Social Networking for the Garden

Got a great deal on seeds and bought way more than you needed? Have a few extra tomato starters and no where to put them?

These are a few examples of the kinds of posts I have seen in the last month or so on a network I subscribe to called Front Porch Forum, or FPF for short. FPF was developed here in Vermont in order to help people stay in touch with their immediate neighborhood.

My community posts anything on here from yard sales to school district meetings, but I have been especially pleased by the notices from neighbors who have a few extra plants they want to give away or sell at a very reasonable price.

Free mint! (To be transplanted into a real pot very soon…)

Just this week, a neighbor posted about his overgrown mint that he was pulling up from his yard and was hoping others might like to transplant. I hopped on this chance to get some free, gorgeous, towering mint. One man’s trash (prolific mint weeds) is another man’s treasure (ingredients for delicious minty sun tea, anyone?). Maybe Front Porch Forum isn’t the hip thing in your neighborhood, but with all of the social networking we now have at our fingertips, there is likely to be a website/newsletter/etc. to post about gardening needs. So, next time you considering purchasing the value-pack of of seed potatoes or are landscaping and pulling up some unwanted plants, check to see if someone else might split the cost or take what you don’t need. Even if you don’t have a gardening partner nearby, a little networking might allow you to help someone else in the community.

Anyone else have  a good networking tool in your area that you use to share garden news and needs?

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