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I chose plant and seed trading, though I would have liked to have added the forums.
In regards to both, it pays to sharpen your sense of foresight rather than slack with hindsight.
I use the Garden Watch Dog and the Member Page Feedback (which needs more attention and contribution) for finding who does the right things.
I guess the main thing to keep in mind is that this is a very large family full of individual personalities where it pays to not jump to conclusions. Terse posts leave a lot of room for "interpretation."
Always keep in mind that everyone needs a certain amount of respect latitudinally, as everyone has a bad day here or there, or a sticky personal situation occur once in a while.
If something strikes a weird tone to you, personally, let it pass! You probably misread it. Lead by example.
This is when we need to exercise those awesome personal values and ethics passed to us from our grand parents, great grandparents, on down the line.
It is refreshing to see everyone strive for a common goal here in The Garden. An oasis on the web.
Maybe the Eagles have it correct ... "You call someplace paradise, kiss it goodbye."
What a dilemma! I like the forums and tour many of them. There I can get assistance with problems, learn about new methods of gardening, be tempted with new and different plants or just share my limited knowledge in an attempt to help others. I have found moral support or prayers when needed. And met lots of folks I care about and would love for neighbors.
OTOH, I have to say my journal. These days, it serves as my memory, my brain. I find it easy to store info and photos. When I can't remember something, I just have to do a search and it will pull up the very thing I have misplaced. I appreciate it and wish my brain could have the same storage capability AND search function. Although I spend more time in the forums, the DG Journal gets my vote.
I chose forums, but I use the site as much for research as I do communication. Plant Files and now Bird Files are two that I use multiple times a day to find out what's what! It would most definitely be a loss for me to not have Dave's to go to. I participate in the Hoya and Hummer/Butterfly Gardening forums mainly, but have 11 or 12 others that I watch... and peruse others randomly if a particular discussion strikes my fancy.
Thank you Dave, Trish, Terry, Melody and all the others who work so hard for us. It is very much appreciated.
I love the forums and I use quite a few of them. The Rocky Mountain forum is my favorite because our growing conditions are so different from everyone elses and also because the people are really fun. Many of us have met at the Denver Botanic Gardens for their sales and then afterward a someone's house. Great fun. Great people. So many plants and seeds it is a wonder my truck will make it home over all those mountains.
I also like Recipes and Cooking -- don't know why we need both -- but I read both. I like Vegetable Gardening and Fruits and Nuts and Plant Files Pictures and the identification forums and probably some I am forgetting right now. Oh yes, Healthy Living and Pets.
I am very fond of adding to Plant Files as well. At first I was frustrated because so few of the iris entries had photos. I have added some and so have lots of other people. I can see the improvement just in the two or three years I have been a member.
And I do love the journal now that I have figured out how to use it. It was a challenge at first, but now I rely on it. It is very helpful when I want to trade with people. I just tell them to check my journal for what I have.
I actually don't do a whole lot of trading, but when I do I get wonderful stuff.
Dave's Garden has become a web of friends and of information for me. I check it several times each day.
The forums have done more to educate me than any other source of info in my gardening experience. But not just about gardening ... some of my favorite recipes have come from DG forums, my new interest in quilting was 'enabled' by DG friends, support when family pets were put to rest, having lots of fun when hosting RU's, a renewed interest in my mailbox due to the group swaps, and much more - all due to the forums here on DG. But the most important of all has been the friendships formed.
Actually, its the information in the PlantFiles which include the pictures. A most valuable resource without which this would be just another chat room that I wouldn't bother with. The PF is how I found DG.
I have to say the Strawbale Gardening Forum is my most visited since it's the reason I became a DG subscriber! However running a very close second is the Shady Gardens forum due to the fact that I have a LOT of shade and am a lover of ferns!
I check in with the Carolina Gardening forum on a regular basis, but also participate in the Hibiscus, Orchid, Palm, tropical and Mid-Atlantis forums.
