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Giveaway: THREE Great Gardening Books!

The folks at BetterWay Home Books have generously offered a giveaway for 2 sets of these 3 fabulous gardening books!  That means 2 of you will be the lucky winners of these 3 books.  Yay!

I Garden: Urban Style

The photos from this book are completely inspiring, and make me want to grow from every nook and cranny in my apartment.  If you’re growing in small spaces, or trying to get the most out of the space you have, or you want to give your garden a fun urban twist, this is the perfect book.

It covers all sorts of things in a very short amount of time:  lasagna gardening, companion planting, identifying your soil type, seed starting, creating a terrarium, guerrilla gardening, vermicomposting, and even planting to make your cat happy.  A really nice addition to a gardener’s library.

Composting Inside & Out

If you are at all like me, you might be a tad bit afraid of composting.  It’s a bit mythical, isn’t it?

This book does a great job of telling it to you in easy to understand terms.  It’s also the first composting book I’ve read that is written by a woman, which I really enjoy.  It’s written from a very conversational tone, covers indoor and outdoor composting (including worm bins), goes over all the equipment as well as how to test if it’s done.  I’m impressed.

Rx From the Garden:  101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow

I have a dream to one day be able to have this scenario:

Good friends Angela and Alex are over for dinner, and Angela complains that she has had a headache all day.

“Oooh,” I say.  “Wait one minute!” I say as I disappear into the garden with some scissors.

Moments later I return with a handful of herbs, heat up some water, and 15 minutes later Angela is headache free and enjoying are home-cooked meal together.

It’s a dream for now, but I’m constantly looking for great tips and books to add to my future remedy garden (I’ve started planting a few herbs already).  This book is another piece to that puzzle.

It’s much more of a “how to” gardening book than I expected, given the title – the first half to shows all the different remedies (not just herbs – also vegetables and fruits!), and the second half gets you out in the garden with gardening basics.

Want To Win 3 Great Gardening Books?

Tell me so – leave your name in the comments!

If you want to leave an extra tidbit about your own garden (or future garden), that would make me happy – but it won’t adversely affect your chances of winning.

I’ll draw TWO winners on Sunday, May 15, at 6pm PST.

Both winners will receive all 3 books.  Good luck!!

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68 comments to Giveaway: THREE Great Gardening Books!

  • Love your blog! I’m a suburban gardener in Germany on the Dutch-German border. When we arrived in our new home 18 months ago, the garden was largely paved. I how have several raised beds and the concrete slab which housed the ugly carport now carries a greenhouse where I grow tomatoes in large pots. Our latest addition to the garden project is a pond. It only was finished a few days ago so still needs to be planted up, but it now has water. Yay!

  • My name is Melissa and I am always looking for new resources to help me in the garden! Thanks for the opportunity! Cheers!

  • Frances

    I’d love to have those books. I teach organic gardening for home gardeners and give talks to schools and organizations in Bermuda. I am trying lasagna gardening as a way of getting through our hot, dry summer. It is working so far. I will be demonstrating how to build a compost pile that can be used as a lasagna garden to learning disabled boys this afternoon. I will teach them how to plant tomatoes in a raised bed and how to use a buried clay pot as a arid climate method of watering.

  • Interested and I’ll leave a tidbit. I’m going to try growing marshmallow this year from seed. :)

  • Rachel

    Totally interested. I really want to start a garden this year, but am having a hard time trying to figure out how with our tiny apartment and very small balcony. These would be great :-)

  • Wonderful giveaway … I love gardening books, and these are all new to me :) .

  • Oh, i’m interested! My garden is behind this year due to unusual weather. But my tidbit is that next spring we will be adding a bee hive! This year is my research year to be sure I’m prepared. My husband is skeptical.

  • Brandi Jo

    Definately interested even though I have a black thumb…but my wonderful partner can grow anything and I would love to be able to gift these books to her!

  • Sara W.

    Awesome stuff! Hope we win!

  • Very cool!! My noob gardener status could use all the help I can get.

