Wednesday, November 01, 2006

What Blogs Do You Read/Write

One of the things I'm interested in is who reads this blog that also has a blog.

And if you don't write your own - do you have a favourite?

Tell me.

Put up a link in comments (or I will for you) and tell me something about what you're writing.

I'm interested in looking around the gardening blog world and this is the quickest way to start.


At 12:53 PM, Blogger Leigh said...

So far, yours is the only gardening blog I read. I just bought my first house this spring and think this would be a great way to learn what you and other folks are doing in real time rather than just reading books.

For years, I have read (and more recently written) blogs on knitting and spinning. I've got close to 50 blogs of friends and fellow knitters that I follow using bloglines.

Hope this helps. Leigh--

At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Richard Boyd said...

Hey Doug, you are certainly not green. This is a great way to find out.

We do. Keep up the good work. BTW we run a blog

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Trudi said...

I have a couple of gardening-related blogs, but I only started them recently.

My first blog is Garden Scrapbooking. It was supposed to be about creating garden themed scrapbooks, but when I'd remember to post in it, I talked mostly about gardening and not scrapbooking. So...

Not long ago, I created a gardening blog, My Adk Gardens.

I love your blog & I usually check it daily!

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Doug, if you're looking for a clearinghouse, then Garden voices ( and Cold Climate Gardening's blog listing ( are good ways to get started.

I have my own blog, too, at
I write about anything and everything... you won't get a coherent direction from me, but WYSIWYG. :) Some of my favorite blogs are listed on my sidebar at the right.

At 7:47 PM, Anonymous Colleen said...

I've had my blog since June of this year. I really just started it as a garden journal--since I've always been bad about keeping a paper journal, I figured that having a "toy" to play with as I journal would make it fun. Then, people started visiting, and started commenting and asking questions. Now I look at my blog as part garden journal, part garden news (research, trends, etc.) and a lot of just general celebration of the plants I love. I also find, through reading other blogs and writing my own, that there are many different kinds of gardeners, and garden bloggers, out there. There are the people who are just gardening and loving it, who plant what makes them happy, and are pretty easy-going about the whole thing. There is also a bit of an elitist element--the types who say either "you must plan your garden on paper" or "buying from big box stores is evil and not for "real" gardeners"--and I'm kind of in the middle. I kind of picture myself as the average gardener--more dreams than space and money, and making my little corner of the earth as good for me and for the environment as I possibly can.

I hope this was what you were looking for. I'll be interested to read the other comments you get.

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Christa said...

Hi Doug,

Stop by my blog and see what I've planted for the autumn months here in Washington D.C.

I read Garden Voices regularly to see what other garden bloggers are up to.

At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive never seen your blog before, but your question caught my attention. The blogs I read-my favs are This garden is illegal and Empress of dirt- tend to be more local to me and therefore more relevant. But I also have blogs I read for humor-the inadvertant gardener, for example. and one I check for eye candy-blue ridge blog.
I do however check garden voices daily (a compilator) and check interesting titles and sometimes get hooked on a blog that way. My list keeps growing!

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Rick Anderson said...

Actually the quickest way to look around is go to;

Caren is looking/reading everything. She seems to be a whirling dervish when it comes to finding garden Blogs.

My Blog is just a simple design blog, but she has the whole shooting match over there.

At 9:43 PM, Blogger Robert Brinkmann said...

Hi! Great idea!!
I have a gardening blog that focuses mainly on Florida gardening, although it is really quite broad. The next week or so I am blogging all about soils: soil science, soil classification, soil testing, soil formation, etc.

I also like to think of my blog (except when I get serious about things like soils) as a photoblog of cool things in my garden or things I see growing in other gardens. For example, I had a whole week on gardens of Finland and Latvia recently.

Here's a link to my blog:


At 4:05 AM, Blogger Gardening Tips said...

Hi Doug, I visit your blog every now and then from Garden Voices when a topic of yours catches my eye. I wish I had more time to read others' blogs. No matter how old you are, there's always something new to learn about gardening. I really enjoy seeing pictures of other peoples gardens. You can get so many new ideas in a single picture. I'll try to pop in more often!


At 5:59 AM, Blogger MARIE said...

You left a comment on my blog a while back. Most of the blogs I read were suggested by you.

Here are two local blogs that I read. The second one is in our local newspaper online.

At 8:09 AM, Anonymous Contrary1 said...

I read lots of blogs, using Stumble Upon & just listing Gardening in the categories...........get a great variety of sites that way.

I also contribute to a site that has a gardening area:

Enjoy your blog, as well as your site & particularly enjoy your brand new gardens you're working on..... I moved to a new place with tons of space (acres) and only 3 plants & 5 trees! I was making myself nuts trying to get it all shaped up; then realized I will probably never get it all like I want it........ So, I drew some imaginary lines and just stayed "inside the lines" when I gardened. Helped a bunch.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger lisa said...

