Happy 2014, everyone! It’s not only a new year, but it’s also this website’s first birthday. I can’t believe it’s been a year that I’ve been sharing my garden and homestead with all of you. What a wonderful journey this has been ~ not just in my garden, but also connecting with fellow gardeners and homesteaders around the world. My little piece of heaven that I call my Sanctuary Garden has touched readers from 125 countries (besides the United States) during 2013.
I am in awe – and humbled – by the reach of this site in 2013:
With 243 posts and 1439 photos, what were you most interested in? Here’s my 2013 “most popular” with the links (in case you missed them the first time):
TOP FIVE ARTICLES OF 2013:
Based on the number of views, these were the top five posts of 2013.
- Attracting Pollinators: Bees– #1 by a long shot
- Drying Herbs in the Oven
- How to Transplant Your Carrot Thinnings
- There’s a Fungus Among Us!
- Planting Potatoes
FAVORITE GARDEN UPDATE OF 2013:
Every Monday, I post my Sanctuary Gardener Update, showing you what’s happening in my garden with lots of pictures. There was actually a tie for this one, so your favorites from 2013 were:
FAVORITE FRUIT OR VEGETABLE OF 2013:
Periodically, I write articles profiling a specific fruit or vegetable under my Sanctuary Spotlight series. I was totally surprised by my reader’s favorite of 2013.
FAVORITE RECIPE OF 2013:
This was by far your favorite recipe of 2013.
FAVORITE CANNING RECIPE:
And this was your favorite canning recipe. (You obviously like it hot!)
And there you have it ~ the best of 2013. I send my deepest gratitude to all of you, my readers, for making Sanctuary Gardener a success in its first year.
I’m looking forward to an even bigger year in 2014 ~ both in the garden and on this site. There are changes coming to this site in the next week or two. I am currently working diligently on upgrading to a self-hosted site, so I can give Sanctuary Gardener an updated look and be able to offer you all even more in the year to come. Please be patient as I make this transition, especially if it’s not as seamless as I’d like it to be. I’m doing this myself (that’s me – always up for a challenge), and trust me ~ I’m a better gardener than I am a computer techie. 🙂
In the meantime, I wish all of you a very happy 2014. May your gardens be blessed with abundance, and may you enjoy a year of peace.