Gardening on the Internet

Gardening on the Internet: Cartoon by Jane Gates

Not only is the Internet a place where you can learn about gardening and get answers for many of your questions, but there are some very entertaining sites worthy of watching. But before you go surfing all around the Internet, it’s important to remember that not everything you read there is correct or factual. Be careful before you blithely follow instructions or advice you read.  Sometimes you can find yourself getting bad information.

Not all Internet writers are knowledgeable about the subject they are writing. In fact, at this point, the Internet is bloated with articles being churned out by ‘content sites’ – organizations that hire masses of people to write for low pay or for small residual percentages of profits from advertising fees.  Some of these people actually do know their subjects. I have participated in writing many articles this way for eHow, InfoBarrel and The Examiner. But many contributors to these sites simply are writing without experience, knowledge or research. Others may be writing for whatever pennies they can earn as a result of recession pressures and are more interested in attracting advertisers to pay them rather than having any interest in sharing any valuable information.

Of course, we can always learn from each other, from shared experiences, and even sometimes even from those we least expect. So just because a person may not have a lot of credentials doesn’t not necessarily mean the article doesn’t have good information, either. Just be careful before assuming whatever advice you read about is accurate or helpful. Check out the person behind the information you are getting or look for additional supporting information on multiple sites before setting out on a project.

There are many excellent sites on gardening, landscaping and horticulture as well as a number of sites posted by universities and government that can help you with your gardening searches. Check my list of some of the garden bloggers and sites across the country that I have listed under ‘sites’, ‘references’ and ‘resources’.  And look at some of the sites of published gardening and landscaping book authors.  You also might want to tune into Shirley Bovshow’s live streaming ‘Garden World Report‘ for a show that seems to be offering more solid content than TV stations are televising these days.

Gardening on the internet offers more possibilities to learn about every aspect from specific plants to design ideas, from construction to pest control, from local garden-related events to news around the world. Enjoy learning, but remember to be discerning. The internet is completely uncensored — and that can be both a blessing and a curse!