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I answered Garden Questions on Quora

Today I spent a little time answering some gardening questions on the Quora site. I don’t usually do this, simply because I tend to forget about the site and the fact that I belong to it!

Just too many irons in the fire usually. But I do find it fun to answer queries like this, and would do more on the Facebook page for Ilona’s Garden, if only people would ask.

As an example I am embedding one of the more cut and dried answers I’ve given here:
Read Ilona EE‘s answer to What do I need to know before I plant a tree? on Quora https://www.quora.com/widgets/content

One thing I do notice is how broad the questions often are. I guess many of don’t realize how specialized gardening topics can be. Besides our climate zones, plants range from those who happy almost anywhere ( we often call them “weeds”) and those which are so highly particular that they grow only under the most careful and specific conditions.

Do you have favorite garden forums?

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Updating All Sites

Just to let you know what’s happening on the sites and what I’m doing as a writer/webmaster. Some people might be curious.

To keep content safe I regularly update everything: wordpress, plugins, themes, everything. It takes time, although not nearly what it used to!

NEW LOOK

Latest updates include:

The regular platform ones and refreshing themes. I am refreshing the branding on Ilona’s Garden first, since that is my main website. I’ve been all over the place with fonts, look, taglines. Maybe because it is my oldest viable site, and the one I am most identified with, I feel I need to make the decision to use a certain look that works for giving readers a real idea about the site and my writing. Still using DIVI theme, which has some brand new page looks, etc!

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Revamped Gallery Of Pages

 

I’ve been reducing the amount of ads, improving popular articles, improving navigation, adding better images.

Next will be Garden Librarian, then the Garden Journal, and the Reflecting Pool sites after that.

I just got through paying for my hosting for the coming year.

NEW WRITING

This year, 2016, I improved my output and that is where I am concentrating all my real efforts. I have written many more articles for the Garden site and the journal, and moved the hubpage articles there.

Wow, that was a lot of work. Besides adding more info, editing, and working on the images, hubpage formatting had to be completely revamped. Each article took hours of work before publishing on my own sites.

What has suffered the most is my newsletter, which I put on the backburner until I have more articles. I got tired of telling people what I was going to do, rather than doing it. I think my readers got tired of that, too.

I think the end of summer will be a good time to renew newsletter writing.

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Yes, I am still writing on Hubpages, or maybe a better term is grooming and giving maintenance to the articles still there. I did branch out into a new topic… all the British TV I watch! Yes, that is what i do to relax.

THIS PAGE

I have a cute new theme that will help make the different types of posts more distinctive from each other. Percolating on the stove is more video, which requires a certain frame of mind to create. I hope the format on this page will highlight when I have a new type of article or media to share with you all.

 

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My Regular Website

My regular website is a wordpress run site. Located @ http://ilonasgarden.com/, it is the place where I am writing my full length articles. Presently I have kept the blogspot journal as my garden blog. Changing urls is always a problem for search engine and google rank, mainly because it depends on how long you have been located at that address (sort of like Real Life address stability)