Friday, February 26, 2010

Book Giveaway - Winter Seed Sowing



One of the best parts of garden blogging is the online friends that you make.  Recently, Monica at Garden Faerie Musings and I discovered each other. Monica is the author of Fun with Winter Seed Sowing.
She is an advanced master gardener, a master composter, writer, and speaker.  Monica, a fellow Michigander, has been published in the Ann Arbor News, Michigan Living magazine, The Washtenaw Gardener, and many other publications.  One of her special projects is a Cat Garden for cats living in a no-kill retirement community, maybe the first and only in the country.  She also designed a fountain garden for an 1860s home near Ann Arbor called Cobblestone Farm, drawing from her knowledge of plants that would have been planted in that era.

Monica's book, Fun with Winter Seed Sowing,  is a different approach to seed starting. Using Mother Nature's original plan, she demonstrates ways to sow seeds in recyclable containers, such as milk jugs and juice bottles, outdoors, leaving your house free of pot and container clutter. This idea utilizes natural light, rain, and snow melt. The seeds remain dormant in the pots until they begin to leaf out in nature's own good timing. By the time they are ready for transplanting, they have already been hardened-off. What a great concept! The book describes everything you need to know using whatever type of container you decide, including the soil type and different ways to mark pots.

Monica has generously offered one of her books as a giveaway. Outdoor seed sowing should only be done until mid-March here in the snowy North, so time is of the essence.  If this new concept interest you, here's how you can enter:


1. Leave a comment about why you would like to win this book.


2. For a second chance to win, sign up as an e-mail subscriber with Feedburner, Feed Blitz, or become a Google Follower (see sidebar.) Then leave a second comment telling me you have subscribed or that you are already a subscriber.

If you subscribe in more than one way, leave a separate comment for each.


3. For a third chance to win, blog or Tweet about this contest with a link here, then come back and leave another comment telling me about it.


4. For a fourth chance to win, subscribe to Garden Faerie's Musings and come back and tell me about it..


5. If you're not a blogger, be sure to leave your contact e-mail address like this to avoid spammers: pianananna(at)gmail(dot)com. If I don't have a way to reach you or you don't respond in three days, your name will be disqualified, and I will choose again, picking my favorite answer.

Good Luck!!

Open to US residents only, 18+.

Winners will be chosen by random.org.

Email addresses will not be shared with any third parties.

This Giveaway ends on  Friday, March 5, 2010 at midnight EST.









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78 comments:

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Hi Jane, Thanks for the quick posting! I will tweet it and mention it in my next post, on Monday. :)

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

P.S. I created this short URL for this post: http://tinyurl.com/WSgiveaway, if you or others would like to use it, too.

Gail said...

Jane marie, How great they you are giving Monica's book away! I just ordered this book...so keep it for another commenter. I am going to retweet it, too. gail

slb3334 said...

This would be great for my mom who is into gardening.

Romapr said...

I'd like to win because I am new to gardening and need all the help I can get! I love to learn all about gardening. Totally addicted but still a newbie.

Romapr said...

I subscribed to your blog via email.

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I subscribe to Thyme for Herbs via google reader

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Romapr said...

I subscribe to Garden Faerie's Musings. I have a few questions about gardening maybe you could help?

KDTX said...

The cold of winter yields to the sun as new life pushes peaks through the ground.

Rose said...

Hi, Jane Marie! I won't put my name in the hat as I already have Monica's book. But I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try this method--Monica explains every step so clearly that anyone can try their own winter sowing. I have several milk jugs planted right now--buried under the snow:)

Diane said...

Oh gosh, I'd love to win this! I'm currently starting seeds indoors, and I did last year too. I have brown thumbs and I have to plant scads of seeds to get a few healthy plants. I need help! Eek!!! How can an herbal enthusiast be such a lousy gardener, I tell you?

Deb said...

I'm always looking for innovative ways to garden. This year I'm trying out the thick mulch no-till method. I think starting seeds outside is very intriguing and would like to know more.

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Danielle said...

I always start alot of my seeds early in the spring to try to get a head start. I love to have this book and learn ways to use recycled containers and hopefully other useful info.
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Elizabeth said...

