Are you social media savvy? Green-fingered? Or perhaps (like me!) not particularly green-fingered, but enthusiastic to grow your own?
You might be interested to hear that Sidekick Studios have recently created Greenterest (it’s working title) – a prototype social media platform for amateur gardeners.
The idea is to “connect amateur but enthusiastic urban gardeners with others, to learn and share in a specially-designed social network“, says Katie, one part of Sidekick Studios, ” Greenterest is made for people who already Instagram their growing efforts but aren’t sure where to turn to when they get stuck“.
Greenterest has a variety of functions:
- You can create your own ‘plot’, a virtual space where you can upload snapshots of your garden/allotment; tell people about your space (whether it’s a windowbox of a few herbs, or acres of manicured gardens); tag your plants and connect with others.
- You can plan your future plot. If you like someone’s else’s photo, it gets added to your ‘trug’ – a stored collection of inspiration for your own garden, sortable by label.
- Explore labels of different flowers, vegetables, soil types, growing conditions, etc, to find gardens similar to yours ; share advice and tips; and plan what will work in your plot.
This gardening based social network sounds really exciting, and really useful for garden or allotment planning and for some gardening inspiration. At the moment, as it’s still a prototype, it contains just the bare minimum of functionality – you can join, upload photos and discover others. However Katie says they have lots of ideas for other features that would make this a must-visit site for amateur gardeners. The plan is that eventually you’ll be able to follow others and see their updates on your homepage, you can tag and follow certain plants or types of plant (veg, herbs flowers), there will be forums for questions and advice, and possibly even a marketplace to trade seeds and cuttings.
For me, I would love this to be fully developed as with my garden I always start out with such good intentions, but then I often fall at the first or second hurdle. Last year it was slugs – they ate everything, and I mean everything. I tried coffee grounds and egg shells then ran out of ideas/will to beat them. This year, however, we have renewed vigour to get things going to recreate the success we had in 2010, where we grew a bumper crop of giant courgettes and carrots! I think something like Greenterest would help keep up your enthusiasm – the social aspect of it would certainly encourage you to keep going, and being able to connect and talk to other gardeners and swap hints and tips would be really handy.
Update 02/06/14: sadly I’ve heard that Greenterest was shelved by it’s creators, which is such a shame!