This place has been an invaluable resource for me in my personal garden and when I worked in a garden center.
The plant files are what I came here for in the first place. The pictures are so good! Then, I got in to the forums which are now my favorites. Rocky Mountain, Photos, Cameras, and more. But I also like Plant and Bug identification. And the Photo Contest! Not to mention the articles that members write. I don't journal or blog because I'd be here all the time! Love it.
I chose discussion forums - my favourite being Parking Lot but wish I could have picked more than one. WSing discussion has been a life-line for me right now.
And of course there is the plant and seed trading and the weekly newsletter. It is a three-way tie for me. I haven't been in Chat very often. Only because of time restrictions.
I also enjoy some of the tutorials.
Just have to say to everyone - I don't know how DG does it but this site has the most fantastic people I have ever encountered. Just amazing! This is a cumulative group of caring, helpful and supportive people. I am always overwhelmed with the amazing people that I encounter. I know we have had the odd troll but they don't last long. Overall, I feel closer to some of the people in DG (Parking Lot) than I do with my blood relatives. There is nothing cyber about the wonderful friends I have made here.
Dave and Admin - Keep on doing what you are doing. I just can't say enough about Dave's Garden and am honoured to be amongst such wonderful, knowledgeable and helpful people.
Like some others have said, the Plant Files first drew me to the site. But I had to vote for the forums as my favorite. I'm mostly in the Butterfly and Hummingbird forum, but I also check in on Bromeliads, Invasive Plants, and the Florida Gardening forum.
It's great to have a place where other people understand your insane devotion to a particular subject. Like when my family gets tired of me analyzing and discussing caterpillar poo, I know the folks in the forum will understand me. Of course, it's so much fun to learn and share experiences with the other members. Even better is when you get good enough to give advice to the newbies!
I live in the Texas forum, recipes forum and lurk in about 30 more. I learn so much and am able to help other people who haven't had the advantages I have had in cooking, etc. I lurk mostly and know lots of secrets...
I chose Forums. My favorite is the Fl. forum since that is where I live. I also enjoy the Orchid forum. I have met so many wonderful people on Daves!!! Edited to say I like the Amarylla Forum also [one of my addictions]
I chose forums. I check out many forums in the course of my "lurking", but my favorites are the Gessie group and the Mid-Atlantic group. But DG is such a great place for so many reasons! I've been here for a few years now and I love this place.
Forums are my favorite--being in touch with other gardeners is very helpful. I am in the iris & northeast forums, but when I needed to find a source for a particular rose, I hopped over there & found help. Birdwatching & Equine are also fun.
African violets and Gesneriads is my favorite forum as this is my hobby--My next fav is in NE Gardening ,entitled-"Sophie's Choice--The Saga Continues"--if you are not familiar with this wonderful story that unfolded on Dave's Garden, go back to the very beginning and read!!(starts as "New Addition") It is uplifting and heart warming(soon to be in a theater near you--LOL!). I finally bought my first digital camera last month, so I lurk in the Photography/camera forum. I dabble in orchids--the Orchids forum is spectacular! Also visit many other forums...the list is too long. I've learned so much here...and made a few friends along the way. It has become my home away from home
I like the several forums - Parking lot, Hostas, Canadian Gardening. I would like to use my journal but have gotten absolutely nowhere trying to get it set up. Must admit I haven't tried for a couple of years. Sure would help if it were set back to zero.
Where was the option to choose all of the above? LOL For me it was between the forums, Plant Files, and the journals but since I use the forums more often than the others I picked that one. I hang out in a bunch of places, but the Plant ID forum is one of my favorites, it's always fun trying to ID the unknown plants. But I love them all!
Forums, absolutely, and within that - the most helpful immediately is Plant ID. If I am in some foreign part of my Universe, I know that taking a photo and posting it will immediately provide the name of the plant that captured my camera's eye.
