One of the first things you’ll notice about Carol’s blog May Dreams Gardens is the tab that says “My Hoe Collection.” It caught my attention right away! Keep reading to find out how Carol started collecting hoes. But besides the quirky collection, Carol’s blog is all about gardening and you get a sense of her passion for it just by reading a few posts.
What was the inspiration behind your blog?
I wanted to share information about my garden and find others who were/are as interested in gardening as I am.
How long has it been around?
I had a few posts in 2004 and 2005, but really took off with my blog in 2006.
Tell us about your hoe collection. How and why did you start collecting hoes?
Many people ask about my hoe collection. It started off innocently, as most collections do. I had one hoe for gardening, then saw another hoe that was different enough that I decided to try it. Then I found a third hoe that seemed like it might be better and before I realized it, I had a enough hoes to call it a collection. Once you have a collection, people start to give you hoes, tell you about hoes you should have and that’s pretty much how it started and how it continues today. I do actually like to hoe in my garden, but keep it a secret as to which hoe in my collection I use the most.
What’s your favorite backyard activity?
Gardening most of the year, but I do enjoy “bird feeder TV” in the wintertime. My feeders attract cardinals, blue jays, morning doves, and other birds, plus unfortunately squirrels and starlings. Having large shrubs and trees nearby helps provide the birds with shelter and keeps them close to the feeders.
What is one of your favorite or most popular blog posts and why?
My favorite posts are those I wrote about some of the secrets to achieving happiness in your garden. I made up stories about how I found the secrets and people seemed to enjoy those. I put the first five secrets on their own page of my blog.
I also post on the 15th of every month for “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.” I started it five years ago in February 2007, and it continues on even now with close to 100 participants joining each month. We all post once a month about what is blooming in our gardens. It is a great way to keep track of your own garden, and how it differs year to year, but also helps us see what others have blooming in their climates. Check out January’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.