This site is owned and operated by John Thomas, the backyard garden geek. This page is designed to inform visitors what this website’s policies are when it comes to the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information.

I know most people would much rather read something other than a Privacy Policy, but I want to make sure you’re aware of our policies, terms, and conditions.

Please pardon the legalese.

Your Information: How We Collect and Use It

If you choose to use our service, then you agree to the collection and use of information in relation with this policy. The personal information that we collect is used to enhance your experience on this website and provide the best service possible.

The terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy.

For the best experience while using this website, we may ask you to occasionally provide certain personally identifiable information, including (but not limited to) your name, phone number, and address. The information that we collect will be used to contact or identify you but never shared with anyone else except as described in this Privacy Policy.

Like practically all websites, this site collects information that your browser sends to us, what is commonly referred to as Log Data. This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser version, webpages that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, and other statistics.

Google Analytics: We use the Google Analytics tool to track site usage, understand how often and for how long users visit our site, look at what blog posts generate more interest among users, and understand how our site is performing overall. We do this in order to provide the best experience possible for our visitors and to ensure that we’re writing the kinds of helpful content that people want to read. The information we gather from Google Analytics is shared anonymously, at times, with third-party companies that we partner with to better understand our visitors’ interests and use of the site. If you’d like to learn more about Google Analytics, check out this education and training collection or read their Terms of Service.

Cookies: We rely on the collection of “cookies” to ensure a seamless user experience. Cookies are files with small amounts of data that are commonly used as an anonymous unique identifier. These cookies are sent to your browser from the websites you visit and are stored on your computer’s hard drive, and we use cookies to collect information and to improve our service. If you’d like to learn more about how cookies work across the internet, check out these articles:

And if all this talk of cookies has made you hungry for, you know, actual cookies (and not the boring bits of data), then you should take a moment to:

[Trust me: Reading privacy policies is always better if you’ve got some cookies on hand!]

You have the option to refuse or delete cookies and to know when a cookie is being sent to your computer. Just know that if you choose to refuse cookies, you might not be able to benefit from the full functionality of this website (and many others). If you’d like to read more about what happens if you accept or refuse cookies, check out this article by Norton.

Of course, you can delete cookies from your desktop, laptop, or handheld device at any time. I like to do so every once in a while in order to improve the performance of my computing or cellular devices. But please be warned that doing so might sign you out of certain services or delete preferences that you’ve saved on various websites over time.

Here are instructions for how to delete cookies on a variety of browsers:

Third-Party Service Providers: Like most business, we may employ third-party companies and individuals to provide services including (but not limited to) the following:

  • to improve the website and enhance the reading experience for our visitors, 
  • to provide a variety of services for both new and returning readers and customers,
  • to perform service-related work on our website and web applications,
  • to assist us in analyzing how our website is being used so that we can create the best possible web experience for our visitors.

Third-party companies may be given access to information we collect but only if they need such access in order to perform a service or complete an assigned task. They are obligated to not disclose any personal information or use it for any other business or commercial purpose.

Advertising: The Backyard Garden Geek website is affiliated with Ezoic for the purpose of placing ads on the site. Ezoic will collect various data for advertising purposes. To learn more about Ezoic’s data usage, please click here: For further information about CCPA requirements, click here.

Your Privacy: How We Protect It

We value your trust in visiting our website and sharing information with us, and we strive to use commercially acceptable means of protecting your data. However, please be aware that no method of transmission over the internet or electronic storage is 100% secure and reliable, and we cannot guarantee such absolute security.

Children’s Privacy: The Backyard Garden Geek (BGG) website is not designed for anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal identifiable information from children under 13. If we learn that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we will immediately delete this information from our servers. If you are a parent or guardian–and you’re aware that your child has provided us with personal information–please contact us at so that we will be able to take all necessary actions to protect your child’s information.

Links to Other Sites: In articles throughout BGG, you’ll find links to other sites. If you click on a ink, you’ll be directed to that site. Note that these external sites are not operated by us. Therefore, we strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of these websites. We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

Embedded Content from Other Sites: Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.) from other websites. Embedded content behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Changes to Privacy Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. Thus, we advise you to review this page periodically for any changes. We will notify visitors of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy to this page. These changes are effective immediately once they are posted.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Privacy Policy, please do not hesitate to contact us at