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May Birthday Giveaway: Grow Great Grub

Grow Great Grub

Today I’ve got a copy of Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces by Gayla Trail. This book has a perfect combination of the information you need to grow your own food in containers, planting beds or community gardens, what to plant, how to care for it, and heaps of beautiful photographs to inspire you. I’m very intimidated by gardening and I find this book to be comforting. She covers everything I might like to grow but doesn’t bury me in too many options. There are even recipes, tips on keeping or preserving and a section on how to can. This book is both a great place to start, and has lots of information for those gardeners who are looking to polish their food growing skills. And if you don’t already follow it Gayla’s site You Grow Girl is full of great information. Gayla is one of those people whom I’ve known online for years and years. (I find myself saying that a lot lately!)

If you’d like to win a copy of You Grow Girl please leave a comment with this post. You’ve got until Tuesday, May 17th at 10am PST to enter, the fine print applies. Here is something to talk about if you’d like: Have you ever eaten anything you grew yourself? I am terrible with plants so the most I’ve managed is using my own rosemary and thyme, but my dad is a gardener and grows blueberries and wild strawberries (which are delicious). Ok, good luck! Closed! Thanks for entering.

· comments [497] · 05-16-2011 · categories:books ·

497 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Katrin // May 16, 2011 at 2:30 am

    I am currently growing strawberries on my kitchen window sill. If I can keep the cat from eating the plants, that is… Great book, thanks for the giveaway!

  • 2 Alison // May 16, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I don’t have any gardening experience, so I’ve never eaten anything I’ve grown.

  • 3 Aiza // May 16, 2011 at 2:39 am

    I would love to start growing things for real. I’ve only ever bought a pot of Basil from the supermarket and it kept for about a month only! (mainly because I used up all the leaves before they had a chance to grow!)

  • 4 Tracey // May 16, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Sometimes we grow sprouts. I always mean to make it more of a habit and a part of our daily life because fresh, crispy, delightfully green sprouts that we grew right in the kitchen are so tasty. I have grown a few herbs and tomatoes but again, haven’t found a way to keep from killing off my plants (haha, planti-cical maniac here)

  • 5 Anna // May 16, 2011 at 2:52 am

    When I was young, my granny used to grow all different types of fruit and vegetables. Now I live in a flat and don’t have any garden but still have some herbs on my windowsill.

  • 6 Cristina // May 16, 2011 at 3:14 am

    I have had the most success with mint (unsurprisingly) and parsley. In my last house, where I had a balcony, I had some basil mint, cilantro, thyme, oregano, and chives. I now only have a bright sunny spot by the kitchen window, but I am still hopeful for the indoor herb plantings I’ve just done!

    My sister managed to grow carrots once. In my last house I think we got one or two tiny inch-long carrots. They were miniature!

    When I lived in the South, I had a strawberry plant outside, but the fire ants were too much for me, so that didn’t last long. I’m going to plant one inside and cross my fingers.

  • 7 Meg // May 16, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Last year was my first time gardening and we grew tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, all kinds of herbs and plenty of weeds. I loved it! The veggies really do taste incredible when you’ve grown them yourself.

  • 8 cb // May 16, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Herbs and tomatoes are the extent of my homegrown experience. I don’t have much space but want to grow more. Love that she includes instruction on canning!

  • 9 NeCole // May 16, 2011 at 3:45 am

    I love gardening and I’m always looking for great books on how to maximize my small backyard garden. We have a some fruits and vegetables, but I’d like to add more.

  • 10 Jamie G // May 16, 2011 at 4:00 am

    I ate veggies I planted as a kid in my parent’s garden, but my subsequent garden attempts have not been fruitful.

  • 11 patricia // May 16, 2011 at 4:02 am

    We grew a tomato on our balcony once – it was delicious but the plant only ever gave us one tomato. We just moved into a house with a tiny yard and have planted beans, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, and tons of herbs, so hopefully my answer to that question will change by the end of the summer!

  • 12 Faye // May 16, 2011 at 4:02 am

    I’ve got a ton of stuff growing on my balcony right now. It’s been such a fun endeavor.

  • 13 Liane // May 16, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Last year was my first year growing anything.I planted peppers, zucchini, cucumber, eggplant, tomatoes and pole beans…only the tomatoes and pole beans produced anything! The beans were SO prolific that we not only ate beans every single night, but I was giving them away by the bagful. Needless to say, I’m planting fewer beans this year :) it is amazingly rewarding to eat from your own garden though. I can’t wait to try again this year!

  • 14 Kathy // May 16, 2011 at 4:05 am

    We have a vegetable garden and grow a lot of our own food. In the past, I even grew shiitake mushrooms on oak logs! This season, I’m experimenting with maximizing my small garden space to try to get in spring, summer, and fall crops — I have high hopes that we can start to grow more and more of our own food over the next few years.

  • 15 Kate // May 16, 2011 at 4:07 am

    I’m definitely new at gardening. Last year was a banner year for tomatoes, though!

  • 16 Katie // May 16, 2011 at 4:07 am

    We’ve owned our home for two years now and I just put in a raised bed garden for the first year. I’m so excited that we’ll (hopefully!) have fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions, peas, carrots and rhubarb soon! But to supplement I also plan on relying heavily on my local farmers market this year. I’d love to win this book!

  • 17 hannah // May 16, 2011 at 4:07 am

    I’ve only ever grown herbs and tomatos on my patio at my apartment, but we’re planning on having a house (and garden!) next summer so this book would be a wonderful resource for me!!

  • 18 Little Miss S. // May 16, 2011 at 4:07 am

    I am dreaming of growing more of my food. This book looks fab.

  • 19 Lou // May 16, 2011 at 4:09 am

    I’ve been growing my own mint and basil this simmer, and so far so good!

  • 20 Janine // May 16, 2011 at 4:11 am

    Last year I planted beets and carrots for the first time along with some herbs. I discovered the ground was a bit too hard for the carrots so I ended up with these twisty curly carrots but they still tasted great. Thanks to the non stop rain we’ve had this year, it looks like we’ll be planting a late garden.

  • 21 Laurie // May 16, 2011 at 4:28 am

    With the guidance of Gayla’s first book, I’ve had pretty good luck with container gardening on my apartment porch in the past. Plenty of home-grown salads have been happening! It’s very satisfying.

  • 22 Emily // May 16, 2011 at 4:29 am

    I’ve never grown my own food, but my mom just started a garden with strawberries, tomatoes, figs, and avocados. This would be an excellent book for her.

  • 23 Ashley // May 16, 2011 at 4:29 am

    We just bought our first house, so I was *finally* able to plant a garden. Everything has come up (beans, corn, swiss chard, peppers, onions, potatoes, broccoli) … it’s so fun!! Thanks for another great giveaway!

  • 24 Lise // May 16, 2011 at 4:32 am

    I grew a really sad cherry tomato plant last year that gave me 3 tiny tomatoes.

  • 25 Lisa // May 16, 2011 at 4:33 am

    We grow and eat figs, grapes, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, beans, and the usual assortment of herbs!

  • 26 Martha // May 16, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I had a garden for the last four summers but we are in an apartment this year with no yard :( So I am growing a few pots of basil, chives, parsley, and cilantro on the windowsill.

  • 27 Sheila Mayhew // May 16, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Would be great to grow our little food in our condo… so afraid of much more rain – can’t be more than sun shine and summer wheather soon behind!

  • 28 Andrea @ The Greenbacks Gal // May 16, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Growing my first raised beds this year. You Grow Girl has been a fabulous resource for me for years – years before I ever thought that 450 sq ft of raised beds were what I needed to really enjoy my yard.

  • 29 marion // May 16, 2011 at 4:48 am

    we’ve been roasting our home grown butternut pumpkin this week. We’ve got about a dozen to work through, currently loving them rolled in moroccan spices and then roasted until just scorched

  • 30 Margaret // May 16, 2011 at 4:55 am

    My 13yo daughter and I are beginner backyard gardeners. We grew peas, cucumbers, eggplant and tomatoes. Just getting ready to put out a few plants here in CT.

  • 31 Alexis // May 16, 2011 at 4:57 am

    My husband and I just bought our first home and the first think I did was started my container garden. So far all we’ve gotten is a stray strawberry or two, but we have high hopes for some Roma tomatoes for sauce and making our own pickles.

  • 32 Kelly // May 16, 2011 at 4:58 am

    this is the third year we are trying to grow a garden. nothing grows in our yard, we have too many trees. third time is a charm?

  • 33 Sherry // May 16, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I’ve grown grapes in my tiny courtyard and espaliered a Cortland apple tree up the side of the garage. You don’t need a lot of space to grow great grub!

  • 34 Ruth Ann // May 16, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Growing up my dad always had a garden in the backyard. Sometimes I helped him with that. We got all sorts of good things to eat from that, peas, leaf lettuce, zucchini, tomatoes, beets (although I never liked beets), sometimes some corn…if the squirrels didn’t get to it first.
    I grew peppers one year and ate those and enjoyed them. But I haven’t done a lot of gardening since. I would like to give it another try.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 35 Bridgett // May 16, 2011 at 5:08 am

    My husband and I are working on our first garden so we hope to enjoy some heirloom homegrown tomatoes this year. Yum!

