Resources & Links

| Resources

Oftentimes, your best tool in the garden is good information. Today’s world of information overload can make it difficult to weed through the clutter. Anyone can share advice on the internet – without qualification or a commitment to accuracy. When searching online for garden resources, look for trusted experts and advice shared by educational institutions (look for the .edu site extension).

I’ve gathered my top spots for trustworthy information to help you get started. Here are my recommendations to arm you with the sites birding, butterflies, beekeeping, weed, pests, insect and disease identification, vegetable growing guides & more. Happy gardening!

Where to find near you

Find your local county extension service / Master Gardener office
Food Pantries and donation sites
Community Supported Agriculture co-ops (CSA’s)
STA Certified Compost


Cornell Lab of Ornithology
eBird: Birding in the 21st Century
The Audubon Society

Butterflies & Invertebrates

Xerces Society
North American Butterfly Association
Monarch Watch


American Beekeeping Federation
Beekeeper Linda (My personal beekeeping mentor with a great website)

Weed ID

Is This Plant a Weed?
Rutgers Weed ID Tool
Weed ID and Integrated Pest Management / UC Davis
Weed ID / University of Illinois

Pest and Insect ID

BugGuide / Iowa State University

Disease ID

Cornell Plant Disease Fact Sheets
Cornell Vegetable MD Online

Vegetable Growing Guides

Cornell Vegetable Growing Guides


Texas A&M Tomato Problem Solver
Cornell Vegetable MD Online-Tomatoes
The Ultimate Tomato Cage (Step by Step DIY and Video)

Where to buy Dwarf Tomato seed varieties

Plant Lists

Mt. Cuba Native Plant Finder
Pollinator-friendly Plant Lists

Invasive Plant Info

Invasive Species Resource


The joe gardener Show with Joe Lamp’l
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach
You Bet Your Garden with Mike McGrath
Living Homegrown Podcast with Theresa Loe

Good to Know / Misc.

Growing a Greener World (Our companion site for our national PBS TV series)
JoegardenerTV YouTube Channel
Frost-date calculator
Plant Hardiness Zone Finder
Homesteading – Living Homegrown Without the Farm
Farmer Veteran Coalition
U.S Composting Council
About Certified Compost
Mulch and Soil Council

Our Brand Partners

Corona Tools
Rain Bird
Farm to Feet

About Joe Lamp'l

Joe Lamp’l is the creator and “joe” behind joe gardener®. His lifetime passion and devotion to all things horticulture has led him to a long-time career as one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in organic gardening and sustainability. That is most evident in his role as host and creator of Emmy Award-winning Growing a Greener World®, a national green-living lifestyle series on PBS currently broadcasting in its tenth season. When he’s not working in his large, raised bed vegetable garden, he’s likely planting or digging something up, or spending time with his family on their organic farm just north of Atlanta, GA.

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