I agree - wonderful folks here - though I really haven't done a lot of bonding. Change is always possible - yes? Especially now. I am thinking about attending a local gathering of DGers!
I voted the forums too. My favorite was hard. Since coming here in August. I tend to go to Pets forum most. The love for animals is so prominant and we all cry together over our furbabies. Information is given lovingly.If you have a pet question don't hesitate to go and ask.
I also like the Weather forum. Some great people and nice to hear how the weather is over the country.
Come Spring,(Soon please Soon!!!) Am iced in at the moment. I'll be looking towards the Texas and Midwest forums.
I'm an odd duck and takes me awhile to make friends but i'm working on it. My thanks goes out to all the DG members as well as Dave and company. Glad i'm here.
I was torn between the forum discussions and plant and seed trading... went for the forums because that is where I have learned so much... I have gotten so many new plants through trading though.. I just LOVE DG! It has opened a whole new world for me.
I, like many others, started at DG using PlantFiles. When I discovered all of the other services available I subscribed immediately and DG became my 'home-away-from-home' on the net. The NE forum is the first one I ventured onto and they were so warm, welcoming, and funny that it is still my favorite (although I regret that I don't spend quite as much time there as I used to). If I drop in there today I will probably learn something new, too. So many folks with so much helpful info to share.
Others I visit as regularly as I can manage are Roses, Winter Sowing, Cottage Gardening, Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardening
Came to Daves for gardening but remain a subscriber for the other benefits now.
Forums. I'm not a regional forum watcher---mostly using a few forums that pertain to personal interests. Have not found as simple a forum set-up with ability to track your history on ANY other site. Thanks Dave!
I chose forums too and especially visit Georgia and Winter sowing right now. But the Insect ID is phenomenal! And I am getting more into my journal and blog. Plus the Plant ID is super helpful as is the Garden Watchdog.
I chose forums. I found this site by researching a plant I was unfamiliar with. When I looked around the site I instantly joined. I have learned so much. I can't pick a favorite forum because I look at so many and it seems there is a forum for all my hobbies and forums for things I need to be doing. LOL
I like the recent posts part too. I have ventured into forums because of a thread I have found on recent posts that I probably wouldn't have found because I don't live in that area.
The Hibiscus forum is my favorite, however, there are many others that are close seconds. Overall the forums are extremely helpful since most communicate without the "verbal engineering" that is so prevalent in today's media, etc. Communicating the truth has become an endangered species of sorts, and most of the participants in DG tell it like it is--the truth.
Plantfiles brought me to Dave's, but it's the discussion Forums that have kept me here!
Parking Lot is where I reside a good deal of time, but love the Recipes, Cooking and Canning Forums-also Plant ID's and the Beginner Series of Forums-where I can occassionally help out a newcomer.
There's lots of good info in the Computer and Photo Forums, and who could do without all the Forums geared to our particular favorite plants!? They are a must!! :-)
Then, there's the seed trading, seed germination, WSing-uh, those are must reads! LOL.
And don't even get me started on all the "Personalities" on here that bless us all with their wit and wisdom. We are so blessed to be surrounded by all this knowledge, experience, humor and just plain goodness.
My favorite subject is composting so I almost always check there first. I became a born again composter when it saved our garden soil. Otherwise I will hang out in the Vegetable, herb or Heirloom Vegetable forums. I also hope to see more posts on companion planting.
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How timely! but I could not vote. I read every article, live in Plant Files and somehow manage to be a regular on 4 Regional Forums and too numerous to count specialized Forums. I can't say enough about what I've learned and the laughter that I've shared here on DG. Particularly important to me is the attention given to new gardeners and new members that I've seen this year. I just want to mention that the recent enhancements like Bird Files and the Garden History items just keeps making DG better and better. Thanks to Dave and Admin and all members for contributing and making DG the best. I'm so looking forward to another great year. O and if perchance you're interested in dahlias we have a very fabby Dahlia Forum (hint, hint).
