By Kathy / @nativegardener
Like a lot of gardeners, I was looking for conversation with other plant lovers, people who understood my passion for growing things. On Twitter, I happened on #gardenchat, a meeting place for gardeners across the country. At first I thought: "How can I get anything out of a conversation with gardeners who live in different places, with different soils weather?" But I thought, "Hey it's on Monday night. I can give it a try."
I immediately found a very interesting thing: Gardeners, people who love growing plants, have more in common than they don't. We all have a love for the soil, for seeing things growin', for sunshine on our faces, and for sharing cuttings or vegetables from a good harvest. There is so much to talk about! And you can keep in touch with new friends via social media throughout the week, as you like.
I also found there is a connection between gardeners and foodies.. real food people who love to grow their own vegetables and herbs. They are into organic growing methods, farmers markets, preserves, seed keeping and community/schoolyard gardens.
Then, that extends out to people interested in so many other things: garden design, container gardens, urban gardens, rooftop gardens, garden photography, rose gardens, wildflowers, trees, bees & butterflies, garden design for therapeutic landscapes, native plants, gardening for wildlife, and native gardening with the whole ecosystem in mind.
Where can you put it all together, but on #gardenchat! Thanks, #gardenchat, for all the new friends and new conversations.
Some of the many voices in the #gardenchat conversations:
@Tee Riddle, vegetable growing@CitySlipper, rural living, gardener, writer
@LifeontheBalcony, container gardening
@GreenSoil, organic amendments
@TinkHanson, garden photography
@RedneckRosarian, rose gardens
@HelenYoest, moss, garden coach
@SeasonalWisdom, grocery gardening & more
@vagablonde515, organic foodie
@cowlickcottage, organic gardener & foodie
@Stark_Bros, grower of fruit trees
@GGWTV, garden TV
@TheYarden, community vegetable gardens
@backyardwisdom, nature & gardening
@4bratz2luv, vegetable gardening & foodie
@SusanHeneman, enabled gardening
@Robbornstein, therapeutic gardening
@arborandvine, online gardening store
Connect with Kathy and her growing blog at Native Gardener