Itâ€™s true that more gardening information than you can ever use is available free on the Internet.
But I like gardening magazines â€“ Horticulture, Organic Gardening, Garden Design, and Fine Gardening -- and the garden sections of some home magazines â€“ Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, and Sunset â€“ even though I have to pay for them.
I can take a magazine along on a plane or just carry it out into the garden. I can build up a pile of them to read during the shivery winter days when Iâ€™m longing to be outdoors digging in the dirt.
And I often go back through them, â€śdiscoveringâ€ť a plant that I recall wanting to try at the time but couldnâ€™t find or got busy and forgot about.
The other day a nice compromise between online and print unexpectedly came my way. It looks as good as a magazine, but it shows up in your e-mail inbox â€“ and itâ€™s free.Fine Gardening calls it a monthly eLetter. (You can sign up here .)
The May 15 edition offers articles on clematis, morning glories and their beautiful kin, basil basics, window box how-tos, and remaking a flower bed.Thereâ€™s an introductory paragraph and a color photo with each topic, then you click to go to a website to read the entire thing.
I printed out the one-page e-mail, which is sort of like a magazine cover, to keep as a reminder of the topics it covered.And I smiled as I did.
Yes, itâ€™s the beginning of yet another file of gardening info â€“ but at only one page at a time, itâ€™s going to take years before it actually becomes a pile!
If you have other gardening newsletters youâ€™d like to recommend, please leave a comment below.