book they had," said Ron Wolford. "Other kids read The Hardy Boys, and I read about how to plant a vegetable garden. I was a little weird!

"I can remember helping my Grandma Minnie weed her large garden behind the farmhouse on their farm just outside of Hanna City, while asking her question after question about veggies. Why are radishes hot? What is that big, green worm on the tomato plant? Why are the tomatoes wilting?"

That is how Wolford and most other people got their gardening information back, as he calls them, in "the olden days."

Today we can go to our computer to get answers to our gardening questions by goggling them.

"There is a lot of unreliable information out on the World Wide Web, so as another growing season beckons, I would like to recommend a few of my favorite University of Illinois Extension gardening web sites to ensure a successful 2010 gardening experience," he said.

Start your search at http://urbanext.illinois.edu/ and click on the Hort Corner box. Then select one of the featured sites or scroll down through a list of linked Web sites with information on soil testing, container gardening, strawberry pots, perennials, and lots more.

Wolford also recommends connecting with and learning from other gardeners via social media such as www.twitter.com .

"Social media is the newest way to connect on the Web," Wolford explained. "I have been using Twitter for almost a year. I have found it to be an easy way to connect and learn from other gardeners from around the world. So jump into Twitter and make your 2010 gardening effort your best one yet!"

Start by following www.twitter.com/uie_hort from the University of Illinois.

Source: Ron Wolford, Extension Educator, Horticulture, rwolford@illinois.edu

Pull date: July 1, 2010

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