Choosing the Subject for Your Stubborn Old Gardeners Video

To ensure that our viewers get what they’ve bargained for, Stubborn Old Gardeners concentrates on one goal: horticultural instruction from master gardeners in short videos (around three minutes, never more than four). Here are some subject areas you might want to explore:

  • Flowers
  • Ornamental shrubs
  • Turf, ground cover, and grass
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Perennials
  • Annuals
  • Trees
  • Mushrooms
  • Gardening processes like seed starting, composting, and garden tool maintenance

On the other hand, there are some subject areas that, while appealing, do not make good subjects for Stubborn Old Gardeners videos:

  • Promoting the plant sale or other CAMGA activities
  • Recruiting interns to become master gardeners
  • Interviews with people who are smart about gardening
  • Interesting tidbits about how plants grow
  • Persuading viewers to be more responsible citizens

Once you’ve decided on a subject area, you’ll probably need to narrow the topic down so you can properly address it in a video that runs about three minutes. So let’s say you would like to make a video about collards. You obviously can’t cover everything about collards, but you can pick one issue, for example why collards bolt, what signs to look for that they’re bolting, and how bolting changes their taste. Or let’s shift gears to ground cover. Perhaps you want to want to describe the process of starting centipede grass from seed. Or the use of lantana as ground cover in acidic soil. You get the idea. Narrow the subject area, and you’ll have no trouble covering it in a three-minute video.

If you just know the broad subject area you want to explore, go ahead and submit it as an idea. We’ll help you narrow the topic down to one that’s appropriate.

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