๐ŸŒบ The Garden Journal Challenge Is back!

The Hive Community Garden Journal is back. @riverflows has resurrected the contest and is now organizing it on her blog, giving you the opportunity to share your garden journals again.

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The Hive Community Garden Journal As It Was

I started the Garden Journal initiative in April 2018. I set up a monthly community initiative in which people could share their garden updates with each other.

I always enjoyed seeing what other people had going on in their gardens.
It always brought me joy.

Due to personal circumstances, however, I had to give up on organizing the contest in October 2020. After more than 2 years, it wasn't an easy decision to let go of what I considered to be my baby .

To be honest, it still hurts.Thinking about all those amazing posts that were submitted during those 30 editions I can not deny that I miss it, a lot. They always brought a smile to my face, even during the times I was feeling really bad.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to keep it going, and after months of going back and forth, I finally decided to give up. I'm still hoping I'm only taking a break and I will start doing it again once day. However, considering the current circumstances, it will definitely be a long break, and I won't be able to pick it up again anytime soon.

The Good News

About a week ago, @riverflows sent me a message, asking me if I would mind if she would resurrect the challenge on her blog. Would I mind? Of course not! My baby would live on. I can't thank her enough for taking the initiative and starting the Garden Journal Challenge back up.

So, if you are ready to share your garden updates again, and reconnect with other gardeners, farmers, homesteaders, or other plant lovers, I suggest you visit her blog and join.

You can find the post here:

Garden Journal: A Challenge To Encourage Engagement About Gardening, Self Sufficiency, And Passion for Plants

Of course she made some minor changes to the rules (and she upped the prizes), but the basics are still the same.

I'll be following up, and all participants will still get my 100% vote (even though that isn't worth much anymore these days - it's the thought that counts, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰)

I'll be tagging some people who might be interested in joining again. I will do this only once, though, so you don't have to be worried about getting tagged too often. I just don't want some regular participants to miss out on this.

@porters, @gertu, @viking-ventures, @amberyooper, @nikv, @sirenahippie, @enjar, @livinguktaiwan, @artemislives, @akumagai, @fionasfavourites, @proto26, @astrizak, @solominer, @dannewton, @plantstoplanks, @allyson19, @fotostef, @abitcoinskeptic, @sayee, @zekepickleman, @gingbabida, @nikolina, @creativetruth, @nelinoeva, @fmbs25

I hope you guys are ready for the rebirth of the Garden Journal Challenge, and are willing to participate and share the joy of gardening. I'm looking forward to seeing your posts I can definitely use the smiles they always bring me.



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Sorry to hear that you had to leave the project, but equally excited that someone else has taken it on! Unfortunately, my outdoor gardening has to wait a bit longer (we had 10 inches of snow on Tuesday night and another 4-8 are predicted for tomorrow!) Hope your life sorts itself out for you quickly.

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we don't have snow, but it's still freaking cold here....
I have 2 cauliflowers being eaten by slugs in the greenhouse, and some peas that are shivering in the garden, but that's about it... Too cold to even make some preparations outside

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We had nice weather last week... I'm just about to post what we have today...

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I was missing the Garden journal Chalenge, but also I had not much time.
I will defenitely check the rebirth of it and hope to find time to share my early spring garden.

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I joined a few months last year when I was trying to learn grow things, I had limited success but it was very rewarding to eat things that I had actually grown myself. I'm looking forward to start again when it gets a bit warmer.

Wish you all the best @simplymike

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Thanks. I hope you can start again soon๐Ÿ’œ

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Thank you very much for tagging me, I had already lost faith that you would return. But now the contest is back without you. I will still try to go to the contests and I hope that you will indeed recover from whatever conflict is hurting you. A hug.

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Her spirit lives on in the #gardenjournal challenge and we are only keeping her garden seat warm for her :)


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That's very good. I love the contest but I just got the invitation yesterday and the contest is about to end hahaha. I'm going to the garden today to take my photos. I have a lot to tell.!!!

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Thanks for the kind words, @gertu.
I decided to tag people in my post because of you, actually - I was sure you would want to know about it.

I hope you'll have time enough to get your post out!!
I'm not on the chain a lot these days, but I'm watching @riverflows' garden journal closely!!

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Thank you very much for tagging me.@simplymike. I wouldn't have known about the contest without that what you did. Of course I like to come and show off my garden photos. It's the only thing I've been busy with for over a year now.
I took enough pictures of my garden today and will have my post up in a few minutes.
I hope you recover from everything and enjoy your peaceful life.

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Thanks so much for the extra support and letting everyone know about this! I feel really good about keeping it alive for you and whenever you want it back, it's yours. I hope the few rule changes aren't too arduous - I'm not a massive stickler for them so as long as the tag #gardenjournal is used I'm sure I'll cope!


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I think you did a great job - the rule changes are subtle, but smart. I wish I would have thought about asking people to reblog the post ๐Ÿคฃ

I kinda regret it took me 3 days before I realized I could make a post like this to let the usual participants know about it. But then again, it was the first day I actually had the energy to hop on the chain again and write.

I can't even express how thankful I am to you for doing this. (and there are the tears again, sigh ๐Ÿ˜‚ - that's how much your gesture touches me)

Thing is, as you know, it will be a while before I will be back, so you're gonna get stuck with it for some time ๐Ÿ˜‰

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AWww, stop it you!!!! Ha, I don't mind, I'm really enjoying it! And I'll do my best to do you proud - you know every time I look at my HUGE yakon i think of you!

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Ah, @simplymike I am sorry to hear that you are still struggling and happy for you that this initiative lives on. I will return to my old ways trying to remember to do it. I so appreciated your nudges when I posted about my garden, and to "convert" the post to an entry.

Be well and strength to you ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿค—

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Thanks, @fionasfavourites

I'm so happy riverflows decided to do this.

One thing: you'll have to remember now without me nudging you, "cos I'm gonna keep the tagging limited to this post only. I won't do so if I manage to do one next month to let people to about it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope everything is okay on the other side of the world?
I haven't been on chain a lot, and this week, i'm only around to follow up on the contest, so I'm a bit out of the loop.

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Yes, I shall have to nudge myself!! Hahaha! That said, and in answer to your question, things are ok for the moment. Until, I guess, the next wave. I also have work, so am not as active as on the blockchain either.

Take care!

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