It was six years ago when I hit “publish” for the first time on WesternGardeners.com. It was a big moment then because there weren’t many gardening blogs around and certainly not many focused on gardening in such a challenging climate.
A lot has happened with my garden writing since then. Is it too much of a painful pun to say things have really grown around here?
Last year was one of the busiest for me, and it showed in the limited number of posts I wrote here.
But I had some good reasons:
Wrote another gardening book. Storey Publishing says Blue-Ribbon Vegetable Gardening will be ready for gardeners at the beginning of next year. I worked many long hours to write a book on how to grow perfect produce, and it was perfect fun to travel to the Alaska State Fair to watch the giant cabbage weighoff and get pictures for the book
Presented plenty of gardening programs. Besides giving gardening talks locally, I traveled to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show to present my Edible Spaces in Small Places program. It was also nice to be part of a special water conservation series of talks in Sheridan, Wyoming.
Filmed a Craftsy video. Right after I finished the Blue-Ribbon manuscript, Craftsy contacted me about shooting a gardening video. Preparing and shooting Vegetable Gardening: Innovation Small-Space Solutions was a lot of work, but it’s been a rewarding experience. Almost 1000 gardeners have taken the online class, and gardening hasn’t even started in my neck of the woods. I’ve heard from gardeners from Albuquerque to Argentina all interested in growing vegetable gardens in small spaces.
Completed a second edition. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the publisher of The Colorado Gardener’s Companion wanted to publish a second edition. I’m happy to say, the new edition is already available on Amazon for preordering! This second edition includes updated information and resources, new profiles of regional gardens and gardeners, and many more gardening tips for both flower and vegetable gardens. It’s also wrapped up in a photo cover featuring my garden.
Besides these big projects, I wrote regularly for three other blogs: Fine Gardening magazine’s VegetableGardener.com, the Mountain Region gardening blog for Lowe’s, plus a weekly blog for Nick’s Garden Center, an independent garden center in Aurora. Thanks to generous gardeners, the Plant a Row for the Hungry program continued to help food pantries stock their shelves with fresh produce.
I also managed to get a little gardening done in the meantime.
What does this all mean for gardeners in the West? That I have a ton of new information to share with you!
My mission has always been to help gardeners of all skill levels get more from their gardening experience. As I celebrate the sixth anniversary of my blog, I want to continue offering the best tips, advice and resources for growing great gardens in a difficult climate.
Please stay tuned for more good things to happen in 2015, especially around the annual Weird Veggie contest. Bonnie Plants is sponsoring this year’s contest, so you know there will be some great promotions and prizes.
Here’s to a great gardening year!