It’s Red Dirt Ramblings’ two year anniversary, and what a wonderful time I’ve had.
Let’s see what’s different about my garden and life from two years ago.
Because of the blog:
- I take better care of my garden. It’s still messy, or blowzy as I like to think of it, but I’m always considering that next photo opportunity. Therefore, I’m better about cleaning up and garden chores.
- My photos are better than they once were.
- I have an audience to tell about my roses, all ninety-five of them, and counting.
- I’m often asked if I make money blogging. Well, no, not per se, but I write for more print publications than beforehand (and more online ones too).
- When I attended the Garden Writers Symposium this year, more vendors knew me from the blog than anywhere else.
- And, because of writing as the Oklahoma Gardening Examiner, I get more books and gardening things to review. Note: if you review products on your blog, you should be aware that the FTC issued new rules regarding bloggers and product endorsements. Whenever doing a review, I always disclose whether I received a book, compost tumbler or other garden product gratis to review.
- Because I write so often, I am more adventurous trying new techniques in my garden. I’ve built a sidewalk and wrote about it.
- I also learned to ask for help. I hired William to lay irrigation for the gardens and a landscaper for my front garden when it needed large boulders and had me stumped.
- Best of all, I made wonderful friends, so many that I can’t list them all here, but some became “face-to-face” friends, while others remain virtual. Both virtual and those I’ve met in person are so special to me, and if you come to the Garden Bloggers’ Fling in Buffalo next summer, I can meet you in person too.
For upcoming posts, I’m adding a few things that you might be interested in reading:
- I think I’ll build a cold frame. I don’t have one, and I’ve always wanted one. What better excuse for HH than I want to blog about building it?
- I want honeybees. I’ve got a line on some and plan to learn more about them from a local beekeeper. He’s offered before.
- Chickens! Yes, chickens are on their way (well actually, they haven’t yet hatched, but they will arrive next week). I’ve owned chickens before, but blogging and eating lousy eggs made me jump back into chicken farming.
- A greenhouse. Inspired by Brenda Haas building her own and armed with the latest issue of Mother Earth News, I am planning one. Just wait until I tell HH the plans I have for the two of us.
- I’m moving my vegetable garden. It’s too crowded with flowers, so I taking it uphill. I still plan on some flowers like zinnias and sunflowers, but not quite so many. Summer veggies need room to sprawl. Plus, as my mother pointed out, my other garden has become more shady.
Doesn’t that all sound like fun? If I couldn’t share it with you, I probably wouldn’t attempt a lot of it, so thanks.
Now, because it’s my blog’s second birthday, I am giving gifts.
One lucky reader will win The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!, edited by Carleen Madigan, which I reviewed on Examiner.com. I bought this book when I saw it at Barnes & Noble, so it wasn’t a freebie. I was intrigued by the title. I met Carleen at GWA, and she is delightful. The Backyard Homestead is a compendium of Storey Publishing’s great information on farming and animal husbandry, selected to be on the small scale. Not only does it have chickens, but also goats and bees. I don’t plant to get goats anytime soon. Been there, done that. They escaped.
Our next item is Easy Bloom Plant Sensor given to me for you. I haven’t tried it, but the concept is great for a new gardener. You plug the little flower-shaped sensor into the soil for 24 hours where it will record sunlight, temperature, humidity and soil drainage data. Then, you plug it into your computer (I assume you wipe it off first) to retrieve the information. If you win this prize, please let me know how you like it.
Number three is Dramm’s compact pruner in a sunny yellow easy to locate in the garden. These look great, and other products I’ve bought from Dramm, like my purple watering wand, were well built, but again, I’ve never used these. These were given to me for you at GWA.
Now, in order to win these gifts, please comment below and tell me which one you’d like and how you’d use it. Within each group, I’ll go to the random number generator and let them pick the winners which I’ll announce next week. Closing time for the contest is 12:00 a.m. on Monday, June 12, 2009.
Thanks for reading my blog for the last two years. I so appreciate it. Happy fall and garden blessings to you all.