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  • Hackberry January 27, 2015
    Here on Snow Mountain, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I see quite a few hackberry trees, Celtis occidentalis. Most are trees with circumferences of 5 inches or smaller, trees that have not been around long. Their small size may be, in part, because the forest up here is a young forest. Back in the 1950s […] We love hearing from you! Please click he […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Beer and Butterflies, Hops and Commas January 26, 2015
    This is the time of year I think most of us gardening folk are itching to get back out there tending to our plants and critters.  I’ve been taking inventory of my seeds, shopping around for new bee boxes and bird houses and mentally designing new flower beds.  Since my brother and I spend so […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beau […]
    Judy Burris
  • Florida Winter Birds January 23, 2015
    I’ve had two recent avian visitors that for me are a real treat.  You see migrating birds aren’t exclusively a phenomenon of northern climes.  Florida also has migratory visitors, some merely passing through and some that stay a few months but don’t breed here. If you prepare a Florida winter wildlife garden to their liking, […] We love hearing from you! Ple […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • The Undisclosed Location January 22, 2015
    I love January in Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains. Recent rain has brought new life to the drought-stricken soil, and new spring green seedlings are sprouting up everywhere. Trails are still wet one week after our 1-day rainstorm.  After waiting all year for rain, native plants waste no time in asserting themselves. This month, the air […] We lo […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • Dead Wood is Not Dead Weight January 21, 2015
    Dead wood from trees provides abundant habitat for wildlife in your garden. We talk often of the value of native trees in your wildlife garden. Trees provide all manner of ecosystem services, and provide food and shelter for many different kinds of wildlife. In fact, native trees support vastly larger numbers of different species of […] We love hearing from […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Arbor Day? Yes! And It’s All About Florida Trees! January 16, 2015
    Florida weather puts us ahead of the April National Arbor Day planting curve.  The third Friday of January is officially designated as Florida Arbor Day (in Louisiana too!).   Tis our dry season, so I suppose we plant now to get the roots reaching deep for water before rainy season hits and makes it easy.  This […] We love hearing from you! Please click here […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Can I Make a Difference? January 15, 2015
    How many of you ponder this question? You’re living in a house with a small yard in an urban area. After you plant your tomato and pepper plants, there just isn’t much room left. You hung up a bird feeder – could you do more, you wonder? You hear about the problems with the bees […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • Resources for Planning Your Wildlife Garden January 14, 2015
    It’s the Dreaming Season–winter is upon us, and for most of us snow and cold are keeping us inside where it’s warm and cozy, and not outside working in our wildlife gardens. This is the perfect time to plan, and dream about, the steps we will take in our gardens in the coming spring to […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Start your rain barrels now January 12, 2015
    This is Old Man Winter’s time, which at a school can translate into a lot of indoor recess time and little to no garden time. Here’s a winter project to keep students’ minds on the gardens and focus their energy when they can’t get outside: Painting rain barrels. We have two rain barrels at Belvedere. Although we don’t use […] We love hearing from you! Pleas […]
    Stacey Evers

#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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