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Jun 29, 2014 06:42 AM

Favorite gardening forum?

Do you have one? Most that I know of aren't very active. Garden Web looks interesting, but it seems cumbersome to find new posts. Instead of taking you to a page of recent posts, you get a list of many, many subcategories. On the right side of this page if you scroll down, there is a small box with maybe 8-10 of the latest posts, which may or may not include posts to the other forums as well.

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  1. I'm so glad you asked this. I was thinking that somebody needs to start a garden forum similar to Chowhound. This board is the go-to for me and CHers have been super helpful, but it would be nice to have more activity and idea sharing. I can get so inspired by an idea I would never have thought of if it weren't posted by someone across the country or the world :-)

    I don't like Garden Web--it hasn't been updated since it started decades ago. It's not vey active so you're pretty much whistling in the dark if you expect an answer. I don't know of any other which is ridiculous when you consider that gardening is the number one hobby in this country.

    Wouldn't it be great if the mods started a "Growhound" site?

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    1. re: sandiasingh

      Yes, "Growhound" would be great! I can't see that happening though. Thanks for your feedback on Garden Web. I was hoping I had missed something and it was easier to read the posts. There is Sprout-Off (?) but it's not very active either. Oh, and there's The Wildlife Gardeners forum. I've not spent enough time there yet to say for sure, but if I recall correctly it might be more active than the other two.

    2. is probably one of the best run garden sites with lots of active forums. And it is free!

      1. I still use Gardenweb. I find the tomato and hot pepper forums somwhat active. Tomatoville is also good for tomatoes,and for peppers.

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        1. re: Shrinkrap

          I liked Gardenweb. The New England forum is fairly active. Activity depends on the participants. Vegetables and Harvest are also pretty active. Some posters have organized plant swaps. I've attended a spring one for about 5 years now. Nice to meet other gardeners IRL.

          I also visit a forum that is now restricted to existing members. Only a handful of people post but they do so pretty frequently.

          1. re: Shrinkrap

            I still visit Gardenweb almost every morning while waking up. The forums I visit are fairly active (Veggies, hot peppers, tomatoes and California Gardening,) but more importantly there are a few long time regular posters there who's advice has been far more reliable and helpful than things I've read on many other forums.

            1. re: weezieduzzit

              gardenweb is a great source of info - the format is dated but the total knowledge base there is fairly incredible

              1. re: JTPhilly

                If I REALLY need to know, I end up having to check the option for emails when there is a response, or searching with my name (which is my REAL name! I was a bit of a noob when I signed up in 2002). I think the "clippings" can help too, but I don't quite understand how to best use them.


                I follow the Cal board too! How about that "what tomatoes are you growing in N Cal thread? That one is ancient!

                BTW; Anyone know where I can find culantro plants? Or cuban oregano? Morningsun Farm usually has a variety of cuban oregano, but not THIS year.

          2. Dave's Garden is the ne plus ultra garden site. Dozens of boards on specialized topics, the largest plant reference on the web (with pictures!), plant finders, expert articles, swaps, nursery lists, reviews, contests and supplier ratings.

            You can read most of the content at
            but there is a reasonable membership fee if you want to contribute posts yourself.

            For tomato specialists, the top site is

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            1. re: DonShirer

              Dave's Garden WAS the best garden site until it changed hands a couple of times, now it is loaded with advertising to the point that you have hardly room for pictures. It is certainly no longer "Dave's" garden. And after the dust of the turnover had settled, the original Dave started up
              This forum is very active and friendly, has lots of knowledgeable members, and it is one of the easiest forum to post and view pictures, it is very well run!

              1. re: RUK

                Good to know, RUK. Dave's Garden usually pops up first when I google a question, but didn't know it was reinvented into Thanks for the tip.

                1. re: sandiasingh

                  You are welcome.
                  Btw Dave's Garden still pops up first, because of the work the old members put in to develop a decent database. Most of those members have moved over to allthingsplants and started up a new database there.

                  1. re: RUK

                    Thank you all. I'll be checking out the sites mentioned. Especially good to know the relation between Dave's Garden and allthingsplants.

                2. re: RUK

                  Allthingsplants does have some attractive features (easy to find "search in this forum" for instance) and has a more modern look, but DG still has many more specialized forums, more articles and features, bigger database, etc. Nothing says you can't look at both (as I do), RUK!
                  One questionable feature of ATP is that when you sign up [i.e. enroll] and type in a password all the characters a shown..a security taboo.

                  1. re: DonShirer

                    I missed that.
                    I didn't mention that Dave also had started Cubits/an interim Forum, and our names and passwords simply moved with all our files to ATP.
                    (After that I never have to log in unless I use a new computer/browser.)
                    I was active years ago on DG's Orchid Forum and was a paying member for a year in-between ( I actually fixed some old sticky links), but that forum is pretty dead. In contrast our Orchid forum on ATP is quite active nowadays. :-) A lot more fun!