Your Local Weather
Tracking weather seems to hold widespread fascination, but gardeners are especially ardent. All sorts of paraphernalia for tracking weather are widely available, but keeping track of their readings and replacing batteries can get to be tedious. WeatherBug offers a reasonable compromise. Type in your zip code and the Web site finds your nearest weather tracker (often a school nearby) providing live conditions, including current temperature, high and low temperatures for the day, current and average wind speed and direction, wind chill, humidity, dew point, precipitation, barometric pressure, sunrise and sunset times, moon phase, and monthly rain totals. The site also includes a five-day forecast, and Doppler radar and maps. For those interested in keeping records, why not choose a time late in the evening each day to print out a copy of the day's weather and keep it in a notebook along with your own notes about the weather and your garden!
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The Avant Gardener and HortIdeas
No doubt about it, the Internet is a treasure trove of information, but two print publications still provide unique gardening information every month. Published for 38 years, The Avant Gardener, which bills itself as "the unique horticultural news service," provides information on new plants as well as garden products and techniques in an 8-page newsletter format. Subscriptions are $24 a year and can be obtained by writing: The Avant Gardener, Box 489, New York, NY 10028.
HortIdeas, published bimonthly in a 24-page newsletter, reports on the "latest research methods, tools, plants, books, etc., for vegetable, fruit, and flower gardeners, gathered from hundreds of popular and technical sources worldwide." The subscription rate is $25 per year or $15 to receive the e-mail edition. For more information, write HortIdeas, 750 Black Lick Road, Gravel Switch, KY 40328.