Posted on February 26, 2010 by therunninggarlic
Encouraging! Even though we still have quite a bit of snow on the ground signs of spring are starting to appear!
The sun is shining brightly outside and I received my Nasturtium “Spitfire” seeds from Renee’s Garden yesterday in the mail. These are the seeds I am planting and posting about each month for the Grow project along with many other garden bloggers. It will be very interesting to compare notes with everyone from all over the country!
I have been a fan of Renee’s Garden for some time now. It started the year I received the kitchen garden cookbooks as a birthday gift (from my cousin Renee ironically) along with a beautiful selection of seeds that I planted that year. Seeds, gardening books, cookbooks are absolutely fantastic gifts for the gardening person …… they will love you forever!
“I’m growing Nasturtium “Spitfire” for the GROW project, thanks to ReneesGarden.com for the seeds.”
I have also secured my ticket to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show this year and I am totally excited! The schedule of events and vendors looks fantastic and of course, I will share all my photos here. The ideas that can be developed from the displays is truly remarkable and I definitely need some sound ideas for our place down south….much, much landscaping and gardening and planting to be done!
Going through all my records and charts I am starting to put together for this growing season, I decided I would like to create a nice Garden Journal and once again this may be something I make for The Great Garden Giveaway gift also! I will be going to the local Joann’s craft store tomorrow to watch several demos on the Cricut machine (a scrapbooking marvel) and will decide if I want to invest in one. I have been researching on the Cricut message boards and there is alot of information and members there. If I do purchase I may have a pre-giveaway giveaway to celebrate …..Stay tuned!!!
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Posted on February 14, 2010 by therunninggarlic
Do you have the desire to grow a garden? Has the thought of growing your own food become more than just a mere interest? Is gardening definitely something that is on your “to do” list this year?
If you are new to gardening or haven’t gardened in several years and look to the internet for information and quickly become overwhelmed with all the facts, figures and knowledge, don’t despair. Gardening can be simple and very rewarding. There are many talented gardeners out there sharing their methods and their methods do work. Take your time in discovering what works for you and your area and don’t be discouraged if certain plants don’t flourish or the local animals devour everything before you get a chance. Gardening is a never ending learning experience and when something fails there is usually several miracles that thrive which you never expected. These constant garden surprises give us encouragement and something to share with fellow gardeners through our pictures and our stories.
Creating a garden blog is a great tool for the new gardener, as well as, the seasoned gardener. Here you can document what you are doing through words and photos and recall what worked and what didn’t work each season. Others can learn from your experiences and share advice with a few easy comments. You can follow the progress of your own garden along with many others. A little over a month ago I submitted my garden blog to Blotanical and found immediate fellowship and many welcoming words from gardeners all over the world. I have discovered some great garden blogs and have only just begun…there are many more to journey through.
A community of gardeners is a sharing caring group that really doesn’t compete with each other, instead they offer assistance and a common bond of connection. Everyone is striving to do their best – for themselves, their families, friends and the world.
The Great Garden Giveaway is an online event that I am working on to connect gardeners and may be yet another avenue to reach others for sharing and encouragement. You can read more about the event by following the above link and spreading the word to all your gardening acquaintances or those considering a garden of their own. There is time for the new gardeners to start a garden blog now. Start by selecting seeds, creating a planting timetable and engaging with fellow gardeners. I have also posted a letter at the GGG that anyone can copy and paste and share in order to spread the word about the event. If you know someone thinking about starting a garden this may be the encouragement they are looking for.
Start small … become involved … and remember to Enjoy and have Fun!
“Plant Seeds of Friendship and your Garden will Grow”
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Posted on February 2, 2010 by therunninggarlic
I have worked out most of the details for The Great Garden Giveaway which is set to take place in a little over 2 months from now. This will allow us time to tell all our garden friends, family and co-workers. It will also give us time to decide on the gift we plan to give away! Running the event for 2 weeks ending on Earth Day (when we will announce our winner) works well since once the gardening season is in full swing most of us will be outdoors digging in the dirt!
Make sure to check out the details and the About page and send a tweet if you use Twitter announcing the event. There is a subscribe box you can sign up to receive updates when a new post is added to the blog so make sure to do that. If anyone has suggestions, don’t hesitate to share them with me.
I have also signed up to participate in another fun project sponsored by Renee’s Garden. Project GROW is a communal seed project for garden bloggers across the US. We will receive Nasturtium “Spitfire” seeds from Renee’s to plant and we report monthly on our blogs on the growing progress. Check out the link GROW if you are interested and make sure to watch my blog here to see my Nasturtium flower seeds grow!
One more fun garden activity …. One Seed Chicago which is another neat project. This one is limited to folks in the Chicagoland area and we can vote on our favorite seed between 3 choices….Bee balm, Nodding Onion and Purple Coneflower. Once the votes are tallied and the winner determined, all the participants will receive the winning seed to plant in their gardens!
Now if the snow would stop falling and the temperature turn upward to about 70 degrees I would be one happy gardener!!!
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