Internet Resources - Home & Garden



Databases

Recommended Websites

  • Allrecipes.com
    Thousands of recipes from simple to complex submitted by both commercial sources and private individuals. Category and keyword searching. Recipes include reviews by members.
    Browse related subjects: Recipes
  • Contractors State License Board
    This California agency regulates building contractors. Check a contractor's license, file a complaint, explore how to obtain a contractor's license.
    Browse related subjects: Construction
  • Costumes/Costumemaking
    This is an online resource on various aspects of costumes, culturally, ethnically, historically and technically. It links to more than 1,000 unique links of interest.
    Browse related subjects: Theater
  • Costumes/Fashions
    This is a site maintained by The Costumer's Manifesto. It covers not merely theatric/movie costumes, but also a wide variety of festival costumes, military uniforms and doll clothing. In addition, it provides information on personal beauty and fashions.
    Browse related subjects: Theater
  • Dave's Garden
    Comprehensive site that includes advice, forums, plant and insect databases, seed and plant exchange.
    Browse related subjects: Gardening, Pests, Plants, Seeds
  • eCraft : DIY
    This is a DO-IT-YOURSELF eCraft site. It covers over 20 categories of crafts, such as photography, model building, carving, crocheting/knitting, dollhouses, furniture making, glasswork, jewelry making, child crafts, leatherwork, macrame/knots, needlework, paper crafts, pottery, quilting, scrapbooking, sewing, and woodworking.
    Browse related subjects: Crafts, Do-It-Yourself
  • Epicurious.com
    Commercial site which incorporates more than 35,000 professionally tested recipes from Gourmet and Bon Appètit magazines, original recipes from top chefs,cookbook authors, and over 22,000 member submitted recipes. Includes wine dictionary, food dictionary, and conversion & Equivalent charts.
    Browse related subjects: Cooking, Food, Food Equivalents, Recipes, Wine
  • Food Timeline
    Useful to students, parents and teachers who need help locating food history and period recipes . Includes a time line on the history of food, links to state foods, historic recipes and food prices. This site has no commercial sponsorship.
    Browse related subjects: Food, Recipes
  • Gardening Links
    Part of the WWW Virtual Library, these gardening links are collected by volunteers world wide. Includes general gardening sites, calendar of events, lists of public gardens, plant databases.
    Browse related subjects: Gardening
  • ID/Home Decor
    This is a very comprehensive site for ID (interior design) and home decoration. It covers about 20 categories, e.g., art & home accessories, candles & candle holders, decor styles, decorating colors & patterns, decorating materials and supplies, faux finishing, floors & ceilings, floral designs, holiday decorating, home decor, home planning, home design, lighting, paint & wallpaper, pillows & throws, room by room design, rugs, stamping & stenciling, vases, and treatments for windows, doors & walls.
    Browse related subjects: Crafts, Do-It-Yourself
  • Into Wine
    Goal is to aggregate the collective knowledge and experience of the wine community on one site. Contributors include sommeliers, chefs, bartenders, waiters, wine industry professionals, wine producers, and enthusiasts. Includes information on food and wine pairing, regions, varietals, wine storage, and current news topics.
    Browse related subjects: Wine
  • Pests in Homes, Gardens, Landscapes, and Turf
    University of California's official guidelines for pest monitoring techniques, pesticides, and nonpesticide alternatives for managing pests, including information from Pest Notes and The UC Guide to Solving Garden and Landscape Problems.
    Browse related subjects: Pests
  • Recipe Source
    Good source for foreign recipes. Searchable by region and ethnic group, other recipes are categorized by the type of dish. Compiled by a former UC Berkeley student who volunteers her time.
    Browse related subjects: Ethnic Cuisine, Recipes
  • Seed Savers Exchange
    Nonprofit organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage. A network of people committed to collecting, conserving and sharing heirloom seeds and plants. Sells certified organic heirloom seeds and plants by mail.
    Browse related subjects: Gardening, Plants, Seeds
  • UC Davis Wine Links
    Information from UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Department for the academic, wine professional, grape grower and wine consumer.
    Browse related subjects: Wine

Local Links

  • University of California Cooperative Extension - Santa Cruz County website
    Santa Cruz County Cooperative Extension maintains four advisor positions in agriculture and natural resources in the following areas: Environmental Horticulture, Farm Management & Small Farms, Marine Science, and Strawberries & Caneberries. Santa Cruz County is served additionally by several advisors housed in neighboring counties in the following areas: Entomology, Family Nutrition & Education Program (FSNEP), Irrigation and Water Quality/Policy, Livestock & Range Science, Plant Pathology, Pomology, Vegetable Crops & Weed Science, and Viticulture. Sponsors Master Gardener, Master Food Preserver, and Master Food Shopper education.
    Browse related subjects: Agriculture, Food, Gardening, Horticulture, Marine Science, Master Gardener, Nutrition
  • Water Smart Gardening in Santa Cruz County
    This free online gardening tool was created by the Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County especially for our diverse local climate. It allows you to view beautiful local gardens for design ideas, use interactive tools to design your garden, evaluate hundreds of plant species and make a plant list, learn how to reduce landscape water use, and prevent and solve pest problems with less-toxic methods.
    Browse related subjects: California, Do-It-Yourself, Environment, Gardening, Horticulture, Pests, Plants, Santa Cruz County, Seeds

Did You Know?

Beaches - Nude and Topless in Santa Cruz County

For ordinances concerning nudity on city beaches, contact the city police department. For county beaches, call the sheriff's office. For nudity laws of state parks, check with the state parks system.

A list of nude/topless beaches in the Santa Cruz area can be found on the website of the More]

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