Gardening is a lot of fun but as many of us know, a gardening book from the Arizona Desert doesn't do much for the folks in New York or the Pacific Northwest. Our conditions are dramatically different.
One terrific resource for everyone is the Cooperative Extension Service program. Through the State universities, an educational network has been established to help farmers and gardeners understand the needs of their growing conditions and how to deal with the specific challenges they face locally.
In working with others around the country, I regularly recommend finding the local Extension Service website and office and taking advantage of the wonderful resource they are. Sometimes it is hard to locate them on the web but today I found the answer.
A twitter friend, Karen Russ, posted a link that is the Holy Grail of the Extension Service and I want to pass it along to you. It helps you to find ANY Extension Service Office and contact information in the US and US territories.
I added the link to my www.sonorangarden.com website on the home page under HELPFUL WEBSITES for easy access.
I got my Gardeners Supply catalog in the mail yesterday and started
reading it this morning. They have a section on raised bed gardening
that is pretty good! One thing I havent seen before (maybe you have)
is a link to their online kitchen garden planner. It is really cool! The online tutorial is located at https://www.gardeners.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Gardeners-Site/default/Link-Page?id=kgp_home and the direct link is located at https://www.gardeners.com/on/demandware. … enDesigner
take a look at it. It is really simple. You start by selecting the
dimensions of your garden. Then you scroll through the vegetable
selection and drag and drop a particular veggie to the grid. As you
drop the vegetable on a square, it shows you how many plants you should
plant per square - 1,2,4,9,16. Really cool! And you can save, email
and print your garden.