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, May 25, 2011

Backyard Bounty book giveaway

I got a review copy of the book, Backyard Bounty: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest, from my publisher and I have to say, I've been loving it. Even though I've read a ton of books on gardening and gardening in the Pacific Northwest, in particular, I'm still learning a great deal.

The author, Linda Gilkeson, a master gardener, lives in the BC area and the content is certainly catered towards those living in the Pacific Northwest. But I have to say that the vast majority of the book would apply not only to those who live in similar climates but to all gardeners as well.

The book includes:

* Planning your garden and preparing the soil
* Organic fertilizers and simplified composting
* Growing healthy seedlings, transplanting, easy weeding and mulching
* Growing fruit and simple pruning methods
* Greenhouses, tunnels, and containers
* Organic pest management and more

Book giveaway
If you are interested in entering the random drawing for a copy of this book, leave your name in the comments of this post and tell me if you are a new, seasoned or expert gardener!

Bonus entry
If you are a "fan" of my Facebook page, you can get a second entry, just add an extra comment saying you LIKE me, you really LIKE me!

The rules
You have until midnight PST Saturday, May 28th to enter. Good luck and happy gardening!

78 comments:

Buffalomary said...

This book sounds interesting and I'm interested in winning it! :)

Heidi said...

ha, i've had my permaculture certificate for almost 20 years and I still think of myself as a newish gardener. every year, every nook and cranny of my yard, every season - they're all different. loads of trial and error over the last few years when i began to garden seriously.

Tory said...

I'd like to think that I'm a seasoned gardener, but really I'm just newbie farmer for some odd number of years. Thanks for the opportunity!

Oribella said...

I am a seasoned gardener. I'd LOVE to win this book!

Tory said...

I have "liked" you!

Madeleine said...

I am a fairly experienced and very enthusiastic gardener and have been steadily de-turfing my property over the past 4 years. I live in the Pac NW, Like you on FB and would love to win the book!

jen said...

I am also a PNW gardener - I'd say "seasoned". Would LOVE this book!!

jen said...

I "like" you! I really, really "like" you!

Ruth @ Hope, Joy and Faith Farm said...

I garden on the Oregon coast, I am a "seasoned" gardener, though every year I learn I don't know much. I'd love to win the book!

ashley said...

sounds like a great read. I don't live in the northwest, though. :D

Kathy Lee said...

I would love to win this book! I'm a seasoned gardener, but always looking for new ideas & inspiration.

Lynda said...

I a seasoned gardener that continues to learn. One never has the same garden twice...each day is different from the day before.

Davey said...

new gardener. this book would help. thanks

Charity said...

I am a fairly new gardener, learning more and more all the time! A BC resident, this book sounds wonderful!

Garcie said...

I'm a new veggie gardener and somewhat seasoned if you count getting rid of my lawn and planting whatever strikes me at the time anywhere type of gardening! This year we planted a veggie garden right in front beside our door and hope that we harvest before the animals in our neighbourhood :)

Sparkless said...

I'm somewhere between a beginner and seasoned gardener. I'd love to win this book.

Sparkless said...

I liked your Facebook page cause, I really do like you!

booksNyarn said...

I think I am a seasoned newbie gardener? I have been gardening for the last three years and have gone from indoor and container gardening to building my own raised beds.

I have heard great things about this book, so thank you for the giveaway.

booksNyarn said...

I also like you on Facebook!

hippychick said...

I am a novice gardener! Last year was my first garden, with limited success. Trying raised beds this year and starting a little smaller.

hippychick said...

I LIKE you! I really LIKE you! :)

Tara said...

I, too, am a fairly novice gardener and could use all the help I can get! :)

Tara said...

Also, I like you, I really like you!

Yart said...

The book sound great. Something I could put to good use.

NCbill said...

I have been gardening for about forty years. Each year is a learning experience and I love to read books on gardening. i am working on building my yard in to a permaculture oasis.

Yart said...

I also like you on facebook

Kristina said...

I think of myself of a new gardener, even though I've been gardening off and on for 11 years.

Anna M said...

I guess my husband and I are semi-seasoned gardeners. We've had large gardens the last two years but this year we can't garden because we are trying to sell our house in Vermont and move back to Idaho. Since our garden was so very large our Real Estate agent advised us to take it back to lawn as a selling point. While this makes me very sad it was accurate. Hopefully in the future large gardens will be selling points and not detractors.

The Haphazard Countryman said...

I'm a fairly new gardener, but my wife is more seasoned. Between the two of us, we seem to get it done.

John and Melissa said...

I grew up on a farm and we had a large garden, but then I stopped gardening for a while as an adult and just started up again a couple of years ago...so I guess I'm probably somewhere between seasoned and newbie. This book sounds great!

John and Melissa said...

I "liked" you on Facebook!

Chris said...

I'd say seasoned I'm a seasoned gardener. I just discovered your blog through a friend on FB and I love how much information you've got here.
I also liked you on FB. Thanks!

Kate said...

I was going to pass on entering, given that it's a book written with the PNW in mind. But since you say it would be mostly applicable to other areas too, I'd love a chance. I would say I'm a seasoned gardener. I don't think I'd ever call myself an expert gardener, no matter how long I work at it. I agree with Thomas Jefferson, who said: "Though an old man, I am but a young gardener." Thanks for the chance to win.

Kristi said...

