I began reading gardening blogs when my daughter and son-in-law asked for help with their Austin garden. Knowing the best advice would come from local gardeners, I began searching for Austin gardening sites. First I found Pam at Digging - through the next few months I stumbled upon a few other great Austin blogs. Then I found Blotanical! This site has hundreds of garden blog members from all over the world. My favorite feature of Blotanical is the search map - just click on a part of the map and it zooms in and flags the home cities of member garden bloggers. Now I was cookin'! By the time I discovered Blotanical, I was hooked - and set off to find bloggers who garden in similar conditions to mine. (Hot and humid!) I would have never found Meems in her central Florida tropical garden, Hoe & Shovel, without Blotanical. Although I'm not crazy about some of the competitive features of Blotanical, I must admit I log in and check out the current list of posts every day (like I said, I'm hooked).
I find I'm buying fewer gardening magazines these days, but I'm reading more about gardening - all online. I've enjoyed following Vicki's (Playin' Outside) progress installing her rain harvesting tanks. Click here to read her first installment. Just the other day I learned about the "lasagna" method of making a new flowerbed. I've got some really heavy clay and can't wait to try this! So, instead of channel surfing tonight, log onto Blotanical and read some really good stuff!