  • Dianne Aikey

    I would love to get these books :) I’m so passionate about learning new things, and I love the artistry in these books :) Thank you for offering the giveaway, good luck to everyone! :)

  • Very nice, thanks for the op! I could so use these! All my gardening this season is in my head still, b/c we’re planning a move out of state and I’m flush with OT at work :(

  • Hillary

    We are just getting started on a small backyard garden. I was encouraged that my squash that I started from seed is just coming up!

  • Waving my hand, especially for the last book. My hubby’s the main gardener but I’m the hole digger and compost maker. In other words, he likes the growing but I’m just happy playing with crap (ie, horse manure).

  • thanks! our garden is just a “testing” garden this year, trying new crops and new techniquews, while we use veggies from our first CSA share adventure. but next year, i hope we’re back at it, full swing!

  • So these books would be perfect for me. Urban Garden, Composting and Growing Medicinals is what I have been trying to get gowing and am ready to move forward with this year. I have seeds and want to get them started this weekend.

  • Ashley W.

    Oh – these look so nice! I would especially love to learn about composting!

  • Helen D

    I have loved being able to eat out of my garden already this spring (Kale, Chard, and Radishes), but feel there is so much more I could be doing/growing!

  • SarahG

    I’ve only recently taken a real interest in whole foods and gardening, and i’m so glad i stumbled on this blog. I would love to feed my family with foods grown in our own backyard, but i’m definitely a novice at best. These books would help immensely!

  • Jenn

    As a girl growing up on a Bluegrass farm, it has taken some adjustment to farming in town. However, my husband and I are doing really well with a small organic garden, we have tons of strawberries, blooms and fruit in the strawberry patch, and the wild blackberry brambles we transplanted two years ago are blooming madly. For Derby this year, we had tons of super strong Peppermint fresh from the garden and right now, we have three types of lavender, sage, basil, and parsley. The tomatoes go in the ground this weekend.

    And we love gardening books, always looking for suggestions and helpful ideas.

    Take care.

  • deanna kearns

    Hey! Love your blog!! Always looking for more books!!!!!!!!!!!

  • These look amazing! I am an urban gardener and librarian always looking for more information!

  • Just received an email from Alex saying she was unable to leave a comment. If that happens to you, go ahead and email me and I’ll put you here.

    Also, Alex pointed out I had a typo in the deadline – it should read MAY 15TH. :)

    Carry on! I love reading your comments!!

  • Kristin

    Wow. These look like great books. I would love to have a full size garden but I live in an apartment with a small balcony. I’m trying to grow what I can but I’m sure there are ways to do it better (the Urban book sounds especially interesting). I’m also trying to decide whether to take the plunge and try worm composting.

  • Angela P

    Just started planting some seeds yesterday. Lettuce and radishes.

  • Bhavana Chawla

    Hi! Great site.

    I just moved into a new flat and specifically looked for a place I could garden (and for my kitty to explore outside!).

    I found the perfect place with upstairs neighbor already growing beans, peppers, artichokes, onions, etc AND there is a plot that gets the afternoon sun with an orange tree on the end of it, just outside my kitchen door that the landlord said is for me to grow my own garden!

    Can’t wait to get started then cook veggies in my sunny kitchen!

    If I’m the lucky winner, I am open to grace!

    Let’s have gratitude for Mother Earth and natures bounty that feeds us and gives us beauty :)

  • TracyDK

    We’re just now drying out here, so I’m headed to my local farm to pick up a couple of tomato plants. I’m going to be growing some herbs and tomatoes this year. My 2 year old and I have planted an elephant ear and we’re going out tomorrow to plant our sunflower that we’ve sprouted from seed. :) Next year I’m going to plant some lettuces and strawberries.

  • Jennie

    Ooh, these look great! I garden in the 3 foot wide strip between my sidewalk and house. People are always surprised to see how much I get from such a small space.

  • Amy Ehret

    Hi! I would really love these books! I have been working tirelessly on my ever-expanding garden of 2-4x12s, 5-4x4s and raspberry and blackberry patches! I’m planning out my fruit forest now so I’ll be ready to start implementing it later this fall. I’m really working at decreasing my yard work, while making my yard work for me.

