Home & Garden

Decorating Arrangements
This HGTV webpage has dozens of articles about interior decoration. The Design Styles section features information about styles such as :
  • Art Deco
  • Asian
  • French Country
  • Rustic
  • Shabby Chic
  • Shaker
The site includes home tours and design ideas for specific rooms and for items, such as baskets, candles, lamps, and window treatments.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Repair, Improvement & Remodeling
The DIY 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.

The Epicurious website has everything for food lovers:
  • Articles
  • Cookbook reviews
  • Cooking videos
  • Information on wine and restaurants
  • Recipes
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 Improvement Encyclopedia (Better Homes & Gardens)
This online resource for home repair and improvement has 5 sections:
  • Carpentry
  • Decks
  • Masonry and Concrete
  • Plumbing
  • Wiring
In addition, there are several special sections including project calculators (paint, drywall, wallpaper, lumber, and concrete), tools, encyclopedia, and glossary.

Home Maintenance & Repair
This webpage from the Michigan State University Extension has full text articles on topics of home maintenance and repair. It includes information on stains, cleaning, minor household fixes and more. Topics are searchable and browsable by topic.

Home & Family
Home and family topics include:
  • Aging
  • Children
  • Clothing
  • Family relationships
  • Finances
  • Food
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Nutrition
  • Parenting
Psychology Today: Parenting Center
Psychology Today offers a collection of articles about the psychology of parenting. Subjects include:
  • Adoption
  • Child abuse
  • Child development
  • Child neglect
  • Communication
  • Discipline
  • Division of labor
  • Fatherhood
  • Grandparenting
  • Sex education
  • Technology
RecipeSource (formerly SOAR)
The searchable online archive of recipes currently indexes around 70,000 recipes, including those for restricted diets, kids, special occasions, and treats for your pet. This site is 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 & Garden
The Iowa State University Yard and Garden page provides how-to tips and gardening basics. Topics include:
  • Flowers
  • Fruits
  • Houseplants
  • Lawns
  • Trees and shrubs
  • Vegetables and herbs
  • Weeds and pests