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Check out these great library resources on gardening:

Container Gardening »

Take a look at these materials to get tips on plant selection, design, watering, and fertilizing.

Flower Gardening »

Decorate your yard with colorful flowers this summer!

Garden and Landscape Design »

Discover landscaping and garden design ideas with the help of these useful resources.

Garden Mysteries »

Try some fiction and mysteries with a gardening theme. These stories may grow on you.

Herb Gardening »

Learn about herb gardening, growing herbs, plantation information, and more.

Vegetable Gardening »

Planning to create your own vegetable garden? Browse these selected resources that includes information on garden planning, soil preparation, and planting vegetable seeds.

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Library Online Resources

General OneFile »

Read articles about gardening or some of these other topics from General OneFile:

Remember that you can sort your lists of articles by date or by relevance.

Go Green! LibGuide »

Use this Virtual Gallery to learn about ecology, how to save energy, and live greener.

NetLinks: Science, Mathematics, & Technology - Animals & Plants »

Browse gardening Internet resources reviewed and selected by Library staff.

Orlando Sentinel »

One of the best resources for local gardening is the (full-text) Orlando Sentinel database. Tom MacCubbin is a retired Orange County Extension Agent and writes for the Orlando Sentinel. Just type in "MacCubbin" and the name of the plant (or gardening topic) you are interested in. You must connect your terms with the word "and."

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Kids & Teens

Library Online Resources

Science Online »

Do you have a question about plants, gardening, or the environment? Enter a search term or browse the Environmental Science subject heading for information on soil science, pollution, and waste treatment.

World Book Kids »

Everything you want to know about flowers, fruits, and vegetables is just a click away. Dig up information on plants of all kinds with World Book Kids.

Library Materials

Gardening Fiction for Kids »

Water the garden of your imagination with stories. Grow green thumbs as you dig into these fun books on gardening.

How Does Your Garden Grow? »

Unearth some of these titles for kids and learn about everything from containers to vegetables. Get your hands dirty with gardening fun!

Website

Science of Gardening: Art & Science in the Garden | Exploratorium »

Find out about the secret life of flowers and get the dirt on soil and plants. Explore the Science of Gardening with this informative, interactive website.

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Mobile

Food Gardening Guide

Mother Earth News provides this free app for starting a vegetable garden. This app provides information on specific crops and gardening techniques like watering, transplanting, and mulching.
iTunes | Google Play | Website

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Free Compost

COMPOST »

Orange County composts yard waste and it is available free of charge. Bring a shovel and containers or just fill up a pickup truck.

Call the Solid Waste Hotline at 407.836.6601 or one of the transfer stations to check for availability:

  • McLeod Road Transfer Station
    5000 LB McLeod Road, Orlando, FL
    407.245.0931
  • Porter Transfer Station
    8750 White Road, (Corner of Good Homes and White Road) Orlando, FL
    407.296.519

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Library Materials

We have many, many titles on gardening, here are some links to a few specialized topics.

Container Gardening »

Some plants don't like to live in Florida sand. Container gardening is a good way to grow herbs and vegetables too.

Florida Gardening »

Explore this comprehensive collection of "how to" books for Florida gardening.

Garden Mysteries »

Try some fiction and mysteries with a gardening theme. These stories may grow on you.

Garden Projects »

Find countless ways to improve your outdoor living areas.

Gardening Videos »

See demonstrations of gardening techniques on DVD.

Vegetable Gardening »

Create your own vegetable garden. Browse these selected resources including information on garden planning, soil preparation, and planting vegetable seeds.

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Websites

Central Florida Rose Society »

Find information on rose grafting, fertilizers, varieties of roses, pruning tips, pictures of Florida roses, and more.

Florida Friendly Landscaping »

This website contains an interactive Florida-friendly Plant Database to help you make landscaping decisions. Just enter your requirements and it will give you choices for your garden conditions. You can also use the Florida-friendly Interactive Yard to design and transform your yard!

The Florida Native Plant Society »

Plant low maintenance native plants. You can search for native plants by name or region. The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of native plants.

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences »

Get scientific information on Florida gardening from the University of Florida. This is a huge searchable website. To search, go to UF Search and put your keywords for topics, such as xeriscaping, citrus diseases, or tomato pests, in the "UF Web Pages" search box. Make sure to add "site:ifas.ufl.edu" into the search box following your keywords to search UF specific pages.

Orange County Extension Residential Horticulture - UF/IFAS »

Find out about gardening classes or how to become a Florida Master Gardener. Use Ask An Agent at orange@ifas.ufl.edu and get an answer to your gardening questions in 24 to 72 hours. You can also get tips and recommendations from the UF/IFAS on how to make your lawn green.

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Social

Garden Rant »

Get a new perspective on gardening from this opinionated group of serious gardeners.

Gardening in Central Florida »

Get reports from a local garden right here in Central Florida. They have the same weather that you do.

GardenWeb Forums »

Join this online community of gardeners for a wide selection of discussion groups. Find a discussion group by title, topic, plant name, or garden type. Definitely check out the Florida section of the forum to find solutions for problems in your Florida garden.

Orlando Farm & Garden Classified - Craigslist »

Go shopping for your garden or sell your own items on Craigslist. Look at these free classifieds for plants, equipment, and materials. Sometimes people will even give their plants away, you just have to dig them out.

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