I was in the media again, mentioned along side such greats as You Grow Girl, Garden Rant, Cold Climate Gardening, Gardening Tips Nâ€™ Ideas, May Dreams Gardens and Doug Greenâ€™s Garden. It was in an article in The American Gardener about how to start a garden blog (written by Doug Green). As always, I am flattered (and a bit bewildered) that anyone feels my blog is worth mentioning.
It appears that this article has touched off a bit of a discussion on Cold Climate Gardening about blogging, gardening and generational clashes. Kathy Purdy asked:
Iâ€™d especially like to know what would make blogging more appealing to older gardeners. (Older meaning old enough to be my parent, and Iâ€™m almost fifty.) They have a wealth of experience to share, but are the least likely to share it online.
Then, in response, Katie at Garden Punks
Why arenâ€™t people in younger generations interested in gardening?!
I mention both of these comments because I think they are related, mostly in that I think there is a lot of misconception about them.
In response to Kathyâ€™s question, many people replied that old people simply are not online. Having managed a site for a company that is targeted to senior citizens, I know for a fact that this is not the case. Senior citizens are the rapidly growing group online. So they are on the computer, they just choose not to blog. That doesnâ€™t actually answer Kathyâ€™s question, but it at least eliminates the most common answer.
In response to Katieâ€™s question. I think younger generations do garden. I do see it. I know plenty of young people (25 – 35)who keep a vegetable garden or at least a few plants for pleasure. No, they are not as deeply involved in it as I am, they canâ€™t go on and on for hours about it like I can, but they do enjoy plants and the act of growing something.Â They garden, as far as I am concerned.
There are many young (under 35) people who grow things and demure from calling themselves gardeners because they either feel they don’t have the right to or don’t want to be associated with the title.Â Which worries me, because that means they consider gardening on the same level as stamp collecting or… air sickness bags collecting. That is a problem.