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  • The Monarchs of Venice, California November 22, 2014
    The morning sun rose over the canals of Venice, California, its soft yellow color reflected in the water, as I stood watching the Monarchs, already up and about.  The pocket park they were visiting was still mostly in shade, so I didn’t expect to see the orange-winged beauties until hours later, when the sun would […] We love hearing from you! Please click h […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • Balance in the Garden: Ichneumon Parasitic Wasp November 21, 2014
    Sometime ago I talked about how some wasps keep a garden in balance by using other arthropods as their larval hosts, laying eggs to hatch and feed off the caterpillars of moths or butterflies or beetle larvae.  It’s Nature’s way of ensuring you don’t get too many of one species.  The food chain in action. […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to se […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Thankful for Nature November 20, 2014
    As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, my list of things to do grows. My mental list of what I am thankful for is in progress as well, and always at the top of that list are the gifts that the natural world has given us. From tiny pollinators to towering oaks, our world would […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • Saying Goodbye to All the Plants in My Front Garden November 19, 2014
    Well, it’s digging day. A day I’ve known was coming since we bought our house 14 years ago. Seems that over 100 years ago when my house was built it was considered a good idea to use clay pipes to carry away the sewage from the houses in this neighborhood. Think about it. You know […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photo […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Teaching native habitats with trout November 17, 2014
    It might seem fishy to set up a 55-gallon fish tank and say you’re going to use to it to teach outdoor education, but so far raising brook trout has been one of the most exciting and engaging projects we’ve taken on at the elementary school where I work. In the local school system, animal […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautif […]
    Stacey Evers
  • Aphids are Good? Wait….WHAT??? November 14, 2014
    Down at my pond recently, I waited patiently for a flower fly to land for a photo op.  I use a point and shoot camera and have yet to find that the sports setting is effective at getting close-up photos of insects so I don’t use it.  I took a random shot or two while […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us k […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Winter Citizen Science Projects November 12, 2014
    Winter is a fabulous time to participate in a wide variety of citizen science projects to help biologists and scientists gather data for conservation planning and further our knowledge of ecosystem health and population abundance of different types of wildlife. I’m working on building a comprehensive list so I’m going to ask for your help […] We love hearing […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • A Heron By Any Other Name Would Be Easier To Identify November 7, 2014
    This is a fun time of year in Florida.  The birds are returning from their summer digs so I get a wide array of visitors.  I glanced out at the pond the other day and eyed a thin white head poking up through the cover of native grasses.  There standing on the tussock in the […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and l […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • A Fall Break From the Gardens November 6, 2014
    This growing season’s been marked by extremes for me, extremes of both joy and loss. I don’t remember ever being as busy in my whole life as in the past six months, and now that it’s November it’s time to slow down. I’m taking a fall break from the gardens this week, I’m headed to […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photo […]
    Jesse Elwert

#GardenChat

#Gardenchat Facelift: New Format

#gardenchat

Mondays, 9 p.m. (ET) – 10:00 p.m.

What do you get when you add one garden topic, one guest host who specializes in that topic, an avid and friendly group of gardeners and Twitter? The answer is #gardenchat, a forum for sharing all things growing as well as a host of other topics that relate to the gardening community. It’s fun, inspiring, informational and fast paced. VERY fast paced…the ideas, answers and questions all flying at Twitter warp-speed which can lead to a bit of confusion and unanswered questions. We can’t have that!

Welcome to the new format for #gardenchat. The format is similar to other chats on Twitter, with questions submitted beforehand and discussed in order that they are answered. Here’s how it will work:

  • Starting Monday and continuing throughout the week, the new #gardenchat topic and guest host will be announced. There will also be a link to a form  where you can submit a question you have about the upcoming topic (you can also click the gardenchat icon on the right sidebar of my blog). Your questions can be entered at any time during the week up until Thursday at 11 p.m. (ET) to allow the guest host time to prepare their answers.

  • Your questions will be given to the guest host who will choose which to answer based on the time allotted. The new format will also allow for a brief live question/answer period as well (see below).
  • #Gardenchat will now be broken up into three sections:
  1. 9 p.m. (ET)- 9:10 will be reserved for greetings and introductions.
  2. 9:10 – 9:45 is reserved for the answers to submitted questions. Each question will have a brief discussion immediately following the answer. (Discussion times will vary according to the number of questions being answered by the guest host.)
  3. 9:45 – 10:00 is reserved for live questions, answers and open discussion.

My hope is that the new format will make it easier to follow the conversation as well as insure as many questions as possible are answered. The last 15 minutes may still be fast-paced… but hey, after all that is part of the fun! Thank you for joining in every week and I look forward to our next #gardenchat!

*A special thank-you to a certain garden friend with a Brown Thumb for all of your help, I truly appreciate it.*

13 comments to #Gardenchat Facelift: New Format

  • This is great! idea Lisa. I wish I could participate more but I live in the Pacific time zone, 9-10 PM EST time slot is usually filled with working late or preparing dinner.

  • This is great…. I love being organized while in the garden. Thank you so much for heading up such a wonderful network about gardening!

    Let me know if there is anything I can help you with dear Lisa – not that you need it because you totally have it going on in the garden shares department.

  • Tom

    I like this idea a lot. It’ll eliminate a lot of retweets and allow for more Q&A, yet still allow some time for the necessary craziness :)

    @SolakNC

  • Lisa Gustavson

    I’m sorry you can’t participate often Melanie, please do remember to check the transcript each week to catch up on what we are discussing. It’s full of great information (and laughs)!

  • Lisa Gustavson

    Bren you are a sweetheart! Thank you! It’s always more fun when we all work together. :-)

  • Lisa Gustavson

    Thanks, I agree. Hopefully we’ll be able to share more information and more questions will get answered. I think the new format will make the transcript a lot easier to read as well.

  • This format sounds like it will make for a greatly enhanced chat – I’m offering two tips from other chats (I’m co-host of Wed note’s #SmallBizChat and participate in several others- I also run @ChatHelp on Twitter – If U DM topic & Guest – I’ll RT it weekly. I’m also pals with @greensoil too)

    Tips: Number the questions & include the Question # in both the Question & the answer for example(Qu1 when & how often should I fertilize my tomatoes? A1 every xyz days/weeks depending on the weather. It helps people follow along – and others in chat may pick it up too.

    Also a GREAT tip I learned from @JylMomIF of #GNO (Girls Night Out) – is to make the questions all capital letters – it really helps them stand out in whatever format you are using o fun your chat.

  • I’m excited about the new format. #gardenchat is already a great source for information, now it will be even better.

  • [...] @GetintheGarden is both garden-blogging guru and co-hostess for a weekly online get-together: #gardenchat.  (Held every Monday night on Twitter, 9P [...]

  • Lisa Gustavson

    Thank you, Cathy, for helping to make our chat a fun and organized way to share information!

  • Lisa Gustavson

    I agree, this new format will make sure the information doesn’t get lost in the fun we’re having! :-)

  • Looks great, Lisa! Should bring more order to the chat, make it easier for folks to follow along, get Qs answered, and easier for the Host/hostess, as well :-)

    Who is our host/hostess this Monday? I love gardenchat!

  • Lisa Gustavson

    Oh thank you, I can’t claim the credit for the idea but I am VERY thankful for the suggestion. I agree, chatting is always fun but I wanted to be sure people were getting answers to their questions as well. Hopefully the new format will do both! New guest hosts and the topics are always posted on my blog now, just click on the gardenchat icon in the right sidebar…and don’t forget you can suggest a topic too!

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