Here’s what Doug writes in his invitation to subscribe to his
newsletter: "Subscribe and discover a different way of looking at the
garden – an environmentally sound, tongue-in-cheek, gotta-have-fun way
of gardening." Sounds a lot like a team blog I know of. But then Doug
may be parting company with us when he describes his style as
"Entertaining: I have a bit of a sense of humor and refuse to take
gardening seriously." He must be referring to minor points like
whether to love or hate annuals because, as anyone who’s read our
Manifest knows, gardening MATTERS. And I can report that Doug’s
exactly on target when he advises garden writers everywhere (on the
Garden Writers Listserv) to get on line and fast, advice that’s
usually met with deep denial on the part of print writers, I’m afraid.
Though curiously not linked on his site, Doug also has a blog,
where he’s currently lamenting the failure of Blogger to let him upload
pictures to illustrate a story. Lord knows I’m in solidarity with him on that point and have our own e-frustrations to share (coming
So I’m hoping that Doug keeps on answering, and I may even send him a few myself, on referral. Meanwhile,
are there any other question-answerers out there? I have a vague
memory of finding a blogger who solicits them, but vague memories and
actual links are two different things. For my part, I’m considering
stealing the instructions that Genie posts prominently on her blog: "Need garden advice? Then you probably shouldn’t send me an email." Me, either.
They’re popping up everywhere, but how are they at answering your gardening questions? Starting with the original Dave’s Garden and GardenWeb but now including the blogging world’s own Stuart,
they’re making an important contribution to online gardening and I’ve
consulted them myself with great success. Way back when I was starting
to make hypertufa pots my Google search led me straight to Dave’s
Garden for instructions and discussion by real hypertufa-makers, all of
which proved invaluable.
So readers, how do you get your questions answered?Posted by Susan Harris on August 2, 2006 at 5:21 am, in the category Unusually Clever People.