  • 36 Monica // May 16, 2011 at 5:09 am

    I have not venture to grow anything but herbs, we live in a rental home and growing anything in the backyard is a no-no…

  • 37 Melissa M. // May 16, 2011 at 5:10 am

    I’m currently growing three kinds of basil, two types of tomatoes, bell peppers, mint, rosemary, and lavendar on my small back stoop! I’d love to get my hands on this book to see what else I can do with a small space.

  • 38 Lara // May 16, 2011 at 5:12 am

    This looks great! We live in an apartment so any gardening I do is on my porch. Mostly I’ve just done herbs so my girls can at least pick them out and put them in our meals. I like them to at least get some idea about growing and eating our own food. I’d like to branch out a little more though!

  • 39 Alison // May 16, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Last year we grew enough limas for a meal, and enough basil for about 5 years.

  • 40 anne // May 16, 2011 at 5:16 am

    I love this book! I’d love to win it as I’ve enjoyed it from the library multiple times… A few years ago I grew tomatoes and zucchini, but that garden is now too shady so I need some new ideas.

  • 41 Kendra // May 16, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I’m growing my first little herb garden on the windowsill in my living room. I’ve got this plant next to them that I’ve never been able to get to flower and bam! All the care and attention to the herbs (and because it’s next to them, this plant too) and it’s got a flower on it! Maybe not such a brown thumb afterall!!!

  • 42 conny // May 16, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Awesome giveaway! I’d love to learn more. I had a grape tomato plant a couple of years ago, but I’ve always wanted to grow more veggies.

  • 43 ellen // May 16, 2011 at 5:22 am

    I grown some herbs every summer but this year I am thinking I’ll try my hand at tomatoes, something which has not been successful in the past. I need help!

  • 44 Eva K // May 16, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Last summer I grew some tomatoes and basil on my patio, and this year I’m expanding to have a variety herbs, as well as lettuce and kale. When it warms up enough I’m also planning on planting some peppers! This book would be so helpful!

  • 45 Sigga Darling // May 16, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Does buying herbs in pots and keeping them alive for more than a week count? :p

  • 46 Carrie C. in VA // May 16, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Yes! Every summer we grow a garden full of veggies and herbs. Typical stuff: tomatoes, cukes, squash, basil, cilantro, peppers. It all tastes so much better homegrown!!

  • 47 Leigh // May 16, 2011 at 5:35 am

    oh my goodness! i’d Love to win this! i have been dreaming of a small, worthwhile garden for the past 10 years and so far i’ve been scared to go for more than bumper-crops of different types of tomatoes and flowers! space has always been an issue & up until the past year i always lived in a city/town so now that i have some “legit” yard *sigh* i want to do more so badly. i’m so glad you featured this and her blog – can’t wait to “dig” into it!

  • 48 Sarah // May 16, 2011 at 5:37 am

    One year I grew great tomatoes {with the help of my mom}. Most of the time, I just stick with potted herbs. I love basil!

  • 49 Jen // May 16, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Oh, pick me! I just checked out a few books about vegetable gardening from the library, but they are less than inspired.

    We started 2 years ago with one lonely tomato in a Topsy Turvy. Last year I added some zucchini and peppers on the deck – great luck with the zucchini, not great with the peppers, and a lot more tomatoes.

    This year we added a raised bed, but I still feel like I didn’t get the soil quite right/started too late/unsure about fertilizer. I need some guidance!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 50 Melissa // May 16, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I hope I win, I hope I win! Thanks for the chance and Happy Birthday! I am growing vegetables in large galvanized stock tanks used for water for cattle and horses. I’m so enjoying the “fruits” of this small garden, that I am expanding to some raised beds and a fence to keep my nosy, always-hungry corgi’s away from the goodies.

  • 51 Elizabeth // May 16, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I’ve grown herbs, and cherry tomatoes, and last year I planted sugar snap peas with my young daughters. None of the pods made it into the kitchen, but the girls were thrilled to eat their own vegetables straight from the garden.

  • 52 Cricket // May 16, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I have had deteriorating luck with my garden the past 9 years. The last two it lay “fallow”. Just this weekend I started fresh and with some fencing, cardboard and compost and quite a lot of elbow grease, I have a ‘fancy’ new 4’x20′ garden. I’d be thankful for any help I can get to make it thrive.

  • 53 nzle // May 16, 2011 at 5:47 am

    I worked on a farm for a whole summer and it was the best three months of my life, but I still manage to kill the single tomato plant on my fire escape…

  • 54 M // May 16, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Loving your birthday month! I have grown and eaten cherry tomatoes.

  • 55 sangeetha // May 16, 2011 at 5:51 am

    last year we had fresh pasta sauce from the garden. Tomatoes & basil :) yum

  • 56 Kira // May 16, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I had a small garden when I was young – I grew tomatoes and green beans. I didn’t care for tomatoes then, but when the beans were ready I would sit in the garden and snap them of and eat them. Very few ever made it into the house.

  • 57 Christy // May 16, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Oh yes, I make yummy pesto sauce from my homegrown basil!

    Sending you wonderful birthday wishes!

  • 58 Gweneth // May 16, 2011 at 5:52 am

    I really want to start a little garden in my backyard. I grew peas in a pot last year, just sprouts to put on top of salads yum.

  • 59 Christine G. // May 16, 2011 at 5:53 am

    We first had a garden in 2008, and though we’ve done better each year since, we still consider ourselves novices. We’ve done pretty well with tomatoes and herbs, and so far our strawberry plant looks promising!

  • 60 Dianne // May 16, 2011 at 5:55 am

    I’d love this book! I’ve tried aerogardens before but really didn’t have much luck with them. Would love to know how to grow in small spaces!!

  • 61 Meg // May 16, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Oh, man, could I use this! Not only do I grow herbs and lettuce on my apartment window boxes, I eat them and wish I could grow more!

  • 62 Marcy // May 16, 2011 at 5:56 am

    I had an herb garden when I was growing up, but since then I’ve only helped tend friends’ gardens.

  • 63 Rachel // May 16, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I am horrible with plants, but eager to be better.

  • 64 Anna // May 16, 2011 at 5:58 am

    What a great looking book! I would love to grow more vegetables!

  • 65 Lauren // May 16, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I try to keep potted herbs alive long enough to consume them, but that hardly counts as growing them myself! Maybe one day I’ll attempt something easy, like peas or carrots

  • 66 Jackie P // May 16, 2011 at 5:59 am

    The most I’ve managed so far is herbs and jalapeno peppers, but I’d like to get better at keeping things alive!

  • 67 ~Heather // May 16, 2011 at 6:00 am

    We have garlic in the ground now, with their majestic green stalks and spinach and peas in abundance too!

  • 68 Sarah // May 16, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Not since I was a kid in north Georgia, where we used to grow our own tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and watermelons! Now I live up north, and I’d like to try emulating my mom’s garden.

  • 69 Rebecca // May 16, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Oooh I just got a plot in a community garden and I have no idea what I’m doing – I need this!

  • 70 Amy // May 16, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Yes, I’m ready to grow my own grub. thanks for the giveaway!

  • 71 Lauran // May 16, 2011 at 6:07 am

    my strawberries are already going strong but they seem foolproof. i would love more advice on growing grub in containers.

  • 72 jennybookworm // May 16, 2011 at 6:10 am

    I have eaten things I’ve grown – tomatoes, herbs, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini. I’ve got nothing on the gardens my dad grew when I was a kid though – he’d grow enough green and yellow beans to last through the winter – we would blanch and then freeze them and be eating them in January!

  • 73 Marcia // May 16, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Though I grew up with green thumb parents, my family makes due with paltry harvest from our backyard: peapods and maybe a tomato or 2 and a few berries….

  • 74 Erica // May 16, 2011 at 6:15 am

    I have officially been bit by the gardening bug and this year I am growing more than I ever have. So far, so good!

  • 75 Adrienne // May 16, 2011 at 6:16 am

    I have managed to grow one sad little strawberry. Not a sad strawberry plant – one strawberry. It was tasty, tho.

  • 76 Celine // May 16, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I’ve only grown & eaten cherry tomatoes and herbs, but am dying to go further this year!

  • 77 MIchele // May 16, 2011 at 6:18 am

    No, I haven’t. This summer I intend to grow tomatoes in a big container, so I hopefully will eat a home-grown tomato this summer!

  • 78 jennyb // May 16, 2011 at 6:23 am

    can grow tomatoes. not much else. looking to branch out.

  • 79 Alison // May 16, 2011 at 6:24 am

    I’ve eaten hot peppers and herbs that I’ve grown. I tried for bell peppers but they didn’t grow until the very end of the season, and then only very tiny. Maybe this year I’ll have some actual produce.

  • 80 Louise // May 16, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I think the first thing I grew and then ate was some potatoes, little baby ones, that came about after I planted a sprouting potato.

    Now it is mainly just herbs, given that I have a teeny balcony. I would love this book, it would definitely expand my horizons!!

