Thursday, April 20, 2006

Why I love garden blogs

I've been asking myself lately, "Why do I garden blog? Why do other gardeners blog?" and I have come to the conclusion that we do it primarily because we've been given the opportunity to show what magazines and newspapers don't-- real gardens. I read a lot of garden blogs and see more popping up every day and what keeps me coming back are the daily triumphs and tribulations of people doing their own gardening. I have learned so much from other garden bloggers and the more I read, the more excited I become about gardening (if that's even possible).

I often have the uncomfortable suspicion that gardens celebrated in magazines, on TV and to a lesser extent in newspapers are not maintained by the people who own them. There's just something missing. There's a unique joy in personal garden blogs you don't see anywhere else, not to mention the fact that blogging beats all news media in terms of freshness.

Your first rose of the season is blooming this morning? Blog it in real time. Snails are eating your prized dahia? Blog it in real time. We share your pain and we might even be able to pass on a snail-proofing tip you can implement mere minutes after you discover the little buggers munching away. You just made your first salad from greens and edible flowers you grew yourself? Blog it and thanks for the vicarious thrill. Salad for two, but enjoyed by hundreds and immortalized forever on the web.

Garden blogs are welcoming. They're a way of saying, "Howdy, neighbor! Come have a peek over my fence and see what we're growing here." They're a way of sharing your love of gardening with "neighbors" all over the world who also happen to be avid gardeners. Not all neighbors are. Most of mine cut a monthly check to landscapers, so I rarely have an invitation... or reason... to peek over their fences. Garden blogs help gardeners connect. I suspect most of us have more dirt in our keyboards than your average blogger. I suspect most of us have more plant tags on our desks than your average blogger.

I also garden blog to help me remember what I planted, when I planted it, and what it looked like in bloom. Even more exciting, I can show you what it looked like when it was ready to eat! I'm growin' my own dang food here... you've got to see this! This is my public blog, but it's also my personal diary. And because there's so much going on locally in the way of gardening events, it's hard not to want to make note, and as long as you're making note, you might as well share with other gardeners... of all thumb colors.

I still can't get over the fact that Blogger hosts my blog for free and allows me to upload as many photos as I want. Thank you, Blogger. Blog on, gardeners!

5 comments:

  1. I couldn't have said it better myself. I think I like blogging about gardening as much as I like the gardening itself. It really is a virtual neighborhood and ALL your neighbors are avid gardeners! Mecca!

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  2. Yes, there is a general hunger for the shared experience. Reading blogs is so addictive, and following the links from one garden blog to the next produces some kind of pattern or design on gardening in America.

    Also, it probably is helpful to realize that we are normal, not crazy when following our muse, since we can see other gardeners all over the world going overboard, too!

    Annie in Austin/Glinda from the DivasoftheDirt
    (Sorry, it's not a blog, just a garden website about gardening with your friends)

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  3. I like reading the different garden blogs since it gives me an insight into the gardening public, who are our customers. Garden Magazines are nice to read and look at, but rarely do they give an insight into what “regular” gardeners are thinking. In the garden center trade this info is invaluable. Blogs allow you, any time day or night, to reach people from all over the globe. I get a kick out of comments from people in Australia, or Indiana concerning something I wrote about in my blog. What a great tool for bringing people together who share a common interest.

    I write a blog for our garden center as it allows me to communicate ideas and information whenever the thought occurs. It helps to create a bond with my customer’s, with the free exchange of ideas.

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  4. I totally agree. I never thought that my blog would be as useful for me - but already I am looking back for sowing dates etc.

    I also read a wide range of garden blogs and really enjoy their successes (and failures).

    I am trying to add as many new links to my list of garden/allotment blogs, so please contact me if you read this and want to be added.

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  5. You put your trowel right on the spot, Angela. Blogging is a great way to build community with a diverse and interesting group of folks.

    I am lucky to have a friends nearby who share the gardening bug, so I can see their gardens, but I learn so much from reading about other's gardens all over the country. I no longer have to wonder what is is like to garden in zone 8, I can read all about it!

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