Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Internet Brings Gardeners Around the World Together

Has cabin fever set in? It’s March and the ground is still covered with snow, and hostas won’t be poking their noses out of the ground for at least another month here in Wisconsin. Sure, you can start some hosta seeds indoors, but how about filling some of that void by talking to other gardeners around world? Spring doesn’t seem so far away when you can live vicariously through gardeners who already have plants in bloom in their gardens. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, here are a few places on the internet to start:

iVillage’s Gardenweb Forum: This is a great website for a beginner. You can join and read what everyone is posting, and if nervous about posting you can just “lurk” in the background. This forum is divided into many different categories, including a hosta forum, which is located at http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/hosta.

Wanna talk hosta? Another forum where you can talk hostas as much or as little as you want to is the Hallson’s Garden forum, which is located at http://www.perennialnursery.com/forums/index.php.

An awesome way to connect with gardeners is through the website Twitter (http:///www.twitter.com). Twitter is not as easy as the forums to get used to, but once you figure out how to use it, you will be rewarded with all kinds of gardening friends. If you join twitter remember to follow me (@hostageek) and check out this website to search for other gardeners to follow (http://listorious.com/).

Finally, another way to connect with gardeners online is through Facebook. Many gardening companies and bloggers now have fan websites (like me, check out http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheesehead-Gardening). If you are on Facebook, remember to look up and join the American Hosta Society fan page.

So what are you waiting for? Get on out there in the cyber world and make some new gardening friends! Remember, no matter what it looks like outside right now, spring really is right around the corner.

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