I would love to have this book! I've been gardening for the last twelve years, but after this spring am feeling like a newbie. I really need help with composting and ideas for some sort of tunnels that will work in my area.

Josie said...

Hello! We are looking forward to the huge harvest of tomato's, peppers, onions, and herbs... and then the hard work of canning some more salsa. We only have around 6 jars left from last year. I love to satisfying 'pop' of the lids.. I wipe the sweat off my face and grin sooo big! I would love to have your book! :)

iheartgardening said...

Nichole
I'm ok, just a major procrastinator, maybe this'll help.

swiggett said...

The book sounds fascinating, and very informative. I would greatly appreciate the chance to win this.

swiggett said...

Oh, and I Like you!

Carrie at Rhubarbsky said...

Though I've dabbled in gardening since I was a wee kiddo. . . I'd definitely categorize myself as a beginning gardener.

Carrie at Rhubarbsky said...

I was all excited to drop the Sally Fields, "I like you, I REALLY like you", but other people did that. . . but I do. Like you that is.

Simple Mama said...

looks like a great book. I'm a seasoned gardener, but certainly no expert.

Donna said...

I like you and I'd like to win the book :)

Jenn, Pint-sized Pioneering said...

I consider myself a seasoned gardener.

Nichole said...

I grew up helping my Dad who's an expert gardener... I don't have my own garden but can't wait for the day when I do!

Dawnee said...

I am a new gardener, having moved to a house with a backyard after 15 years of apartment living. I'd love to read this book!

PamG said...

PLEASE pick me!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a good one! I'm a new gardener.
kaitsampson at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

And I "like" you!
kaitsampson at yahoo dot com

wolfandfinch said...

I'm a new gardener, and would LOVE to take a look at this book - I live in Vancouver BC. Thanks! On my way back to your facebook page :)

Lizzie Bordello said...

This is the first year that I have had garden space. I am equally excited and terrified. I do have radishes coming up, and my garlic looks amazing (although I am very anxious that scapes haven't started to shoot up yet), but my peppers and tomatoes are still in a vulnerable stage. There are just about done with the hardening off period, and then we'll see what happens when they go in the ground!!

Surviving and thriving on pennies said...

I think of myself as a seasoned gardener. I grew up helping my grandmother on weekends in her huge garden. From canning to freezing to eating as much as we could raw. We also donated a ton of food to families in need. We also helped out gram with her farm which meant taking care of her goats, rabbits, chickens, and everything else.
I continue to garden all these years later and teach my children how to do it as well. It's one thing that I am so lucky to have learned from my grandmother/mother and now i'm happy to pass it along to them.
I would love to win this book!

Fragmentary Green said...

I am a newbie gardener-the only thing I've ever grown successfully is mint!

Fragmentary Green said...

And I like you (I really, really like you, haha) on Facebook, both your page and profile

Erin said...

I am a seasoned gardener, and I love container and in-ground gardens, veggies/fruits and flower gardens. The newest addition to our garden this year is an evergreen huckleberry!

simply living said...

I consider myself on the new side of gardening. I've grown beautiful vegies some years and others failed miserably. I love to learn about new gardening methods and I like to research, a new book would be good.

simply living said...

I do 'like' on your facebook.

DragonWife said...

I'm a semi-newbie gardener in Puyallup. I'd love this book. Actually, I'll probably get it eventually either way! Thanks for the review!

Dea-chan said...

Brand new gardener!

Nick said...

Yay free books! Yes please!

Barbara WALLACE said...

Looks like a great book for a newish grower like me.

Grace said...

Good question. I'm not new to gardening, but am returning to it after a long hiatus. I still make beginner type mistakes, though, including the one where you go overboard and plant way more than you will need (or want to weed).

Tanya said...

I'm a new gardener in the PNW (in BC) so would be very interested in winning this book!

Amy in Tacoma said...

Add me to the list!

Michael Hardy said...

I'm a new gardener ... actually just preparing to be a gardener ... and really need the kind of advice this book sounds like it offers. -- Michael Hardy

Michael Hardy said...

And on Facebook, I LIKE you, I REALLY like you!

Sarah C said...

I'm interested and am a seasoned gardener coming back to gardening after a 3 year apartment induced hiatus!

The Fruit of Her Hands said...

New gardener, would love this! Thanks! Lyzz

The Fruit of Her Hands said...

I liked you on FB because I love your blog!

Becca said...

I would say I am seasoned, but each season I feel new and run to my resources to re-learn! Becca Busch

Becca said...

I'm following you on FB now! Becca Busch

Vintage Witch & Little Scotia said...

I would describe myself somewhere between new and seasoned... I've been growing food in our yard for a few years now, but I STILL have so much to learn!

Vintage Witch & Little Scotia said...

I just went and "liked" your Facebook fanpage, too!

Gigi said...

Total novice gardener here.. trying to start everything from scratch this year but feeling a bit overwhelmed. Would love the extra knowledge another book would provide!

Humble wife said...

Count me in! thanks for the contest...

Anonymous said...

this book sounds like a great addition to the gardening bookshelf

Kanders said...

I'd love to read it. I've been gardening in SE Alaska for several years and wish I could try a small farm.

Jana said...

I am a seaonsed gardener, but would love to learn more. My goal this year is to can 2 jars of food for each day of the year.

Domestic Diva said...

I'm a new gardener.

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