    Amy E.

  • Jaclyn B

    Just getting ready to prep the garden this weekend finally. Looking forward to growing some great food and pumpkins again this year! Great blog…thanks for sharing these book ideas.

  • Your blog was one of the first I came across of it’s kind in January and has lead me into many ventures since then. LOVE it! And would definitely love to win those books as I haven’t a clue about gardening and doing way too much all at once the first year! That’s your fault too! ;)

    Thanks for all the fun things I’m doing now that I would totally not be into had I not come across your blog – it has changed my life! :)

  • Pick me! Pick me! :) Just bought a new house, well new to us at least. Just cleared and planted our first vegetable garden at the new digs, but still have a ways to go before it becomes my dream garden. We need to set up composting and irrigation (hopefully from rain barrels). The house has a flat roof and it would be my dream come true to have a rooftop garden as well.

  • What a great set of books! The boys and I have been garden deprived for nearly three years now-it’s just too hot in Dubai to grow much, and our back “garden” is nearly completely paved over! Next year it’s a cherry tomato in a pot or bust :)
    But soon we’ll be moving “home” and plan to work our way to self-sufficiency, including grains and bee-keeping! We’re all excited, and any books we can get our hands on to plot and plan are most appreciated.

  • Angie

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE to garden! I’ve been planting things in gardens and assorted pots for as long as I can remember. We have a small container garden on our apartment porch now, awaiting planting. Thanks for sharing these books!

  • Michelle

    These look like some great books for our first garden. I’ve already gotten some great ideas from your website on how to keep away rabbits from our small garden.

    Thank you, and I would absolutely love to have a copy of these books!

  • Barbara S

    Hello, your web site is fabulous and I enjoy coming and reading your posts! Keep up the good work!

    I am interested in gardening so I really hope my name gets drawn!!

    Take care

  • I would love to win these books. I need all the direction I can get.

    My garden tidbit is that I have gone completely nuts this year and I’m growing too much! Seriously, do 2 people really need 54 tomatoes? And can anyone tell me just why I’m growing turnips? Somebody stop me before I plant again!

  • Laura Z

    What a great giveaway! We grow mostly edibles in raised beds — right now we’re eating strawberries, broccoli, lettuce, and greens….. I hope to grow herbs for tea and medicine soon, and learn to better use the small amount of space that we have which isn’t under shade.

  • jules

    @Grace: you are growing turnips for the wonderful GREENS you get from them! Yum!

    We tried greens this winter, turnip, mustard, chard. We’ve still got the chard, but we made turnips too. Who knew those wonderful greens also made a root! I’m used to just greens and no root.

    I’d love these books to add to my ever expanding library. Thanks for the opportunity. I’m really interested in the medicinal book.

  • Samantha rehn my mother loves to garden she lives & breathes it so this would be the perfect gift for her!

  • As a person who is just learning the whole gardening “thing” lol, they would be ideal. I am like a sponge at the moment trying to absorb as much as possible as I need all the help I can get as far as growing things go.
    Thank you for the opportunity!!

  • KathieW

    Just tried my hand at gardening for the first time. I planted 5 containers with heirloom radishes, lettuce, carrots and green beans. Everything has sprouted. And yes, I am afraid of composting.

  • Loretta

    Living and organic gardening in the lovely river town of Wanganui in New Zealand. The books look really useful.

  • Awesome! I’m really excited about this giveaway as I’ve never seen these books before – I’d love to add them to my ever growing collection. We take gardening seriously.. it’s not so much a hobby but more a way of life :)
    If you’d like to see some of what we’ve got going on, go to my blog and type “garden” in the search bar !

  • We have our first garden this year and it has been a fun but steep learning curve for us – we started a compost pile also (which is growing fabulous sunflowers for some reason!) and we experimented with tire planters for potatoes, rain gutter for lettuce, and chicks! These books sure would help!

  • I love your blog-thanks for all the great info! My hubby and I are on our second year of having a family garden, after both growing up in gardening families. I am looking forward to making a couple changes from things that didn’t go quite right last year. I am also looking forward to my mom coming to my home and giving me a canning lesson!

