Update February 24 — Congratulations to Commonweeder who won the drawing for the seeds and tools. Thank you to everyone else who stopped by to visit and find out about Dee’s new book!
It’s a blog book party and I am thrilled to be one of the guests at this shin-dig.
My dear friend and fellow garden blogger, Dee Nash of Red Dirt Ramblings has just published her first book, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff. (St. Lynn’s Press, 2014).
As soon as Dee’s book showed up on Amazon, I pre-ordered copies for my nieces & nephews to give to them this spring. Shhhh… do not tell them that I did that. It’s a surprise.
Wow, this party is going to my head. I’m so excited, I’m even revealing secrets.
But seriously, just for a minute before we go around and meet the other guests at this party and I tell you what Dee has arranged for me to give away to one lucky reader, I’d like to say that this is a wonderful book for anyone who finds themselves wandering over to the seed aisle of the big box store this time of year and wondering what people do with those seeds. It’s a great book to give to someone who has just purchased their first home and now has a “yard” that should really be a garden. It’s a guide that will lead any new gardener through the minefield that a garden center can be to those who have never really thought about gardening, and help them make good decisions to have a garden they can be proud of.
Dee, this is a wonderful book and you should rightfully be proud to have your name on the cover.
|Dee Nash, the author and hostess of this blog party|
Now, back to this party which is full of guests and prizes for all.
First, here at May Dreams Gardens, I am pleased to be giving away seeds and gardening tools. Seeds and gardening tools! Two of my favorite things to garden with.
The seeds are from Botanical Interests, my go-to seed company when I buy seeds.
This is their Heirloom Organic Seed Bank Collection, which includes seeds for a complete vegetable garden, everything from beans to turnips, including peas, squash, tomatoes, and more… 24 seed packets. These are all open-pollinated heirloom varieties, the varieties our parents and grandparents grew, if they were gardeners.
The tools are just the kind I have… from DeWit, these are quality tools that will last a lifetime.
The set includes three hand tools, a hand digging fork, a trowel, and hand rake. If you’ve never gardened with hand-forged tools like these, you haven’t really gardened!
How can you win these seeds and tools? Just leave a comment below and make sure it will lead me to your email address, or put your email address in the comment, using a format like email AT gmail DOT com so it can’t be scraped.
Enter by Sunday, February 23 11:59 PM EST and I’ll choose a winner on Monday, February 24 by random number.
Now, let’s meet the other party guests. You will want to visit each of their blogs because they, too, are giving away some great prizes for gardeners!
Marie Wreath at the (Not Always) Lazy W Ranch is giving away some Longfield Gardens tulips & daffodils.
Shawna Coronado is giving away a gift certificate to High Country Gardens for a Summer Dreams Garden.
Robin Haglund at Garden Mentors is giving away Buckaroo Worm Castings, a hula planter and Empire Soil Builder.
Jenny Peterson of J. Peterson Garden Design is giving away a SeedKeepers Deluxe Seedkeeper and Burlap Girdle.
Rachel Hough at The Domestic Artiste is giving away Fiskars Tools, two sets of loppers, one is the PowerGear Lopper 32” and the other is 28”.
Niki Jabbour at Niki Jabbour, The Year Round Veggie Gardener is at the party, too. Go visit her to be inspired to grow vegetables in the snow.
Whitney Curtis at the Curtis Casa is giving away a David Austin Rose, ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’
and Authentic Haven Brand Moo Poo tea,
Pam Penick at Digging is giving away Bee Preservers from Glass Gardens NW,
Colleen Dieter at Red Wheelbarrow Plants is giving away Garden Girl shorts and Fiskars PowerGear 18” loppers
Carmen Johnston at Carmen Johnston Gardens is giving away Garden Girl pants with knee pads, and a David Austin rose, ‘The Alnwick Rose’.
Genevieve Schmidt at North Coast Gardening is giving away Annie’s Annuals gift certificate, and Keira Watering Cans.
Whew. I’m excited to be invited to this party to help Dee launch her new book, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff. (St. Lynn’s Press, 2014).
Join the party by commenting below to win Botanical Interests seeds and DeWit hand tools, and then visit the other party guests to enter to win their cool prizes, too! All winners will be chosen on February 24.
