All Things Gardening forum: good general gardening sites to recommend?

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crittergarden
Jan 29, 2013 12:30 PM CST
Besides THIS, the PERFECT one, that is....
And besides the FORMERLY PERFECT Dave's Garden.
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Name: Juju Hu
San Diego, CA (Zone 9b)
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Jujuhu
Feb 2, 2013 4:51 PM CST
Bgi is good
\"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.\" -Emerson
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crittergarden
Feb 3, 2013 6:06 AM CST
Couldn't find that from just "bgi".
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San Diego, CA (Zone 9b)
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Jujuhu
Feb 3, 2013 2:59 PM CST
Oh sorry!! [url=Www.bgi-USA.com]Www.bgi-USA.com[/url]
You can search tons of practical info gardening tips and order products, too.
Enjoy Thumbs up
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crittergarden
Feb 4, 2013 8:06 AM CST
Thanks Juju.

And how silly are you, faker?
Hilarious!
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grassorange
Feb 19, 2013 7:53 AM CST
I've been asked to recommend a good "general purpose" gardening book for someone who wants to know the basics of flowers & shrubs and when to do various tasks. This would be for someone gardening in zone 6. Does anyone have any suggestion
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crittergarden
Feb 19, 2013 11:49 AM CST
I like the Sunset garden books.
My only complaint is that they don't use USDA zones, they have their own.
BUT it's easy to find your zone.
I wrote mine in the front of my book.

It's a GREAT reference book for plants by name. AND has sections for specific conditions without too much wordiness. I hate a book that rehashes so much of what I already know that I get bored looking for the nuggets I don't already know.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Feb 21, 2013 12:10 PM CST
Another book that I kind of like is The Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch.
http://www.amazon.com/Garden-Primer-Barbara-Damrosch/dp/0894...
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
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crittergarden
Feb 21, 2013 12:58 PM CST
Oh. I have heard of her....
WIll check out the book.
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crittergarden
Feb 21, 2013 1:00 PM CST
I think she used to be on PBS.... with whatshisfirstname Coleman.
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crittergarden
Feb 21, 2013 1:00 PM CST
ELLIOT Coleman.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Feb 21, 2013 1:05 PM CST

The Complete Book of Garden Magic
second edition 1956 with all those "modern" ideas added
Roy Edwin Biles (Author)

He covers EVERY garden topic, and is very practical and feels neighborly. You just have to ignore the advice from the '40s about dusting with arsenic and nicotine!

It's interesting how most of our our other "modern " organic ideas were all taken for granted a half-century ago, went out of fashion for a few decades, and now are hotly advocated by "new-age thinkers" and resisted by "traditionalists".

I like the perspective it gives - ideas that haven't changed in 60-70 years are probably good ideas.

Ideas that have gone out of fashion:
(1) might still be good ideas, or
(2) might suggest what the important underlying PRINCIPLES are, that led to two very different ways of doing the same thing.

After all, agriculture is around 10,000 years old, and plants have changed only a little. That's a deep and rich database to tap!

I wish we could bring a few dozen medieval peasants to the modern day, just so they could look at our practices, shake their heads pityingly, and tell us "don't do THAT!" ... and probably be right more often than not, or at least remind us what our tradeoffs have really cost, or how little long-term benefit some things really give. Probably everything we would boast of, they would agree were helpful, but we do TOO MUCH of them. (Tilling, fertilizing, pesticiding, mono-cropping, intensive cropping)

Probably their biggest reaction would be amazement that we can be as lazy as we are, and still expect to have food on the table. Then shock and dismay at how greedy agri-businesses are. And surprise at how gluttonous many people are ...

Hmmmm! Sloth, greed and gluttony, how many mortal sins would NOT amaze medieval peasants at how far we have progressed beyond them? I think 5 minutes of television would convince them we're all sex maniacs. What's left ... wrath, envy and pride? I guess people of all eras had those in abundance.

People from 600 or 700 years ago wouldn't spend much time and effort scolding our agricultural sins!

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