Three-year anniversary: Best of INWIG 2012

According to Blogger I made my first blog post on March 5, 2010 which means today is my three-year anniversary! Three years of daily posts? Yep. Since I think about gardening every day, why not post about it every day too? One of the main reasons for creating this blog was so I'd document everything I did in the garden, and I have to admit I've done a pretty good job of that. Did I list every detail of every task I did? No, certainly not. I missed lots of stuff, including some important details such as what exact varieties of veggies I planted, spacings, fertilization schedules, etc. but I also shared a lot of things that I would normally have just observed and enjoyed for myself, and have hopefully given some entertainment and knowledge to my readers.

Today I'm going to take a look back over the past year and list my favorite posts in chronological order. If you haven't seen them before please take a look. If you have seen them already, then take another look -- it's still fun! I did this type of post on my previous two anniversaries too, and I really like the way they turned out. Expect it every year.


This is an "index" of my favorite posts from the last year (March 2012 - February 2013). Also, a great page to start on -- if you want to send somebody a link to show them what this site is all about, this is a great one to send. Click the titles/dates to get to the full posts. Even if you don't click any of the links to see the posts, this page is pretty cool by itself I think. Enjoy!

In another place: bamboo control  12 March 2012

I help another St. Louis gardener control his running bamboo.

Delicious crocus   16 March 2012

I photograph a slug as it eats crocus petals.

Bird Rescue Board   17 March 2012

Bird trapped in support pipe, elaborate rescue ensues.

Another unique plant trade   10 April 2012

I trade some plants for garden sculptures.

Looking at bamboo   19 April 2012

Just what it sounds like. Beautiful!

Ninebark blooms nicely    24 April 2012

This shrub just bursts with blooms in spring!

Which end?   11 May 2012

A close look at a Gray Hairstreak butterfly.

Tiny things #1    28 May 2012

This baby raccoon was first a series of 4 posts on "tiny things".

Tiny things #4    31 May 2012

The nearly invisible animals in my pond, under a microscope.

The dance above the pond    1 June 2012

I photograph dragonflies mating and laying eggs in the pond.

Do bees like pollen?   15 June 2012

I can't resist pollen-dusted bees!

One plus two toads    20 June 2012

A couple of male toads and one female.

Learning about passion    25 June 2012

Passiflora blooms, and I catch one opening!

Potential, do you see it?    21 July 2012

I dismantle a box spring for use in the garden. Two of them.

Mouse field    24 July 2012

I caught a lot of mice this summer, and show you where I release them.

Lesson taught    31 July 2012

A young woodpecker gets a lesson from a parent.

Dogs away, pollinators enjoy!    2 August 2012

A "weed" next to my veggie garden attracts so many different types of pollinators.

More morning magic    15 August 2012

Artsy photos of castor bean leaves. I love these photos.

sunflower!    21 August 2012

My first sunflower bloom, and boy do I love these when they're fresh -- so sunny!

dew-covered bee    7 September 2012

This bee spent the night on some blooms and woke up wet.

Something to climb   18 September 2012

I build new planter box/trellis combo.

Walkway phase III   24 September 2012

My front walkway project, which turned out so wonderfully.

Sunny sunchokes!      4 October 2012

The sunchokes are in bloom, and I climb the ladder to snap photos.

Salvia, so many     6 October 2012

A look at the surprising number of Salvias in my garden.

Another visitor    7 November 2012

A deer makes himself comfortable in my yard.

Skeleton!    13 November 2012

The amazing remains of daylily blooms.

What a view!    3 December 2012

I photograph my yard from the roof and you get a good look.

Frost, not on bamboo    13 December 2012

I love taking photographs of frosty winter mornings!

Winter seeds             18 December 2012
More winter seeds    19 December 2012

I also love taking photographs of seed heads in winter.

One-word Wednesday: frost     16 January 2013

Some of the most beautiful frost patterns I've ever seen!

Sixty-four!    21 January 2013

I make 64 wheelbarrow trips to remove this mulch pile.
With time-lapse video!

Chickadee art     2 February 2013

I love these little birds.

Sowing those seeds    19 February 2013

I show you how to make care-free seed starting greenhouses.

So that's my selection of the "best" posts from the 3rd year of It's not work, it's gardening! I'm certain that I've missed some great posts -- it's so difficult to pick just two or three from each month.

Please browse the site and find some others -- I know you'll enjoy yourself. Thanks for reading!

Want more?      Best of 2011         Best of 2010


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Mark and Gaz  – (March 5, 2013 at 5:37 AM)  

You've made some great progress in the garden Alan. Happy third year blog anniversary!

outlawgardener  – (March 5, 2013 at 8:20 AM)  

Congratulations on your three year anniversary! I enjoyed your "best ofs!"

outlawgardener  – (March 5, 2013 at 8:28 AM)  

P.S. whatever happened to the baby racoon?

Lisa  – (March 5, 2013 at 9:52 AM)  

Happy blogiversary! I'm not sure how you picked your favorites - I love them all!

Alan  – (March 6, 2013 at 9:53 AM)  

Thanks everybody!

Lisa: picking favorites is sometimes easy, sometimes really hard depending on the month. What's your favorite from 2012?

Outlawgardener: I have no idea. I never asked, as I didn't want to hear bad news.

Lisa  – (March 6, 2013 at 12:03 PM)  

I won't pick just one, but I will say I love the posts that include macro shots... the frost ones are particular favorites! And I love anything you post about your pond... pictures, projects, you name it!

Christine @ The Gardening Blog  – (March 6, 2013 at 1:41 PM)  

Congratulations on your Third Blogaversary! My favourite post is the front walkway project.

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