When they’re not attending to their flowerbeds, tech-savvy gardeners pick up tools, seeds, tips and inspiration from the web’s numerous horticultural forums, advice sites and shops. PCAdvisor.co.uk visitors recommended their favourite green-fingered websites.
Recommended by: gardener
“Haughty-cultural, some may say,” quips gardener, “but very good nonetheless.”
The RHS site has much to recommend it, from the smart, easy-on-the-eye visuals to its useful features, such as virtual tours of select RHS gardens and an informative series of pieces on the Plant of the Month. There’s also considerable depth here: the herbarium section, for example, databases more than 60,000 specimens.
Recommended by: mobileman1953
This is primarily a commercial operation, with the home page dominated by offers on bird feeders and lawn furniture. Indeed, pretty much every garden product you could ever wish for can be purchased here.
Less obvious at first glance is the site’s considerable store of free advice, with illustrated workshops on everything from collecting seeds to moving trees and a searchable database of historical articles.
Recommended by: bluesbrother
bluesbrother directed us to Gardening Direct, a site that, like Greenfingers, is a shop first and a useful, authoritative tips resource second.
There are detailed articles explaining the best growing techniques for a wide range of fruit and vegetables. There are also sections on pinching out, pruning and preventing disease, among other things. But bluesbrother particularly commends the poetry section, an unexpected, pleasing and perhaps unique feature for a gardening website.
Recommended by: Nick K Jones
“It’s rather US-focused, but I still really rate Dave’s Garden,” writes Nick K Jones. “It’s one of the biggest and best gardening sites out there.”
There are acres of forum space on every subject under the sun, vast reference databases (including a ‘botanary’ and ‘insectipedia’), trading areas and a Garden Watchdog, where users report on the service provided by gardening companies. Some of the features – particularly the forums – require a membership fee of $20 (about £12) a year, but much of it is free.
Recommended by: daisy2bell
Don’t be put off by the garish, circa-1996 colour scheme: Real Gardeners may not be as slickly designed as some of the other offerings here, but it’s a useful resource.
There are sections listing and illustrating poisonous plants and unhelpful insects, suggestions of planting schemes that will maintain a colourful bed all year round and lively, friendly forums.