Today I’d like to highlight two of my favorite blogs, one about birding and one about gardening. There are lots of other great birding and gardening blogs, so please check out the list of links to the right. I’d also love to hear about your favorites. I look for reliable information, interesting stories, great pictures. What do you recommend?
Bill Schmoker is a Colorado birder who teaches junior high science full time, and still somehow manages to get out and take incredible bird photographs. His pictures have appeared in a number of publications, and the American Birding Association just released Ted Floyd’s Let’s Go Birding, which Bill’s photographs illustrate.
Recently, Bill’s blog, Brdpics, displayed a remarkable series of photographs of a roadrunner and a coyote. Yes, the real thing! One picture even contained both of them at the same time! Since I will probably only get photos like that in my wildest dreams, please go look at his.
I sort of cheated here, since this blog covers both birding and photography.
Choosing one gardening blog to highlight was difficult, but I finally settled on Pike’s Peak Area Garden Help (PPAGH). I admit that I’m a bit biased… I write some of the articles there (they also show up on my own blog, so you’ll have to suffer some duplication).
(Carey Moonbeam was a close second. Since she’s the administrator of PPAGH, you’ll benefit from her expertise either way. Her personal blog does not overlap with PPAGH, so be sure to check out both.)
The Master Gardeners of El Paso County, Colorado, started PPAGH when the local newspaper began running into financial trouble and stopped printing the longer articles we submitted. Then, when the Master Gardener program ran out of funding earlier this year, the blog provided a way to keep the public informed with timely garden advice specifically geared to our challenging growing conditions. There are lots of garden blogs, but not so many dealing with keeping plants alive in high, dry, windswept Colorado Springs.
As Master Gardeners, we were careful to only pass along research-based information. Now that we’re Certified Colorado Gardeners, we no longer have access to Colorado State University’s continuing education classes, and we have to work harder to ensure we only pass along factual advice. (As gardeners, we seem to be particularly prone to trying every wacky horticultural craze that comes along.) We want to make sure you can trust us to steer you in the right direction.