Hi Trey! As you know, I have my blog, Millertime, and I like to blog about gardening and nature in general. As for reading blogs, I enjoy yours, Snappy's , Blackswamp Girl's, and several other garden blogs. Plus I like to explore the links on other people's blogs...I enjoy photography blogs, some creative writers, and occasional political threads. I dig the people who blog about travel, too! And although you didn't ask, the reason I blog is to express myself about enjoying my's very satisfying to know that there are others who understand and enjoy the same thing. Plus it's fun to learn from each other. And as much as I enjoy reading more "cerebral" blogs, I tend to keep mine fairly simplistic-I have to think hard at work all day, and my blog is for simple pleasure only!

At 9:13 AM, Blogger lisa said...

OOps! I forgot for a minute that I was reading your blog DOUG...I like Trey's blog, too! Heh...maybe I blog a tad too much, huh? :)

At 9:57 AM, Blogger millionbells said...

I'm writing a blog at Just a general, personal diary of what I do in my little yard and what appears. And periods of lots of pictures. I'm generally a more consistant journalist, but this past year, I hit a rough patch and my blogging suffered for it.

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

I've been woefully lax in getting regualr posts up, but here is where I put my photos and experiences in the garden.

Garden Djinn

At 10:25 PM, Anonymous M Sinclair Stevens (Texas) said...

I read your blog and I've been garden blogging for five years at Zanthan Gardens. I have list of other garden bloggers on my blogroll, but I check for blog updates via Bloglines.

The garden blogs I've read longest are Cold Climate Gardening and Prairie Point. Two other Austin blogs I read are Digging and The Transplantable Rose. Another favorite garden blog is This Garden is Illegal.

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Renee said...

Hi Doug, Check out FarmGirl Fare at -- mostly vegetable gardening/sheep farming, plus recipes on a related blog. I love "digging" out of Austin. Terrific photos and great writing and design ideas. And Garden Rant. I write a little about gardening on my blog, but it's more about our new life in a new climate.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Takoma Gardener said...

Hi, Doug. I'm a reader, too. Susan at Takoma Gardener and GardenRant.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Kathy said...

I see I've already been mentioned a few times, for which I am thankful. I was going to mention Garden Voices to you again, but I see others beat me to it. I stopped visiting Garden Voices myself because I was getting too overwhelmed with all the choices. I do maintain a garden blog directory and I add every blog's feed to my Bloglines. But I have had to prioritize the Bloglines. I have old friends, cold climate, and what I call professional interest--mostly garden writers who are also blogging. Then there's everybody else. The toughest job these days is not finding garden blogs but finding time to read and respond to them. BTW, are you going to move this blog over to WordPress, too?

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Kathy said...

I should also add that even if Trudi is new to blogs, she is an old-timer when it comes to the web. Her Adirondack Gardens website was one of the first garden sites I ever found.

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Doug Green said...

Thanks for the comments/help folks. I do read some gardening blogs but I haven't seen some of these yet.

I've just returned from some time away doing the art's "thing" and seeing family so hope to respond to some of these in the near future.

The one that I will respond to is to say that "yes" - I am moving this blog to sometime in the near future. But haven't had the time to get that going given that I have to write for a living and the projects are currently stacked up waiting for some attention.

And yes, some of these suggestions are already on my reading list.

But great suggestions and I'll track 'em all down.

At 12:24 AM, Anonymous Larry said...

Hi Doug, I cruise your blog at least once a week, as you tend to post more often than most garden bloggers. More like my blogging style.
I started my blog this past summer as an extension of our webpage. Now the blog gets all the activity instead!! It allows me to sort of expand our greenhouse activities into the stratisphere.

At 3:18 PM, Blogger carletongardener said...

HI, I'm another garden blogger who enjoys reading your blog.
-- Kathy

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Hi Doug,

I read lots of them - including yours. Perhaps I found you originally through MSStevens at Zanthan Gardens? MSS led me into the blogosphere, and I read and commented on other sites for quite awhile, before beginning the Transplantable Rose in June.

For Texas gardening, Zanthan and Pam Penick's Digging are my favorites [MSS gave you the links]. I love to see what people in other places are doing, checking in on Garden Rant, mentioned above, Blackswamp Girl
and Carol's May Dreams Garden in Indiana, I like Niches in Georgia,, Christopher in Hawaii,, and too many others to fit here, but they're on my blogroll.

Many of my favorite bloggers don't confine themselves solely to gardening, touching on a wide range of subjects, but underlying their posts in other areas of life, there is a gardener's perspective, somehow!
I'm not a new gardener, so while information & instruction may be useful, what I've been looking for is garden philosophy, garden experiences, and conversations, and I'm finding them everywhere!

(I see you are moving -hope this note is not too late. I'll look forward to reading your posts at the new address. )


At 1:08 AM, Blogger Xris said...

Well, I'm joining this party a little late, but I also read your blog, and write my own.

At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Pam/Digging said...

Hi, Doug. I'm a first-time visitor and am enjoying your blog. I also keep one called Digging (thanks, Renee and Zanthan, for mentioning me), and I check about 30 others regularly. Many are listed on my sidebar. Do check out the Austin garden-blogger scene---Zanthan and Transplantable Rose are regular posters and commenters.

At 7:03 PM, Blogger Christy said...

I'm just getting started with my own blog as well as reading others. I'll have to bookmark your new site.


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