DG is the NASCAR of gardening. SW Gardening forum is where spend most of my time but I lurk at-will at at least a dozen forumsas the need arises. I hope that this vote doesn't cause anything to go away because even if they aren't visited often, all the other stuff is great. I don't utilize it all, only because I don't have enough time to sit in front of the computer...I'm busy learning and gardening! This is the best reference and social sight I've EVER subscribed to. Of course I'm biased...we've got such such a great group going at SW ...come and visit!
No selection offered for "all of the above".
Forums - for networking & gaining a better understanding of the gardening conditions in a variety of regions.
PNW, NE, Soil & Composting, Veg, Dahlia, Lily & Tropical. I like to read!
ps What about the Photo Contest???? I just have to say that although I got my butt kicked wasn't that just TOTALLY FABBY. Note to Dave and Admin: we're rallying to ask for a 'Photosnarf' catagory which will not be calendar worthy but will make a great place for those of us with a HUGE amount of bad pics to compete for the crying towel. Really Bad Photographers unite! Just a thought for later
I voted forums and I spend most of my time on the AV forum. I love hoya, orchid, tropical plants and many other forums, too.
My goal for the year is to try and make myself sit down long enough to contribute pictures to the plant files. Pictures on the forums are my favorite parts of the forums plus all that I learn from others.
I think the Fragrant Forum is my most visited, then that Co-op one is so addicting, it's like refresh 100 times a day to see if there's any other co-ops going on that I don't want to miss out on...so bad.
Yes Dave47 after discussing it with my DH and the crazy ole cat I believe I might be a Forum Floozie. Especially because I didn't mention the other regional forums that I just so happen to 'pop' into every once or so. I just seem to be inclined to participate when I might feel that I might be needed (like mittens in TX, ok that was very unusally snowful for them) Thankfully members are very tolerant of me 'poppin' in. Cool I'm a Floozie. I'm so all over it. I'm thinkin I need a new look.
Forums here, and I am thankful to Forum Floozies all, who have the gift of making mere words on a screen resonate with friendship and goodwill. And a very happy anniversary to Dahlianut! ;-)
I stumbled across DG a couple of years ago, while searching online for info about a plant, but did not join til last fall, when I moved to a new area and began sort of redefining myself as a gardener. I continue to be delighted with the richness of the resources available here. I find that for pretty much anything I am curious about or wanting to understand better, if it even remotely relates to gardening, I can find good information here. Often I don't even have to post or look far, the answers just seem to show up as I cruise around following my curiosity. I love the international nature of this group too!
Currently spending time in the Winter Sowing forum and more recently Rocky Mountain, who kindly invited us Intermountain Regional orphans in, LOL!
And I follow regularly a number of others, though I don't post all that much in most of them.
I like the articles also, and that I can really look up most anything I want to pursue...
DG is definitely well worth the price of admission!
The forums weren't my initial draw to DG, but are my life sustaining food it seems. I have to get my fill each day!
The main ones I frequent are the Texas Gardening, Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardening http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/bbb/all/ , and stopping in to wish other Happy Birthday! I do roam on others from time to time. Our PlantFiles, BugFiles, and the new BirdFiles are a super resource too.
I as well chose forums ... the members here are all great and it is fun getting to know each one of them and hearing about their lives and lessons they can share. If it has to do with daylilies or Iris i am all over it lately!!
I choose the forums. They have so much to offer in learning a lot of the gardening facts and how to do things different if something doesn't work for you the first time . I stick with the seed trading and propogation the most,but you could probably find me on just about all at some time or another.
Forums-orchid, iris, photo, amaryllis, hoyas, glads, daylily, northeast, bird watching, co-ops, plant trading and I lurk in pets, ID, European gardening and weather, too. I check many several times a day and then when I'm bored I surf around to see whose birthday it is or what folks are thinking about and those great articles!! I spend a lot of time in Plantfiles and DG marketplace. I haven't spent enough time in Birdfiles but I will. So much of my interests are ruled by the season I'm in.
