Friday, March 23, 2012

Garden Book - Giveaway

**Update - I had some complaints that people couldn't leave comments over the weekend, so I'm extending the giveaway until Tuesday night at 8 p.m. just in case you wanted to comment and couldn't. I'll announce the winner on Wednesday. Thanks and sorry about the technical difficulties! : ) 


I mentioned earlier that I am getting pretty eager to get the garden going. I am so anxious, a mini herb garden has sprung up on our kitchen table. I can't help it. I love fresh herbs and the feeling of spring that comes with them. We are planning to do some of the early planting this weekend: lettuce, spinach, onions and maybe baby purple potatoes. Plus we will start all our seeds indoors.


As we get ready for growing season I thought I'd share a gardening book that I really enjoy. It's called You Grow Girl by Gayla Trail. You can check out Gayla's gardening blog at YouGrowGirl.com. I actually bought this book at Powell's City of Books in Portland. It's such a cool, huge book store, if you are ever in Portland I highly recommend a stop there. 

You Grow Girl is unlike any garden book you've ever read, in case you've ever read one : ) Gayla describes it as "...a punk rock approach to growing plants that takes the good stuff from tradition and tosses the rest into the composter." This book was not written by someone with acres and acres of land and tons of money to spend on plants and garden supplies. She uses what she has, and makes what she has look awesome. 


I especially like her emphasis on growing things in small spaces like an apartment patio or a small yard because everyone can use those tips. Practically everyone has a small space in which something could be growing. I also love the idea of guerrilla gardening. I have considered doing that and someday I will.  While the book has tons of great growing tips and plant information, it's also chock full of little craft projects for the garden. She'll show you how to make your own twig fences, stepping stones, garden apron or terra cotta pot labels.



I actually started composting after reading this book. We do it three seasons a year and have our own beautiful compost to mix into the gardens every spring. She's pretty thorough. Crafts to composting...


 ...to recipes...


...to DIY body scrubs.


It's pretty fun. You know what else it fun? Giveaways. So today I'm giving away a copy of the book to one of you! Just leave one comment to enter. This giveaway will close at 8 p.m. MST Sunday Mar. 25 and the winner will be chosen by random.org. I will announce the winner Monday. I'm not rich yet, so I'm sorry to say this is open to readers with a U.S. address only. Someday I'd love to send something to Russia or Australia or Canada so international friends, please keep reading!

Have a happy weekend, and thanks for reading!
-Haley

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas and some of your sources of inspiration, Haley! This book looks great! I'm a container gardner due to my small patio, but can't wait for herbs and veggies this year!

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  2. This looks fun! I admit that I don't tend our garden..but enjoy reaping the benefits! Maybe this book will motivate me!!

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  3. Thanks for your comments ladies! Could have flipped a coin, but I tried out random.org anyway and #1 was the winner, so Jenna I will get the book to you. Congrats : )

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