Why should we launch another garden blog? Aren’t 2,000-plus an overload? If you’re living the garden lifestyle in the vast territory from Milwaukee south to Louisville and Pittsburgh west to Kansas City, you probably feel neglected, no matter how many blogs are out there. We certainly do.
That’s why we’re reaching out with our magazine-like blog. We feel too much media attention focuses on the coasts and Sun Belt. There’s good reason for that. Wonderful gardens — and growing conditions — make East and West coasts and the South and Southwest naturals for horticultural achievements.
But hey, there’s more. Heartland gardens — and gardeners — flourish. If anything, we think it takes more chutzpah, savvy and plain bullheadedness to succeed here. Trouble is, those of us living in the Heartland are the only ones who realize it. We feel our part of America is overlooked or looked down upon by those unfamiliar with the Midwest. Not us. We grew up here, garden here, write here and teach here.
We’re garden enthusiasts as you are — or will be after spending time with Heartland Gardening. We’re planning to share our experiences in the garden, on the road, in the kitchen and with other Midwest gardeners. We’ll recommend books, tools and plants. And of course, we’ll share your thoughts and comments, too. Half the fun of gardening is talking about it.