More Garden Blogs

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Someone once called me “the patron saint of garden bloggers.” That seems to overstate the case, but I am very interested in seeing garden blogs succeed. I live a somewhat isolated life, and garden blogs help fill the void left by not having a regular source of garden chitchat in my life. Nevertheless, I have been remiss. I came across several garden blogs this spring that I failed to bring to your attention. A recent request to be added to my list spurred me to catch you up, so here goes:

Al Pasternak has recently started a blog chronicling his adventures in guerrilla gardening in a weblog called urbanwild’s journal. He says, “My mission is to populate public unused spaces in Vancouver with edible plants – and show others how to do the same – using the wildflowers as a camouflage to hide what treasure is underneath. If the food IS the beautiful flower, that is even better.”

Cold climate gardeners will be particularly interested in Tamara Hunt’s Alaskan Garden Journal.

Rebekah Castleberry chronicles her California vegetable garden in Rebekah’s Garden Journal.

an eclectic garden is the the title of an anonymous southern Oregon gardener’s blog. It hasn’t been updated since May, so maybe this one isn’t going to last.

Kitty Joyce keeps you up-to-date on her Chicago garden exploits in KJ Gardens.

cybertoad is yet another Texas garden blog. I’m envious of you Texans. I wish there were more upstate NY garden blogs. Cybertoad is the first garden blog that I know of to use WordPress, which is a recently developed alternative to Movable Type.

Diary of a Plain Dirt Gardener was started by Paul Krantz, executive editor of Better Homes and Gardens Online and Midwest Living Online, but it hasn’t been updated since March 6th. I once read an article that gave statistics on how many blogs were started and then abandoned. The number was phenomenal. As all bloggers know, blogging takes time out of your day, time that could be (and maybe should be) used for something else. I don’t blame anyone for dropping out, but I miss the gardeners when they’re gone.

And for all you rose lovers out there, there’s RoseDude. I guess there is more than one, because Leon distinguishes himself as the L.A. RoseDude. I wonder who the other one is?

If I were really zealous, I would systematically go to each garden blog’s site and look over their links sidebars for garden blogs I don’t know about. I’m going to take the lazy way out and ask anyone who reads this to let me know of any I have missed. There sure are getting to be a lot of them. Check out my Bloglines account to see if there’s any you don’t know about. Of course, that only shows the ones that offer either an RSS feed or an atom feed, since Bloglines is a web-based feed reader. I’ve also got an older list here, which can be accessed at any time by clicking “Links and Other Resources” on the sidebar, or “Links” up at the top. It hasn’t been updated in a while (all right, quite a while), but it’s the older blogs that tend not to have feeds. Hopefully you’ll make a new friend in the online world of gardeners.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Sally July 29, 2004, 1:32 pm

Thanks for mentioning my blog (an eclectic garden). I really appreciate reading other gardener’s experiences and sharing my own. I am back and publishing again after a long absence.

Sally…the anonymous gardener in southern Oregon