Resources for Specific Types of Gardens
Did you know a museum of gardening and garden history exists? Well it does and you have found its website. The museum of gardening is located in London. The mseum was founded in 1977 to rescue the abandoned ancient church of St. Mary's from demotion. The church is the burial place of John Tradescant, known as the first great gardener and plant hunter in England. The Garden Museum showcases the art, history and design of gardens. The website features topical tips from gardeners past. While the tips aren't meant for practical advice, it gives gardeners a look back into what gardening used to be. Like many other sites, this site contains an extensive plant list as well. This nicely laid out site also features a lot of garden links and extra resources.
Renegade Gardner bills itself as the best site for gardeners living in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, and other states and Canadian Provinces banished to the forgotten USDA Hardiness Zones 2 through 4. This informative website will provide information on services, products and assistance geared toward the unique needs of northern gardeners. Check out the plant spotlight, the myth of the week, landscape design, plant care or other resources. Or find out about the 10 Tenets of Renegade Gardening.
Setting up Hydroponic Grow Lights
Even Martha Stewart uses grow lights! This website gives a brief overview with step-by-step instructions on how to set up grow lights. The tips include installing the hood, hanging the grow light and adjusting the height of a grow light lamp.
Master Gardeners of California
This online site provides advice to the California home gardener. If you live in such cities as Napa, Monterey, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara or other California cities, you'll find a variety of information about gardening in your area. Learn about events in your area, garden projects you can complete or publications you can pick up to learn more. The California Master Gardener Handbook is also available through the site.
The History of Hydroponics
This page on Camp Internet's Global Gardening Studies is a long essay on the history of hydroponics. Although hydroponics has become increasingly popular with modern technology, the practice of growing plants without soil has developed from the findings of experiments carried out to determine what substances make plants grow and the composition of plants. This work dates back as early as the 1600s. However, plants were being grown in a soil-less culture far earlier than this. Hydroponics is at least as ancient as the pyramids. A primitive form has been carried on in Kashmir for centuries. And there were the floating gardens of the Aztecs of America. The process of growing plants in the ocean goes back to about the time the earth was created. But as a farming tool, many believe it started in the ancient city of Babylon, where the famous hanging gardens are listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was here that was probably one of the first successful attempts to grow plants hydroponically.