Grow A Garden Journal or Blog

Keeping records of what I've planted, where and when, has always been a challenge for me. Notepads and books get lost, or aren't with me when I need them. You know what it's like.

So, I've used WordPress to make my Gardening Journal. The automated categories and tags in WordPress make it a lot more useful than a paper journal. The trick is in working out what categories and tags to use and how.

native bees on my sunflowers

Technology + Nature

Spending time interacting with nature and growing food in school gardens may be good for children's mental and physical health, as well as their education, but getting them away from their screens to engage with nature is not so easy.

So why not work with their preferences by setting up a garden blog. As well as the science and maths skills, and there are lots of additional STEM skills to develop while building engagement with the subject matter itself, including:

  • general computer literacy
  • increased understanding of how the internet works
  • photography, video, and image processing
  • writing and editing
  • organising information
  • online research
Blogs can be a team project, with each student able to build skills they value and can use elsewhere. Because it's online, all students and their parents can access the blog online from home.

If that sounds all very well, but a bit too demanding, this online course will provide you with the background knowledge and support you need.

What this course offers:

  • guidance and worksheets on setting up the blog and organising the contents
  • support – you can ask questions thoughout the course
  • community forum – ask wider questions, show off your work

Who this course is for:

  • individuals with their own garden
  • teachers and project leaders in schools
  • homeschoolers
  • older children and teens who want to do it themselves
This is a living, evolving course. While there is already plenty of material in place, additional material will be added based on questions and feedback from course participants.

How to grow a Gardening Journal and Blog is for avid gardeners, activist gardeners, school learning projects, and gardeners growing a business to keep records of plants and the garden, share with others, and maybe grow a following. Find out more here…