  • 81 Abril // May 16, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Two summers ago I had a small plot in the local community garden. It was very rewarding eating cherry tomatoes right off the plant!

  • 82 marymc // May 16, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Yep, I grow a garden–we’ve rented the same garden plot for 38 years! But, I need to think about downsizing to back yard. I seem to be getting older every year and it gets a little harder to get it all done.

  • 83 Melissa // May 16, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Given our problems with squirrels (nibbling tomatoes just a day or two before I would want to pick them!) and a black walnut tree, I have a hard time growing veggies. But herbs, for sure! Mostly in pots.

  • 84 Lisa Z // May 16, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Last year I grew cucumbers for the first time, but couldn’t keep up with eating them all! I would like to branch out by growing something new this year.

  • 85 cindy // May 16, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I had a small garden last year – roma tomatoes, cilantro and basil. Everything did great except my basil, and then an animal must have gotten a hold of my roma tomatoes at the very end of the season and took about 7-10 ripe tomatoes right off the vine! But the tomatoes lasted me the whole summer and I consider myself a black thumb!

  • 86 Trisha C // May 16, 2011 at 6:38 am

    The last garden I attempted was cursed and didn’t produce a thing, but in the past I have usually been successful. I love the feeling of making a whole dinner or salad with all items from the back yard. :D

  • 87 Lisa // May 16, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I have done herbs that have been moderately successful in pots, and once I got maybe two tomatoes off of some tomato plants in pots. I would love to do a raised vegetable bed one day! I grew up with a huge garden in the country and sometimes miss the home grown veggies!

  • 88 Jenny // May 16, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Yes, tomatoes grown on my Brooklyn rooftop overlooking New York Harbor! Despite the romanticism of all that, we’re moving back to Seattle this summer and looking forward to rainy day tomatoes again.

  • 89 mollysusie // May 16, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Every year I say I’m going to try to grow a vegetable container gardern … and I never have. Probably because I don’t know how. This book looks ideal! Thanks for the giveaways!

  • 90 caroline // May 16, 2011 at 6:47 am

    i would love this book, it sounds really awesome and useful! :) i would love to attain a copy for myself…

  • 91 tawnya // May 16, 2011 at 6:51 am

    We’re in the process of edible landscaping our entire yard. The first three boxes went in this weekend. I grew up with a garden and now, I’m making my parents proud by embracing it for my son.

  • 92 karyn // May 16, 2011 at 6:52 am

    my 5 year old son and I grow herbs and lettuces in our window boxes.i would love to plant and grow more vegetables with him

  • 93 Laura // May 16, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I’m trying to create an urban homestead in my backyard and would love this book!

  • 94 rebecca // May 16, 2011 at 6:52 am

    wow – i would love to read this book!

  • 95 Jody // May 16, 2011 at 6:52 am

    When I was growing up, I spent every summer with my grandparents. They gardened a lot, mostly because they loved it, but also to help out their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Sadly they have both passed on and we all miss them dearly. I learned most of my gardening skills that I now use from them and my mom and dad. Gardening gets in your blood and each spring I feel the need to plant something. When I do, I often think of them and how proud they were when I got married and planted my first garden.

  • 96 Karli // May 16, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Only because my husband started our garden last year now we have SO many strawberries!

  • 97 Erica // May 16, 2011 at 6:53 am

    When I was a kid we had a nice little garden. The fruit was the best. Strawberries, raspberries, and the best peaches.

  • 98 Dell // May 16, 2011 at 6:53 am

    One year when I lived in NC , I grew broccoli and brussel sprouts ( not so hard). Now that I live in IN, I am not so productive. The growing season is so much shorter. I have grown some herbs. This year, I am venturing out and trying strawberries and tomatoes. We’ll see what happens. Almost had a freeze last night.

  • 99 Matilda // May 16, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Ooh this is lovely! I’ve grown lots of herbs, some micro lettuce, rocket and three tomatoes. Fingers crossed!

  • 100 Stephanie M. // May 16, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I am also intimidated by the idea of gardening, mainly because I have killed all of my house plants.

  • 101 Ty // May 16, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Just started reading your blog – got here by way of Facebook and the Leprechaun cake!

    I am a new gardener and a very nervous one. I’m just started to plot out what I want to plant and where. After 6 years of apartment living with my husband, we finally have a house and a big back yard – the possibilities are endless. This book would be of great help to me, I know it!

  • 102 Heather Mead Kim // May 16, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Oooh, I would love to read this book! We usually grow tomatoes and herbs and for a year or two we expanded our growing area to include zucchini and peppers… but I’d like to try something new this year!

  • 103 leanne // May 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Oh, my husband would LOVE this! We grow herbs every summer on our back deck, and look forward to having more space in the future.

  • 104 Jenn // May 16, 2011 at 7:06 am

    I’ve wanted to start a garden the last few springs, but I never get started early enough. This would be a great comprehensive reference source to get me in gear.

  • 105 rachellake // May 16, 2011 at 7:06 am

    I would love this book!
    I’ve been growing food in our backyard for two years on my own, but my dad always had a garden when I was growing up. I’m most excited about our blackberry vines this year!

  • 106 courtney // May 16, 2011 at 7:08 am

    I am currently attempting my first garden, so we will see how things turn out. I can remember the first time I had fresh corn – I was raised on canned corn, and when we would eat at my grandparents, they had shucked it straight off of the cob. It was so fresh and delicious. It seems so obvious, but even fresh green beans grown in your garden versus ‘fresh’ green beans from a store have such a better taste.

  • 107 Liz // May 16, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I’ve eaten basil and mint that I’ve grown…which is a little silly compared to some of the others, but it is something!

  • 108 Erin V // May 16, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I had a nice garden last year with the regular kind of stuff- tomatoes, peppers, etc. This year we have a much bigger garden planned. I’m excited to grow more!

  • 109 Cherish // May 16, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I love her website! I remember when I was about ten, my mom helped me grow some potatoes. I was so proud at harvest time; I went around and gave one potato to each neighbor!

  • 110 Laura J // May 16, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I grow herbs, zucchini, and tomatoes in pots on the patio. Other than that, I’ve never had much luck

  • 111 kb // May 16, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I built two raised beds this year and planted some lettuces in it over the weekend. Other than herbs, I have yet to eat anything I’ve grown myself–this summer will be different. I hope.

  • 112 Jess // May 16, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I’m trying to grow most of my own food this summer, since I will be unemployed for 11 weeks (until I return to my job in mid-August). I hope it works! :)

  • 113 Sarah // May 16, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I started tomatoes last year and they did pretty well but the weather turned while they were still very green so it took a long time for them to ripen on my counter.

  • 114 kv barn // May 16, 2011 at 7:22 am

    i just picked some herbs from my little garden behind our house… 4yr old son doesn’t like cream cheese, but when i add some fresh basil, parsley and chives (and don’t tell hin it’s cream cheese ;) and spread it on some bread, he loves it!

  • 115 melissa // May 16, 2011 at 7:23 am

    yes! strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, one very sad little watermelon, and various herbs.

  • 116 Greta // May 16, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I have a green striped thumb, win some-lose some. Right now I’ve got zucchini like crazy but that will stop as soon as the vine borers find my plants. I’m most successful with cacti.

  • 117 angela // May 16, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Two summers ago I grew jalapeno plants. I only got about 3 jalapenos out of it, but they were delicious.

  • 118 stacey // May 16, 2011 at 7:26 am

    So far I’m lame and have only managed to grow basil. But oh man, I’m always so excited when I can use it for a recipe!

  • 119 Liz // May 16, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Oh, homegrown tomatoes are just the best. My favorite summer veggie to grow!

  • 120 Pam Gotcher // May 16, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Oh, wow! I’m just putting in my garden, up here in WA state – in between rains, LOL. I’d LOVE this book. I plan to can anything I can’t eat, after sharing with my neighbor.

  • 121 Mary C H // May 16, 2011 at 7:27 am

    We had aspargus from the garden last night. Have some strawberrys planted and a few tomatoes.

  • 122 Mandy M // May 16, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I too am intimidated by gardening. Do I have enough time to take care of it? What do I plant? When do I plant it? There are so many questions. This sounds like a great book and I’d love to win it! Even if I don’t win (I usually don’t), I think I’ll put it on my list of “wants”. Thanks!

  • 123 krista {urbanite jewelry} // May 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I’m totally the same way–I’ve only been able to do container gardening, so herbs is as far as I’ve gotten! However–this year we got a plot at the local community garden (it’s 10×13!) and we’re currently planting our seeds and crossing our fingers!

  • 124 Malori // May 16, 2011 at 7:38 am

    When I was young my mom used to plant a few things with my brothers and I. My favorite thing we planted were sweet peas but we also grew some delicious watermelon and one year we grew some pumpkins! I’m dying to garden but living in a high rise in Chicago isn’t exactly garden-friendly.

  • 125 Aine // May 16, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Last year we grew tomatoes and broccoli in containers on our deck. It was wonderful but we are definitely newbies at the gardening thing.

  • 126 Meg // May 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

    As a teenager, I had a garden in the backyard. Made some tasty sauce & pesto with the behemoth basil plants that I grew. As an adult, I’ve spent so much time moving between apartments that I haven’t had time to plant anything.

