How to Join the Blog Carnival (Called How to Find Great Plants – HtFGP)

In November 2010 I decided to host a monthly carnival called How to Find Great Plants.” (HtFGP for short).

Posts in this carnival should be about a food or ornamental plant that you’d recommend to others. For example, you might want to describe your love affair with sedums or your preference for ‘Rattlesnake’ pole beans. Photos-only posts are fine as long as yimageou label the plant pictured. Use the scientific name or not — it’s up to you!

This is a slightly hybridized blog carnival. All qualifying entries will be included but each issue will be designed to look like a newsletter. A handful of the best submissions will be highlighted each time with thumbnail photos and a review.

Entry due dates will be the last Friday of the month, and publication will occur the following Monday (check for the due date & submission widget in the right sidebar on my blog). Please include a link to Appalachian Feet in your entries (you can use since the carnival link isn’t available until the publishing date).

It’s easy to participate, here’s what to do:

  • Write a new blog post or reuse an “oldie but goodie” that recommends a plant you love (it does not have to be published on the issue’s due date, just sometime prior to it)
  • Make sure your blog post includes at least one photo of the recommended plant and that your links and info are up-to-date
  • Click on the blue frog icon in the sidebar to submit your post (one post can be submitted per issue)

Updated information, scheduling, and archives for this carnival can be found at its new homepage.



Eliza Lord

I'm a Greenville, SC native (the Appalachian foothills) who wears the hats of Greenville Master Gardener & Upstate Master Naturalist. I love to write about food and sustainability.

22 thoughts on “How to Join the Blog Carnival (Called How to Find Great Plants – HtFGP)”

  1. Curbstone Valley Farm - November 12, 2010 9:49 pm

    What a fun idea! I’ll have see if we have anything recent and link worthy. In the meantime, those tomatoes really are crazy looking! Good to read (in your last post) that they taste good too!
    .-= Curbstone Valley Farm´s last blog ..A-Peeling Eggs =-.

    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - November 15, 2010 8:14 am

      Thanks! I’d love to have you participate. Those weird tomatoes are great — I’ve tried out a lot of novelties that didn’t taste like much but fortunately these get full marks. :)
      .-= Sustainahillbilly´s last blog ..How to Join the New Blog Carnival Called How to Find Great Plants =-.

  2. Meredith - November 13, 2010 6:30 pm

    Eliza, I bet this is going to be a great carnival! I have nothing recent to offer, after going on a two-plus-month hiatus, but as soon as I get up and going again, I may have something for you. Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy checking out the entries. :)
    .-= Meredith´s last blog ..standby =-.

    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - November 15, 2010 8:15 am

      Looking forward to whatever you write (and I understand having a hiatus)!
      .-= Sustainahillbilly´s last blog ..How to Join the New Blog Carnival Called How to Find Great Plants =-.

  3. Janet/Plantaliscious - November 16, 2010 6:28 am

    That’s a great idea! I’ve been working up to trying to record some of my favourite plants on my blog for future reference, so if I get my act together I will join in! Thansk for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment.
    .-= Janet/Plantaliscious´s last blog ..GBBD 15th November 2010 =-.

    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - November 16, 2010 9:52 am

      That would be great! I’m hoping for it to turn into a great source of gardener-recommended plants.
      .-= Sustainahillbilly´s last blog ..How to Select Hot Pepper Varieties &amp Use the Ones You Grow =-.

  4. Sue Langley
    Twitter: suewylan
    - November 22, 2010 9:11 pm

    Hi Eliza,
    Here is my Tagetes post for the carnival.

    I guess my best idea for how to find great plants is on a garden tour, whether it’s one of your friend’s gardens or even a self-guided tour of a public garden, then ask the gardener if you can about the plants that intrigue you!

  5. Gillian - November 24, 2010 5:14 pm

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I have added the ginger link as you suggested – hope I did it all correctly! Great idea to consolidate posts on growing different things.

  6. luvarugula - November 26, 2010 10:45 pm

    Great idea you have here!
    I’ll try to get the cilantro post to you.
    .-= luvarugula´s last blog ..Notable posts =-.

  7. fer
    Twitter: mygardeninjapan
    - November 29, 2010 7:56 am

    Hello! Waiting for your carnival!
    I hope you got my submission. I think is a great way of finding new plants. I can’t wait to see what all the other people got in
    .-= fer´s last blog ..Blueberries and autumn color in my garden =-.

    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - November 29, 2010 8:42 am

      Hey! I didn’t get one from you… was it the strawberries? I’m actually still working on the post. I was trying some new plugins to try to change the thumbnail format and I’m experiencing technical difficulties. It will be out today, though!
      .-= Sustainahillbilly´s last blog ..How to Grow and Use Lemon Grass as a Kitchen Ornamental with Recipes =-.

  8. Rosie - November 29, 2010 12:00 pm

    Hi Eliza,
    I’ve just submitted my first article to ‘how to find great plants’. I submitted it to blog carnival. Hope i did it correctly. My link is as follows:
    Thanks for hosting this,

  9. fer
    Twitter: mygardeninjapan
    - November 29, 2010 12:27 pm

    Hi! yes the strawberries, I inputed it in the website the day you left me the comment, maybe it got sorted around. Great that you fixed the problem, I am looking forward to see all the recommendations. What plugging are you using? I found inlinkz to be good, but they only give you thumbnails once, unless you pay. Good for starters tho.
    .-= fer´s last blog ..Blueberries and autumn color in my garden =-.

    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - November 29, 2010 3:06 pm

      I didn’t find any plugins that let me use links to photos instead of the actual files. So, I’m still trying to find something. I’ll check out inlinkz, thanks!

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  14. Alistair - December 29, 2010 8:27 am

    Hello Eliza, I have just submitted my post Wisteria. If you do decide to use it, I haven’t actually added your link to the blog page itself, but in the R/H column I have you featured permanently under Top Bloggers. Thanks for the recent comment. Alistair
    .-= Alistair´s last blog ..Lobelia Hadspen Purple =-.

  15. Rachel @ Dog Island Farm
    Twitter: dogislandfarm
    - December 29, 2010 1:01 pm

    Thanks for coming by my blog! Here’s my submission for the Blog Carnival:

  16. Rebecca Nickols - December 30, 2010 10:44 am

    Thanks for visiting my site also! I added a link to your site in the post that I entered..can’t wait to read all the submissions. The hard part will be waiting to spring to try out the new great plants!

  17. RainGardener - December 30, 2010 8:24 pm

    What a great idea. Thanks for stopping by and I did take your advice and put my ‘Mom’s Special’ Dahlia post on. Glad I didn’t have to come up with a new one for now since it’s so horrible and ugly outside. 😉
    .-= RainGardener´s last blog ..Bobs Christmas Amaryllis =-.

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