The Internet contains vast amounts of information and it can be difficult to know where to start when looking for information on a specific topic. This guide is intended to be a starting point if you are interested in gardening and would like to find out what resources are available on the Internet.
Sites are selected which help with planning a garden, choosing plants and buying them online. The sites chosen are reputable, up-to-date and the advice is given in an easy-to-read and easy-to-navigate format. The majority of the sites used are based in Ireland or the UK, as the advice given or plants sold on these sites suit our climate. The location of a website also has implications when it comes to buying online as it can affect delivery areas and delivery costs. Shopping online can offer a greater variety than you may find locally. Buying online is not possible on all of the websites, however, the websites are also useful as a source of information on the latest products available.
Online gardening clubs/bulletin boards/forums are one area where the Internet offers a unique service – gardeners can share their knowledge and experience and get help with problems from others easily over the Internet.
The listing of additional websites at the end of the guide gives an indication of the amount of information on all aspects of gardening and the number of gardening organisations who have a presence on the Internet.