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The Horticultural Research Institute

The HRI is regarded as the research arm of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA). The HRI funds and promotes horticultural research thus increasing quality and value of plants, improving productivity and profitability of the green industry and protecting and enhancing the environment.

The HRI has recently invested $ 100000 into the research of biodegradable plant containers. The resulting products will reduce the land-filling needs required for both the feather waste from poultry processing and the plastic pots after landscape installation of the plant material.

Are Organic Foods Safer and More Nutritious?

The Mayo Clinic describes the differenc e between organic and non-organic foods and the difference in farming methods. They describe the factors you should take into concideration when deciding to buy organic produce or not. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established an organic certification program that requires all organic foods to meet strict government standards. Their labeling system will assist you further in selecting the best organic food for your family.

You may also bypass all the problems by installing your own organic vegetable garden.

Plant Disease Control

The Oregan State University has an online guide to plant disease control. You may find information here about diseases and how to cure your plants. Samples of plants, water and soil may be sent for analysis. There is a cost to this service, but it may be wortwhile if you have expensive plants.

Irrigation Association

The Irrigation Association has an online handbook that contains resources that will assist you in deciding if you need the help of a professional irrigation consultant for your garden.

For additional gardening resources, consult the Open Directory Project.

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