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  • National Invasive Species Awareness February 27, 2015
    It is National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2015.  Somehow the memo that came to my neck of the woods didn’t highlight the “AWARENESS” keyword in the promotional name.  As a result, it seems the invasive species around here thought it was an invitation to move in and celebrate…like Mardi Gras.  HARUMMPH!!!! Early in the week […] We love hearing from you! […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Invasives and Nuance February 26, 2015
    Invasives and Nuance I’ve had a long and complicated relationship with Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), and we finally broke up for good this year. The opening photo shows C. perfoliatum’s cousin, Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum). It’s Invasive Species Awareness Week, so I thought maybe it’s a good time to be open about my experience of […] We love heari […]
    Jesse Elwert
  • Where Do Spiders Go in Winter February 25, 2015
    Do spiders hibernate in winter? Do spiders come inside your house in winter? Where do spiders go in winter? These are questions I’m frequently asked by our readers and also from audiences at conferences and workshops as I travel to speak about Ecosystem Gardening around the country. So lets take a look at how spiders […] We love hearing from you! Please clic […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers February 24, 2015
    Beautiful patterns, holes in tree bark, looking like a sort of Morse Code, is not the work of Martians leaving us a message, or wood boring insects. These holes are the work of a brightly colored, medium sized woodpecker, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius. The photo, above, is a cluster of holes (called sapwells) that I discovered less […] We […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Dreaming of Spring February 23, 2015
      I think it’s safe to say that those of us who do not live in Florida are sick and tired of shoveling snow this winter. I for one am dreaming of Spring in a big way! So I was looking through some of my photos from years gone by and thought I would share […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us know what you […]
    Judy Burris
  • Monarchs for President’s Day February 22, 2015
    The long President’s Day weekend, 2015 found me camping at a favorite spot in Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains, Leo Carrillo State Beach. This campground at the far north end of Malibu includes its own private beach, a pristine cove on the Pacific Ocean.  To the east of CA’s Route 1 (known also as the […] We love hearing from you! Please click he […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • Bluebirds Staking Claim February 20, 2015
    It’s a brisk day here in Central Florida with record lows hovering around the freezing mark.  The birds are in full flurry, tanking up on the various berries and fruits that are available for winter dining in my native plant garden. I was pleased to see the Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) are back house hunting […] We love hearing from you! Please click he […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Gardening for the Birds in the Desert February 17, 2015
    What do desert birds need? Same as every living thing on earth needs, food, water and a place to live. So after you put in a bird bath for the drinking water what can you do to attract birds to the garden? Bird feeders are one easy answer, but you often see a number of […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us […]
    Jacqueline Soule
  • In the Garden, the Eagle has Landed February 13, 2015
    As I looked up to the sky, the vultures were flying overhead in full force.  I suspect the remains of some dropped prey may have been in the 3-acre lot across the street.  Vultures in my neighborhood are a routine affair. I live within a mile (as the crow flies) of a wildlife management area […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beau […]
    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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