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We ended up having to leave our home for 5 days, and 4 nights. It was tough. We came home a few days ago, but I didn't have my computer until today. The fire is still only 75% contained, but they have allowed all but a few people back into their homes. The cool weather we've been having apparently has been helping them. It is such hard work, and even harder when the temperatures are so high, so I bet the firefighters are able to accomplish more when the temps are lower. The fire is now at 9,158+ hectares, pretty big. I can't wait until it's out and in the "mop-up stages".
My garden managed to survive without water while we were evacutated (although some of the late seeds that were coming up dried out and died). I was so worried that when I came home I would have crispy zucchini/cucumber plants as well as pumpkins. Thank goodness they made it, I would have been so sad. My veggie patch was the only thing I was so proud of this season. My flower garden was such a disappointment and I was thankful to have such a nice little veggie patch this season.
I will update more when I get settled down again. I have no idea when that will be. I have some pictures too that I want to share, but that will have to wait.
My husband is coming home and will be here around 6 a.m ish and my daughter and I are so happy.
More when I get the chance....take care. I sure hope I am home for good!
I finally got back to writing my blog on GG and now I may need to stop for another few days. The fire that was burning still (at 90% containment) has not gotten pretty crazy and is spreading again. For some reason it has grown quite a bit. You can check out my info on my other blog, link below, it will open in a separate window too.
I am pretty stressed to the max tonight (well, it's 3:17 a.m.). My hustband left out of town for work (on Tuesday) thinking that the fires were going to be over or atleast under fairly good controle. Unfortunatly we thought wrong. I am so wishing he was home with me! I miss him terribly and could really use his support and comfort right about now. This is terrible. When will this end?
I will be sure to start writing and sharing my garden stuff as soon as thing straighten back out again. Who knows when that will be though. I miss talking it up with you all, and can't wait to get back.
Above: One of the large plumes of smoke that we could see from our house.)
: The last picture I could take of the smoke plume above our house. Scary and Eerie!
I don't know what else to write about, I am just stressed, worried, and scared. I don`t even want to imagine what we would do if we lost everything.
I should try to sleep, or at least rest my eyes. More when I am able to. I will probably update my other blog (link above) first since my family checks that one often.
Take care and happy gardening!
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has been busy and chaotic for our family. We've been sick with the
stomach flu at the beginning of July, then the fires broke out and now
my husband has had to leave out of town for work. The whole month of
July has flown by so very fast and I cannot believe it's already over.
I remember the months of March, April, and May going by so slowly. June
came and went just nicely, but July....where did it go?
I took a ton of wildflower pictures each time I went for walks with my daughter. I think I will save those for the fall or winter when I don't have any "gardening topics" to blog about.
My zucchini, cucumbers and pumpkins (and even my sunflower today) looked dreadful again. I know that they are watered well and there is no real reason other than the sun/heat. It's hurting them so much, all wilty and limp. I don't know what I am going to do but I have to figure something out. I think I am going to have to fashion something to shade them for a few days (or longer depending on how long this heat wave sticks around). I never heard of zucchini, cucumbers and pumpkins having trouble in the heat, but I guess anything that is in excess could hurt plants. I think I am going to tie a sheet over the zucchini patch and who knows what over the pumpkins. I will be sure to take a picture with my solution to my sun problem.
Hummm, it's kind of windy right now. I wonder why. I hope it will cool down just a bit.
Here are some pictures of my garden:
More soon....thanks for reading...
To start things out -
Above is a pictures of what my zucchini/cucumbers/pumpkins look like when the heat is a the highest during the day (this is probably one of the worst days I have seen so far).Above is my tiny veggie patch in it's glory....I am so proud of it!
My veggie patch has done wonderful. Waaaayyyy better than last year! The zucchinis - planted directly from seed, started indoors, and nursery bought - are all doing great. I even got 1 zucchini squash from it already (the nursery bought plant - it's not any bigger or more flowery than the others). I am sad to say I believe it went to waste since I had not been able to enjoy it due to the fires. I will have to check tomorrow to see if it is still good or not.
e is the zucchini and some yummy peas I picked before the fire chaos.
