In case you don’t know, garden tweetups are organized by either individuals or businesses. Tweetups are usually weekly, and happen on the same day at the same time, with a set topic. Nothing random here. The only thing you need to do to join a tweetup is to have a free Twitter account.
In the past two years, some great tweetups have sprung up on Twitter. Within each area, a different topic is discussed every week, and usually hosted by an expert in that topic.
#Gardenchat Mon 9-10 pm
#Treechat Tues 2-3 pm
#Landscapechat Wed 2-3 pm
#Herbchat Thurs 2-3 pm
#Seedchat Wed 9-10 pm
#Rosechat Last Wed of every month 8-9 pm
#Soilchat Fri 2-3 pm
Corona Tools, with Chris Sabbarese at the helm, organizes #treechat and #landscapechat.
On #landscapechat, Corona Tools has paired up ValleyCrest, the largest design, landscape and maintenance company in theUSA. A high-powered tweetup that keeps me up-to-date with the landscape industry.
On #treechat there are many arborist businesses, organizations and associations. A fun informative tweetup on all things trees: from growing and maintaining trees to urban forest management. Regular contributors to #treechat include (in alphabetic order):
Davey Tree Experts (business)
JD Hernandez Forest Products (business)
New Jersey Tree Foundation (non-profit organization)
The Care of Trees (business)
Tree Care Industry Association (industry association).
Geri Laufer, a horticulturist and garden writer based in Atlanta, Georgia, runs #herbchat. This tweetup discusses all things herbal, from growing herbs to cooking and decorating with herbs. Lovely, informative tweetup.
I haven’t participated in #rosechat because I am not a big fan of roses. And I haven’t had the time to tweet with #seedchat, so I can’t say too much about it.
With soil being the main way we grow our plants, I felt there was a gap in the tweetups. So I decided to start up #soilchat this spring. Every week on Friday between 2 and 3 pm EST, I will cover different topics: from soil tests to growing suitable plants for your soil and everything in-between.
This week’s #soilchat topic: the impact of soil on your life: from childhood to adulthood. By the end of the chat, I am sure we will appreciate the power lying quietly beneath our feet.
How to participate!
To follow any of these tweetups, you can either search Twitter for the tweetup using the hash tag or join tweetchat, a free app for designed for tweetups.
For example, if you want to follow TreeChat on Twitter, you type the hash tag plus TreeChat (#TreeChat) to follow the stream. If you want to join in the conversation, make sure you add “#TreeChat” to your tweet so that your tweet is included in the twitter stream.
If you find that you keep forgetting to add “#TreeChat” use Tweetchat. It automatically adds “#TreeChat” to your tweet. All you need to sign up for Tweetchat is a Twitter account.