Ta da! We have “finally” arrived after a month’s journey.

First of all, I am really sorry for the long wait you all have to go through. I know several of you were waiting patiently and looking forward to the new website with your eyes wide open.

There were several “Are we there yet?” queries;  “Are you alive?” queries ;-). I am very much alive and kickin’

Remember? I mentioned that more interesting stuff is coming up? This is the time to unveil them.

Every time I wrote a post, many of them read, many of them comment back and ask questions. From the traffic pattern, I have observed the comments are so informative and valuable that they are equally important as the post itself. All this means something, isn’t it? When people communicate/discuss, valuable information gets shared and that is great. With that in mind, I am presenting to you the much awaited “Forums”.

With forums, you can ask questions your heart out and answer your brain out. No more asking me if it is ok to answer another person’s query in my blog. It’s your forum and you run the show. All you need to have is a question or an answer or even an opinion. Do keep your wits high. Because, a gardener is one with a good sense of Humus Humor.

To ask/answer questions in this forum, please register using the following link. For everything else one needn’t register.

Registration Link

There are some basic forum rules/etiquettes that need to be followed so that the forum remains a nice place to hang out.

1.    Post your question in the relevant forum. This way you get prompt and meaningful replies and makes it easy for others to follow as well.

2.    Do NOT use this forum for your commercial purpose. Any reference to blog/website for promo purposes will be moderated. Bandwidth and Storage cost me a lot. Please let me know if you have any commercial interest and for a nominal fee I can entertain such requests.

3.    Do NOT post a question more than once in order to get quicker response. Everyone in this forum, have volunteered for this and also have a main job. Please respect their time.

4.    No abusive/provocative languages please! And please avoid SMS languages. Tis dfclt to unstnd wht u typ if u use sms styl.(For the rest of us: “It is difficult to understand what you type if you use SMS style”

5.    Stick to the topic of the forum.

6.    Use a title that accurately describes the topic under discussion. This will attract those who have something to say about your topic. Vague titles are easily missed and can lead to an unsatisfactory response.

Example for vague titles:

New to gardening. Help me

Help! Plants are dying

URGENT URGENT HELP NEEDED

Help Plants are not growing

You cannot make anything out of this even if you are an expert in psychology. Descriptive and accurate titles are very important.

Excellent Titles:

Zucchini flowers don’t produce.

How do I keep mealy bugs away?

7.    Limit Discussions to ONE Topic

Bringing multiple topics in the same thread not only dilutes the topic in question but also causes confusion for a reader. Go ahead and create a new topic. It’s so much easier.

There are so many I need to thank for this to happen.

Thanks to,

My wife for her constant support and cooperation through this migration process.

Blog Readers and friends who constantly checked with me on the progress and encouraged me. Especially the reader “skoka123” who has been constantly in touch with me regarding forums and also did help me in testing some of these stuff.

I am not done yet. This is just the beginning of new features getting added. Next week, there is another surprise in store waiting for you all.

Until then, Interact & Have fun!

GG

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47 Responses

  1. Wonderful to see this, gg. And many thanks for the forum. It will be a blessing for us inexpert but enthusiastic gardeners.

    • Thanks Jayaveer. Its been a while I heard from you. How is your garden coming along?

      WordPress seemed like the right option when I was doing my R&D with CMSs(though WP is not 100% cms). With the help of plugins the opportunities are endless.

  2. Good work GG, would like to see this forum growing like team-bhp or hifivision kind of for gardening. Hoping to meet like minded people here. Good luck & Happy gardening.
    Mahesh
    Save the mother earth!

    • Thanks Mahesh. With enthusiastic gardeners like you around, I am sure we all can interact and learn a lot. Thanks for the wishes and Happy gardening to you as well.

      GG

  3. Wow!Nice ideas for the forum and all. I am a new gardener and look forward to learing a lot about container gardening.
    All the best for the initiative

  4. Kudos on the successful migration!
    greatly relieved to see your post after ages 🙂 hope to have a lot more interesting and informative posts & discussions in this blog space…

    • Thanks GoodEarth. Again sorry for having taken so long. Work, social life, garden and blog.. compete for time :).

