|My vegetable garden at its peak a few years ago.|
By golly, it finally clicked for me what the value of a site like Pinterest is.
Like many others, I received an invitation to join Pinterest, dutifully signed up and then timidly “pinned” a few items on a board.
I wasn’t sure what I was doing and I wasn’t sure if this was going to turn into a giant rabbit hole, sucking in the last few precious minutes of the day. I looked at the site occasionally, but still couldn’t decide how it would be useful to me.
What value was there in sharing images? And what about those concerns that pinning images of others might violate copyrights?
Then three things happened.
First, I read several articles about the founder, Ben Silbermann, and his vision for Pinterest. I read about how he used to collect insects and pin them to a board to display them. I also read that Pinterest gained a lot of momentum when he shared it with interior designers, who immediately took to it to pin up boards of decorating ideas.
Second, the boards around the raised beds in my vegetable garden had been slowing rotting over the years and were no longer holding in the dirt, so I had a crew tear them out last year and haul the rotted wood away, leaving me with a blank slate. I proceeded to plant the vegetable garden without the raised beds, primarily because I didn’t have time to build new frames but partly because I couldn’t decide what to frame them with. Wood again? Brick? Stone? Nothing at all?
Third, and finally, I walked out to my vegetable garden yesterday morning and found it overrun with deadnettle. Oh, the horror. I immediately decided that I need to re-install the raised beds, and do it soon. But this time, I’ve decided I’m going to do it with something more permanent than the wood I used before. In ten more years, when I am ten years older, I don’t want to be faced with re-doing them again.
And that’s when the “click” came regarding Pinterest. I need a place to collect ideas for my new raised bed vegetable garden to share with others who are going to help me build it. Why not do it on a site that is built to share images?
Ta da! Click.
I’ve created a new board on Pinterest called “Vegetable Garden” and started pinning. I’m starting to search through Pinterest to find images of vegetable gardens that I like and re-pinning them to my board. I’m searching the web, too, but that is slow going. I could use some help, your help. If you know of an image online or already on Pinterest of a pretty, cool, neat-o vegetable garden, let me know. I can pin it to my board and see if it fits with my overall vision.
Pinterest. It turns out to be a little bit of a rabbit hole, but a very useful one for someone who is re-doing her vegetable garden, all over again.