see her favorite dish!
have some special treats to celebrate the third anniversary
of Our Garden Gang. One of these is an interview with
the one and only Auntie Canuck, and the members of the OGG
management team - BygBrother, Debbie-the-Seed-Queen, Elliott's
Mom (emom), Magisak, Ninjamom ("nmom"), and Wren - and
their favorite dishes too! These people
prove that you can indeed get by with a little help from your
on having such a successful site! You must be very proud.
Yes I am!
I heard you had a few questions for me old girl – fire away.
Mirtha: (old girl indeed!)
Well first off I think our readers would want to know how OGG came to
started Our Garden Gang in August 1999 to replace the old Home and Garden
Forum run by MSN. It was such a corny name and the new format was such a
mystery to unravel. Boy was it scary using the barbaric tools MSN had in
those days – and I didn't know a thing about making web pages! But, we
just kept growing and I gradually learned more, and who'd a thunk we'd
still be here 3 years later!
Auntie to us loyal OGGers, it feels
like you must have been born making web pages. It’s hard to
believe you didn’t know how to just three years ago! But was it
all smooth sailing along the way?
Well, yes - mostly - if you don't
count all the "upgrades" MSN did and the problems from them!
Occasionally, there are spats and personality conflicts in the message
boards, but most gardeners are not the petty sort.
OGG is renowned for being the
funniest and friendliest garden forum around. How did that happen?
to see her at 3!
all seem to have a similar goofy sense of humor and love to help each
other out. Some of the roughest times have been when we had huge influxes
of members from promotions of OGG by MSN or other sites. Trying to get all
the new members up to speed gets a bit hairy at times. Right now, we have
about 6500 members, so we must be doing something right more often than
not. If we can just figure out what that is, we can keep doing more of it!
Mirtha: Well we are sure goofy all
right! 6500 members? Wow Auntie that’s amazing. What
direction would you like OGG to head?
has developed a collective soul or personality of it's own - or so it
seems. Because of the interactive nature of the Message Boards on MSN,
(now partially replaced by the
Lefora boards and
group), and the superb assistant managers we have, we keep
adding new things and broadening our scope. We all try to be responsive to
member needs and ideas, and the only plans I have are to keep doing that!
What are some of the biggest changes and
additions to OGG?
We've started a growing
collection of suppliers this past spring, in the hopes that plant and
garden accessories sales through our links there to vendors will
generate enough income to cover the costs of the site.
Auntie of the Jungle!
Can I make
a shameless plug for members to visit the suppliers from the links on
our site to order their gardening goodies so we can get the little
commissions? We're not as big as famous cousin's site, Martha
Stewart. Fame must run in your family's genes my dear!
Hey you are talking to the queen of shameless plugs! That runs in
my family too! It’s ok by me Auntie. What should we look for at
OGG in the coming months?
more of YOU to look forward to - the irrepressible Mirtha Stuwort! And
more articles! Right now, Emom is working on a series of articles on
preserving garden fruits and veggies. Curly has helped with the canning
portion. August is our OGG Birthday celebration - we're now 3 years old,
so I am planning some more candid member photo presentations. Last
year's celebration of photos really helped cheer everyone up through the
Just like good food cheers
us up too! And…speaking of good food, there are some favorite
recipes of our OGG staff coming up on the next page! Click on the
title to be taken to a culinary delight.
what's your favorite dish?
Why, next to my famous (Note
from Mirtha: she really means notorious) garlic cake with jalapeno
icing, it's that unbeatably crispy Hungarian Fried Chicken!
Thank you Auntie for
taking the time to answer our questions…everything we wanted to know but
were afraid to ask! Want to know more about your favorite OGG
Read MORE -> page 2!
- BygBrother - oh so
- DebbieTheSeedQueen -
- Elliott's Mom - has
something to say
- Magisak - dances with
- Ninjamom - she's here
- Wren - such a tweetie