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Expand Your Garden Knowledge This Winter

Bears do it; chipmunks do it. Even we humans do it. Hibernate that is. If you plan to hibernate this winter, why not use the time to expand your gardening knowledge? Even if you’re an experienced gardener, there’s a wealth of information out there.

Combine “old school” and “new media” in your pursuit of knowledge. The Internet is the easiest place to start. However, the best way to use the Internet is to search for a specific subject. Google a subject and you will get a lot of listings, including many written by land grant university professors and posted on that state’s cooperative extension site. I use this research method extensively.

Old school education methods include reading gardening magazines and gardening books. Also, watch gardening programs on television and consider attending one of the many local garden seminars.

If you’re an avid gardener, think about curling up in front of a roaring fire with a gardening book or magazine while the snow swirls outside. Gardening is a whole “genre” of books and there are publishers who publish nothing but gardening books. Such an experience can actually change the way you garden. I, for example, have a whole new outlook on gardening after reading Felder Rushing’s book “Slow Gardening.” You can read more about it in our blog archives. Click on January 2013 on the right sidebar and then on the third blog – New Gardening Terms & What They Mean. After all, gardening is supposed to reduce stress, not create it.

If you don’t want to invest in a lot of books and are not into reading online or on a tablet, check out the gardening section at your local public library.

Broadening your gardening knowledge over the winter can go a long way toward maintaining your interest in gardening the year round.

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