greenterest

Greenterest – A Gardening Based Social Network

greenterest

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“.

gardening social network

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.

social network for gardeners

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!

reusable cotton wool pads

Reusable Cotton Wool Pads Free Crochet Pattern

cotton wool pads

I’m really excited to share with you a fantastic reusable cotton wool pads tutorial created for Moral Fibres readers by Lyndsey, curator of What You Sow.   Here Lyndsey shares how to green your daily beauty routine with these simple and eco-friendly washable cotton wool pads:

I’m constantly on the lookout for ways of reducing my carbon footprint, one of the main aims being to reduce the amount of things I buy and throw away.

One daily annoyance is throwing away the cotton pads that I use to remove my makeup. Not only do they come in a non-recyclable plastic packet but many have been factory made then air freighted half way around the world as well.

I decided to make some reusable cotton pads that I could just put in the wash when they’ve been used.  Read on to find out how I did it!

Reusable Cotton Wool Pads DIY

reusable cotton wool pad

To make your reusable cotton wool pads You will need a UK size 4 crochet hook (if you’re outside of the UK then please not UK crochet hook sizes are different to international sizes – UK size 4 corresponds with a 6.00mm hook or a 10/J hook) and some cotton yarn of your choice. My favourites are Sirdar Simply Recycled and Rowan Purelife which both come in some lovely colours. You need about 8m of yarn.

crochet cotton pad

Ch4, then join with a sl st to the first stitch.

Row 1: Ch 1, *puff st (yo, insert hook into stitch, pull strand through, do the same 4 more times then pull your yarn through all 11 loops on the hook, close the puff with a chain), ch 1*, repeat * 7 more times then join with a sl st to the top of the first puff stitch and move with a sl st into the gap between the first & second puff. 8 puff st.

reusable make up remover pad diy

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 puff st into first gap, then 2 puff st into each gap all the way round. Note that you don’t chain between the stitches like you did on the first row. Once you have 16 puff st, join with a sl st to the first puff stitch. 16 puff st.

eco friendly cotton wool pad

Sew in the ends and there you have your finished cotton pad. Make a bundle of them and store them in your bathroom ready to use at bed time!

Enjoy.

eco friendly makeup remover pad

Thanks so much Lynsey!  If you are looking for other ways to green your beauty routine do check out my health and beauty category for more inspiration!