Book release party and giveaway: The 20-30 Something Garden Guide

It’s the season for garden book releases, and today I’m helping to celebrate my friend Dee Nash’s brand-new book, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No Fuss, Down and Dirty Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff. I met Dee, an Oklahoma garden writer and blogger at Red Dirt Ramblings, six years ago at the first Garden Bloggers Fling. She’s an experienced gardener of both edibles and ornamentals in her own country garden.

Dee wrote this book for newbies, particularly those who want to grow edibles sustainably and organically. Her friendly, conversational voice offers plenty of can-do encouragement, and she’s quick to remind the reader that no one is born with a green thumb — or a black one, for that matter. Gardening, like anything else, is a skill that is honed with practice, mistakes, and failures.

But as she shows throughout the book, the rewards of success are sweet — and can be tasty too! If you’re ready to start growing your own food, or if you’re already doing that and want to add ornamental plants to your garden to make it more attractive to wildlife, and to yourself, Dee’s book will show you how.


Bee Preserver

And now, since this is a book-release party, on to the giveaways! Dee has rounded up some cool gardening prizes for each participating blogger to give away.

Here at Digging, I’m giving away a trio of small Bee Preservers from Glass Gardens NW. These colorful, textured glass floats for your pond or container water feature are designed to save thirsty bees — your garden’s valuable pollinators — from drowning. The textured surface gives bees a safe place to land and something to hold onto while they drink.

Bee Preservers

If you don’t have a water feature of your own, go ahead and enter anyway, and if you win you’ll have a nice gift to give to a water-gardening friend. Be bee-friendly!

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. The giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 23. Check back here on Monday, February 24, to see if you won!

The fine print: One comment per person. Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is open only to residents of the continental U.S.

Update 2/24/14: Congratulations to Sara B., whose comment #41 was chosen at random! Thank you to everyone who entered.

Visit the other bloggers in Dee’s book-release party to enter their giveaways too:

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was sent to me for free. Garden photographs courtesy of Dee Nash. Bee Preserver images courtesy of Robin Haglund.

All material © 2006-2014 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

Lawn Gone! giveaway and gift for the holidays

The editors at Amazon have put Lawn Gone! on their list of best gardening books of 2013, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

LAWN GONE! The perfect holiday gift

I may be a little biased, but I do think Lawn Gone! would make a great Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holiday gift — for the non-gardener who wants to get rid of the lawn but isn’t sure what to put in its place; for the new gardener who needs ideas and how-to information to get started; for the devoted gardener who wants to be inspired by images of beautiful, lawnless gardens; for the environmentalist who wants to create an earth-friendly landscape; for the wildlife gardener who wants to attract birds, bees, butterflies, and other creatures to the garden; for the senior who wants simple groundcovers that require less maintenance than the lawn; for the family who wants to create a yard that’s alive and enticing to explore with the kids.

Therefore I’m giving away TWO copies of Lawn Gone! to ONE lucky reader: one for you and one to give away as a gift. Just leave a comment on this post telling me why Lawn Gone! would make a great gift for someone in your life. I look forward to hearing why you think your friends or family members would enjoy the book. And if you already have a copy, you can give them both away as gifts! Since they’ll be coming directly from me, I can also inscribe them however you’d like.

The giveaway will run through next Monday, Nov. 18, at 11:59 pm. I’ll randomly draw the winner’s name and announce it here next Tuesday. Good luck!

Note: Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is open only to residents of the continental U.S. Thanks for understanding.

UPDATE 11/19/13: WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations to Meredith H. Meredith, I hope Lawn Gone! inspires you and your dad in your gardening adventures! I’ve sent you an email with additional information.

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to enter and especially to each of you who shared your hopes and dreams for your gardens. Happy digging!

All material © 2006-2013 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

Refresh Your Garden Design book release party and giveaway!

I’m delighted to be part of my friend Rebecca Sweet’s virtual book-release party for her new baby, Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture & Form. Six other garden bloggers and I are hosting 7 great giveaways this week, all related to Rebecca’s theme of refreshing your garden.

I want to tell you two things up-front: 1. I haven’t read Rebecca’s book yet, although I’ve paged through an online version that her publisher was able to make available pre-release. 2. I’m putting my money where my mouth is and have ordered my own copy from Amazon. Why? Because Rebecca is a talented designer and garden stylist, and she has a gift for explaining how to achieve certain design effects, both through her clear and gently humorous writing style and through her inspiring photographs. I always look forward to Rebecca’s design-related posts at her blog, Gossip in the Garden, and her co-authored book Garden Up! is an excellent read as well.

Refresh Your Garden Design, Rebecca’s first solo book, is for you if your garden doesn’t look quite the way you envisioned, or if your garden has somehow lost its sparkle over time, whether due to age, lack of attention, or any of the many reasons why our gardens no longer please us. She offers strategies for seeing your garden with fresh eyes, figuring out what’s not working and why, and then taking simple steps to freshen it up, perhaps by grouping plants differently, adding a new plant for contrast or harmony, making a focal point to direct the eye, and so on.

She breaks down design elements into three parts and devotes a section of the book to each: Color — for example, mixing warm and cool colors, as in this photo…

…Form — perhaps going bold with a tapestry of strong shapes…

…and Texture — perfectly illustrated here by a soft-textured mass of grasses.

From my quick glance through the book, I noticed that many of the photos appear to be of mild-climate West Coast gardens, the region in which Rebecca lives and works. I now know from personal experience just how hard it is to fill a book with pictures from all over our vast country when you’re providing the majority of the photos yourself; after all, one tends to visit and photograph gardens close to home. That need not discourage readers from other regions, however. The key to reading any general-interest gardening book is to use the pictures as inspiration, choosing plants appropriate to your own region that can provide similar effects. And as it happens, that’s what Rebecca’s book is all about: teaching design ideas that you can use in your own garden, wherever you live.

On top of that, her photos are gorgeous, and for me half the pleasure of a gardening book is being inspired by the images.


And now, on to the giveaway! All seven of the prizes for Rebecca’s book party are designed to help you refresh your own garden. I’m pleased to offer a $50 gift certificate to Annie’s Annuals & Perennials. Annie’s specializes in rare and unusual plants as well as cottage garden heirlooms and wildflowers — and they’ll ship plants to you, so no worries if you don’t live nearby. Regular readers may remember that I visited Annie’s while I was in San Francisco last June; click for pictures of this fun plant-lover’s nursery. (I also visited Rebecca’s personal garden on that trip. One word: beautiful!) And be sure to leave a comment on this post to be entered for your chance to win!

This giveaway runs through Sunday, November 10, at 11:59 pm, and I’ll announce the winner here on Monday the 11th. Please note that because of shipping costs, this giveaway is restricted to residents of the continental U.S. Check back next Monday to see if you won.

Update 11/11/13: Congratulations to Deborah, who commented on 11/3 — you’re the winner! I’ll send you an email confirmation, Deborah.

Don’t forget to visit the other 6 participating bloggers and enter their giveaways too. Just follow the links below, and leave a comment on each blog’s giveaway post to enter:

All photos courtesy of Rebecca Sweet

All material © 2006-2013 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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