  • 127 Ann // May 16, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Last year my husband and I built some raised beds and jumped into vegetable gardening. We even tried starting lots of veg from seed. It’s been awesome! We experimented with lots of stuff. There were failures, but we got some great lettuce and tons of awesome tomatillos!

  • 128 Jessica // May 16, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I’ve eaten bell pepper, tomatoes and zucchini I grew on my apartment patio. I can’t wait to set up for this year!

  • 129 christy // May 16, 2011 at 7:42 am

    When my son was around 2 years old we had a raised bed garden that grew shockingly well. I loved watching him eat green beans and tomatoes right out of the garden! Since we’ve moved we never did get back on the garden horse. I need to do it.

  • 130 Courtney // May 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

    last year we grew tomatoes. i was hoping to grow more this year… but we will be growing less. but, we joined a CSA!

  • 131 kayla // May 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

    i’d love to get back to gardening. with a new baby, this is my first year with nothing, not even greens.:(

  • 132 mrscharlemagne // May 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Tomatoes, peas, herbs, zucchini, potatoes, strawberries, lettuce, chard. This year we hope to do more; we’ll see if the weather will cooperate enough to get some ripe tomatoes!

  • 133 Holly C // May 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

    i would love a copy of this book. my husband and i have grown all kinds of vegetables together, they’re so yummy! it’s my birthday today, pick me! :)

  • 134 Robin // May 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Yes, but only when I was little!

  • 135 Anna // May 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I would love to grow more than herbs!

  • 136 Anna // May 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I just started growing herbs, but they’re not big enough to eat yet. I’ve been trying to figure out what to grow on my little balcony in my little apartment. This book would be a great help.

  • 137 Bloomer // May 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Yes! Set up a container garden this year after a few years off from attempting it. Colorado is not very nice to vegetable gardens at times……

  • 138 Michelle // May 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I love my garden and you can never stop learning how to do it better!

  • 139 Ellen Maxwell // May 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I have always been told that I do not have a green thumb but I always want to grow more!! I have blueberry plants sitting on my deck right now as well as several herbs. I would love to be motivated by the wonderful book you are offering! I have only grown grape tomatoes before but I did make your easter eggs successfully!!

  • 140 Christy S // May 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I grow greens and tomatoes. I would like to grow more, but space is limited. This book would be perfect.

  • 141 Kindli // May 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Yes! I love to eat the strawberries we’ve got growing in one of our wine-barrel planters, unless the toddler gets to them first!

  • 142 Courtney // May 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

    pretty much only herbs, however we just moved into a house where we have the room for a small garden, so i will be starting one soon, already have my seedlings started! can’t wait…

  • 143 just barrie // May 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Of course! I think that’s one of the requirements to living in Seattle. Blueberries, chives, parsley, basil, green beans. The list goes on and on.

  • 144 heather // May 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

    i love fruit & veggies fresh from the backyard. with a variety of gardens in my past, i’ve had an in-the-ground garden when possible & have succeeded at container gardening, also. definitely still learning – it’s such a fabulous thing to learn as you go. thanks for the giveaway – as a newcomer to the organic world, this book is definitely on my list!

  • 145 Kristen // May 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Our garden took a back seat last year to the newborn in our life and I am hoping that a few seeds & plants get planted this year during nap time.

  • 146 sydney85 // May 16, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I have not grown fruit or vegetables yet but my co-worker’s husband is retired and has starting gardening. She has brought in his wonderful vegetables and the difference is amazing in the taste. I am getting together with him next weekend for ideas on how to get started. This book would be perfect timing to start my garden.

  • 147 Kaela // May 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

    This year has been such a successful one for me in Austin, TX. Loads of lettuce, squash, yellow tomatoes, tomatillos & a whole lot of herbs! Nothing like growing your own!

  • 148 Michelle // May 16, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I’ve been growing my own herbs (rosemary, cilantro, chives, and basil) for the past few years which are yummy. I’m attempting some bell peppers and hot peppers this year – we’ll see how it goes!

  • 149 Michelle // May 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I’ve only eaten fruit and vegetables that my parents have grown in their garden. This year is my first time trying to grow some myself. Hopefully I don’t kill them!

  • 150 Madeleine // May 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Love it! I’ve only been successful with herbs and green onions (I replant the roots of store-bought ones).
    Last year, tired of buying plants, I grew 16 tomato plants from seeds, and planted them in large pots in my driveway. I got ZERO tomatoes. Very, very discouraging!

  • 151 Lisa // May 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

    My favorite thing from my garden is Meyer lemons, I get them almost all year. In the summer I also love the heirloom tomatoes.

  • 152 Hilary // May 16, 2011 at 8:13 am

    My mom and I used to grow a strawberry patch when I was a kid. Delicious.

  • 153 dru // May 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

    this is the year we’re trying to grow something, almost time to plant up here in the Rockies.

  • 154 Annette // May 16, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I try to have a garden every year, some years I have better luck than others. My favorites are fresh homegrown tomatoes, and snap peas! Yumm.

  • 155 Jennifer // May 16, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I love home grown tomatoes. My mother used to grow the best.

  • 156 Morgan // May 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

    This book looks great.

  • 157 Jennevieve // May 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I am not very savvy with home grown veggies; I usually neglect them. But I am all over home grown herbs.

  • 158 Natalie // May 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I have a mint patch that keeps us in mojitos all summer long!

  • 159 kelli // May 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

    We just had dill, peas, beets and radishes in our salad last night — they came straight from our garden!

  • 160 Susan // May 16, 2011 at 8:33 am

    We have a small garden but lately it’s been hard to get anything to grow because of the cold rainy weather. The rhubard is doing well, though!

  • 161 Patsy // May 16, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I grew my first small garden last year. Tomatoes, snap peas, squash, lettuce. It was amazing how much better everything tasted.

  • 162 Anna // May 16, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Mom was keen on a kitchen garden, especially since she had us 5 kids to do all the planting, weeding, bug-squashing, and picking…so, yeah, I’ve eaten a ton of stuff I grew myself! Mostly salad stuff, lettuce & carrots & radishes. One place we’d moved to had 3 short rows of raspberry canes, Mom thought we might get a couple of quarts from them. By the end of the season, we couldn’t give them away! Mom started “allowing” us to use the fruit for ammo in our Army games. Now, our little home’s sited on clay–rock hard when it’s dry, totally mucky & sticky when it’s not. If I want some homegrown goodness, it’ll have to be from a container! I’d love to have this book, thanks for the giveaway offering.

  • 163 Emily // May 16, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Last year I tried to grow a great garden, but had a big problem with aphids in my greenhouse. This year I am moving my garden outside in containers. I did make and can some green salsa and some zucchini bread with what I could harvest.

  • 164 the wanna be country girl // May 16, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I’m still in the learning stages of growing my own garden, that means last year I killed almost everything. This year things are looking up. We’ve got a new lay-out, newly amended soil, and so far happy plants.
    the wanna be country girl – Caroline

  • 165 Cassandra // May 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Yes, yes, please! I need help with this so much! I have little space and big dreams – I’ve eaten a few homegrown tomatoes, and a couple of tiny jalepenos once went into some salsa… I know I could do better! :)

  • 166 Jenny // May 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Well, once I watered my parents Meyer lemon tree from which I get all my lemons. Does that count?

  • 167 willa // May 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I love eating what I garden. Where I live now, I’ve only got parsley and hot peppers that were there when I moved in, but in a past life I maintained 3 separate garden plots (two in community gardens, one in the backyard) and didn’t buy any vegetables or herbs all spring and summer. Everything from chamomile to kohlrabi. I miss it.

  • 168 Sarah // May 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Lots! We have three garden beds in our backyard…we plant lettuce, chard, kohlrabi, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, etc. etc. And we have gooseberry, blueberry, and currant bushes!

  • 169 mem // May 16, 2011 at 8:43 am

    this looks like a great book!

  • 170 daisywheels // May 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Tomatoes, cukes, melon, blueberrries, strawberries, herbs, and peppers.

  • 171 Holly // May 16, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I’ve only been successful with tomatoes and peas, but they are delicious out of the garden!

  • 172 Robyn // May 16, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I’ve never grown anything that could be eaten…I’m good at growing weeds in the yard.

  • 173 Regina // May 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I’m terrible at keeping plants alive. I had a tomato plant last year and it gave me one golf ball sized tomato. One. I’d love to have herbs in the yard.

  • 174 Erin // May 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I tiptoed in with tomatoes last summer, but this summer I’m planning a full-on vegetable and herb garden. Wish me luck!

  • 175 Jackie // May 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Lots! And am definitely buying this book if I don’t win it. (Lots=tomatoes, peppers, herbs, zukes, etc.)

  • 176 megbrothers // May 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

    we are trying out our very first container garden this year since we moved to a townhouse and there is no where to plant a garden. my parents have grown gardens since i was young, but this is my first attempt (along with my husband’s first attempt) at it ourselves on the back patio. i’d love all the help we can get!!!

  • 177 Liz // May 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Homegrown tomatoes taste better!