The peas were wonderful, but with the heat wave they just went like crazy and the peas got big too fast. Even the ones that were not finished growing length wise had one pea that was really big and that was it. I have picked them all, so I am going to pull them out and start some new rows for another crop. They really were sweet! I had not had yummy fresh garden peas in years. What a treat!
My beans are doing okay (bush beans) but I have no idea what to look for when they would be ready to harvest. Any suggestions? I would really like to try them. There would only be a handful of them since I didn't know how big they would get or how much they would produce when I planted them. How should I eat them? Cooked or raw? I don't know.....any suggestions?
I don't really know how well my cucumbers are doing. I do know that they are flowering and looking alright (as long as it's not the peak of the heat). I think I will probably have some cucumbers soon, just not sure how soon.
My radishes didn't do too well. They grew nicely (on top), and I was able to pull out a nice one that my husband ate. But that was all. One. It ended up getting too hot I think and they all flowered. When I pulled them up, they were only root. I wonder if it was just the heat or if I did something else wrong. I have never ever planted radishes. Thoughts?
My carrots seem to be doing alright, considering I haven't pulled any up to see how there doing (I didn't plant very many and I don't want to risk pulling one up too soon). I will check in a week or two.
Also the broccoli seems to be growing normally, but I don't know what this heat will do since I have heard that it is a cool weather plant. We will have to see as the weeks pass.
I plan on planting more peas and carrots, and possibly more radishes (not sure though, depends on how much Kyle would like them).
For my actual flower garden, well, I am pretty disappointed in it this year. Actually REALLY disappointed. It has not grown well at all. The best things that are growing are the above sunflowers (planted by chipmunks by the way....*see previous blog entry on that story*). Nothing seems to be doing well. I don't know why. My strawberry patch has given me one berry, my perennials are yellow (need fertilizer?) and things are not flourishing. Could it be the heat or lack of fertilizer? I know I am not over watering them nor am I totally under watering them either. I just don't know. It's really sad and frustrating to me. I bought some new perennials that I have to plant in the next few days since thing have calmed down a bit. Some of my Morning Glories are doing okay too, but don't seem to be as successful as I had been in past years. Plus I am really jealous of my Mother-In-Laws nursery bought Morning Glory that is just growing like crazy! It's just beautiful!
are my sunflowers the chipmunks planted and my pumpkin patch. I don't know if the pumpkins will grow at all since they were planted really late. They are starting to spread and trail around now and have lots of flowers on them.
One positive note, I found a WONDERFULLY scented flower - Night Scented Stocks! (see picture below) I love them. They open up and perfume the whole yard in the evenings. I kept walking around my yard and catching a wonderful smell and was not able to figure it out. Then one night I realized, "hey, didn't I plant something that was supposed to smell really nice in the evenings?" and sure enough, it was them. Wonderful flower, just kind of strange growth (they were floppy as if they hadn't rooted very strongly from the seed) and they get leggy when they are near the end of their bloom period.
My daughter posing for the camera when we were picking pie cherries (sour cherries) down the road.
that's all I've got for now. It's way too late and I need to go to bed.
I will try my best to keep up with my 3 blogs. Thanks for reading! Have
a wonderful rest of the week!
I have so much to write and so many pictures to post since my internet hasn't been working too well the past 2-3 weeks.
Here it goes, my attempt at updating you all on the past 2-3 weeks worth of going-on's......
Pictures, pictures, pictures and a major busy week +
last post was titled "Feels like it's been forever", well it has now
been quite a while since I last posted a blog entry here. I miss my GG
friends! Wish I could catch up on all your blog entries, but who knows
when things will settle down enough (probably sometime after the 20th)
Things have been so crazy around here! My husband came home over a week ago which is WONDERFUL, then my daughter had quite a few appointments regarding her eye surgery coming up.
