Celebrating Hand-in-Hand Garden Help + GiveawaysFebruary 16, 2014
Today we are joining with a dozen other gardening bloggers to celebrate the launch of our friend Dee Nash’s new book The 20-30 Something Garden Guide, which offers the kind of garden help and empowerment that Garden Mentors® is all about. Plus, each of us has been provided with cool items to giveaway to readers as a part of this celebration, so be sure to enter here and visit each of the links listed below to learn more and get a chance at all of the cool garden goodies donated for this giveaway.
(Updated 2/24/2014: The giveaway has now closed. Via random.org, Linda Belcher is our winner & will be contacted directly by author Dee to coordinate next steps!)
But for now, back to Dee of Red Dirt Ramblings blogging fame and her new book…
We had the opportunity to sit in on Dee’s 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show talk in which she offered up gardening advice such as you will find in her book. Here’s the thing: Dee’s much like us. She believes everyone can garden and as she says in both her books and seminars: “…no one is born with a brown thumb, or a green one for that matter.”
“All gardeners have setbacks. Good gardeners kill plants. Don’t be discouraged. Failure means we are stretching our gardening muscles.” Dee Nash
In her new book, Dee sets out to provide step-by-step tips and guidelines to help “anyone who wants to grow stuff” find success. Beginning with simple, small container gardens, Dee guides gardeners through step-by-step plans for planting and progressing as a gardener. Dee gets what we do — not getting overwhelmed, accepting failure, and growing with the help of someone at your side is likely to bring new gardeners (heck, and old ones) their greatest sense of accomplishment and success.
“Gardening is a skill learned by trial and error…If you want to learn to garden, grab a coach and go for it!” Dee Nash
I wouldn’t say that Dee’s book is going to provide everything every gardener needs to achieve perfection. In fact, no gardening book, garden, or gardener is ever perfect. In discussing gardening television, Dee herself says about these shows, “what doesn’t come across (on gardening tv) is the reality that gardening is more about the process than the results.” Every gardener is always starting somewhere, killing things that transform into killer compost, and reaching out for more help and more knowledge as we grow and seasons pass. Check out her book, and you’ll get the picture!
Now…about all those giveaways…
Dee has put together a package of goodies from Sanctuary Soil (for which Garden Mentors® is a paid gardening expert writer, btw. However, for this post and giveaway, we have received no compensation by Sanctuary Soil or anyone else for that matter.) Here’s the list of goodies they’ve donated:
1, 2 Cubic Unit Bag of Empire Builder Grower’s Mix ($24.95 value)
1, 20 Quart bag of Buckaroo Worm Castings ($18.95 value)
1, 3 pack of Hula Brand Perfect Planters ($17.96 value)
If you would like a chance at getting these donated items from Sanctuary Soil, tell us in the comments on this blog post about how you have grown as a gardener by failing. Yep! What have you killed or had to rebuild several times to get it right or whatever it is that you see as a big flop that lead you to become stronger in the garden.
(Please note that Dee’s giveaway is only open to residents in the continental United States. Enter your comments for a chance to win no later than 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, February 23, 2014. Be sure to include your email address or other way we can contact you should you win. Winners of the items listed for giveaway on this blog will be chosen randomly using random.org. Winners will be announced on our blog on the week following February 23, 2014 & the winner will be contacted via email as well.)
Now that you’ve commented below to throw your hat in our ring, read on for a list of the other great blogs to visit to learn more and enter more (and different) giveaways!
In alphabetical order, here are all of the other blogs celebrating Dee’s book launch with posts and giveaways. (And, yes, Garden Mentors® is a paid gardening pro writer for Fiskars®, which has donated a number of the giveaway items listed below. We have received no compensation from Fiskars® or anyone else for this blog post.)
Be sure to visit and enter each for your chance at some pretty groovy gardening goodies!
Niki Jabbour at Niki Jabbour, The Year Round Veggie Gardener. (no giveaway)
Carmen Johnston at Carmen Johnston Gardens — Garden Girl pants with knee pads and a David Austin rose, ‘The Alnwick Rose’ catalog link for ordering bare root roses.
Pam Penick at Digging — Three small Bee Preservers, www.glassgardensnw.com.