Roots 'n' Shoots

Why is RnS Moving to

Google had brought out an algorithm update in May 2017. With previous updates like Panda or Penguin, Mr G had penalized blogs or websites with low quality content and those more focused on aggressive adverts (including multiple ads or pop-up ads in articles). However, many blogs/websites that weren't shady got penalized beyond recovery too and a lot of people lost their income. The May 2017 update has had wide-scale effect on blogs and websites, but without any explanation from Mr G as to why or what it does. RnS has been hit by it too and hard. RnS organic search stats (i.e. users from Google) have dropped by 75% since. Even though RnS is not a source of income, I tried to figure out why RnS is being culled. It seems that it doesn't really have anything to do with RnS per se, but likely because RnS is FREE and not paying for page ranking (via AdWords or Ad Ranking). Now it is likely being aggressively shoved to lower page rankings to accommodate the paid ads.

I cannot rely on Mr G anymore to get RnS' content where it is needed. So I am busy moving RnS to Wordpress where you can find me as Whisker Flowers @

I am also imposing 301 redirects from already moved posts and pages!

- The Shroom - (AKA Whisker Flowers)

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Post & Page Moves for February 2018 to Whisker Flowers

The following pages and posts are moving to Whisker Flowers:

 My New Blog

Click Here to go to My New Blog!

Once published on Wordpress (dates below), all posts and pages will be automatically 301 redirected to Whisker Flowers!

  1. Basil Herb of the Month (3rd)
  2. Garden Helpers - Small Critters, Big Helpers (7th)
  3. South African Chicken Breeds (Sistas In Da Coop) (10th)
  4. Lunar Gardening Revisited & Biodynamics (14th)
  5. Carrot Vegetable of the Month (17th)
  6. DIY Bird Deterrents (Parts 1 & 2 combined) (21st)
  7. Amphibians Critter of the Month (24th)
  8. Pesticide Resistance - Mechanisms & Biology (28th)

Already at Whisker Flowers & 301 redirected from Roots 'n' Shoots:

Jan 2018

  1. Eggplant Fruit of the Month
  2. Eggplant Rust Disease of the Month
  3. Tamarillo or Tree Tomato Fruit of the Month
  4. General Gardening Principles, All Plants, All Seasons
  5. Grey & Rain Water Collection and Storage
  6. Womery, Vermicompost, Earthworm Compost
  7. Green Manures, Green Forage
  8. Praying Mantis Biocontrol of the Month
  9. Tomato Fruit of the Month

Dec 2017

  1. Reasons for Keeping Chickens
  2. Propagation Alternatives to Rooting Hormones, i.e, Honey
  3. Fruit Fly Pest of the Month 
  4. Soil Care & Maintenance 
  5. Instant Compost 
  6. South African Climate and Hardiness Zones 
  7. Composting basics 
  8. Lunar Gardening Principles 
  9. Fig Fruit of the Month 

Nov 2017
  1. About - page
  2. Support - page
  3. Edibles 
  4. Pest Control 
  5. Radish
  6. Sustainable Vegetable Growing part 1 
  7. Ladybug 
  8. Solar Power South Africa part 1 
  9. Raspberry 
  10. Wild Mushrooms 

Please join me at my new blog on Wordpress @!

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Christmas Present: New Blog @ Whisker Flowers

Prince Charming Perhaps?
I am very pleased with the decision to move Roots 'n' Shoots to Whisker Flowers over @ Wordpress!

So far I have moved all my posts there (it is in the draft side). Before I post them (currently at 2 times per week) I read through them, give them a clean-out, an update and add some new pictures. I am especially spoilt for pictures these days, as many of my posts back in 2011 had my own photos and some of them aren't that great - but with all the free and PD photo websites available lately, there are tons of photos for me to choose from to spruce up a lot of the older posts! See, Mr Prince Charming above for example, isn't that a cool photo? (One that would not have been public domain/free back in 2011 when I started this blog!!!)

Best Blog Christmas Gift I'd say! 🎄

Ta-ta For Now 🐈

The Shroom Whisker Flowers 😸

Come join me @ Whisker Flowers & take a trip down memory lane as I update & post all my articles there!

Friday, 1 December 2017

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Post and Page moves for November to Whisker Flowers

The following pages and posts are moving to Whisker Flowers:

 My New Blog

Click Here to go to My New Blog!

Once published on Wordpress (dates below), all posts and pages will be automatically 301 redirected to Whisker Flowers!

  1. About - page (already moved & 301 redirected!)
  2. Support - page (already moved & 301 redirected!)
  3. Edibles  - page (ONLY AVAILABLE on the 4th of November)
  4. Pest Control - page (...8th)
  5. Radish - post (...11th)
  6. Sustainable Vegetable Growing part1 - post (...15th)
  7. Ladybug - post (...18th)
  8. Solar Power South Africa part 1 - post (...22th)
  9. Raspberry - post (...25th)
  10. Wild Mushrooms - post (...29th)

Please join me at my new blog on Wordpress @!

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