I would love to win this book because I have just started to try to start plants indoors in the winter. I would love all the advice I could get.

Colengal said...

Would love this book because I'm beginning to think winter will last forever. Using the natural cycles to get those seeds sprouting sounds like a great plan.

Heavenly Savings said...

This would be a wonderful book to read! I have been trying to come up with a way to start my seeds! This book would be able to answere all the questions that I have had! Thank you for the chance!
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maureen73 said...

Hello,
I would like to win this book because I live in Florida and got too confident by putting my seeds in the ground too early only to lose to a very late season freeze last night.
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contestrobyn said...

I want to win this book because I love the idea of planting using recycled containers!

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Angie said...

The book sounds very interesting and I would love to try some of her suggestions. Always looking for something new to try.

julie s said...

I would love to win this book because it is exactly what my Dad and I have been talking about. Thanks for the giveaway!

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sksweeps said...

I'm doing lots to expand my growing season and get more goodies out of my garden. This book sounds like it would be a great help! Thanks!

Jen @ GBG said...

I would love to win this book because this is my first year winter sowing. I would love to learn more about it.
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Annemarie said...

I would love to try this new way of starting plants, the book sounds fascinating.

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Msrobin said...

I really need to win this book, because I want to try winter sowing, but I'm soooo skeptical!

Kylie said...

I want to try this since I seed sowing usually takes up half my living room in the spring, I have plenty of room outdoors so maybe the family wouldn't go crazy this year.
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SueZH said...

I'm a master gardener too. I am always looking for different ideas. It sound like this book has some.

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nfmgirl said...

I've been wanting to find a better way for sowing seeds, as I don't have much room, with five cats running around! Please count me in. Thank you!

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Roses and Lilacs said...

I have been a gardener for an embarrassing number of years and have never had much luck with starting seeds. (I have a lot of excuses:) This year Monica has convinced me to try her winter sowing method. Wish me luck, I'll need it.
Marnie

Shady Gardener said...

I've just ordered the book. How nice of you to have a give-away, though. :-)

Daniel M said...

been wanting a herb garden and don't know where to start - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Stephanie said...

I would love to know more about this simpler way to garden.

Anonymous said...

For my friend MicheLe!

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kakihara said...

Yes please, My husband and I started a summer garden that was very successful--but when winter came--we wanted to keep growing--with little success--we need some help!
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heaventrees said...

I would like to win this because I want to read it first to learn from it for my own limited gardening. Then, I would pass it on to an uncle who is a very enthusiastic gardener. I want him to be even more prolific because he gives me home grown veggies!

karen said...

I would love to win this because I am always on the lookout for new ideas for my garden. Thanks.

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Miss Nessa said...

I always like to keep an eye out for interesting new garden books. Danke

Noelle said...

I love the smell of herbs and use as many as I can in my cooking. I also hang bunches everywhere in my home!

purango said...

I would love to win this book because my back yard is only weeds and dirt. I want to put a garden in. This book would be great for a gardening novice like me. garrettsambo@aol.com

memetu said...

I would like to win this book to learn to be ever more frugal. I want to teach my children nurturing, recycling ways.
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Anonymous said...

my husband and i are starting our first garden this year and i have been looking into all sorts of different methods... i'd love to win this book so we can try winter sowing next year!! heatheranya at hotmail dot com

Jinxy and Me said...

I am anxious to get the garden started, so this would be great!

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kathy pease said...

i love gardening but have never started my own i usually buy pre potted and put into my gardens..i would love to give it a shot :)

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Gianna said...

I love to garden as much as I can :)

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Lyn said...

I just discovered winter sowing this winter and sowed my first milk jugs this weekend. I would love to win this book!

Marianna said...

I'm a new homeowner and I want to get started learning about gardening and growing things this year! I don't know very much about that and this book sounds like it would help me learn economical and eco-friendly ideas! Thanks for the chance!
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Anonymous said...

i have only just discovered your and Monicas blogs i am in England but i am going to try the milk jug asap to get my sweetpeas going never thought of growing nasturtiums this early but i think i will have a o - love both your blogs. Tigerlove.