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  • Collateral Damage July 31, 2014
    Things have to eat to survive. When plants are eaten, they don’t always look as good as before they were eaten. Think of a head of leaf lettuce growing in your garden. It is so beautiful there – wavy leaf margins and a blush of burgundy at the tips – until you lop it off […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • Just in Time for National Moth Week July 25, 2014
    The third annual National Moth Week is winding down.  This year it started last Saturday July 19 and runs through this coming Sunday, July 27, 2014.  The inaugural celebration was back in 2012 and I highlighted some of my favorite moths at the time in my weekly article. Moths serve as food for reptiles, birds […] We love hearing from you! Please click here t […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Buckwheat and the El Segundo Blue Butterfly July 24, 2014
    Nothing warms my heart quite like hearing the happy news that butterflies are flourishing~ somewhere.  Rarely do we get good news about our winged friends lately.  But this story is one of hope and promise! The El Segundo Blue (Euphilotes battoides allyni) is a pretty light blue butterfly that is found nowhere but in So […] We love hearing from you! Please c […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • The Wildlife Nursery July 22, 2014
      Gardening often provides the closest encounters we ever have with wild creatures.  It is a solace and a distraction in bad times, and a shared joy in good ones.  ~Ursula Buchan     When you establish a wildlife garden, you need to be aware that at some point in the spring, summer or fall you will […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all t […]
    Donna Donabella
  • The Good in Grapevines July 18, 2014
    I am sometimes dismayed by the rapid growth of my Muscadine grapevines (Vitis rotundifolia).  Then I spot a bird picking through them and I relax and am glad that I procrastinated on cutting back. Heck, this southeastern native vine can be cut back at any time. This past week I watched the cardinals dancing in […] We love hearing from you! Please click here […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • A Monarch Waystation in a Mall’s Landscaping July 17, 2014
    At the Healthy Living Market, which occupies the old JC Penny’s space in the Wilton Mall of Saratoga Springs, NY, there is a new Monarch Waystation site. I had the privilege of doing a landscape renovation to the surrounding island beds and sidewalk gardens this spring. We included many native perennials, and cumulatively the site […] We love hearing from yo […]
    Jesse Elwert
  • Smooth Sumac July 15, 2014
      Just a couple weeks ago, some of the bushes along my woodland edges were abuzz with pollinator activity. The flowers of Smooth Sumac, Rhus glabra, were the magnet.   Butterflies, including this Red-banded Hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops, were part of the crowd.   Honey Bees, gathering nectar, to help some bee keeper with his honey supply were also attracted. […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Sweet as honeyvine July 14, 2014
    This “weed” is a host plant Honeyvine milkweed (Cynanchum laeve) is a vigorous, perennial trailing vine that is native to our eastern and central states.  Some people consider it to be a nuisance “weed”, but I call it Monarch caterpillar food. Hardy hearts I like the honeyvine’s heart-shaped leaves and the fact that I never […] We love hearing from you! Plea […]
    Judy Burris
  • Yellow and Blue make Beauty in the Garden July 11, 2014
    When I see the bright yellow flowers of the Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista* fasciculata) I tend to think of Sulphur butterflies because it is a larval host for several members of the Sulphur butterfly family. The other day I was out enjoying the diversity of insect activity on the Partridge Pea plants back in my pond […] We love hearing from you! Please click h […]
    Loret T. Setters

#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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