(Open to residents of the United States, over 18, etc.)
Carol what a great friend and group of friends to promote this great book. I look forward to reading Dee's book and am so excited for her.
And who wouldn't want to win seeds and garden tools.
The book looks very practical. I was just looking for a book with lots of tips and how tos.
I need seeds for my new garden since I moved last falla,
Anna dot c dot malcom at gmail
I will definitely need to order that book – we just moved into a new place this past fall and not only does it have an enormous yard, it has NO GARDEN! And I'm totally at a loss!
So, those seeds and tools would also come in handy – I anticipate a busy spring/summer/fall 🙂
jennsie at gmail dot com
I have ordered this book~It's for my son and daughter in law, but, I could use the tools!
I can't wait to get the book!
Girl on Grill says
I'm starting my vegetable and herb seeds in eggshells today. I've been saving them for a year! I can't wait to read this book. Thank you for the other links as well. Happy Gardening!
Grassroots Horticulture says
Great give away. Can't wait to read the book. Please count me in.
This is fabulous. I would love to win!
I'd love to plant those seeds with my grandkids!
The seed collection sounds fabulous, I would love to win them. Thanks for the chance.
Count me in. I am planning the vegetable garden over the long weekend. Spring has to be coming, i have daffodils poking through!
Olive Oyl says
Great timing sine I'm planning our new vegetable gardening space after moving this past summer.
Kelly O'Keefe says
Many thanks for the contest and the blog.
kelokeefe AT comcast DOT net
New garden tools from reading a great blog. How does it get any better. Thanks for the fun read. Gaynell
Pilgw AT mac DOT com
Cindy, MCOK says
I'm so looking forward to giving Dee's book to my son and his fiancee'. The seeds and tools would help them get a great start on gardening! mycornerofkaty AT gmail DOT com.
Pam's English Garden says
The launching of a new book is so.o.o exciting — kudos to Dee — and this is a wonderful way to promote it. Well done, Carol. pamsgardenATmacDOTcom.
What a fantastic idea! A 'blog party' is a great way to get gardeners together and discover all the wonderful bloggers out there in the world of horticultural geekiness!
Another book by one of the garden bloggers "gang"…..what a prolific group of writers. I can't wait to get Dee's book.
Blog party of my dreams. Just moved into the house of my dreams with land to FINALLY start a garden. Just need to survive this brutal winter and can't wait to get outside and starting planning and digging in my new garden! kdkdcats at yahoo dot com
Carol Y says
What a fantastic gardening set! I love each and every one of them. The seed collection is to die for … would love to get my dirty little garden hands on them! carolyemola at hotmail dot com
I love DeWit tools and I am looking forward to reading Dee's book
I have not used Dewit tools but they look grand. And seeds? what a great prize. I think I have you added to my own blog post Southern Gardens at
dbelcher1 AT sc Dot rr Dot Com
Deborah Williams says
What a great way to let the world know about Dee's awesome book! Would love to try out those great looking DeWitt garden tools!
Gardener on Sherlock Street says
I have a friend who this prize would be perfect for. Someone who would benefit from Dee's book and get started with these seeds!
Rock rose says
So happy for Dee, and so happy to have the chance to win seeds or tools. Right up my garden path.
h. mcnaron says
This looks like an awesome book, and the tools are SO beautiful. thanks!
hmcnaron at gmail
It's warm weather here after pro long raining! It's time for seeds sowing! It will be great to have the seeds, the tools and the book too!
Would love to win this! Planning a larger garden garden this year and could really use all the seeds! firstname.lastname@example.org
I definitely need help with my gardening and this book could really help me. Thanks for the chance to win!
abfantom at yahoo dot com
What a great giveaway! Wonderful to dream about the garden, here in snow buried Chicago. melcrawf AT comcast DOT net.
My favorite seed company! They always have the best germination instructions.
What an awesome seed company. They have just the kind of seeds I like to buy but I had never heard of them before now! Thanks for always sharing such great information. sophiafelice AT gmail DOT com
What a great giveaway! Love the book and the seed packets are beautiful! Love your blog too!
congrats dee on your new book and yay for us we get to be in on the party.
