SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR garden blogs are impossible to read on an iPhone. They force you to scroll across columns of text and photos that are way too big for the page. It can be pretty annoying when you click through on Twitter or email and find yourself on one of these oversized garden sites.
Of course, you can use an RSS reader that is optimized for mobile to read many of these blogs, but that means that you must set up the reader and subscribe in advance. RSS readers have their advantages, but they don’t always provide the quality viewing experience of the regular site.
Just go there and read
On the other hand, there are a few garden blogs that make it easy for iPhone users. They automatically detect your small screen and adjust text, graphics and video on the fly. There’s no need to fool around with RSS. Just go to one of these optimized sites and read. It’s that simple.
When I was working to make this site ready for iPhone, I wanted to see how other food garden bloggers were doing it, but my search turned up surprisingly few sites. I figured if you were like me, you’d appreciate a listing for the ones that are both worthwhile and mobile-ready.
Five mobile-ready garden blogs
If you’re reading this post on an iPhone, you can just click through and try these sites out.
1. Oak House Permaculture — Nancy at Oak House posts about her family’s experimental endeavor to transform a concrete covered farmyard into a food producing, low maintenance permaculture system. (Yes I said concrete covered. And you thought you had gardening problems :)) As a guest blogger on my site, she wrote about a soil improvement method that mimics the natural processes in woodland habitats. The time constraints of young children prevent her from posting more often, but when she does post, you can learn a lot. She regularly writes about gardening tests and projects aimed at creating semi-natural systems that have high output for little work.
2. The Sustainable Smallholding – Unlike many homesteading sites that combine mommy blogging with off-the grid living, The Sustainable Smallholding has a much more male viewpoint. In addition, articles are thoughtful and practical. Topics include growing wood for heat, scything, beekeeping, vegetable gardening, compost tea, chickens and other homesteading areas of interest.
3. Empress of Dirt — Unlike the others on the list, Melissa writes a personal blog and frequently touches on topics outside of the realm of growing food in your backyard. Her main endeavor is in a completely different area: fabric dyeing. The blog’s name comes from the song Hurt by the Nine Inch Nails. Posts sometimes display a certain “attitude” that you might expect from a blog with this name. But post are not just entertaining, they frequently contain great gardening info. The unusual “Linky Dinks” posts, for example, list truly helpful links for gardening or any other part of life.
4. Veggie Gardener — Packed with practical garden tips, how to articles and product reviews, this blog has established itself as the go to site for vegetable patch education. Blogger Tee Riddle really enjoys his backyard garden, and his writing shows it. Unfortunately, it’s been a bit since his last post and I hope he’s only taking a mid-winter break.
5. MrBrownThumb – With more of a general gardening focus, MrBrownThumb is a well-established site that is best known for stunning plant photography, seed saving, flowers, house plants, and other general gardening topics. The blog’s name originated from the fact that everyone (even the best gardener) kills a plant now and then.
Do you know of a great garden blog that is designed to be read on the iPhone? Let us know by commenting below.
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