I'm Glad You Decided To Check Out My Gardening Website


If you're looking for solid how-to organic gardening tips along with practical plant reviews and product tests, you've hit the right website.

I'm Doug Green, a semi-retired nurseryman and award winning author who used to grow 1600 varieties of perennials and 600-800 varieties of annuals and vegetables in my nursery before closing it down to write full time. I've been growing and passing along practical gardening information for over 35 years now and I'm happy to help you with organic gardening techniques that help make your garden a better place for you, your kids and pets.

I have several gardening rules I'd like to share with you.

Doug's Gardening Rule #1


You only have to feed your plants if you want flowers, leaves or fruit.

Doug's Gardening Rule #2


If you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong

Doug's Gardening Rule #3


Plants die. Life happens.

Doug's Gardening Rule #4


There's a full spreader load of BS on the Internet about gardening.

Doug's Gardening Rule #5


If you don't like a plant, dig it up and give it away. Life is too short for disappointments

Doug's Gardening Rule #6


Any plant smaller than I am is willing to be moved somewhere else in my garden - whether it thinks it's willing or not.

Doug's Gardening Rule #7


Gardening isn't rocket science.

Doug's Gardening Rule #8


Learn how to water properly. If you can do that, you can grow anything.

Doug's Gardening Rule #9


See Rule #2.

What's New?


A Quote from Helen Keller

Helen Keller quote, The best and most beautiful things in the world...

Continue reading "A Quote from Helen Keller"

A Recipe for a Homemade Garlic Spray You Can Make In Your Kitchen for Insect and Disease Control

A home made recipe for garlic spray for deer repelling or general garden use you can easiy make yourself in the kitchen

Continue reading "A Recipe for a Homemade Garlic Spray You Can Make In Your Kitchen for Insect and Disease Control"

Centaurea or Bachelor Buttons: A Spreading Thug or Lovely Plant?

Centaurea or Bachelor buttons is one of the fast-growing, spreading daisy-like blue flowers in the early summer perennial garden

Continue reading "Centaurea or Bachelor Buttons: A Spreading Thug or Lovely Plant?"

Don't Make The Mistake I Did When Buying Garden Plants This Spring

Don't make this mistake (I did) when buying garden plants this spring.

Continue reading "Don't Make The Mistake I Did When Buying Garden Plants This Spring"

Plants for Butterfly Gardens for both Larva and Adult Butterflies

Suggested plants for designing butterfly gardens for both the larvae and the adult butterfies along with building and maintenance tips

Continue reading "Plants for Butterfly Gardens for both Larva and Adult Butterflies"

Should I Add Garden Soil To My Garden

Beginner gardeners often ask whether they should add garden soil to improve their garden. Here's what Doug says

Continue reading "Should I Add Garden Soil To My Garden"

What It Takes To Grow Great Primula

What you have to do in order to grow this charming spring blooming perennial flower.

Continue reading "What It Takes To Grow Great Primula"

backyard picture contest

Backyard picture contest with hundreds of entries (contest is now over but garden pictures remain)

Continue reading "backyard picture contest"

Garden Product Reviews

Garden product reviews by garden author Doug Green who brings 35 years of experience to knowing what's good in the garden and what's not.

Continue reading "Garden Product Reviews"

Download Deer Resistant Perennial Flower Charts

You can download two charts here for perennial flowers that are deer resistant (sun and shade)

Continue reading "Download Deer Resistant Perennial Flower Charts"



perennial flower garden

Our front perennial garden border. Summer 2012 before the backhoes hit.