Moments ago Google For Gardeners reached a milestone. I added the 500th site to the search engine dedicated to finding gardening and plant information through Google. Thanks to all the people who have submitted recommendations for the search engine and thanks to Google for allowing people like me to create a custom search engine out of their product.
500 websites about gardening may not seem like a lot considering how many are out there but when you take into account that I had to look at each site, decide if it was valuable to a gardener and, I count up the hours I've spent doing this- my head starts to hurt.
How does it work?
Short answer is that it is a Google Custom Search Engine where the websites you get in the results are hand-picked. I started this custom search engine because when I was looking for information related to gardening I would get annoyed that the most "relevant" results were websites selling me some kind of product. What I wanted was to learn about a particular gardening subject, not buy a plant. I started to add websites, blogs, hobby sites, plant societies -you name it- as long as the purpose of the website isn't to sell products or services.
Recently, I noticed that there is a button on the homepage for Google For Gardeners that allows you to add it to your website or blog. I've spotted it on a couple of blogs and websites and I'm glad that people are finding it useful.
If you have a suggestion for a website or blog that should be included send it to me and I'll see about adding it. If you do a search on it on a particular subject or plant and don't get a result let me know and I'll look for websites to add. I may have made a mistake here or there in choosing a site to add so, if you spot a result that is just a store or pushing a product let me know and I'll see about removing it from the results. I've made exceptions here and there for a site I thought had good information but not many.