Monthly Archives: February 2012

Another Tool For Your Garden – Smart Gardener

February is the time to start planning our Spring gardens. As a novice gardener, I’ve been browsing my seed catalogs and envisioning those fresh vegetables but still remain clueless how much I need to plant, where to plant it, and what I need to schedule for plantings and cultivating. Luckily I can fall back on Smart Gardener for help.

Smart Gardener is a web-based tool for planning your garden.  It will ask a couple of questions such as people being fed from garden, geographical location for temperature zone/frost calculations, etc.  You then layout your square footage, pinpoint north for sun exposure, pick your plants, and it will calculate how many plants you will need and create the best arrangement for compatibility/other concerns.  Once your layout is done, you’ll have access to a calendar showing when to prep soil, start seedlings, transplant/direct sowing, and when to expect your veggies to appear.  This way you can maximize your growing season through both Spring and Summer as well as maximize the number of vegetables you’ll have on your dinner table.

Internet’s Social Corkboard…Pinterest

There are many types of social platforms out there on the Internet.  Some attempt to be all encompassing tools to handle every minute kind of communication and sharing between people.  These types of sites want to be the end all be all place for people to spend their time on the Internet.  Others scale down things to let interaction happen quickly and in a concise way.  These types want you to visit briefly, share something, and then move along.  Pinterest falls into this latter category.

Pinterest acts as a community corkboard for the Internet.  It is a place to share photos for the world to see.  People simply post or “pin” a topic/picture into a Pinterest category, caption it, and leave a short comment.  Once something has been pinned, it is available for viewing and commenting by others.  Where this is profound is the population of the community that is using it skews to a primarily female audience.  Having this demographic as an audience means that Pinterest is rapidly becoming the “it” destination of the moment for women to share common interests.

Posts tend to focus on sharing crafts, inspirational photos, room makeovers, etc. This kind of social platform creates a “side article in a magazine” feel with the community as a whole serving as editors.  End result a nice place to stop and spend some time when surfing the web.