For the love of a gardening community

When I started this blog, the Facebook page and the @pigdogfarm Instagram account, I knew I’d be sharing with people I know. My mom, sister, best friend, husband and mother-in-law are my biggest fans and I love that.

I also hoped to find some new friends along the way.

But, I never expected to walk into such a beautiful gardening community on social media – and here in Myrtle Beach.

People who love to dig around in the dirt, cultivate seedlings and watch things grow just have this way about them. They’re innately caring – and that care shows in how they treat others along with their plants.

In just the last few weeks, I’ve turned to that gardening community for support, for help and for praise.

It is so wonderful to post a picture of an evil monster (bug) eating my plants and immediately getting comments from people all over the world on how to defeat them. And, because of their advice, my potatoes that were ravaged by army worms are growing back nicely.

Another new friend told me to check inside my grow bag, even though I’d covered it, because a different bug eating my plants might still be there. Sure enough! It was still there and it had eaten my kale seedlings.

Eggplant, okra and poblano harvest

It is also wonderful to post a picture of your harvest or of a beautiful flower you grew and then hear from others who have had the same success.

People think social media posting is just about getting “likes” or “new followers,” but, for me, it is a way to connect with people who love things that I love like books, dogs (especially English Bulldogs), gardening, dirt, flowers, being outside, learning new growing tips, and funny, wholesome memes or dad jokes.  

Zinnia flower

I have found that community on social media – and I’m thankful for it. It is nice to know you’re not the only one in the world who likes the things you like.

So, on that note, I’d love to hear from you. I’m here on this blog, I’m on Facebook at Pig Dog Farm and I’m on Instagram at PigDogFarm.

So connect with me! Send me your photos. Send me your garden victories or fails. I can’t wait to see them.

To read more about how Pig Dog Farm came to be, check out this post.

Published by heatherbgale

Since she learned her first few words in French and heard the stories of her parents' adventures in Europe, Heather has wanted to strike out on as many adventures as she can while working full time in the news business. Now, with a husband who loves to travel as much as she does, the two plan adventure after adventure all over the world and even right in their own backyard.

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