Is your garden Pinterest’ing?


ImageHave you delved into the world of www.Pinterest.com? This is a haven of inspiration, shopping temptation and organizational opportunities.

Someone told me that Pinterest was created for frustrated brides-to-be and bored SAHM with a need to share their latest scrapbook. They are so wrong. There are lots of great things for people of all types with all sorts of interests. I’ve found great business sites of landscapers, nurseries and master gardeners on Pinterest. The trick is in the navigating, following and pinning.

What is it? Pinterest is a personalized electronic bulletin board, or should I say “boards” plural. Think of this online site in the same way you would a folder of articles on fertilizers, a box of seed ads, taped photos on your fridge of landscape design ideas, etc. This is a way to talk and share with your friends and get ideas from experts and fellow garden-nuts.

It is super easy – and FREE. You create an account, download your “pin button” and begin with the pre-fab bulletin boards supplied by the site (these can be renamed later). You “pin” things you like either from your friends on Pinterest or from shopping sites or online publications.

Let me give you an example. I was looking for a post light near my front walk and daylily bed. Within Pinterest I found several attractive DIY projects that I “repined” to my bulletin board. Then I Googled and found several for-purchase options that I “pinned” to the same board. I followed advertisement links found in my Garden Décor magazine to “pin” a few more solar light and post ideas. All of these “pins” on my bulletin board have a photo, a snippet note I wrote about why I was saving it, and a link through to the site or article I was saving. Now I can click-through to a specific site to make my final decision on how to proceed. Pretty spiffy.

I have lots of gardening boards now – Décor & Lighting, Flowers & Veggies, Landscaping Plans and others. You can name your boards anything that makes sense to you. You can arrange and rearrange them over and over. And if you are the shy type, you can hide them from everyone but yourself.

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About Kary Beck

Mother and wife, gardener, wine enthusiast, avid online bargain hunter, and owner of two black-and-tan cocker spaniels.
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