The weather has been just wonderful. We need the rain, but we are enjoying the sun and warmth! Hannah, Kyle and I spend a ton of time outdoors. Since Kyle's been home, we've gone bear hunting (basically a nice drive out in the woods enjoying nature and wildlife - we saw lots of deer and 3 moose), quad riding in the orchard down the road to see the deer eating the cherry tree leaves, and of course playing in the garden!
Things are really coming along in my garden and veggie patch! I am so happy! I have quite a few pictures to post, so maybe I will just post the links to them on my Facebook page so you can see them all there instead of having to upload one at a time on here. I will have to figure that out in a few minutes.
My Zucchini seeds have come in great, my zucchini starts from the nursery are doing well and the cucumber seed I had planted is coming in nice too! I have a great start of radishes, carrots, peas, beans and broccoli as well as lettuce seed that should be coming up soon. I can't wait! Things seem to be going well in my veggie patch! Thank goodness since I worked so hard on amending the soil there! I do need to put some more liquid fertilizer or more manure on the zucchini areas soon.
I have one concern though. Some of my flowers that were started outside from seeds seem to be turning yellowish. Could that be lack of nutrients or more likely over watering? I am trying to only water once a day or every other day there and things don't seem to be changing.
Speaking of watering. I have two questions I've been meaning to ask on that matter:
HOW DO YOU WATER YOUR FLOWER GARDEN?
HOW DO YOU WATER YOUR VEGETABLE GARDEN?
main preponderance here is to figure out what is the most efficient way
of watering plants. Also w/out wasting water and minimizing the weeds
around the plants/garden area. There is no need to water around the
garden really is there? I water my garden by hand with a hose nozzle
sprayer that can be adjusted to lower/higher levels of water. I feel
it's pretty efficient, but I am so curious what other methods gardeners use.
so I decided I will add links to a Facebook photo album so you can see
all the pictures there instead of one at a time on here. I have so
many, it will be easiest to just upload them there and then post the
link here. Sorry if this bothers anyone, but I don't have a ton of time
to upload them the slow way.
I hope everyone is doing well! More as time permits!
I want to thank everyone who has been commenting on my posts lately. I have been slacking in my regular chit-chat responses I normally do and don't quite know why. I think I have just been so busy trying to keep up with the housework and get my share of "playing" out in the garden. My husband will be home in a few weeks and I want to be done with my "spring" cleaning and organizing by the time he gets home. There is still a ton to do, then we'll have my daughter's eye surgery on the 17th to add. So, I will be busy, but I will be sure to keep writing!
I felt better later on in the day after having that terrible headache. Thank you all for the "feel betters"!!
Now, on to gardening....
many of my seeds are coming up! I am so excited! I planted so many
seeds I can't remember where I planted them all. I marked most of the
seed with sprinkles of peat moss over the areas and that has helped.
Some of them I didn't think to do that with so I have to be careful
Most of the seed that is coming up is the
smaller seed like Alyssum, Brachycome (Swan River Daisy), Matthiola
(Night Scented Stocks), and Baby's Breath.
I planted a ton of Morning Glory seeds that I soaked for the recommended 24 hours, but they haven't come through the soil yet and I am wondering if somehow they dried up. It's strange that they haven't, but I will have to be patient.
My "stump planters" have quite a bit of seed coming.
My sweet peas are coming in nice as well as what I believe to be
sunflower seeds (the ones I sprinkled in from last years seed head this
spring). I can't wait to see how nice turn out.
I made a new
flower bed (well, sort of) to spread my cut flower mixes, Shasta Daisy,
Delphinium, Baby's Breath, Bachelor Buttons, the rest of my Black-Eyed
Susan's, extra Phlox, and mixed Poppy seeds. I raked out an area,
pulled out the loose rocks, used all those rocks I pulled out to line
the perimeter. After pulling out the bits of grass and natural bushes I
spread the seed mixed with sand around the area. Covered it all with a
thin layer of dirt and watered it all in. I hope the seed grows in
since it will look really cute with the "Gnome Home" and the two little
Gnomes admiring the flower area (see below). I will post some pictures
later if/when the seeds start to come in. (Click on any of the images to enlarge and see closer up!)
