As Cicero is quoted as saying, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
I would add that if you have a vegetable garden and a book about how to grow vegetables, then you have all that you need to at least enjoy some delicious produce that you grew yourself. Wouldn’t everyone like that?
If you think you would, then this special giveaway is just for you!
For the “library”, I am giving away one copy of Homegrown Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs by Jim Wilson, photographed by Walter Chandoha (Creative Homeowner, $16.95), the book I reviewed yesterday.
For the “garden” part of the giveaway, Botanical Interests has graciously offered to provide six packets of seeds, winner’s choice.
That’s right… a book and seeds!
You can read all about growing vegetables, and then with six varieties of seeds and maybe a few tomato and pepper plants from your local garden center, you’ll have a great start on your own vegetable garden, even if you are a beginner.
You could grow one of my favorite green beans, ‘Contender’. When you pick and snap those beans, they will be so crisp, you won’t believe it.
Near the beans you could plant a little row of radishes, maybe the variety ‘Cherry Belle’. In a matter of a few weeks, there will be some radishes ready to harvest and you’ll get your first taste of eating from your own garden.
I’d also recommend you grow some summer squash, like ‘Black Beauty’ zucchini. Then you can know the thrill of giving away some of your produce because no one person can keep up with a hill or two of summer squash when it starts to produce.
To decorate your garden, I think you should definitely include some flowers. May I suggest ‘Mammoth Russian‘ sunflowers, ‘Crackerjack’ marigolds, and ‘Cut and Come Again’ zinnias? The sunflowers will wow you with how fast and tall they grow, plus the birds will enjoy the seeds. The zinnias will be excellent for cutting for your own bouquets, and the marigolds will add some color to the garden.
To enter, just leave a comment below by Friday, February 12, 2010, 9:00 PM EST and tell us a little about your experience growing your own vegetables, fruits or herbs.
One entry per person! However, if you tweet about the contest on Twitter, post about it on your blog, or note it on your Facebook page, you can add a second comment with a link for reference and double your chances of winning! (Maximum of two comments per person.)
You do not have to be a new gardener to enter! Any gardener or wanna-be gardener can enter to win.
After Friday, I’ll pick one lucky winner through a random drawing. The winner will be notified via email, so please make sure your comment links back to a blog where I can find your email address or include your email address in your comment or send me an email to tell me you’ve entered. The book will be sent via Amazon by me, and Botanical Interests will send you your seeds.
Good luck to all!
(Please note we can only ship to US residents.)
**Update February 12th, 9:30 PM EST**
The random number generator returned 11 to me, so the 11th commenter, Caroline, is our lucky winner. Congrats to Caroline! Everyone else, stay tuned for other opportunities to win more seeds and other great prizes here and elsewhere around the garden blogosphere!