Caroline J. Baines says
Thanks for sharing the Gardening Guide with us! caroline at shoshannahcollies dot com
I appreciate all of you working together to help w/the launch of Dee's book 20-30 Something Garden Guide. The information you all for us to subscribe to is awesome-thanks for offering us a chance to participate in this awesome give away
Would love to win!
Renee G says
I would love to have these for our garden. I can hardly wait to start planting.
Sara Brock says
I am a complete newbie and will be sucking up all the information I can get! Thank you for this cool opportunity!
Fran Sorin says
I would love to win. Am starting a community garden at a church in West Philadelphia. Will need to get my hands on all of the tools, seeds, and plant material that I can.
The book tour is a great idea! Fran
The tools look great–I'm so eager for spring!
conway3777 AT gmail DOT com
I just started gardening and I'm a 20 – 30 something (ok more towards the 30 something)…I think this book sounds great and its cool to see everyone rallying to launch it. I'm in!
What fun these posts are. I really could use the tools.
douglasjackieisler at gmail.com
I love to garden! The seeds and tools would be very welcome by me. Thanks for the giveaway.
Please enter me!! Great giveaway!
These tools look amazing! I'm getting the gardening itch after all this cold weather
Addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
Modern Mia says
Yay for Dee and her new book! I can't wait to read it. I'm ready to get seed starting just as soon as the snow clears out of the driveway so I can get some soil.
Sunita Mohan says
Wow! I'm dying to read that book! Love Dee's blog and can't wait to get my hands on her book .
And all those giveaways … garden bloggers are such generous souls.
But… resident of the US? hmmmm… I'm seriously wondering whether this calls for me to pick up my roots and move 😀
Dee's book has to be wonderful – it has her in it! If I win these incredible gifts, let me know by email to vbdb at sbcglobal dot net. Hope to see you in Portland.
Shirley Fox says
Great idea for a book, I remember those days of wondering just how to go about making a garden.
The tools and seeds are a wonderful giveaway.
What fun! Those seeds and tools look wonderful and Dee's book is just what a number of young people I know need!
Christina G. says
That is a very handsome tool set. Thanks for the giveaway!
Great party! I love your blog! Will be following you now!
Hi Carol! Greetings from gardening zone 5a in Denver, Colorado. I want to thank you for all of the work and effort that you put into this blog – for the past few years, it's been your blog and thoughts of spring that have made the winters bearable. I'm a very new gardener, and I've received infinite inspiration and ideas from May Dreams Gardens, and once again, I mostly just want to say thank you.
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Thanks for being a part of this party, Carol! I just sent off a couple of seed orders last week, so I really don't need any more seeds, but good luck to all the entrants. Planning to get a copy of Dee's book, however!
Love the Heirloom Seeds!
I love heirloom seeds & those tools look like they would last a lifetime!
The 20 and 30 something nascent gardeners (and older too) are key to our reconnected to what real food tastes like. I'm excited to read Dee's book and would love a chance celebrate this grand garden party with great seeds and tools. Thanks for participating in the celebration!
Emily R. says
I love Botanical Interest seeds too! They have some great varieties!
What wonderful items! Thank you so much for the chance to win them!
I can never have too many gardening tools or seeds.
(cheris at lifford dot org)
Dee's book looks ideal for my 20-something friends (and self). Thanks for the opportunity to win sturdy garden tool and SEEDS! Gotta love the open pollination and history behind heirlooms. 🙂
friggs cottage says
Cant wait to read the book
Kelly S. says
Waiting on the book, can't wait to read it! The Block Party is a fab idea!
"Spring has sprung, the grass is riz,
I wonder where the boidies is
The little boid is on the wing,
But that’s absoid
The wing is on the boid!" looking forward to spring
Marie C. says
Time to head over the Amazon — that book looks fabulous!
marieprecious AT gmail DOT com
Love that you included a pic of Dee and her doggie in her Oklahoma garden. Very nice of you to support Dee and her new book, Carol!
Sassy Nancy says
I can vouch for those garden tools. They are The Bomb! Congratulations Dee on your new book. So very happy for you 🙂
Holly S. says
Awesome prizes; I would love an heirloom seed bank and some new hand tools! Thanks!