I planted the two Zucchini plants from the nursery today but decided to place a clear plastic tub over them for the night to keep the cold off of them. They were kept under a greenhouse style roof/area that protected them, so I figured it wouldn't hurt (I just have to make sure they don't overheat in the morning). I spotted the Zucchini seeds sprouting that I planted and I am so excited. I do hope they grow! I love fried Zucchini and seasoning salt as well as Zucchini bread! Any suggestions on how to eat Zucchini?
I also planted some Broccoli seeds, but don't know if it will make it before it get's too cold. We'll just have to see.
My peas and radishes have come through the soil which is good too.
also decided to plant some Cosmos and Zinnias for the first time and
they are coming in nicely too. I chose to plant them in my wild rose
area since the wild roses I transplanted are not doing to well yet (if
at all). My daughter helped me plant them and it was so cute. She would
squat down and tip her hand attempting to spread the seed around, but
really just dropping them on top of each other so I had to spread them
I love letting her help me, it makes me so happy to see her learning and enjoying nature. I show her any bug I come across, frogs and toads and especially birds. We listen to cricketts and frogs at night. She knows what Woodpeckers do and can explain it (she's only 2.5 years old). She says "they peck, peck, peck....", "The trees", "Looking for bugs and going slurp, slurp, slurp!" and "using their beeks". It's so cute! She's so bright and retains so much. I want her to be able to look at the little things around her, to be able to step back and see things in a simple way, enjoy it and value it. Kids these days are so wrapped up in materialistic things, video games, t.v and computers. None of those things nurtures the soul, none of those things can do what mother nature does for a person. I believe those things can enjoyed in a healthy amount but that other things need to be taught and learned. Simple things. How many kids go through school having the only experiance with nature be the "plant unit" taught to them by their teacher? Sad.
Above: The tags from my new Clematis. I really like them, but now am not sure where I want to put them. When I bought them I figured I could find a place, but now I am getting pickier and re-thinking where they should go. When I really like a certain flower I take forever finding a place for it to go since I am scared of killing it...lol.
Above: My Mother-In-Laws Gazinia (? I am guessing the name because I can't think of it off the top of my head right now...) Really pretty.
Above: A really pretty purple/blue flower in my Mother-In-Law's garden with her Columbine. Really pretty, I will have to ask her what it is. Do you know what it is?
A GIANT moth my little Brother-In-Law caught today to show my daughter
and I. It was huge! He said that it looked like Nike swooshes on it's
wings and feathers for antennas.
Above: My blue/purple Bell Flower blooming! I just LOVE IT!
One of my favorite flowers in my garden. It's a succulent (I believe),
supposidly flowers but has wonderful green/red colors and grows in so
nicely in my garden. I don't know what it is though. It's easy to
transplant and spread, you just have to clip pieces off and stick them
into the soil. It's great!
10 Pansies for under $5!!
I went back today and bought some more pansies and they marked them down even more from .94 cents each to under .50 cents each!!! I have to go for now.......gotta get planting! More later!
Above: A little froggy hiding in my Pansy....
Above: My Cucumbers I started indoors, now transplanted into the garden. I don't know how well they will do, but hey-I tried.
Above: Something eating my Strawberry leaves....more on that later...but I haven't figured out what it is though...any ideas/suggestions?
Have a WONDERFUL holiday Monday!
Oh, I have so much to tell and so many pictures to add. Sorry I have been updating, but the weather has been great and Hannah has been keeping me busy! I will put together a big post tomorrow with lots of pictures!
Some of the topics for tomorrows post:
~ Mystery holes in my garden....mystery solved.
~ Sunflowers seeded by the chipmunks?
~ Honey Bees, what do you do when you have a problem?
~ Bottom of my stairs clean-up
~ Pictures, pictures, pictures!