  • 178 Brooke // May 16, 2011 at 8:52 am

    We grew a lot of salad greens, peas, broccoli, and a few tomatoes last year. We try to keep herbs too.
    Ive been eyeing this book since last year when I started our little balcony garden!

  • 179 Jessica // May 16, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I grow herbs now, but I used to have apple and peach trees in the yard growing up.

  • 180 Emmy // May 16, 2011 at 8:52 am

    would love a copy of this book…we are have grown tomatoes, peppers, peas, lettuce, onions, leeks

  • 181 Melissa // May 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I have a raised-bed garden and a ton of pots on the deck, so every year I plant lots of things – heirloom tomatoes, herbs, peppers, lettuce and chard, zucchini, carrots, etc.

    We do eat what we grow, but the neighborhood woodchuck eats much, MUCH more of it. Basically I’m providing an extravagant woodchuck salad bar.

  • 182 Charity // May 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I planted a garden in some raised beds last year and had so many green beans and tomatoes I had to give a ton of them away! There is NOTHING like a fresh tomato from your own garden especially if you can make bruschetta or salsa out of them.

  • 183 Alyson // May 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I love gardening. So far this year I’ve planted some peas, beans, carrots, squash and tomato. I’m always on the lookout for new ideas of how to grow more stuff!

  • 184 Kathy M. // May 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I just moved to farm country from the desert! I grew asparagus last year and this year I am growing brussel sprouts, radishes, melons and a few other things. Mostly in containers!

  • 185 Sarah // May 16, 2011 at 8:57 am

    My roommate and I just started a container garden on our balcony! We’re so excited about this experiment!

  • 186 Tambryn // May 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I would love to learn to grow something other than parsley in containers!

  • 187 Julie Coryell // May 16, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I would love to learn how to grow my own fruits, vegetables & herbs. I don’t know anything about this at all. Great giveaway!!


  • 188 Nicole // May 16, 2011 at 9:00 am

    We’re currently in the process of ripping up more of our lawn for raised veggie beds. My dream would be to grow all the veg we eat! And the more info and ideas, the better ;)

  • 189 Tasha // May 16, 2011 at 9:00 am

    My deck in the summer is chock full of plants. We grow herbs, which we use all year. Tomatoes are a favourite, as are broccoli, and kale. Interestingly, my kale lasted all winter and we are just now stripping it before planting again.

  • 190 VickyC // May 16, 2011 at 9:04 am

    We’ve always had a home garden and are preparing our beds now for the tomatoes, zucchini and herbs.

  • 191 Lucia // May 16, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I did herbs last year on my small balcony but this year I am looking to plant more varieties that will still do well with all the shade we have.

  • 192 Tonya // May 16, 2011 at 9:05 am

    We grew zucchini last year that was great. My girls found out that they love fried zucchini. We also grow peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. I’d love to get raspberry plants going. We’ll see if the weather will cooperate long enough to make space for them.

  • 193 Megan S. // May 16, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Like you, I’ve grown some of my own herbs, but that’s the extent of my edible gardening so far.

  • 194 Gwen // May 16, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I grew my own basil, and it was delicious! I think mint and chives are next. Though someday I would love trees full of avocados and Meyer lemons, and regular lemons…

  • 195 megs // May 16, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I’ve kept a few herbs in pots on my windowsills before, but that’s about it. I’d love to have beds and stuff someday!

  • 196 Erin Robison // May 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

    We moved a few years ago and haven’t had the energy to start a new garden. Not sure where to put it, best veg to grow, etc. I would love this to help my family eat better! Nothing tastes better than something from the garden!

  • 197 Katie // May 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I have used herbs that I have grown myself. It is so nice to just go cut it out of your own garden as you need it!! I will be planting tomatoes and more produce when we move to a more permanent location!

  • 198 Mary F // May 16, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I started with alfalfa sprouts in the 70’s and then began gardening when I had children. Corn, potatoes, tomatoes, you name it. Now that I live alone, it is tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. Much more limited gardening. This year I have taken off, as I have a bad shoulder. Love to grow veggies, though!

  • 199 Alice // May 16, 2011 at 9:15 am

    The juiciest plum i’ve ever tasted came from my backyard! And my mom used to make ume (Japanese pickled plums) too. Really miss that tree.

  • 200 Betty // May 16, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Herbs, of course, and lots and lots of tomatoes. Had a huge garden when I was growing up, but mostly I liked the eat the leaf lettuce, not much else.
    I would loooove this book!

  • 201 Ysha // May 16, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I’ve tried planting a garden. I even got a few tasty veggies out of it. Mostly though it died from lack of knowledge and lack of interest once the heat set in. Once it gets really hot around here, I have trouble prying myself from the air conditioning. I definitely don’t want to go out and pull weeds where I’m going to sweat and bugs are going to get me! Eek!

    I do better getting my produce from the farmer’s market.

  • 202 Darci // May 16, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Oh please Oh please Oh please…This is our second season of gardening and would love some guidance on getting more bang for the plant.

  • 203 Ali // May 16, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I managed to grow strawberries last year, but didn’t get to eat many as the animals always got to them first!

  • 204 Monica // May 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I love to garden and I’ve grown all kind of stuff. This year I’m looking forward to eggplants, artichokes, sweet corn, english cucumbers, and tomatoes. Yum.

  • 205 Lisa // May 16, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I love eating things straight from a garden! Last year I managed to grow strawberries, peppercinis, jalepenos, cilantro and scallions all on my tiny apartment deck. Everything tastes better fresh from a garden!

  • 206 AmyC83 // May 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

    If I won, I’d give this book to one of my high school students who has a profound interest in organic food and healthy eating. She wants to garden, but lives in a small apartment with a tiny balcony. Maybe this would help her!

  • 207 Annie // May 16, 2011 at 9:24 am

    This book is my inspiration for trying to start a garden this year. I kept it way overdue from the library and would love to win a copy to keep! I’m currently growing lettuces (mesclun mix, spinach, and arugula) in some dresser drawers I found next to my alley dumpsters. Can’t wait to harvest them soon!

  • 208 Jessica // May 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I think the only thing I’ve grown myself and eaten has been basil. So nice to have that around!

  • 209 Sarah // May 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Hi, I’ve been reading your blog for a while but have never commented. That book looks amazing! Right now I’m trying to grow tomatoes, eggplant, squash and lots of herbs in my little backyard in Philadelphia and documenting it here:

    I think this book would be really interesting and helpful!

  • 210 Diana // May 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

    When I owned my house in Ohio, I had a veggie garden. We’re renting a house now in the Seattle area and have no back yard to plant one. Haven’t had luck with container gardening so maybe this will help!

  • 211 amanda // May 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I adore you grow girl and this book looks just as awesome! As we are considering a move that would leave us with a much smaller yard, I could really use this book! And we have 6 raised beds that we grow all kinds of things in, I find it’s the only way to get the kids to eat veggies, straight from the garden!

  • 212 Katrina // May 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Just this weekend I made a brown-butter-sage sauce for some ravioli and I picked the sage for it right off the plant in my kitchen herb garden. Of course, the herb garden has suddenly turned brown and started looking very wilty, so perhaps I need this book!

  • 213 Delia // May 16, 2011 at 9:35 am

    This summer will be the first time I’ve had a garden, so I will get to eat something I’ve grown soon enough!

  • 214 Becky // May 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

    We just planted our first vegetable garden. I’m a little nervous about spending all the money on plants and not having any success. The book sounds great…great contest idea too.

  • 215 Christy // May 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

    My favorite part of summertime is using the basil that I grew. So easy!

  • 216 kayduh // May 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I have had some success with tomatoes and herbs, but I want to get better at growing food. Especially roma tomatoes, I am terrible at those.

  • 217 Kristin // May 16, 2011 at 9:40 am

    This book looks awesome! I have a lemon tree, a peach tree, and an orange tree. Then I have a boysenberry bush and a grape vine. Sounds wonderful, right? The lemon tree gets so many lemons that it almost falls over each year. Really, what can you do with THAT MANY lemons? The orange tree does not grow enough oranges, as I would love to make fresh orange juice every morning. My grapes always turn out very small, and both they and the boysenberries are only ripe for a very short harvesting period. I always love to find new ways to preserve my fruits so I can enjoy them all year long. And I’d love to get more ideas for space so that I can grow more!

  • 218 Seanna Lea // May 16, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I have grown peppers and tomatoes for the past few years with limited success, though I have definitely eaten at least one tomato from my own garden. This year I’m trying for strawberries, but am having some vermin problem (something is pushing them out of the ground). It is driving me bonkers!

  • 219 Paulina J! // May 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

    We have grown sweet potatoes and strawberries. We have one strawberry plant that we’ve had for 3 years and is still growing strong. I will never buy store strawberries again :) Mine are organic and pretty much free!

  • 220 Heather // May 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I have grown small garden plots but my favorite was a garden of only tomatoes and basil. We ate tomatoes, basil & mozzarella drizzled with olive oil that summer and fall. Yum! If only I could grow mozza…

  • 221 helen // May 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I just planted my first herb “garden” this weekend! I used long pots because I live in an apartment and don’t have much space, other than what is on my back porch. I’m excited to try them once I can. I would love a book that could show me how to grow more, though!

