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Garden Inspiration on Pinterest


While combing through a box in the garage a few months ago, I found a folder stuffed with torn out magazine pages and notes. It was my garden and home inspiration file from nearly a decade ago. As I paged through the pictures, it was fun to see how my style and tastes have evolved. Even though the file contained some ideas I still love, I ended up recycling it, because I feel overwhelmed by the amount of paper in my life. Bills, junk mail, tax notices, stacks of magazines. Ugh. When you’re a kid no one tell you that part of becoming an adult is being buried under a mountain of paper.



To keep track of ideas I love (like this amazing kitchen garden, which I will be doing a sneak peek of soon!), while minimizing paper accumulation, I recently started using Pinterest, which is a virtual pin board where you can file away inspiration from around the web. I use it as an online idea file for garden ideas, recipes to try, chicken coops, and more, plus as a tool for keeping tabs on trends. If you’re on Pinterest, let me know! I’d love to follow along and see what inspires you. Also, I started a pin board called Grow Cook Eat where I am filing away vegetable varieties I want to grow and DIY edible gardening projects. I’d love for this board to be collaborative, so if you want to pin ideas to it, just let me know and I will add you on as a contributor.

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17 Responses to “Garden Inspiration on Pinterest”

  1. 1
    Phil (Smiling Gardener) Says:

    Love your pinterest page, especially the ‘tower of herbs’ and the ‘mason jar garden’, although the latter seems pretty silly without drainage, and it will be impossible to up-pot them when they become root bound, but a fun idea nonetheless.
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    Stacy Says:

    Hi Willi! I’m on Pinterest too! Love it!
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    Alison Says:

    I have a similar box full of garden inspiration and craft ideas, some of which came from the web originally. I just wish I could find all those pics on the web somewhere so I can pin them now! Here’s a link to my boards:
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    Kane Jamison Says:

    Pinterest has been huge for finding and sharing garden content. My profile is here –

    I’ve found it to be an excellent place to scrounge up permaculture & homesteading resources and ideas in general.
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    Trish Says:

    Hi Willi, Thanks a bunch! I’ve been racking my brain trying to remember that name – Pinterest. Now I can get going on organizing my favorite places. See you at the NWFlower&Garden Show with your book in hand! Trish

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    Leslie Says:

    Pinterest is dangerous! It is possible to lose track of time following all the great pins, garden and otherwise…but what a great way to corral all those recipes and garden photo clippings.

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    meemsnyc Says:

    Everyone I know uses it and loves it!
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    Daedre Says:

    I love pinterest…except it is very addictive!

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    Lindsey @NW Backyard Veggies Says:

    I am on pinterest, too –
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    andrea Says:

    Hi Willi, I just started using Pinterest so am slowly getting some things on my boards. I have a garden board and just pinned a couple ideas from your board. Would be great to follow each other. I’m coming up to the Flower and Garden show so I may be at your seminar. Haven’t figured out what all I’m attending just yet… can’t wait!

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    andrea Says:

    Oops, here is my Pinterest address…
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    Teresa Says:

    I had to laugh reading this post as less than an hour ago I told my 7 year old daughter that eventually she had to learn how to manage paper. She has folders and boxes of drawings and notes! Of course I pointed to my piles to show her I’m still trying to learn this skill too.

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    susie middleton Says:

    I love this — am going to try to use Pinterest,too. But mostly I have just been trying to find a way to tell you how much I love the book — I have been sitting on the couch every night savoring it and putting little post its all over the place — new things to grow, delicious things to eat, great tips…congratulations Willi–it’s lovely!

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    Amy Says:

    Yay, another like-minded Pinterest addict to follow! :D
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    Sheryl (Flowery Prose) Says:

    I’m now following you on Pinterest! :)
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    Benito Dominik Says:

    Hi, beautiful page however there is a issue whereby on occassion I get sent back to the base page when I view different webpages within your blog.

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