Ok. I’m not a spectacular gardener by any stretch of the imagination, but there are people who are–and they often share what they know! Your Garden Show is a social networking site for gardeners. It is awesome with lots of very helpful information on gardening know-how!
They are running a contest this year called Grow it Forward. Basically you keep tabs on your garden and make yourself all popular and you get to win cool prizes! But behind the contest, the point is to gather data about growth rates and harvest times in different regions for all kinds of plants and veggies to help future gardeners.
There are also citizen science programs you can participate in to help gather data for researchers: pollination, allergens, seasons. I think I might try to do The Great Sunflower Project to help track bees this summer. I always seem to have a lot of honeybees in the yard–even without a stellar garden. There has to be something here they like…but I’ll give them Lemon Queen Sunflowers if that’s what the project calls for (there are a few other options as well).
So I’m going to see if I can do a better garden than last year–anything has to be better! Join me and eat tons of good, fresh food.