  • Judith

    Thank you so much. Your blog is awesome! I life in the Netherlands and can’t find a greener blog in Dutch. And wow, you would really make me happy with these books. We life in our house since an year or two, and i’m afraid the last owner didn’t like gardening. Nothing grows in our backyard! We’re trying to change that, but NOT with chemical trash. We want to do improve our garden in a natural way. So that means we could really use these books.

  • Kimberly

    Hurray books! I just moved to a little suburb in the middle of the country to my first house with my husband and cat so yay first year of serious gardening….lot of uh ohs along the way already (its only may) but hopefully a good harvest

  • Would love to win these! Thus far gardening is some peas and beans on the front porch and a lovely potted basil.

  • I love to garden and read about gardening. I’d love to win these books!

  • Hello, i’m just starting to garden in a few pots outside. I’m especially interested in natural remedies so that last book looks really interesting :). I also agree about compost, I can’t seem to get a hand of it! My hope is to one day have a year-round garden to produce most of our food.

  • Anna

    Just found this site, while looking for new ways to use the vegetable playing at being a fruit; rhubarb. These books sound great! I am itching to have a garden but am in transition and have had to settle for planting seeds in other peoples’ yards…but soon—i’ll just plan on having kale–

  • Donna Davis

    I love your blog and all of your tips & ideas! I am new to all of this and am soaking it all in. I would LOVE to win those books, they would really help set me on the right path.
    Thanks again for all the hard work & time you put into your blog, It is really appreciated.

  • Mitty

    Great giveaway! I am trying to improve my composting technique, so I need to read up on it.

  • oh I love gardening books!!!!

    I compost here in my urban city. There is a compost bin just at the end of our street, it goes bureau by bureau here in montreal. You have to take a little course and pay a deposit for the key, and only so many can be in one box. But I love doing it!

  • Wow what a treat to win these BRAND NEW books!!! I always get mine at the thrift so a set of perfectly new books would be a delight!! Cheers & have a brilliant Day

  • Hailey

    A girl can never have too many gardening books!

  • Julie

    I would love to own those books, I am really hoping to have a great garden this year to help feed my family.

    I LOVE being in a Garden!

  • Sue

    I’d love that composting book! I bought a house last year and have room for a big garden that I’m just getting started with. I have lots to learn and garden books are wonderful information and inspiration.

    Sue on the edge of the Great Basin

  • Elaine

    Elaine. I live in Southern California, am new to veggie gardening, and have three raised beds. I’m growing 8 varieties of tomatoes, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, green beans, arugula, cucumber, squash, carrots, and strawberries. I think we’re just a couple of weeks away from tons of sweet little tomatoes and sugar snap peas!

  • Jared K.

    I’ll throw my name into the ringer as well! My wife and I are new to the whole ‘apartment-living’ and are starting a basic garden on our porch. These books would be great!

    Thanks for the website. It’s been fun sifting through all the great ideals and tips!


  • Mark Ruhl

    A continuing cool spell in the Midwest is contributing to nice growth in my “greenery garden” where lettuce, spinach, kale and swiss chard are basking in the cool breeze. Sign me up, I can use some more “luck” to help my garden. Thanks Melinda!

  • Jenny C

    I have the same dream of using my herbs and flowers with a purpose, but I am happy to just rubs my hands and sniff.

  • my dream? to get my garden growing this season. have had more than my share of issues!

  • Lorraine

    I would love to win these books … am in the process of trying to become more self sufficient.

  • Nana

    We’re planning to sell our house in town for a smaller one in the country on 18 acres. I’m SO excited about the gardening potential there. Here, my garden has rocky/clay-ey soil and reluctantly produces radishes and snow peas. (I’m hoping for potatoes, tomatoes, cukes and swiss chard later.) And the current garden is too shaded by sweetgum trees… Therefore, I dream of a thriving garden with real soil and real sunshine. Your books would be a wonderful help!

  • Stephanie F.

    I would love to read these books! Thank you for the chance to win.

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