Potty-mouthed gardenbloggers



"Potty-mouthed" is how Colleen described herself after seeing her 4.2 score on the Cuss-o-Meter.  That’s
the percentage of her pages that contain "cuss words," and it seems awfully innocent to me.  After all, the average across the blogosphere is 9 percent.  But by plugging in a few URLs of other gardenblogs she discovered that our world is exceptionally clean-mouthed, with most scoring 1 percent or lower – til she discovered that GardenRant earned an "impressive 4." I take full credit responsibility for that, by the way – my partners show commendable restraint in that department.

Commenters weighed in, some leaving little cuss-bombs to improve Colleen’s score, and it’s a hoot. (Check it out.) Colleen may have a brand new baby but it’s nice to see she still finds time for creative expression.   

You can also go directly to the Cuss-o-Meter.

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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

Contact Susan via email or by leaving a comment here.

Photo by Stephen Brown.


  1. I register a big fat 0 % in regards to the cuss-o-meter on my blog, Garden Porn.

    But I have a very disturbing and checkered past at the website DavesGarden. com

    Several times I have been reprimanded for using ‘Unacceptable language’ and or words.

    Evidently someone was greatly offended when I called myself queer.
    The word was used in context to describe myself as odd and eccentric , otherwise known as queer.

    Queer words are not allowed at Dave’s.

    The term ; “ The Full Monty” is also prohibited.
    The administration finds it to be too suggestive with sexual innuendo ! ? !
    Please do not let your weeds go ‘Full Monty’.

    And don’t even bridge the thought of being a garden dominatrix.
    That is just way toooo much of an ‘adult concept’ .

    Golly gee whiz Gomer..

  2. I had no idea Dave’s was so straitlaced. Goodness me. I got a 1.4%, but that was only when I entered the actual blogger address of my blog, gardening while intoxicated. If I enter any of the .com names I use for the site (allentowngardener.com, or gardeningwhileintoxicated.com) it says 0.

  3. Heh. I’m still waiting for you ladies to catch me 🙂

    I had to laugh when I saw that 4.2% was considered high among garden bloggers. But, as Eliz said in my comments, the garden blogosphere is definitely a kinder, gentler place than most of the blogosphere is.

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