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Gardening for a New Decade

by Cliff Sharples (chief cultivator)

Looking forward to our first official Spring at DigtheDirt; and of course, a new season of gardening!!

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Back in January, 2000, with the excitement of the millennium celebration still reverberating in my head, I was about to embark on one of the toughest years I’ve ever had. My company. Garden.com, had just enjoyed a spectacular Holiday season, and the site was all-abuzz with over 1 million members looking forward to Spring. Indeed, the millennium’s first Spring brought amazing growth and success for our 100+ growers, suppliers, members and employees.

But, like a terrible drought that you have little control over, the dot.com bubble burst, and our online garden could not survive without a supply of water. Forced to let our staff go, shut the site down and sell the company, my wife and I retreated from the gardening industry, unsure when or if we would ever return professionally to gardening again.

I like to say that the biggest gift I received from Garden.com was a passion for gardening, however. Which is why, after a couple of years went by, I began to germinate the seed of an idea for a new online gardening resource. After a couple more years of waiting for the right conditions, the seed began laying down roots in 2008.  In 2009, we broke ground and spread our leaves, growing and building a structure that would hopefully give way to many blossoms and bountiful harvests for gardeners everywhere.

So, it is with the excitement of the new decade’s celebration still reverberating in my head that I look forward to DigtheDirt’s first official Spring season online. Like every great garden, we most likely have a few more springs to really reach our full potential. But with a new team of amazing people and an ever-growing group of fellow gardeners helping to build a truly special virtual garden, I am anticipating a great year!

Happy New Year Dirt Lovers Everywhere!
Cliff

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gardening, spring, happy new year

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marcydiané commented on 06/01/12
Awesome post chief! And that is a great picture of the pod!
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FigTree commented on 01/04/10
I didn&#x27;t know the history, and so glad you shared it! Dig the Dirt is wonderful...I&#x27;m really enjoying it, and can&#x27;t wait to see all the northern gardeners jump into action this spring! I&#x27;m hoping VERY SOON, someone will post photos of the snow crocus...this is one of my all-time favorites that grew in every landscape I could get my hands on! Happy New Year!!!
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Lily commented on 01/04/10
Happy New Year Cliff and the Dig the Dirt team! I am looking forward to a great gardening 2010! <br/>
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gardengirl commented on 01/04/10

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