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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Blooming Good Tips For a Greener Garden

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In the middle of winter, even those without dachas or gardens might enjoy browsing through virtually fresh vegetables and fruits at www.garden.ru.

The site serves both amateurs and experts of the earth — that is, anyone impatiently waiting for the snow to melt and the frost to thaw, so they can dig their hands into the dirt.

Site visitors learn how to plant seeds, fertilize them and, if the instructions are followed and the weather abides, make something grow.

While the graphics are nothing impressive — no dancing daisies or carrots sprouting before your eyes — the information is substantial and practical. Contributors e-mail advice and contact information for the best places around the city to buy seeds and other gardening products. Also, there are informative descriptions on fertilizers and the differences between organic and mineral fertilizer, including the various products that go into each, such as bird droppings, humus and lake sludge.

Don't skip the section titled "Advice and Tips," which tells you, for example, how to garden vegetables in the event of a drought, what to do with watermelons when the temperature turns and other helpful hints on what Mother Nature provides.

Click on a vegetable name and you get a description of how to grow it, along with links to recipe sites (most are in English).

Click on the calendar buttons and find out the planting seasons in Ukraine or in northwest Russia for different crops.

An online store has yet to get going, but people can now sign up for free to buy and sell their gardening products.

For English speakers, there are links through ads to dot.com sites, including About.com's large home and garden section.

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