The HRI is regarded as the research arm of the American Nursery & Landscape Association
). 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.
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
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.
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