      I am all prepared to add much more valuable content. Thanks for checking constantly.
      GG

  5. Hi GG,

    The first thing I would do on a Sunday and Monday Morning is to log into ur site to check for updates and you dont know how nice it feels to hear back from you. Great Job and great looking site!! Congrats and keep it going! BTW, my terrace garden is shaping up nicely with good looking cabbages,Brinjal,Bhendi, Cucumber and Cauliflower among Marigolds thriving. Will send u the pics later. Believe me!! After I started the terrace garden, I have more friends than ever in my neighbour hood and getting popular everyday!! Feels great!! 🙂 Happy Gardening!!

    Cheers,
    Sri

    • Hi Srihari.

      Thanks for the nice words and congrats on having a nice veggie garden on your terrace. It shows how much passionate you are. Totally agree with the fact about new friends. Very happy to hear that.

      Do register with the forums and also answer queries. That way you can share your expertise. With this new site, you can also write a blog post and it will be publised under your name. 🙂
      GG

  6. Wow!! You have come up with a gardening forum.. That’s wat is called being passionate I guess. Good luck..
    I am all excited as I can post all my queries now 🙂

    • Hi Aarthi.
      I am very glad that I got the forum running. You know the Forum gets more traffic in this website.
      Hope its useful for everyone.
      gg

  7. Hi,
    Congratulations! Having a forum is an excellent idea specially useful for new gardeners like me.

    Keep up the great posts which are truly inspiring.

    Cheers and Happy Gardening 🙂

  8. Hi,
    Back finally after ages!
    Great to have you back and Congrats!
    My okra plants are finally over 6ft tall and still yielding..
    Chitra

    • Thanks Chitra,
      Yeah It did take ages. Sorry about that.
      Good to hear that okra plants are over 6ft. Happy harvesting.
      gg

  9. Hey GG,

    Great work! Thanks on behalf of every one who uses it as major encyclopedia and their “togoto” site for gardening related queries. Eagerly awaiting coming surprises. Secretly hoping they are to do with searching (forums and blogs) and uploading pics!! 😉

    Kudos!!

    • Hey sam,
      Thanks. Yeah I agree, searching in forums can be little improved. I am trying out few options. Uploading pics..hmm? I am not sure if that will be economical for me. The best Idea is to store your pics in one of the many free picture sites and put the link here. Any better ideas?
      gg

      • Yeah – I think free pic sites should be good. Don’t have other ideas. Sorry – I didn’t think about the economical aspect of it before posting! 🙂

        • Don’t worry. Before, I was associated with wordpress and it was absolutely FREE but didn’t have lot of freedom. Anyway, in future may be i will try to do something about this. 🙂
          Thanks for understanding.
          gg

  10. Good Job GG. Glad to know you have lived up to your promise. Now it is our turn to pick your brain and probably help each other out.

  11. “Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration….” The Forum will be the ‘fountain of inspiration’ 🙂

  12. GR8 job GG. You are indeed a true inspiration for the common man and have the right quantities of nutrients in your blog to help develop the relationship with nature.

    Happy Growing!

  13. Congrats GG. Great effort, great website, great place for gardeners. Wish your great great service to the community continue.

    Goodluck,
    V. Srinivasan

  14. Hi GG:

    I was offline for a long time, due to prolonged illness. Back again , now.

    Congrats and wish you the very best in this wonderful endeavour.

    I had to deprioritize gardening for nearly 3 months, it really showed; the plants just survived,to put it in bried. I finally managed to clean the terrace, put new soil and manure and am resuming, having got seeds from LalBagh today.

    Thanks onceagain for all the motivation and enthusiasm !

    Regards
    MeenaK

    • Hello Meena,

      Hope you have recovered well and back in action now. We really missed you here.
      I really appreciate your spirit. With the enthusiasm you have, your garden will flourish in just a few days.

      Do take care of your health. Happy gardening.
      GG

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