I hope everyone is doing well, I will try to catch up with your regular blogs I have missed, but am sorry if I miss some since tomorrow is supposed to be gorgeous again!
Happy Gardening and may you have your desired weather!
Well, I did absolutely nothing outside today. The extend of our outdoor
activity was our walk to the Mother-In-Laws, out to feed the horses for
her and then back inside. It rained and was cloudy on and off all day making for a
not-so warm day. We stayed inside and I put our newer DVDs and VHS
that we've bought in the last year into my database of movies. We have
412 DVDs and VHS!! That is nuts!
Anyway, back to gardening stuff. My Zucchini, Cucumbers, Thunbergia Vine, Malva Zebrina, Morning Glories, and Broccoli have all been outside overnight and no problem. I will hopefully get them into the ground by next week after I put them out in the garden overnight for a few nights (they're on my covered porch so they are protected somewhat).
I took a peak into my stump planters while we went for our little walk to see if any of my seeds are coming in and I am thrilled to say - YES! I am pretty happy since I had doubted that they were going to come up this soon. The weather hasn't been the greatest, but it has kept the soil damp therefore keeping the seeds moist (probably better than I would have done by just watering them since my schedule is so crazy depending on my daughter). As things grow in some more I will take some pictures. I just hope that the Alyssum does all right in this cooler weather since I think that is what is coming in the most. None of the "big" seeds are coming in yet, but I think they take longer to germinate. I can't wait for them to come in though! The excitement of seeds, waiting for them to come up and seeing what seeds actually germinate well. Oh-the excitement!!
Tomorrow I am going grocery shopping so I will see if I pick up any little gardening extras. I need to find trellis materials, metal trellises, natural/jute twine, more Nasturtium, Zucchini, Thunbergia Vine, and Sweet Pea Seeds, an extra hose sprayer (just in case the new one I bought breaks, I really like this one and I want a replacement for later) and any other garden goodies I can incorporate into my garden.
Anyway, I should get to bed, it's so late and I need to get up early. I hope everyone is having the weather they desire!
Have a wonderful day!
P.S. Hannah finally got to the top of the waiting list for the eye surgery she needs to correct her "lazy" eye (man, I hate that term). She has been waiting since August 2008 and now I am stressing out. My protective mother instincts are kicking into overdrive. I was almost in tears this morning from the overwhelming feeling that the surgery is now booked and is officially going to happen. I am so scared. I really wish my Hubby was home on days like these. He'll be home in time for the surgery, but probably not for the pre-surgery appointments etc. So, I will be on my own until he comes home. Talking on the phone just doesn't seem the same as if he were here home with me talking about my fears and concerns. I will keep you all updated, her eye related appointments start at the beginning of June, so if I am MIA that is why.
Yesterday (Tuesday), I spent a long time in the garden. I concentrated
mostly on the continued amendments of the veggie patch, but also
planted some of the morning glory starts. I had started them in a
cottage cheese container between damp paper towels, they ended up
growing through the paper towel and up the container). I planted them
under some of my bushier plants in hopes that they will get shelter if
it does get overly chilly.
I fiddled and faddled adding more horse manure, 2.5 bags of top soil, peat moss, sand and ash. Working back and forth, turning the soil in over and over, and back and forth some more. My blisters returned! I hadn't been digging to that extreme in at least 3 weeks! I will have to purchase a nice rototiller when I get a larger garden area, it would be well worth it! Just think, I will have so much pride when I get to harvest my veggies though! It's all done by hand, every bit of it!
After working in the garden for most the mid-morning to afternoon, we went for a walk to visit my Mother-In-Law and see what she was up too. She had to head out to town so we didn't stay long, instead we wandered around looking at some of the flowers blooming in her yard. She has a really pretty area with red tulips, grape hyacinths, the prettiest daffodiles (they must be called a "double" or something, I will look it up tomorrow) and oregano. Below are some pictures, I really recommend this time clicking on the images to make them larger to see the lovely details (especially the daffodil):
Above: Grape Hyacinths, Red Tulips, Daffodils and Oregano (I think it is since I smash it between my fingers and I smell oregano) and my daughter stopping to smell the flowers.