  • 222 Alliey // May 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I love growing my own herbs. Very little gives me more satisfaction than taking a stroll out to the garden to grab a handful of thyme or basil to accent whatever I’m preparing.

    You Grow Girl is my favorite gardening website, and given that I just bought a house on an enormous suburban lot with the intention of making a spectacular garden, I could use this book!

  • 223 rose // May 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

    it’s been years since i’ve had space the cats can’t get at for anything more than herbs, which i do pretty well with. this year i’m embarking on a great adventure, finally having a nice sunny yard to dig up and do what i please with. intimidating? oh, yes.

  • 224 Kim // May 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

    My mom just gave me a HUGE bag of spinach from her garden, tastes so much better than store bought and I just recently wiggled my way into a community garden!! So soon, I hope, I will have my own homegrown foods!!

  • 225 Mandy // May 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

    We tried a garden last year. It was not my best success. My cat kept nibbling the tops of all of the tender greens. While I personally never got to try any, our cat thoroughly enjoyed the fruits of our labor.

  • 226 mila // May 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

    something we planted? yeah… when i think about it, i guess so. my mom planted green onions for cooking and we harvested 1 bunch of grapes last year (hoping for more than 1 bunch this year!)

  • 227 Queta // May 16, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Hmm… nothing I’ve grown myself, but my parents had excellent green thumbs and planted grapes, strawberries, cactus (yes, we ate this!), and corn among other things. All of which they grew in our backyard!

  • 228 Kristin H // May 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

    My parents had a big garden when I was growing up that I always got to grow things in. Now that I’m renting, I’m confined to just a few pots of tomatoes on the front porch.

  • 229 Karen // May 16, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I manage to kill most things that initially look like they’re going to live/produce, so I’m REALLY hoping to win this book to learn how to not kill every vegetable/fruit plant I attempt outside my apartment.

  • 230 Maureen // May 16, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Yes, we’ve had success with tomatoes, blackberries and blueberries – I don’t have a green thumb at all but those three things seem to survive my attempts! Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

  • 231 seedless grape // May 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I’ve managed to use potted herbs . . . before they died. I’m trying herbs again this year, but already I’m not doing so well; my thyme and mint seem to be on their last legs. The rosemary’s okay, though!

  • 232 Katika // May 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Just last week I had a salad of spinach I grew in my community garden plot.Todays lunch includes baby swiss chard I grew.

  • 233 Lauren P // May 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Apartment dwelling makes for a difficult garden … can’t wait to be back in a house and have a proper vegetable garden!

  • 234 Elis // May 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I eat homegrown tomatoes & jalapenos. My dream is to grow my own salad greens.

  • 235 Cynthia // May 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Basil is the only thing I’ve been able to grow…and by grow, I mean keep alive for more than two weeks.

  • 236 MaryWynn // May 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I was raised to be an urban gardener – my parents grew a good portion of our food in summer and my mom preserved. Of the many things I love about my husband, the fact that he gardens too is a favorite. We do herbs in easy reach of the kitchen every year, gallons of pesto are given away, sage scattered to the hungry masses. Cucumbers meet the neighbors before we do as they are intrepid and friendly. So yes, we have eaten something we grew – it’s one of our greatest pleasures.

  • 237 Chris C. // May 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Oh, I’m dying to get my hands on this book! I don’t have a real garden right now, just a cobbled together one in old wine crates on my porch. But I’ve eaten lots of stuff that I’ve grown over the years.

  • 238 Erin // May 16, 2011 at 10:12 am

    We grew cucumbers last year. 4 little plants. I went out of town for 2 weeks and returned to see they had spread out of the planter box and covered a space about 15×15 feet and choken out my tomatoes. I had to pick the cukes and mow the vines with my lawnmower!

  • 239 Carolyn // May 16, 2011 at 10:13 am

    My husband is currently growing us some herbs (including a whole lot of my much loved dill), lettuce, strawberries, a sunflower and an assortment of wild flowers – all on our apartment balcony. We have ‘You Grow Girl’ (he stole it from me!) and will be getting this new book , too. Hopefully I’ll be lucky enough to win a copy :)

  • 240 Pixelate // May 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I’ve been growing my own heirloom tomatoes from seed for about 4 years now. As long as you have a decent grow light, you can do it yourself. I’m doing peppers this year, too. Purple bell peppers and also a mildly hot pepper.

  • 241 stephanie // May 16, 2011 at 10:15 am

    We started with raised beds 2 years ago and haven’t looked back. We try to include something we’ve grown in every meal and now that I’ve got a little kiddo running around I’m even more excited about this years garden. I never believed myself to have a green thumb and most of the time it’s a total crap shoot, so this book would be awesome!!

  • 242 Gemma // May 16, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Oh! Pick me, pick me! I would love to have this book! I am lucky enough to live in the city, but have space for 8 raised beds, a berry patch and a little greenhouse. People seem surprised when we pass along some home grown in the city veggies :)

  • 243 Gillian // May 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I’ve made some pesto from basil I’ve grown on my balcony, and currently have a lot of tasty herbs growing–dill, thyme etc. that I hope will turn out well this year!

  • 244 Lindsey // May 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I grew up in the midwest and we had the biggest garden I’ve ever seen. It did a great job of feeding our family. I used to pick tomatoes right off the vine and eat them like apples. It’s funny, I used to think gardening was torture as a kid, now I find it to be very relaxing. My big challenge is now to deal with the lack of sun in the northwest. No tomatoes for me. :(

  • 245 Gillian // May 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Btw, I mentioned your giveaway in my blog also :)

  • 246 courtneyh // May 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

    This book is just what I need! I grew up with a rich, luscious garden, sprouting handfuls of mouthwatering raspberries, 70lb pumpkins, and bushels of sour cherries and tomatoes. As a grown up, I’m making do in a condo with no outdoor area. I’m starting some little guys right now, but hopeful to have some good things cooking by the end of the summer! Thanks for the giveaways.

  • 247 Lindsay // May 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

    We’ve eaten tomatoes (and herbs) that we’ve grown. Trying to rebuild our veggie garden this year!

  • 248 Dana // May 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

    We always try to do a garden and eat what we grow…sometimes does not come out very good. I have the hardest time growing the supposedly easiest things like herbs.

  • 249 Flora // May 16, 2011 at 10:24 am

    We grow cherry tomatoes, basil, mint, peppers, cucumbers, and sesame plants every year, with some variations. I never liked peas until I ate some fresh off the vine–they’re surprisingly sweet.

  • 250 Ren Lady Of The Arts // May 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

    count me in- I would love to win!

  • 251 alianora // May 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I have the bad habit of somehow killing tomato plants. And yet, I keep trying. Last year, I got 2 roma tomatoes before I killed it, so there is that.

  • 252 Kelly // May 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

    My Dad always used to grow tomatoes when I was a kid – they were delicious, and though he did most of the work, he always called them “Kelly’s tomatoes”!

  • 253 Dee // May 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

    What a fun birthday present that would be! (my b-day is May 18th). I just discovered a huge blackberry patch on our church property and have so enjoyed eating and cooking with those berries the last few weeks. That’s inspired me to try growing some of my own food now.

  • 254 Liz // May 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I would love this book.. maybe it’ll help with my black thumb :)

  • 255 Carrie // May 16, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Most of my gardening attempts have been failures. Our house is shady w/ crappy soil & tree roots. I didn’t do too well at container gardening either, only producing about 10 cherry tomatoes. I do try to grow my own herbs, just to save money… Maybe this book would help!

  • 256 Indigo // May 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I’ve had a couple container gardens that have worked pretty well, if I stay diligent in watering them. I love grazing for cherry tomatoes after work.

  • 257 Lauren // May 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

    My mom and I had a garden last summer and I always made frittatas from all of the various vegetables. Loved it.

  • 258 Elizabeth // May 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I’ve kept a strawberry plant alive this year and have had a handful of berries from it this month! A measurable, if small, reward. :)

  • 259 Hedi // May 16, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Plenty. I have been blessed ith a small garden, so I have successflly grown zucchini, beans, strawberries and even some corn. Despites of that I am really green on that area.

  • 260 Beth C. // May 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I grew up eating fruits and veggies we grew in our garden, and am working on doing that with my kids. We’ve planted some berry bushes, and are working on our garden for this year. High on the list – LOTS of tomatoes!

  • 261 Rebecca // May 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I grew up eating and enjoying food from my mom’s very large organic garden, but resented being required to weed and the like, so never learned much about gardening. We’ve just bought our first house, and my husband like myself misses that wonderful food that comes from your own garden. We’re ready to get started again, so our kids can enjoy what we had growing up.

  • 262 Heather // May 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

    We grow spinach, beans, rhubarb, mint and tomatoes. ^.^ I love eating stuff fresh from the garden and would love to learn more ways to get creative with the space I have.

