Spring Showers Bring May Flowers in These 5 Top Gardening Blogs
I think most people are either on one side of the fence or the other when it comes to gardening. Maybe you had one or both parents or other close family who were religiously in the garden and love it for that reason. Maybe you like the idea of gardening but no one you’ve ever known has been responsible for outdoor vegetation, and you feel like your first step would be purchasing a book titled “Gardening for Dummies.” No matter your reasoning, if you have an inkling to get down and dirty, so to speak, and try your hand at gardening for some added curb appeal, a pleasant and productive way to kill time, or even to create a more self-sustaining lifestyle by growing food instead of purchasing it, there are plenty of online resources to help get you started even if it's from the ground up. Consider yourself an advanced green thumb or have a long tenure in gardening? The following is still worth your time due to the constant flow of new and groundbreaking ideas and techniques to explore for your home. And why not continue to grow your knowledge?
All puns intended.
Now get digging!
At Home – A Blog by Joanna Gains
This first blog will likely be the most recognizable to the public with Joanna Gaines, star of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, as the author. If you’ve ever watched the show, you know Joanna loves to incorporate greenery into home makeovers wherever she can. Beyond that she is a green thumb hobbyist and in the gardening section of her blog, writes about any and everything garden. What’s unique about this blog is it is as much informational as it is story telling. She often expresses why gardening is a revered part of her life, and even if you don’t touch a trowel for the rest of yours, that is a joy to read.
Balcony Garden Web
Even if you live in the city, gardening can still be a part of your life and that’s where this next blog can help. Balcony Garden Web is a multi-faceted blog with a keen emphasis on urban planters. Don’t get me wrong this blog is thorough enough that it definitely goes beyond your balcony with post after post on garden education, creative DIY solutions, and basically every gardening how and why you can think of. If you're not sure where to start, this might be it.
Need an inspirational push to get you going? Garden Therapy is a blog by Stephanie Rose who overcame a debilitating illness by healing mentally and physically in the garden and has devoted her career to inspire others through this passion. There is a ton of good stuff on this blog with categories beyond (but still related to) the garden such as crafts, recipes, galleries and the girl has even written books! A true testament that you can do anything you set your mind to, including going from plant murderer to plant nurturer.
Gardening Gone Wild
Time to push up your sleeves people. Gardeners in this blog know all the dirt. What I mean by that is, Gardening Gone Wild is written by “a passionate and eclectic group of gardening professionals: authors photographers, journalists, broadcasters, designers, teachers, speakers, and artists.” So basically, people who have chosen gardening as a profession and practice it through a number of various outlets and then let us in on the secrets and stories. Calling all unashamed geeks – there’s a lot to unearth here.
A spin off the term “fashionista,” the blog Gardenista is all about fashion in the form of foliage. It is a cutting edge source of ultra modern tips & tricks to help get you going or keep you running with design in mind. It takes horticulture a step further by offering down-to-earth material on how an everyday joe-shmoe like you and I can formulate, grow and maintain envy worthy outdoor spaces, no matter where you live. Because who says your garden can’t be stylish too.
Like I said, these are just a few to get you going. If they don’t fit your fancy do your own research and find a gardening blog you really connect with. It’s often hard to get started when you only have yourself to hold you accountable, but these blogs prove of all the things to keep you from gardening, going it alone is not one of them.