It is one year today since I started the Carrots and Calendula blog and it has been a wonderful journey! Thank you to each and every one of you who has stopped by to read my posts.
Over the past year I have been on a double learning journey – getting to grips with our garden and social media at the same time. The two seem to work together well. Gardens lend themselves well to social media sharing with something new and exciting happening almost every day. Meanwhile writing the blog has often given me the extra impetus I need to get out into the garden.
It has been great to know that some of you have enjoyed my blogs and taken time to comment on them and it has been fascinating discovering a world of wonderful garden bloggers out there. I have particularly enjoyed joining in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday meme and I hope to join in with more memes in 2018.
I was delighted to be asked by the online garden and DIY store Mano Mano to write two guest blogs for their blog The Handy Mano and also to feature on the Thompson and Morgan’s blog as one of 8 gorgeous garden visiting blogs.
It seems fitting that this morning I went to a meeting of our inspiring local networking group Lewes Women in Business, where we were discussing our social media strategies. I came away determined to be a bit more organised about my blogging and to think more carefully about what content is both interesting and useful to readers, as well as continuing to engage in conversations on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and to give Pinterest a try.
In 2018, as well as continuing to blog about our own garden, other gardens that we visit and the garden at Charleston farmhouse where I volunteer, I am introducing a couple of new regular slots.
The first of these is Wild Fridays – these are the last few months before my son goes to school in September, bringing to a close ten years of my being at home with pre-schoolers – so I am determined to make the most of our two days a week together on a Thursday and Friday when he is not at nursery and to explore the natural world with him – on nature walks, in our local parks and in our back garden. Hopefully our adventures will provide some inspiration for other parents with young children and I would love to hear from you about how you get your children involved with nature.
The second is Gardener’s Sunday Bookshelf – especially in the winter months I love to curl up on a Sunday afternoon (when the kids will let me) and read a good gardening book – old or new. I am going to share my favourites each week and again I would love to hear from you about what gardening books you have enjoyed.
I have also decided (for the umpteenth time) to change Carrot and Calendula’s tagline – to ‘Everyone can garden’, because I believe that is true and that gardening doesn’t need to be complicated and can bring a little bit of joy into all of our lives. I would be so thrilled if you continue to join me on this journey in 2018 and look forward to reading about what you are up to this year!