Great Plants and Gardens Start Here

I'm Doug Green, a semi-retired nurseryman who used to produce 1600 varieties of perennials and 6-800- varieties of annuals every spring in my nursery and garden center. 

I stopped doing that to write and have written 8 paper books and a growing number of e-books. Not to mention my three websites.

My objective with all three of my websites is to help you have a better garden using organic methods and to provide you with honest, accurate information that's based on both what really works and not just what the Internet says.  You can see the links to the other two in the sidebar.

Finally, there's a search bar on the bottom of most pages so  you can find the answers you're looking for. 


Tis a gift to be simple. Tis a gift to be free.
Tis a gift to come down where we ought to be.
And when we find ourselves in a place just right
T'will be in the valley of love and delight.

Shaker Hymn

My nursery was named Simple Gifts Farm for this Shaker song and I kept the name for my plant website.  Call me sentimental. :-)

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Biological Pest Control we identify your insects here (hundreds of pics of identified insects already) and we tell you how to control some of the worst ones.
tulip prinses irene
Flower Bulbs you can have bulbs in bloom from spring to fall
red rose
Roses I've grown them for years, written two book and here's what you need to know.
Houseplants Practical tips on growing houseplants you'll be able to use on almost all plants.
raspberry fruit
Growing Fruit in the Backyard Garden covering the common small fruit you'll be likely to grow
Garden Pictures Some of my favorite as well as some reader submitted pics.
shrubs - spirea
Shrubs in Your Backyard The basic tips for success with growing shrubs in the landscape
plant disease botrytis
Basic Plant Diseases in the Home Garden These are the basic diseases that almost everyone will see sooner or later.
annual impatiens
Annual Flowers are easy long-blooming plants for simple gardening.

Fall Crocus

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