Because I’m a beginning gardener, I have to read a lot. There are so many factors to consider when gardening and it simply isn’t feasible for me to go to the library and look up a bunch of information. The internet, however, is an outstanding source for so much material, I find it difficult to sift through the endless pages of information. There are countless gardening blogs, plant sites and forums that provide all sorts of personal experiences and unique gardening ideas. With all of the work to be done and reading to do, gardening can easily become a full-time hobby!
Thankfully, there are many sites dedicated to gardening here in Central Texas, because what works in one area of the country does not always work in another, and planting times vary from area to area. Getting tips from local gardeners and nurseries is the best way to go.
If you haven’t done so yet, take time to look through some of the garden blogs listed in my blog roll (right column, near bottom). These folks are experienced gardeners, many in my area of Central Texas, who are doing outstanding things. They are a source of information and inspiration.
Take Pam Penick’s Digging, for example. Pam is a landscape designer who lives right here in Austin, Texas. She has an outstanding blog highlighting native plant design, which she updates very frequently with quality photographs and interesting musings. Also, Amy at Go Away I’m Gardening! has a great blog full of native plants and flowers that capture my interest as well as the interest of every bee and butterfly that happens by her wonderful garden. She is a master gardener intern, also from Austin, and loves to share what she knows with others.
Another source of inspiration for me is the blog, Throwback at Trapper Creek. This blog highlights the efforts of a couple of homesteaders in the Pacific Northwest. Because my desire to start gardening sprang out of a need to become more self-reliant, this blog is a terrific source for all sorts of things one can do for one’s self. From gardening, canning, cooking and raising animals, Throwback is one of my favorites.