The Secret Garden is actually one of my favorite plays & books, but I don’t really have a secret garden. What I have are some gardening secrets and suggestions that get me through the season and make me look better than I really am.

EasyBloom is one of my favorite sites for all things garden. They have great Plant Doctor Advice but their shining star is the EasyBloom Plant Sensor Plus. As their site states, “Put the EasyBloom Plant Sensor Plus anywhere, inside or outside, where you want to grow a plant or have a plant you want advice on. The Plant Sensor will measure sunlight, temperature, water drainage and fertilizer (with subscription). Plug the EasyBloom Plant Sensor  into the USB port of your PC or Mac and from our 6,000+ plant library, they’ll recommend what plants are best for your spot and how to care for them.” It’s amazing! I’ve got flowers finally growing in areas that I thought were unsalvageable, and the best part is that you can use it again and again indoors or outdoors.

Now Amber’s Garden is supposedly geared towards helping kids in the garden, but if it makes my life easier, I’ll act like a child … no problem. Amber’s Garden sells garden mats with seeds already perfectly spaced and ready to plant. Simply lay the mat, cover with soil, water and watch them grow. If you’ve been a hesitant gardener, or know someone who has difficulty digging around, this is perfect! Their extensive choices of Asian Garden, Rainbow Root, Salad, Salsa, etc makes planning your next garden a breeze.

If you don’t have a “spot of dirt” (reference from presiously mentioned awesome book, The Secret Garden), I’d recommend that you start with Gardener’s Supply Company. They’ve got container gardening covered from A-Z. My most recent favorite is the Self-Watering Conversion Kit for any of your potted plants. The Self-Watering Conversion Kits convert your favorite pots into self-watering planters, keeping your plants from drying out and reducing the time you spend watering. Beyond that, it’s an incredible site for  great gifts such as these fun faucet hooks, flower pot luminaries, and gardener’s tool belt, all on sale.