Gardening on the Internet
When shouldn't I use the Internet for a gardening question?
It's easy to fall into the thinking that the answer to everything must be somewhere on the 'Net. That may be true someday (I hope not!), but in the meantime:
Nothing will replace good writing and so far, most good writers want to be rewarded financially for their efforts. To date this means you turn to print publications for the reflective and richly rewarding reading that will stimulate your creativity and take your thinking down paths you haven't considered.
Not always, but typically the review and editorial process for print is more rigorous than what is published on the Internet. This allows you more confidence in the accuracy and authority of what you've read.
Much about gardening is learned by your own trials and errors, or from the wisdom shared by a mentor of long expertise.
Finally, the most cleverly crafted website will never design your garden or prune your trees as well as a professional. At its best the Internet is simply one of the many great tools in a gardener's repertoire.
Next: Are there other guides to the Internet for Gardeners?
Tuesday, 10-Jan-2012 16:19:54 PST