Here at Ironweed Apparel, we're big fans of the gardening blog Get Busy Gardening, run by writer Amy Andrychowicz. We love Amy's blog because it focuses on sharing great information about budget-savvy gardening and backyard DIY gardening projects -- two topics we can't get enough of! Reading Get Busy Gardening is a lot like talking to a neighbor over the back fence; it's friendly, warm, and accessible. And, as it turns out, Amy's a big fan of our gardening t-shirts, so we thought it would be fun to introduce you to Get Busy Gardening and let Amy share a bit of her expertise with our readers.
Here's Amy in her favorite Ironweed Apparel gardening t-shirt!
Get Busy Gardening is a great resource for gardeners looking for easy DIY solutions and projects for their garden. We’d love to know more about why you started the site and the mission and message behind it.
I started Get Busy Gardening as a resource for my friends and neighbors, and also as a personal blog. I didn’t have much of a vision when I first started it back in 2009, I just knew that I wanted to help new gardeners any way I could. As my readership and social followers grew, Get Busy Gardening started to organically change from being a personal blog into a resource for new gardeners. The more feedback and questions I got from my followers, the more content I pumped out for them. I made this switch because I wanted to focus more on creating super-valuable content for my readers, while still adding my personal stories into the mix to make it fun, too. Now my main focus is making Get Busy Gardening THE go-to resource for new gardeners.
You feature some pretty fun projects on Get Busy Gardening, including how to make a cool squash arch, super-sturdy tomato cages, and a DIY drip irrigation system for a container garden. Where do you find your inspiration for the projects you create for the site?
My inspiration comes from everywhere. Of course it comes from the obvious places like Pinterest, Instagram, and browsing photos online. But I love interior design, fashion, and art as well as gardening, and all of those things feed my creative mind. I never know when inspiration will strike, so I’m always ready to snap a pic or two on my phone. I’m constantly thinking of ways that I can add interest and beauty to my gardens. Whenever I see a cool project idea, I always try to think about different ways I can make something similar out of inexpensive materials, or how I can put a unique spin on it to make my own special design. But, some of my projects come purely from the need for something practical (like the sturdy tomato cages), or because I had a problem and I needed to find a solution (like the DIY drip irrigation project).
Amy's squash arch project is one of our favorites!
We know part of your mission on Get Busy Gardening is to teach people how to garden without spending a lot of money. What are some of your best tips for gardening on a budget?
Yes! But it’s not about being cheap, it’s about being smart. Gardening doesn’t have to be expensive; there are lots of ways to make it fit into any budget. DIY and budget gardening go hand-in-hand. The best way to garden on a budget is to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Grow your plants from seed, build your own raised beds and trellises, make you own compost, find fun things you can repurpose or upcycle to use in your garden, shop yard sales for supplies and equipment. There are tons of ways to pinch pennies and still have amazing-looking gardens.
In addition to writing for your site, you also have several e-books available for gardeners looking to expand their knowledge. Where did this desire to educate others about gardening come from?
I guess it all began shortly after I bought my first house and started gardening on my own. Friends and neighbors were always asking me questions and telling me about their biggest struggles with gardening. Every time they had any type of problem in their garden, I really wanted to help them. Gardening is very overwhelming for newbies, and I want to make it easy for them so they can be successful without all the frustration. That’s been my goal from the start of Get Busy Gardening, and it continues to be my goal today. Anyone can be a gardener, but nobody is born with a “green thumb." It’s something you learn, and it takes time, patience (sometimes lots of patience), and practice.
Amy's garden is filled with inspirational ideas for her blog.
You have hundreds of projects and posts on the site covering everything from plant propagation and houseplant care to managing insect pests and growing bigger veggies. Tell us about some of your favorites.
Oh my gosh, I’ve never thought about picking my favorite posts! That would be too hard. I’ve written so many over the years, I can’t narrow it down to just a few. But, in general, my favorite posts are the ones that are the most useful to my readers. Those are the posts where I see the most interaction and get tons of great questions. It makes me so happy when a post I write really helps people -- lots of people! The more questions I get from it, and the more people I can help… the happier I am, and the more I love it.
What’s next for Get Busy Gardening? Do you have any exciting new projects on the horizon?
You mean something more exciting than building sturdy tomato cages? Haha! Well, nothing that I can really talk about yet, but there are lots of exciting things in the works for 2017 and beyond. I’m very excited for what the future has in store for Get Busy Gardening, and I can’t wait to add even more value to the site for my readers and followers! I’m constantly working to create fresh content and figure out ways that I can help gardeners the most. The only problem is that I have more ideas than I have time! But you can be sure I’ll be working hard to keep going as fast as I can.
Thank you, Amy, for sharing your love of gardening with your many fans on Get Busy Gardening - and with our readers here at Ironweed Apparel!
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