Above: What I think is oregano (not sure) because when I squish it between my fingers it smells like oregano and my Mother-In-Law thinks that is what it is (she's the one who planted it). It's a pretty little plant and I transplanted some more into my garden (from my Mother-In-Law's garden).
While my daughter napped, I did some more fiddle-faddling in the veggie patch amending like crazy. When I felt I had done my best I decided it was time to build a natural trellises. My trellis has 3 pine branches and Jute natural string. It turned out really neat! I am going to make some more only slightly modified for my cucumbers to climb in the few days. Below are a few pictures:
After I finished the trellis I planted a row of peas (only half the length of trellis) with some older pea seeds I had from 2 years ago. I watered them in and by then it was dark out (above pictures show how dark it was, my daughter was using a flashlight...lol) I figure it was natures way of saying to go inside and take a break, the day is done.
Today we spent most of the day inside because it was sunny but overly chilly outside. I found it hard to "want" to go out there and work, PLUS I was so sore all over! My left calf is extremely sore (is that the way you spell the body part...hum???). I am currently applying heat to it since it's been sore the entire day.
After deciding we needed some fresh air despite the fact that the day hadn't improved (it was supposed to be an amazingly beautiful day, but to our disappointment it was not nice!), we headed out to the garden. I still have lots of flower seeds to plant and I have been wanting to get my veggie patch planted. I have been so cautious not to plant until I am totally convinced that my soil amended to the best of my abilities, but I really needed to get my veggies in.
Well, today was a truly beautiful day! It was so warm out, and just a really enjoyable day.
My daughter and I played out in the garden in the late afternoon after the storm clouds rolled in. It didn't storm - only a bit of wind, and was still pretty warm, but the clouds were definitely the kind that some with storms.
I decided to try and get some of my seeds into the back flower garden since I was thinking it was going to rain tonight (not happening yet...). I have a few interesting things popping up in the back garden. I think I have spotted 2 morning glories (from last years seed) and some sort of other flower from seed. It is a big leafed sprout (like the size of a bean, cucumber, zucchini, etc.) and is possibly a sunflower but I am not sure and have no idea how it got there, unless I planted some out there and I don't remember (which is possible).
Sweet Pea - Royal Family Mixed
Four O'Clocks - Marvel of Peru
Nasturtium - Jewel Mixed
Stocks - Giant Imperial Mixed
Cosmos - Sensation
Zinnia - Giant Dahlia
Sunflower - Lemon Queen
Sunflower - Velvet Queen
Sunflower - Helianthus Mixed Varieties
I still have a TON to get into the ground and am starting to feel way behind the eight ball now. Before I felt I was way ahead of the game so much so that I had planted some seeds inside way too early, but now it's getting down to the wire and I HAVE to get them in for their fullest potential! Especially the vegetables!
Vegetables I have to plan out and get in include:
Bush beans (Green Pod Stringless)
Zucchini (oh how I want these to grow this year, I LOVE fried zucchini!)
Peas (Lincoln Homesteader)
Pumpkin (NO idea where I will be putting these, probably closer to my daughters "play area")
Tomato (4 different kinds, I don't know if any of them will successfully grow since I am planting them directly outdoors and not planting indoor starts because I am so behind, but it's a learning experience isn't it? If they don't work out I will buy some extra tomato plants to fill the void...lol)
Dill (will probably plant it in with my mint, lavender, and lemon balm area, but not positive since it tends to look "messy" compared to flowers.)
The good news is that the vegetable patch is pretty much finished with soil amendments. I think I want to mix in another load of horse manure (yeah, that is what I am trying this year, I will have to see how bad the weeds are and learn accordingly).
When I "draw" out my basic layout in the vegetable patch (tomorrow hopefully), I will post a picture up of it. I hope to start planting seed tomorrow though, so I should have a layout planned by then. Fingers crossed for me, I have to get this done!!
