The Six Patterns of Digital Gardening

1. Topography over Timelines

Gardens are organised around contextual relationships and associative links; the concepts and themes within each note determine how it's connected to others.


2. Continuous Growth

Gardens are never finished, they're constantly growing, evolving, and changing. Just like a real soil, carrot, and cabbage garden.


3. Imperfection & Learning in Public

Gardens are imperfect by design. They don't hide their rough edges or claim to be a permanent source of truth.


4. Playful, Personal, and Experimental

Digital gardens should be just as unique and particular as their vegetative counterparts. The point of a garden is that it's a personal playspace. You organise the garden around the ideas and mediums that match your way of thinking, rather than off someone else's standardised template.


5. Intercropping & Content Diversity

...we're living in an audio-visual cornucopia that the web makes possible. Podcasts, videos, diagrams, illustrations, interactive web animations, academic papers, tweets, rough sketches, and code snippets should all live and grow in the garden.


6. Independent Ownership

Gardening is about claiming a small patch of the web for yourself, one you fully own and control.



Summarized, strongly recommend reading the reference for the full, fleshed-out explanation of each.

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 A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Appleton, Maggie (2020), A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden, Retrieved on 2023-01-05
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