0205: /rt/garden.chat

rtgardenchat

Weekly chats about your gardens

There is a great community going on at /gardening.  Just people posting about their plants but these people all happen to share the same soil and weather.  That’s the core of the local web.  Bringing people together over the things we already share.

But each Thursday night around 8 pm the folks at /gardening get together at localweb.is/rt/garden.chat to talk about their greens in Real Time.  That’s what the RT stands for and when its used in a URL is changes the dynamics a bit.  All conversations are flat instead of threaded and they don’t trigger notifications.  They also only last for 30 minutes.  It basically turns the standard posting structure into a chat room.

These folks also belong to a local gardening group on Meetup.com but sometimes they just want something lightweight to interact with, instead of planning and organizing an in-person get-together.

The /rt/ and the local web let them do just that.

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0127:  /veggie-trade

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Trading a little kale for                     some swiss chard

Summertime is filled with barbeques, kids running around, and,     with a bit of luck (and hard work), a garden bursting with vegetables. Usually someone ends up with the lion’s share of kale or carrots, so     it helps to be able to balance out your supply by trading with gardeners nearby.

But unless they’re right next door, you may not have peeked over the fence or chatted with your fellow vegetable growers.  Websites and social platforms mostly connect you to people you already know, some of whom might not be gardeners or might not live nearby.  /veggie-trade is an easy way to post a note about what you’ve got on surplus, and see what others are working on.  Got plenty of butter lettuce but want to round out that salad with some green onions?  Easy enough. Have a ton of beets and could use a trade + recipe ideas?  Post a note and you’ll quickly be talking with someone nearby who’s got the perfect recipe for you to use.

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0109:  /lenas-garden

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Peek into a master                     gardener’s backyard

Nearly every community has a master gardener, if not formally then certainly informally via someone who is knowledgeable about plants and trees, especially those that grow best in the local and regional climate.

/lenas-garden is an example of how a master gardener might share both her expertise and projects in process.  Beginner and intermediate level gardeners could ask questions and learn from watching her videos and looking at her pictures.  And the best part is that it’s local, so the advice could even be specific to your neighborhood right down to the pH levels of the soil on your block.

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