This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Friday, June 23, 2006

New GardenMessenger Gardening Guides

Window Boxes - a GardenMessenger Gardening Guide

The GardenMessenger web-site was established to provide a home and a focus for the members of the GardenMessenger group and its sub-groups. Also as a resource for news and events as well as information concerning research and new plant products. It is not intended to be a fully comprehensive practical gardening resource. However, it has been recognised that many gardeners who visit the web-site and are not GardenMessenger members, as well as a number of newcomers to the GardenMessenger on-line community are beginners, and so it is good to be able to help them become established in their new hobby. The Gardening Guides are primers on topics that most gardeners encounter at some time in their gardening lives, and experienced gardeners often take for granted. They are intended as basic practical introductions to a range of gardening subjects.

As the whole concept of GardenMessenger and its sub-groups is of global gardening and a world-wide community of gardeners, the Gardening Guides are written in a practical, but general manner that it is hoped will be as meaningful to gardeners in the northern hemisphere as in the south, irrespective of whether their climate is temperate, sub-tropical or tropical. The text of these guides is also available for free use to gardening clubs and similar organisations for their newsletters and web-sites without charge, providing that a formal request is made, the text is unaltered, and a link is provided to the GardenMessenger web-site.

The GardenMessenger Gardening Guides that I have put on-line today are:-

Choosing Garden Tools
Constructing a Garden Path
Choosing a Greenhouse
Managing the Hobby Greenhouse
Garden Pond Construction
Constructing a Rock Garden
Making a New Lawn from Seed or Turf (Sod)
Window Boxes
Collecting your own Seeds
Pricking Out and Hardening Off Seedlings

To visit the GardenMessenger Gardening Guides click here.

Happy Gardening



If you have enjoyed this publication, you may also like to visit the monthly SeedMessenger gardeners’ seed saving and seed exchange blog click here.
and the weekly water gardening blog PondMessenger click here.

To join the GardenMessenger gardening community
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To visit the SeedMessenger seed exchange web-site
click here

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