Anyway, more tomorrow I am sure. It is supposed to be warmer than today even! Oh-what fun! I love spring/summer! Sorry, no pictures today....
Have a wonderful week!!
P.S. Thank you to everyone how commented on my last post about Wildflowers! I just love sharing my pictures and love hearing back from you all! Thank you! I will look up the "Solomon's Seal" to see if it looks like it. Also I will post another picture once it flowers (I think it flowers...).
Below is a copy of what I posted in the "Feedback" part of the forums:
"So, I took the "Garden Guides
Survey" the other day and wrote some of my suggestions on what should be improved rather then adding new exciting features. At that point in
time, I couldn't remember them all, so now that I have made note, I
thought I would write them down.
1.) The message deletion problems. Yeah, I know I am singing the same song over and over, but it's been ages and this still doesn't seem fixed for all people. I am able to delete messages 1 time so I have to figure out all the messages I want deleted and click them all (pain in the butt, because if I miss some, and I always do, I either have to log out, or do it the next day). I like my in-boxes tidy and I know I am not the only one.
2.) The size of the comment box - newbies have trouble figuring that one out and it drives them away.
3.) That there is no logical way of tracking your forum posts and responses. I have asked questions in the forum and people respond and I never get the response. Especially if it was an older post. What is the point of asking a question or sharing an idea in the forum if you can't follow it. I have posted questions a long time ago, and forgot about them, I found them (somehow) and found I had a bunch of responses, frustrating!
4.) The forum "topic writing program" that I am writing this in. Why isn't it simple like the blog writer?? You see the font and size change right there, on here you see HTML tag and no changes. People who don't understand computers probably have a harder time using/understanding this.
5.) The fact that the blogs get bumped off after a certain amount are written, why not list them more by date and tag combination (just a suggestion, I haven't put too much thought into this one, but it could be improved)? There have been times when I read through a blog entry and wanted to re-read it, but didn't remember the user's name, and went back to the recent blog list and it was bumped off and there was no way to find it (I even used the search feature).
6.) I never use your How-To, Supplies, Plants, Pests, or Resources because they are hard to navigate to me. I don't know if anyone else feels the same way, but it is too cluttered, and not separated properly. I think if it was ordered in relevance properly it would be of better help. Maybe some dividers, or something to change it. I rarely go there and when I do I just get frustrated and confused (I am computer knowledgeable and I don't get it), so I leave and just use Google to find what I need. I would love to use your information, because it's in one place, but at this point it's hard to follow.
7.) COMMENTS - Comment notifications check box DOESN'T work! I check the box every time I comment on a members blog entry hoping to get a notification when someone responds. If someone comments on my older blog entries, I have no way of knowing as well. There is a lot of missed comments out there on everyone's blog entries I am SURE!
8.) Photo sharing - A better way to move/organize pictures? Possibly a better photo "uploader" (the current one is adequate, but it's slow and only lets you upload a few at a time)
9.) The "bookmark" option (currently above the "Take the GardenGuides Survey" link) is always open/expanded and it covers buttons up often times. It's just a small irritant.
I would like to now point out some of the GREAT things that GG has going for it!
1.) Profiles are simple and well organized.
2.) The options of being able to blog about your garden. I love being able to share my pictures and efforts in the garden.
3.) The members are wonderful, friendly and ever so helpful.
4.) and again....I enjoy how great the members are!!
If I have any more ideas/comments/issues I will update this. I think before you think about adding new exciting features maybe you should look at fixing and improving the old.
Thank you for your time.
P.S. Another little tiny pet-peeve of mine is that the "preview" button below this writing box is "dimmed" and looks as if it is not an option to be clicked on. Why is it like that? I think it should be just normal "GG Green". Thanks again....lol!
I thought I would share this with the other members of GG because if I missed any of the issues you feel you have had problems with, you could go to the "feedback" area and post a response to my post.
Have a wonderful day!
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