  • 263 essbee // May 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I had a lovely, large garden in my back yard in Berkeley: three 4′ x 6′ raised beds, each with trellises on the north end. I grew cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, beans, peas, peppers (hot and mild), radishes, garlic, onions, beets, potatoes, carrots, herbs, strawberries (never got to eat one! darned squirrels!), lettuce…tons of stuff, even corn. These days I have a tiny, windy, sunless patio in San Francisco. I miss my homegrown food. So far, the only success I’ve had is with rosemary. I need to try some indoor container options, but I’m struggling with issues of not enough light.

  • 264 Jennifer June // May 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I recommend growing snap peas… ‘cuz then you get to say out loud, “I’m going to take a pea in the front yard.” (…and, if you are a girl, this never gets old.)

  • 265 Kari // May 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I’ve actually never managed to keep anything alive long enough to eat any of it, but seeing as how I think my mom would love this book, and I’ve eaten many of her items, here’s a list: zucchini, yellow squash, kale, peaches, rosemary, basil (LOTS), tomatoes, green onions, oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit…Yep, I didn’t inherit her green thumb. :(

  • 266 Bethany // May 16, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I really want to add this book to my collection.

  • 267 zzipper // May 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

    We just moved and have a south facing patio. The first weekend we got our pots and soil; planted 2 blueberries, 4 tomatoes, 12 lettuce and some herbs. I look forward to seeing if I can keep them alive..

  • 268 kris // May 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I’m still not exactly sure what it going in my garden this year. peas, radishes, scallion, tomato, string beans for sure. oh and green & red pepper. still some room for more.

  • 269 Jen // May 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I can only take minimal credit for the veggies my mom grew, but when I lived at home with my parents we had loads o Chinese garlic chives and oregano growing wild in addition to the tomatoes, Chinese fuzzy melons, and green bell peppers we cultivated. Now that I’m on my own, all I can keep alive is a cactus, which I actually left under a mason jar and in a clear bag for over a year after I found it had white flies.

  • 270 mamacita // May 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Oooh, this one’s on my wish list already.

  • 271 jamie // May 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Oh, I’ve been sitting the fence on purchasing this book! And yes, my Dad always grew a garden when I was growing up…so we were constantly eating sweet pea pods, green beans, cherry tomatoes, carrots, onions & zucchini! He died this December, so Mom & I are planting a garden in his name this year.

  • 272 Jean // May 16, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Except for flat leaf parley that I grow in my yard (actually it grows itself, mostly) I have not grown too much else that I can use in cooking.

    I’d like to try however. Looks like a nice book.

  • 273 Michelle // May 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Yes I’ve eaten many things that I’ve grown with the amount depending on where I was living and what was available for my gardening needs.

  • 274 YC in Seattle // May 16, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I’ve grown lots of vegetables that we’ve eaten. It’s very satisfying to treat the garden as a vegetable larder. I’m hoping to spread some green thumb-ness to a friend, so this would be perfect for her!

  • 275 Rae // May 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Our family has had a garden of some sort for the last 4 years. We started it as an experiment and have learned a lot. Now we grow it because my son will eat what he’s helped to plant without any argument and it’s a great way to expose him to new veggies.

  • 276 Jillian // May 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I once started a garden… I planted so much, but all I ever got to grow were some radishes and lettuce. They were delicious, and I’ve been meaning to start gardening again, but I keep getting sidetracked!

  • 277 Brandi W // May 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

    We use to have a garden, but the last couple of years have been so busy we haven’t had a garden. Oh how I miss the fresh veggies in the summer and then having the canned veggies during the winter!

  • 278 Heather // May 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

    My mom and I split a potato once and grew another potato from that! But I’ve had a black thumb for a long time! This summer I’m going to try some herbs in containers.

  • 279 Jenlyjen // May 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I had basil that I didn’t grow from seed but did nurture from a small plant, it was wonderful to have fresh basil.

  • 280 Elisabeth // May 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Hi Megan,
    We had a small garden growing up in Seattle and I loved the yummy foods all summer. But, living in an apartment in LA the only thing I’ve successfully grown is mint, good for drinks!

  • 281 Kate // May 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

    It is the best feeling to be able to eat something fresh that you just picked from your [tiny balcony] garden! I want this book.

  • 282 Sherri S. // May 16, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Oh, there is nothing like something right out of your garden on your dinner plate! My pride and joy for the past few years have been artichokes–soooo good, and so easy to grow. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 283 Amy // May 16, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I tried gardening for the first time last year. I had tomatoes, 3 different kinds of beans, and eggplant. The only thing that grew was about 3 beans. I think I need help. I also blame the neighbour’s cat who dug up all the dirt almost daily, disturbing my plants.

  • 284 Erin // May 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Last week my garden finally started producing strawberries. First time I’ve had a fruit/vegetable garden that actually grew!

  • 285 Christine // May 16, 2011 at 11:38 am

    After many years, my boyfriend and I are finally moving in together and are really looking forward to starting a garden. His biggest criteria is that we have to be able to eat everything we plant so I’m hoping to fit in a few edible flowers.

  • 286 ania // May 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I love home grown tomatoes, they are the best to make salsa and bruchetta from!

  • 287 Kristin // May 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

    yes, lots of things, though I’m not a very good gardener. I’ve eated blueberries, lettuce, peas, beans, and more.

  • 288 Diona // May 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I just harvested basil, mint and thyme last week for the first time! The herb garden is thriving!

  • 289 aubrey // May 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I’ve shared the garden at a friend’s house for a couple of years. It takes so much time (mainly to blanch, freeze, can and eat everything as it comes in!) but it is so worth it.

  • 290 Ayelet // May 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I’ve got a black thumb but both of my kids are interested in growing their own veggies. A book like this would be great to get them started on their own little container veggie gardens!

  • 291 Jennifer // May 16, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I’ve grown herbs but I’ve been wanting to expand out into a few more things in containers. This book looks fabulous.

  • 292 hikerlola // May 16, 2011 at 11:47 am

    My mom taught me how to garden despite my best efforts to completely ignore everything she told me. I have a vegetable and flower garden at my tiny apartment, last summer I got tomatoes, chile peppers, squash, chives, lettuce, and one strawberry for my efforts. I was completely unsuccessful with carrots and sweetpeas, cucumbers, and pumpkins. Not enough space methinks.

    I started a compost pile that my neighbors use too! Yay! black gold!

  • 293 Teresa // May 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I’ve eaten a few strawberries and tomatoes that I’ve grown myself, but I’m dying to learn how to grow some new things!

  • 294 Brandi Anthony // May 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

    sign me up! I’m terrible with plants, but one year I planted a variety of lettuce and kale and chard and didnt label anything. I never could figure out what was what.

  • 295 Ana // May 16, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I can’t wait until I have a garden of my own–fresh picked produce always tastes better :)

  • 296 Terri // May 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I would just like to win this book for it’s beautiful cover, if nothing else! I have grown all kinds of herbs, including lion’s ear from Africa. I have also grown the typical green beans, tomatoes, peas and cucumbers. This year I am trying yard long green beans and strawberries in a bag. Growing keeps me sane!

  • 297 Emily B // May 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I am a first year gardener. My fresh yellow squash is amazing! The bunnies got the tomatoes :( Oh, well, maybe next year?

  • 298 Jessica // May 16, 2011 at 11:55 am

    It’s my first year with a yard – garden planning underway.

  • 299 Jenny // May 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

    My husband, son (6 yrs. old) and I have been planting veggies in our very small yard for the past 3 years. This year we will be using raised beds. Kind of excited to try something new!
    If it ever warms up in Wisconsin, that is…

  • 300 elena // May 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Growing up I had a section of my dad’s garden that I grew and ate from – I’m so glad my parents taught me that wonderful skill.

  • 301 Lisa F // May 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Would love a raised bed someday but haven’t done too bad with potted edibles the last few years: tomatoes, peppers, chard, strawberries, rosemary, cilantro, and basil.

  • 302 Erin // May 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    One year a cherry tomato plant took over half of my entire deck giving me tons of decliciousness. My ultimate faves are home grown basil and mint.

  • 303 LindaSonia // May 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    This is my 3rd year for having a garden – tomatoes and pickling cucumbers is about as far as I’ve ventured, but it’s been totally a thrill to eat something you actually grew yourself! Woo Hoo!

  • 304 Oraxia // May 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    My parents and I had a community garden plot when I was young, and I really liked it. My apartment has a balcony I’m trying to container garden in with limited success.

  • 305 Shirley // May 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Italian parsley!!!

  • 306 Wendy // May 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Every year we plant a herb pot. It’s always so pretty and I can teach my 7yo about the herbs; what they look like, how they taste and how to use them in recipes.

  • 307 Gary // May 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Had a big garden growing up in the country and remember wonderful watermelons, okra and corn.

  • 308 Sher // May 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I had a garden when I lived in Ohio – tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes, beans. Tried melon but never harvested any. Always had way too much zucchini. Had grapes so plenty of jam and juice. We’re in Arizona now and we’re planning on a small bed.

  • 309 Stephanie // May 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I’ve been growing herbs and tomatoes in containers for years! :)

  • 310 Cindy // May 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I am growing lettuce as we speak and it is doing lovely in pots. I have tomatoes, peppers and various herbs in pots also.

