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Links to useful information on the Internet
Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation’s mission is increasing the tree population. The Arbor Day Foundation website also offers resources to connect and preserve nature. Content includes the Rainforest Rescue and Backyard Woods area, workshops and a Nature Explore section.
Decorating Arrangements
Dozens of articles about interior decoration. The "Design Styles" section features information about styles such as Art Deco, Asian, French country, rustic, shabby chic, and Shaker. Includes home tours, and design ideas for specific rooms and for items, such as baskets, candles, lamps, and window treatments. From Home and Garden Television.
Do It Yourself Home Repair, Improvement and Remodeling
The site contains a large collection of tips, tricks, and tutorials covering a variety of subjects, from appliance care to pet care to woodworking. You can scan a list of subjects or search with keywords. There is also a free monthly newsletter.
Everything for food lovers - cooking videos, recipes, articles, cookbook reviews, and information on wine and restaurants.
Family Conversations and Family Mealtimes
This site describes how a family eating dinner together "is a simple, effective way to reduce the risk of youth substance abuse and to raise healthier children." It also provides a short list of discussion topics such as sharing childhood memories and discussing books and movies.
The Garden Gate
This is an annotated directory of selected gardening sites and contains useful original material. “The Garden Gate offers gardeners and nature lovers a carefully-selected and well-organized collection of links to informative and interesting horticulture sites around the world.”
The Garden Web
Here's the place to order all those gardening catalogs you love to read! In addition, you'll find lots of useful gardening information, including an extensive list of public gardens in the U.S. by state and type.
Home Gardening
This site provides "ecologically sound, science-based practices" for gardening and lawn care. Features illustrated growing guides for specific flowers and vegetables, a tutorial on designing flower gardens, lawn care tips and techniques, and fact sheets on gardening techniques, avoiding pests and diseases, and lawns.
Home Improvement (Better Homes & Gardens)
This online resource for home repair and improvement has seven sections: Kitchen, Bath, Remodeling Projects, Storage Solutions, Home Design Tools, Home Makeovers and Weekend Projects. In addition, there are several special sections: Home Plans, Product Finder, Color-A-Home, and Expert Advice.
Home and Family
Home and family topics include aging, children, clothing, family relationships, housing, parenting, finances, food, nutrition and health.
National Gardening Association is a hub where gardeners and educators find information and inspiration. Each month, nearly half a million novice and experienced gardeners take advantage of the region-specific information found in our Regional Reports and participate in our gardening blogs. They peruse our extensive article, FAQ, pest and weed control, and how-to project libraries, and consult our planting guides, event calendar, horticultural news, online gardening courses, and garden industry research data.
Psychology Today: Parenting Center
Collection of articles about the psychology of parenting. Subjects include adoption, division of labor, fatherhood, grandparenting, child development, communication, child abuse, child neglect, sex education, technology, discipline, and more. From Psychology Today magazine.
RecipeSource (formerly SOAR)
The Searchable Online Archive of Recipes currently indexes around 70,000 recipes, including those for restricted diets, kids, special occasions - even treats for your pet. Particularly useful for browsing ethnic recipes.
USDA Hardiness Zone Map
Will your plant survive in Iowa’s climate? Check the online version of the government publication showing the growing conditions in areas across the USA.
Wine Lover’s Page
Learn all about wine with links that include a pronouncing glossary, vineyard weather, food-wine matches, and tasting notes on over 50,000 wines.
Yard and Garden
Provides how-to tips and gardening basics. Topics include flowers, fruits, houseplant, lawns, trees and shrubs, vegetables and herbs, weeds and pests.