Got a lot of blackberries? Then check out this recipe for Blackberry Mojito Fruit Leather.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Gaia's Garden - book giveaway

I've got my kid's cold and, as such, don't have the operating brain cells to write a coherent post. So, I decided to do a giveaway today! Today's book is Gaia's Garden: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture.

This book is pretty much the bible for home permaculture and this is the second edition of the book. It covers:
  • building and maintaining soil fertility and structure
  • catching and conserving water in the landscape
  • providing habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals
  • growing an edible "forest" that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods

This edition also features a chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural and more productive. Best of all, once it's established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that's needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden.

If you are interested in entering the giveaway for this book, you have until midnight Friday, February 5th, PST. Just leave your name in the comments to enter. Good luck!

109 comments:

Jes said...

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE that book! I've been researching permaculture online but a book in the hand is so much better.

Celia said...

I would also love a book!

Chard Lady said...

Please pick me! I have limited space, and some space that is ill-suited to traditional agricultural methods.

megan/mason said...

This is perfect timing. I have this book checked out from the library right now, but I know that there is no way I can even get close to covering all it has to offer in the two weeks before it has to go back. Someone else has requested it, so who knows how long I'd have to wait to check it out again. I was sure that I'd have to find some way to squeeze it into the budget this month!

Carbzilla said...

Yay - can't wait to win!!!

Old Wise One said...

Great idea. Working in that area - trying to get a 200 tree pecan orchard declared organic - oh so much trouble, but hanging in there.

Sparkless said...

Looks like a great book, count me in!

Butternuts said...

I just know I'm gonna get lucky!

Carley said...

I would really enjoy this book! I am starting a garden, and my friend plans to seriously expand hers. We could share it =)

CitricSugar said...

I am completely gardening-challenged. This would be a very useful book for me!

e4 said...

Count me in...

Elizabeth M said...

Sounds like a great book!

funkyluke said...

i am moving to the country to homestead, just me my two boys and our cat.. i would love to know what i am doing..lol.. i think the book would be a fantastic helper

mudnessa said...

I have been trying my hand at growing a bit of useful food items on my tiny patio in the last few years. So far all I can get is herbs. Really successful with catnip for the cats and sage and rosemary. That's about it. I think I really need some help and this would definitely help me out. Thanks for the option.

Wonder-ful said...

Hmm... maybe this will turn my brown thumb green.

-Ashley

LatigoLiz said...

Count me in!

Round Belly said...

I would happily read and apply that book to my new yard. Pick me!
Raya Newbold

Robj98168 said...

ME!ME!ME!
Signed Mr. Nellie Olson

Kim said...

Oh, yes please!

A. Moore said...

Add me to the list of people hoping to win!!

Elizabeth B said...

Oh wow, this sounds great. I'd love to win this book!

Nonie said...

Me, please! :)

Heather said...

I would la la LOVE to win this book, pretty please of course!

Alilcrunchi (Sara) said...

Okay I am leaving my name in the comments... and here is my email.

smariecarlson@ymail.com

Manda said...

Ahh I dream of completely edible gardens, my family thinks I'm nuts but it will happen! Just need some handy hints to help me on my way :D

Kimberly said...

I LOVE this book, and need a copy! Thank you for the giveaway!!!
Blessings!

Penny Basket said...

I'd love to have that book!

I first heard about permaculture when I watched Food Inc. It's a great idea. More farmers should get into it.

Carla said...

Sounds like a great book.

Kim said...

That book looks great! One of my colleagues at school is helping the kids set up a garden at school - we have one hydroponics setup and we're going to be doing a traditional garden as well.

dixiebelle said...

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Amanda Jo said...

Add my name to the list :)

esp said...

Sign me up! This has been on my reading list forever!

thesimplepoppy said...

Oh, I want this! Kate from "Living the Frugal Life" keeps recommending it!

owlfan said...

I would love to win this. Maybe it would help me grow something in my oh, so shady yard. Most of my growing gets done in my mom's back yard because it has some sun.

JenHarper said...

Put my name in the hat! It sounds like a great book!

Jan said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Lise said...

I would love a copy of this book; thanks for the chance to win! I've been working on creating some kind of edible landscape in my very-shady yard, and I can use all the help I can get!

Sandy said...

Me, please! My word verification is "pition", so I'm hoping you'll have pity on me!

Mel said...

I need to win this, so thank you very much!

Melissa in Chicago

swiggett said...

Ooo - I really could use help in this area. I'd love to enter the drawing! - Emily

Jessica said...

I would really like to win this book! I am plotting ways to turn my grass into a beautiful veggie/herb/flower garden. I live on a small city lot, so permaculture techniques will be key. Thanks!

The Mom said...

I would also love this book.

Deb said...

That book looks great! Please enter me.

deborah150 at hotmail dot com

Kate in NY said...

I've been on the library waiting list for that book for ages, it seems. I guess there is more local interest in permaculture than I thought! How nice it would be to have my own copy, to read at my leisure!

Brenda said...

I checked this book out at the library a month or so ago. A very good book, I would love to own it.

Barbara said...

Oh, please pick me! I'd love this book!Plus I think yer gonna look real perdy in that tie dress! :)

Tree Huggin Momma said...

