The holidays are long over and you may or may not have gotten anything to use this next season in the garden. On the likely chance you did not, treat yourself to a gift by going out on the web and looking at these sites. They are filled with information and links to more catalogs, gadgets and gardening ideas than you could ever dream of and most of the catalogs are free and can be ordered right online. In addition, I’ve listed several sites that have links—other sites—to pictures, manufacturers and all sorts of other garden products and information. Don’t have a computer or internet access? Ask a family member or visit the library where both help and computers are available for free.
The Backyard Gardener may be all anybody needs for all things gardening! This is a huge site of any topic imaginable related to gardening. Many links to catalog companies of all sorts.
Garden Links is a huge virtual gardening library with links to various nurseries and seed catalogs. You’ll actually view catalogs online.
General Gardening Sites offers lots and lots of links to flower gardening tips, perennials, annuals, bulbs.
Garden Catalog Shopping This site is on the “About.com” search site and, according to Marie Iannotti who operates the gardening newsletter at this site: “The first gardening catalogs have already started arriving. Before you sit back and start envisioning next year’s garden, make sure you’re on the mailing list for your favorite catalogs. The companies listed here are popular for both the products and plants they offer and the information their catalogs contain. They can all be found online and most will send you a free print catalog, which you can order from their web sites.” From my brief scan, this might be the only site you’d ever need to locate just about any garden-related catalog.
Gardening Websites With Really Useful Information
Gardening online is one of the best tools a gardener has. Here is a list of 10 information packed garden diagnostic web sites to answer all your gardening questions from identifying insects to figuring out what disease is attacking your flowers.
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Q: I have a little porcelain doll that was given to me about 30 years ago. I have looked in a number of doll books to try to identify and get the value of it, but have not been able to find anything. Can you help me? -- Cyndy, Barre, Vermont
A: Identifying dolls can be frustrating, since so many were made and many of the manufacturer’s marks are similar. One of the better doll books is the “Blue Book: Dolls & Values” by Jan Foulke and published by Holly House Books. This reference has been called the bible of doll collecting, and you might be able to find your doll referenced in it. If that fails, perhaps you might want to contact an expert. Sara Bernstein might be able to help you. Her contact is 732-536-4101, and www.sarabernsteindolls.com. There are more than 2,000 dolls referenced at this website.
Q: I have a salesman sample of a Kerr blue enamel wood-burning range. It is in good condition except that the temperature gauge is missing. How much is it worth, and where can I sell it? -- Marvis, Albuquerque, New Mexico
A: Have you contacted antiques dealers in your area? That would be my first thing to do. Richard Richardson also might be able to help you, since he is an expert in stoves and related items. His address is Good Time Stove Company, P.O. Box 306, Goshen, MA 01032. When contacting dealers and experts referenced in this column, it is always good manners to enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Be patient when waiting for a reply.
Q: I bought a 6-inch ruler with a black velvet sleeve at a yard sale about 20 years ago. It was made by Tiffany & Company and is sterling. I think it might be part of a set. Any help you can give me would be appreciated. -- Cliff, Hartford, Illinois
A: Throughout the 1940s and ‘50s, Tiffany & Company offered desk sets in their catalogs, and I think you are probably correct when you suggest it is part of a set. It is impossible for me to place a value on it. My suggestion is to show it to several dealers for their opinion.
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