I voted for the forums. Love Poultry and Livestock :-), NorthEast, Vegetable Gardening, Seed Germination and I don't know what I did before I found Garden Watchdog and PlantFiles. There are great people on Dave's Garden.
The forums got my vote, too--but I don't know how I could get along without the Plant Files, the Garden Watchdog, and Bird Files. When I moved to MA from CA, the friendly, welcoming, and helpful folks on the NorthEast Forum were my salvation. Still my fave forum. But man, have I had fun with Wintersowing, Self-Contained Box Gardens (despite the lengthy moniker), Soil and Composting, Garden Products, Tomatoes, and the various Beginning Gardeners Forums.
Oh, yes. My name is CapeCodGardener and I am a Group Trader. . .
You don't wanta know...currently have some 23 forums on my watch list. Mostly Texas, Tropical Plants, Tropical Islands, retirees, pets, Florida, Southwest, recipes, Australia, awww just lurk everywhere. Have made friends literally all over the planet. Many have met in person and are now a part of my life..not just our cyberlife. One of the best things I have ever, ever discovered.
I AM AN ADDICT
I MUST CHECK DG MULTIPLE TIMES PER DAY
I HAVE NO DESIRE TO GIVE UP THIS ADDICTION
I PLAN TO KEEP THIS UP AS LONG AS I AM ABLE TO TYPE
Not only subscribing members can see the voting results here. So wake up non-subscribers and see what you are missing!!! The voting results tell the story, more enjoyment and knowledge and local interaction is at your fingertips on the forums.
I also checked forums; I don't have a favorite since it kinda depends on time of year and what I am growing at the time. I like so many of the forums and they all so helpful I just can't pick one or a few. I love every thing from Texas gardening to brugs, vines and climbers as well as Morning glories. Of course we can't forget crafts and concret and hypertufa or ponds and water gardens...so as you see it is quite varied. I feel I get my monies worth every year just in information I am able to gleen not to mention the friendships I have made over the years. Oh and all the trading I have done is priceless. So I guess that about sums it up..☺♥
I will have a great garden this year thanks to the seed trading forum and I learn lots from lots of the forums. Meet great folks too. I have lots of animals so I'm on most of the animal forums but spend more time on the Equine forum. I have a veritable herd of horses so I'm always looking for good info and good talk with folks who have similar interest and day to day experiences like me. They are also a bunch of nuts so I fit right in. LOL
I vote Diary. Since 2005 I've put in over 1500 short articles with pictures to record down my gardening.
Also, I love Photo Forum and Plantfile, where I learn plenty of plant names with the plant pictures.
Recently, I found DG Articles is another highlight.
All in all, DG is a big melting pot for gardeners, where beginners or professionals, can find a seat for him/her.
I have been in DG for almost 8 years, and, I say, my gardening grows right along with DG does.
I used to use the Diary but as I am on 'possum bell' dialup here, I find it loads way too slowly when it becomes full and have lost interest. I do basically the same thing using the Journal without the delay in searching for a specific post to add photos or entries. I do enjoy reading others diaries tho... pod
I hang out in daylilies, mostly. I like the veggie and tomato ( like getting your masters degree) . I think I watch about 20.
I also get a kick out of scrolling down and seeing what the chat is that is most recent. Lots of times something catches my eye that I would have never known about, and I learn a great new thing.
Being relatively new I focus on the Iris forum; unbelievably diverse Iris photos are posted which capture my imagination. It is enriching to connect with other garden lovers. So many insights, ideas, knowledge. It's priceless.
I also have found a few people to trade with. Can't wait for spring so I can photograph my new Iris and share them on the site.
Great work; Dave and crew. Thank you for your dedication to helping us all grow.
I voted forums because I was not given an all of the above box. I need all of the DG features! You can't make me choose a favorite forum. My favorite is which ever one I am in at the moment. I gues that means my favorite forum right now is the voting booth.