Sounds like a great book :)

Stephanie said...

Sounds like a great book.

DramaMama said...

I've been getting geared up for the garden season lately and if I don't win, I will have to check the library for this book. I like the edible forest idea =)

kmcelwee said...

Would love this book! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

Mary H. said...

Well, I feel lucky today so put my name in the hat, please and thank you :)

EcoLife said...

I am waiting for that book from the library. It might be nice to beat them too it. Thanks Crunchy!

Heidi said...

Just found your site, and am loving it so far. Great job sharing accessible sustainable ideas! Oh, and looks like a great book too.

auntjone said...

Last year's gardening attempts didn't go well so maybe this book will ensure success this year!

Maria said...

I hope you feel better! I would love this book. Thank you!

karen said...

I would love to have this book-working on making my small yard as productive as possible is my goal!
Karen from CT

Just trying to be green said...

Oh, pick me, pick me! I've been wanting to read more on permaculture.

Amy Estrada said...

Awesome book! Thanks for the opportunity, as always.

The Raven said...

Count me in!

aastricker said...

I've been wanting this book since I first heard if it!! Thanks for sharing.

Wanda said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Mia @ agoodhuman said...

Oh! Yes Please!

motheralice said...

Sounds fabulous! I'm in!

Tadj said...

I've been wanting to read this book for a while! I hope I win...

Mugen.no.Kaze said...

I could use this book for sure!

Erin said...

I would love this book! Thanks, Erin

Surviving and thriving on pennies said...

Maybe some day I will win something....I have a green thumb and this books looks really great!

Brad K. said...

Yes, please, I would like to receive the book.

And thank you for the offer!

K said...

What good timing this would be! I just bought a new (old) house with a large yard that I'm plaaning on turning into gardens... my only problem is to not make it too big!

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Sarah said...

Looks like an interesting book!

Joules said...

I would like to enter the drawing, as well. I've been looking forward to planting this year and could use the help!

Heidi said...

Count me in too!

DiElla said...

I,m in.

Jennifer McNichols said...

I'd be so interested in reading this book!

Presto said...

I also would love that book!

-Preston Glidden

Dréa said...

Ooooh, this book has been on my wishlist for quite some time! I think my partner would totally enjoy it as well. :D

LeslieH said...

After years of apartment living, I recently bought a house with a big yard. I'm working on a garden and could really use this book!

Melissa said...

Oh randomizer, please pick me.

The Nurturing Pirate said...

My husband, who does most of the yard work, would love that book!

Brynne said...

Just bought a house and could really use a book like this!

Malgrin said...

If I don't win it... I'll buy it (used).

hekatesgal said...

This would be great for Nevada living.

fullfreezer said...

Oh, pick me, pick me!! I'm taking a two day crash course on permaculture in March and would love this one.
Judy

DK said...

Sounds like a pretty awesome read. And something to keep around for reference after it's read through.

Kristen said...

I've read the first few chapters and now it is due back to the library! Thus, owning a copy would be ideal because I still have much to learn.

katie said...

I would love to win this!

Allison said...

Living in a small city, in a house with a small yard, missing the large, productive farm I grew up on...
alya@telus.net

Kate n Daniel Vickery said...

We would love to read this book and would happily pass it on to another reader after we finish with it.

inadvertent farmer said...

One I don't have! Kim

dc said...

Yes, please!

Anonymous said...

I've never won anything and I'm sure won't win this either. Oh, well.

Evelin Richter said...

Do you have to live in the USA to qualify for the book giveaway? I live up here in the cold north, (Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba, on lake Winnipeg) but I still try my best at growing my own food. I would also love to have this book.

p.s. I love your blog!

Dea-chan said...

Would love this! I was just thinking the other day about the gigantic list of books that I want/need (it's always "need", eh?) and this was definately near the top!

Jeremy said...

That book is definitely on my wishlist with amazon. Keep up the good work on your blog. It is an enjoyable read.

Lisa said...

Would LOVE to have this book. I am building a farm and garden on a restricted budget.(started 2 years ago) www.hoovesandhounds.blogspot.com
Live in Maine Husband is out of work;(

Morgen said...

Me and my black thumb SO need this!

Pam said...

I have GOT to start eating healthier. I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and now type 2 diabetes. This book would really help me. Please???

Ryan said...

That looks AWESOME!

C said...

I'd love this book.

BarbCohen said...

I would love this book. I have been trying to improve my gardening the past few years. I always plant one in spring but have trouble getting the yields from my plants that one would expect.
Barbara

KLund said...

Would love this! Thanks

Wendy M said...

I've read this book and would love it on my shelf as it's full of info that would be useful to have on hand. Thanks!

Marya said...

I would love this book! We're finally moving to a home with a lawn and this would be a great resource!

Keri said...

Oooh, this is just what I need to revamp my yard!

A said...

Add me, please! :)

--Angela

MollyMae said...

Pick me! (Please)

TommyGirl said...

I would love this book.

Laura said...

I would love to own that book! I'm starting work on my yard this year and just learning about compost, then terra preta, and on to permaculture. Sounds great but I don't have much for details yet.

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