Now imagine if you could compare your plant to theirs. Imagine knowing that they did something different and produced a better crop or maybe you had the better one. Wouldn't it be a good thing to know how they cared for their plants if they had a way which lead to healthier or more productive plants? I would think being able to share these ideas with other gardeners would be a great way to perhaps learn a thing or two and have fun in the process.
In a way, this is exactly what horticultural societies do. It's a way for you to compare and share growing methods with fellow gardeners in your region. One of them may grow a living wall of lettuce so that they produce more in the same amount of space you use to grow half as much. Or perhaps they use a different watering method that is cheap and effective. This is the kind of exchange which I am hoping to promote with a new project I'm dubbing Garden Connect.
It will be a horticultural society of sorts but instead of being limited to conversation with only gardeners in your area, it will be a worldwide project. To date I've received support from garden bloggers spanning four different countries and I am approaching many more and asking them to get involved. Together we will create a garden plan which we will implement in our yards to compare and share growing methods. We will write about our plots throughout the growing season commenting on everything from what we make with our harvest to what was grown in the area years before. Of course, we will be sure to extend the conversation beyond our blogs and will compare in our posts what we may be doing differently than some of the other members.
The best part is, we want you to join too. Check back often so that you don't miss our theme announcement for 2014 . This way, when we have decided what plants we will grow next year, you will know what plants to look out for so that you too can compare your garden with the rest of the world. We have kept the garden small (6 by 2 feet) so that almost anyone can join but if you still don't have enough room then you can just plant any of the plants you want to grow. Whenever we post about our gardens. Stop by our blogs and comment about your own or write a post on your own blog and link to it below. Of course, we will always continue the conversation on our social media sites and we would love for you to join in the conversations there.
We announce the theme for 2014 on January 1st so be sure to stop by or sign up to my newsletter so that you hear the news!! This is going to be lots of fun and we all may learn a thing or two!! For more information, be sure to check out the Garden Connect FAQ page here or send me a message via this contact form with any additional questions you may have.
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