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Giveaways

Giveaway: What’s Wrong with My Vegetable Garden?

I could not have gotten my hands on this book during a better time.  First of all I just LOVE that it provides organic solutions to common gardening problems.  Now that I keep the bees, this is so incredibly important for their population to thrive in our yard.  
This book is very well laid out and organized.  It begins with an overview of the all the necessary requirements to make a vegetable garden successful.  Next, the vegetables are broken down into their own section, “Plant Portraits”. Here you can find photos, descriptions, growing requirements, planting techniques and problem solving suggestions unique to that particular vegetable.  Then the book transitions to 70 pages or so dedicated to eradicating pests and disease from your garden.  The book’s final section provides organic solutions to common problems including soil and watering requirements and crop rotation.
My favorite part of the book is the photography.  Numerous photos accompany every topic and plant throughout.  Better than illustrations in my mind, these photos do speak volumes.  I find this book to be a wonderful resource for myself and I know that I have already had to use it to find new organic ways to treat  powdery mildew, aphids and beetles.

Finally, Tilly’s Nest is proud to partner with Timber Press in their GPS Campaign. The GPS, or Garden Problems Solver, allows readers a chance to ask the experts their own gardening questions. With each question you ask, you will be entered to win a weekly prize as well as the grand prize-an iPad!  Feel free to submit multiple questions: we know we all have them and the best part is you just might be “rewarded” for your question. Readers of Tilly’s Nest will get an added bonus. Enter below to win your very own copy of What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?


Here’s How to Enter:
1.  Add Tilly’s Nest to the blogs you follow.
2.  Visit the Timber Press website and take a look around, hey while there, enter the GPS contest if you like.
3.  Return here, leave a comment with your name, email address and the title of one book that you would like to read from Timber Press.

Good Luck!

This item will ship to US addresses only. 
 One entry per person. 
 Contest ends 8.7.12 at 12 midnight EST.
One winner will be randomly selected.


Disclosure:  I was sent a complimentary copy of this book from Timber Press for review, however the opinions above are entirely my own. 

Photo Credit:  Timber Press

Giveaways

Giveaway: The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers

Gardening can be intimidating.  Every single gardener makes mistakes whether we are novices or experts.  We are plagued by insects, plants that sometimes fail to succeed and spring bulbs that never seem to bloom despite beautiful foliage.  Often we are left to troubleshoot things on our own.  We know that next year there will be another growing season, a chance to start fresh.

I was very happy to find that there is a new book on the market for the less experienced gardener that suddenly makes easy practical sense out of mysteries of gardening and helps to troubleshoot and prevent problems from even occurring in the first place.  
Timber Press Publishing is known for their wonderful gardening publications.  The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers by Teri Dunn Chace is like a cheat sheet for gardeners.  Don’t be fooled by its compact size.  It includes 24 chapters and over 100 answers for your most common gardening questions.  It is thorough and comprehensive but does not get bogged down with too much scientific information for the recreational gardener. Spanning all four seasons, bulbs, container gardening,  pesticides/chemicals, lawn, roses, shrubs, vines, watering, weeds, soil and composting are all included.  This book can easily be read cover to cover or serve as a reference guide when there is a specific question.  It is wonderful.
Tilly’s Nest is proud to partner with Timber Press in their GPS Campaign over the next couple of months.  The GPS, or Garden Problems Solver, allows readers a chance to ask the experts their own gardening questions.  With each question you ask, you will be entered to win a weekly prize as well as the grand prize-an iPad.  Feel free to submit multiple questions: we know we all have them and the best part is you just might be “rewarded” for your question.  Readers of Tilly’s Nest will get an added bonus.  Leave a comment below to win your very own copy of The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers.  

Be sure to follow our blog.  In your comment, leave your name and a means to contact you such as an email address.  This item will ship to US addresses only.  One entry per person.  Contest ends 6.23.12 at 12 midnight EST.

GOOD LUCK!
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Chickens

Book Review: Free Range Chicken Gardens

A little over a week ago, I was sent a copy of Free Range Chicken Gardens to review by the publisher, Timber Press. I was so excited and could not wait to dive into this book that involved two of my favorite hobbies, gardening and chickens.
This book is wonderful. Right from the start it is clear that the author, Jessi Bloom, loves her flock and is not only incredibly knowledgeable about chickens but also about her full-time landscaping profession. She share tips and tidbits along the way that help to steer newbies away from potential pitfalls. The book covers all the bases and could easily be a place for people to start off when they are considering adding a flock to their landscape. She covers it all.
Landscape design/planting suggestions
Protecting plants and gardens from the flock
Growing worms for your flock
Poisonous Plants
Composting
Creating chicken tractor and coops
Urban and Rural chicken gardens
Predators
Introducing a dog to a flock of chickens
Chickens relating to other livestock, game birds, and bees.
Health Issues

Things I love about the book:
It is thorough and innovative.
It gives ideas and examples along the way and makes it “real” by sharing personal vignettes.
It has gorgeous photos (photographer Kate Baldwin)
It has several blueprints.
It covers yards and spaces of various sizes.
Where my opinion differs:
Feeding and encouraging your chickens to eat slugs.
This book is well-written and would be a true asset to every chicken owner. Even if you never plan on creating a garden oasis, in your backyard, you would be remiss if you did not purchase this book. If you keep a flock in your yard, large or small, this book will help you optimize your set-up for healthy happy chickens.
This book has now become one of my favorite chicken books. Thank you Timber Press!
I have not received any compensation for my review other than a copy of this book.
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