July 23, 2012: Deleted Seed Exchange
A sad day for Emily Compost.
We have deleted a feature that we started in 2000: the seed swap or seed exchange.
It was never that popular recently and didn't get that much use. Also our host service charged us for a database that consisted of about fifteen entries. Not to mention (alright, we will mention) that the database and pages were written in PHP and always had glitches (admittedly, our glitches, but glitches none-the-less).
Maybe we should stick to gardening and house plants.
Anyway, for those (fifteen) of you who were using it, we do apologize. Dave's Garden has a good trading list. You might try there.
January 2012: We have added a lot of new content in the past month.
new banner to help with the winter blues (photo I took on St Lucia).
Not sure what to do with "Emily's Garden Path" a new set of pages with quotes from our founder.
Submissions: Send us an article or photo! (Submission page)
Late October 2011: We're off FaceBook!!
Never did see the benefit, nor the point. Thought it might bring us more traffic or exposure and did not see any difference.
July 2011: We're on FaceBook!!
For what it's worth.
We've added photo albums and "likes" from other websites. And we've added "likes" and "shares" and Facebook links to a few of our pages.
April 2011: Lots of changes!
As we said in February (below) the seed exchange is active again and (subject to anyone finding it) it appears to be doing well. A few changes can be made (we didn't sort it - duh!) and it has only been hit by one spam so far.
Behind the scenes we migrated to a new server without any disruption.
Massive changes to the photography pages and to Ed's Wildflower pages. You can view the larger images just by "hovering" your mouse pointer over the thumbnail, now. Not sure if that is good or just new.
We've decided to put our ideas for a new "forum" on hold for now due to cost and the potential for hacker intrusion.
February 2011: After too many years we are going to try the seed exchange again. The Seed Exchange was very popular with our readers until the amount of spam we received overwhelmed us.
This is still a work in progress and although we are putting a link on our main page, please know that we are still testing. We think the fields need a little more editing to control the quantity of data in the fields and valid e-mail addresses.
We are moving forward with it not completely finished due to the popularity with our readers and to test the "hacker response."
If we get overwhelmed with spammers again we will shut the page down.
Thank you for your continued support. Let us know what you think.
Tip: When deciding where to locate a greenhouse. Attached greenhouses should have a southern exposure. Free standing should be oriented north to south lengthwise.