My friend Nancy Wallace says the book is not to be missed! Along with the give aways. Hand forged tools to die for! lilaadamsATgmaildotCOM !!!! Great Gardening!
Seeds! And tools to plant them with! Great prizes!
What a fun book launch! Very exciting!
I would love to win!! I'm super excited to start gardening. sxybrt23 at gmail dot com
I love Dee and just received her book–it's fabulous! Botanical Interests is such a wonderful company, and I'm in desperate need of a new hand trowel. I've only heard stellar reviews of DeWitt, so crossing fingers–otherwise, I think I'll need to treat myself to a new DeWitt trowel. Thanks so much for the fun giveaway and support of Dee's book!
As a 20-30 something new gardener, I look forward to reading it!
Who would not love Blog Parties? And Prizes! Dee's book looks wonderful even though I am nowhere near 20-30.
Sounds like a great book and a great party!
Please enter me:
tammy DOT shive DOT thomas AT gmail DOT com
I like your blog very much, and it gives me great ideas.
About a year ago I also got a garden for the first time, and I recently started my own blog about my garden.
Come check it out sometime.
Brenda Hyde says
I didn't know about her book– off to put it on my wish list! I love Botanical seeds too:) We are digging a new garden this year– both a vegetable and herb garden.
Debbie Teashon says
Botanical Interest seeds are the best. I am not familiar with the DeWitt tools, but I need to check them out. The Fiskar loppers are the best loppers I've ever owned, glad to see someone will get a chance to own one. Cuts through branches like buttah!
Love your blog and—–
by participating in this party,
Thank you for providing,
in the middle of this long, long winter,
a preview of summer!
A chance to win Dee's book or seeds and gardening tools, count me in!!!!
Carol – I love that "seeds and gardening tools [are] two of my favorite things to garden with!"
Like anyone chooses "sticks" as a favorite gardening tool. 🙂
Also, thanks for always doing bloom day – I'm going to try to participate more frequently this year.
This sounds wonderful! Unlike you, our snow in upstate New York has not melted. I'm so ready! I need these reminders of spring!
I was hoping to put in a garden this year, but with the drought I'm worried about it!
I love gardening
Erica C. says
I love the tools and seeds, so ready for spring!
I am looking forward to reading the book and thanks for the giveaway.
I have a teeny tiny patio and plan on making a small garden this spring. This prize would be so helpful!
smchester at gmail dot com
This is fabulous :)thank you
would love to with the seeds i so need them thanks for the chance
Thanks for the chance to win this awesome package.cant wait to start gardening!
This will be great for our new rooftop garden on our downtown highrise.
Thanks for the opportunity to win.
this would really come in handy for spring gardening.
susansmoaks at gmail dot com
I saw her book on Amazon the other day and am dying to get my hands on it!
This is the first year I have a place again to garden. I have an autoimmune problem and have food allergies on a daily basis. I am going to heal myself by growing my own food. I grew up like this and hope I can remember what my day taught me about growing food. I love to cook and it hope this year in the garden works out! Thank you for having this chance to win healthy Heirloom seeds.
The book looks great and the tools are very nice!
Donnapsyzk at yahoo dot com
Great book idea. Even in the suburbs, I know a lot of people that want to grow veggies but don't know how to start. I always start extra veggie plants and try to adopt them out to friends and neighbors. My neighbor across the street said she is going to try and grow a small corn field this year! I will share this book with her.
Great book idea. Even in the suburbs I know a lot of people that want to grow veggies but don't know how to start. I always start extra veggie plants to try and adopt out to friends and neighbors.
Dee's new gardening book sounds good. I love to garden and I haven't tried the heirloom seeds yet, but I would like to try them. Thanks for having the contest.
I'd love to win these for my grandma!
bmweida at yahoo dot com
Just found your blog and have been reading for hours. Love it! So excited to read Dee's book! She is a very close friend of my mother in law and she has great info! abbp23 AT gmail DOT com.
Brian E. says
Thanks for the giveaway… we were just talking about what we will be growing in our flower / vegetable garden at dinner this evening !
brianeason62 [at] gmail [dot] com
I’ve been reading Dee’s blog for several years now and have been slow to get over to yours. Kicking myself for for not stopping by sooner. Thanks for the great reads.