  • 311 Rachel B. // May 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    What a great giveaway! I would love to win. :)

    I’m growing containers of carrots, lettuce and peas this year. Last year I had a bit of a garden and made off with 5 lbs of tomatoes, which were awesome! This year I’m hoping to get to eat the carrots before the rabbits.

  • 312 Courtney // May 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I’m awful at growing things! Maybe this book would help… :)

  • 313 NolaLeBlanc // May 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    We have a small (maybe 5 ft x 7ft) garden in our side yard that we planted for our children to enjoy. Last year we grew an enormous white eggplant. We were so busy watching it grow that we never got around to eating it. This year we have tomatoes, jalapenos, beans and cucumbers and are patiently awaiting their arrival.

  • 314 Kaitlin // May 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I grew peppers and strawberries in my mom’s garden as a kid–so much fun to eat when they’re sun-warm. I now have a basil plant in my windowsill, but I seem to have a black thumb as everything I try to grow croaks on me!

  • 315 CindyF // May 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Last year was my first edible garden. Lots of lessons learned and more to learn I’m sure. We did eat a lot of what we grew and it was YUMMY! Would love to win this awesome book – thx for the chance. :-D

  • 316 Meghan // May 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    This is so timely – I grow 5 or 6 edible things a year, with moderate success!

  • 317 Kris // May 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Would love Grow Great Grub! Last year I tried artichokes. They are gorgeous looking thistle bushes…with little yummy artichokes. Try them!

  • 318 Jessica // May 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I simply love early summer at my parent’s house where I wander the yard and pick strawberries and blueberries we’ve grown :) As for my own apartments, the best they’ve seen are some herbs, albeit not grown from scratch.

  • 319 Laura @FoodSnobSTL // May 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Hope I win so I can grow some grub!

  • 320 Aisha // May 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve eaten squash and tomatoes that I’ve grown myself, but can’t have a ‘real’ garden this year because I’ll be in an apartment without a yard. This book looks like it would help me solve this dilemma!

  • 321 blitz_AC // May 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I planted green onions for the first time in my backyard two years ago and have never bought from a store ever again! Expanded to parsley and lemongrass since. I’m sure this book can teach me more.

  • 322 Marisol // May 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I grow edibles every year. This book sounds like great inspiration for trying some new things.

  • 323 Molly // May 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I put tomato starts in pots last year, and through fantastic beginner’s luck — it certainly wasn’t knowledge or skill! — I got a huge haul of cherry tomatoes. I’m hoping to repeat that this year, and add some lettuce or kale. Baby steps!

  • 324 KJ // May 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I have grown cherry tomatoes & sugar snap peas successfully for several years now – they are the easiest!

  • 325 Lindsey // May 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Last year was the first year I actually started my own garden! After years of helping my grandmother, I felt prepared to take on the task. It was definitely A LOT harder then I had thought. Fighting off squirrels and rabbits? I barely got to eat any of my tomatoes!! My the cucumbers flourished, as did our mint and peppers. I can’t wait until mine starts producing stuff this year!

  • 326 Karen // May 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I think in science class we once grew sprouts in jars….? Anyone else do that? I moved to a house with a yard 5 years ago and still haven’t started my garden… Too scared. This may be just what I need!

  • 327 Sam Doiron // May 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    what a neat book idea! my boyfriend and i have been wanting to start a garden, but we’re short on space and don’t really know where to begin.. my mom has a giant garden at home, but we can’t copy it because we share a small yard in a quadraplex.

  • 328 Kerrie // May 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    started growing veggies 4 years ago & love to eat what I have worked on. Loads of tomatoes & peppers & herbs. Last summer I had collard greens (so good!) and turnips for the 1st time. This year I’ve put in beets, bush green beans, kale, sugar snap peas & edamame in addition to the regular mix from last year. LOVE IT!

  • 329 Danika // May 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    My mother always had some kind of garden, be it for herbs or veggies. We made bruschetta one night with fresh tomatoes and herbs from our garden. We even baked our own bread to have it on =).

  • 330 Rachel // May 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve never actually tried to plant anything before (I could kill a fake plant), but I am getting married in October, and would love to attempt an herb garden. I spend a fortune on fresh herbs, and would love to be able to impress my new husband with my thriftiness and mad housewifely skills!

  • 331 Mia // May 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I ate some lettuce we grew once….and we are making fiddlehead stirfry tonight :)

  • 332 Tamic // May 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I love gardening and this year will do a little 8 x 8 patch in the backyard. We’ve grown tomatoes and herbs almost every year and love making our own margarhita pizza!

  • 333 christine // May 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I have grown vegtables and herbs and eaten them and I do quite often. I live in the city and have what started out as a little garden but is now starting to take over my balcony. The vegetables that grow best seem to always be the ones I like the least though. It would be lovely to have this book :)

  • 334 mamina // May 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Read this book last year, love it! It is on my Amazon wishlist….started small garden this year. Fingers crossed ….

  • 335 Bill // May 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Until recently I was also limited to herbs that I had in pots. This year, though, I’ve planted tomatoes, lettuce, peas and lots of herbs. Can’t wait to try it all.

  • 336 Jess // May 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I am still learning but how I love to dig in the dirt!

  • 337 Kristina // May 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    We try every year to grow a respectable vegetable garden, but our Canadian East Coast climate doesn’t lend itself to big, juicy tomatoes. I’ve found Gayla’s books, particularly this one, really helpful the past, and I’d love to have my own copy rather than always borrowing the library’s. Thanks for the chance, Megan.

  • 338 Theresa // May 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I love growing and eating all kinds of greens and hot peppers. Yum!

  • 339 sue // May 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Warm tomatoes from my sunny garden.

  • 340 Kirsten // May 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    i LOVE zucchini. last year, for the first time, i tried gardening. my little planter yielded one teeny tiny zucchini. pathetic yes, but i was so proud!

  • 341 mtwelovett // May 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I mostly grow flowers and herbs, although do grow some varieties of edible flowers. (I don’t spray my roses, so they may be eaten if I decide to use them) Basil is my favorite herb, so I have a lot of that growing generally which is yummy in so many things.

  • 342 wendy // May 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    My parents always had a huge garden, and I was required to help in it from almost the moment I could walk, it feels like. Since I’ve married and moved out, I’ve grown what I could whenever I could, even if it was a planter of strawberries on the balcony. I love eating home-grown food!!

  • 343 jenny // May 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Just moved to PA and have some time on my hands; looking forward to learning to garden, and I’m dying to learn to can! The closest I’ve come to gardening until now was an “accidental tomato plant” when I was a kid. We had pet rabbits, and used to shovel their…ahem, by-product…into an old half-barrel in the backyard. The rabbits ate vegetables; out from the dung heap sprouted the most beautiful tomato plant. Amazing, succulent tomatoes. Very well fertilized.

  • 344 Ellen Q // May 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve eaten a few things I grew myself but I dream of a day when I can eat mostly from my own garden but renting makes this a challenge! This book seems like it would help me work with the containers I have. Thanks!

  • 345 Sara // May 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    My first harvest — baby carrots when I was 10! This year: beets, lettuce, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, kale, and zucchini.

  • 346 koroshiya // May 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    i grew some rosemary and used it once. then it died. i have a black thumb.

  • 347 Tai // May 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Going on my 3rd year of having my own garden- just a tiny thing, but it grows just enough for one person. Which is all I need. But I need it to stop raining down here in Portland before I can even plant anything this year!

  • 348 JJ // May 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    My husband and I have grown a garden every year since we’ve been married. Sometimes lots sometimes not depending on where we are living at the time. We’ve enjoyed tomatoes, greens, broccoli, peppers, peas, squashes, potatoes, strawberries, and herbs of all kinds, to name a few!

  • 349 Emily Orr // May 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I love eating stuff from my balcony container garden. It’s so satisfying to step right outside my kitchen to my porch and pick everything I need for a salad from lettuce to cherry tomatoes and green onions. All sorts of greens also do well in containers so I’m always having kale or swiss chard or bok choy from my porch.

  • 350 Bee // May 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, grapes, herbs and mint–homemade mojitos are the best!

  • 351 Sofia // May 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    When I was little in Argentina my dad would send me to pick rosemary from the garden. I didn’t plant it myself, but I would water it and this made me feel like a part of the plant’s success.

    This year I am growing thyme, sage, chives, oregano, rosemary, basil in the herb planter on my balcony. In the other one I’m planting multicoloured carrots, ground cherries, and edible wildflowers.

  • 352 Rachel // May 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    My homegrowns have been limited to herbs, but I’d love to expand!

  • 353 Jen R // May 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I think for a school project I grew a cucumber. Not sure if I ate it.

  • 354 Emjay Kay // May 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Wow, I’d love to win this book! My spouse has
    grown tomatoes, which were delicious-but I
    am new to growing my own food and need all
    the info I can get. Great giveaway!

  • 355 kellosaurus // May 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I ate some carrots from last year’s vegetable garden just yesterday. found them growing when I was weeding, preparing for this year.
    Gayla is true inspiration, and her books have been so so reassuring and helpful. I “lent” my copy of grow great grub to my sister, and would love a new one!

  • 356 Kiriko // May 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    The first garden I ever tried to plant as an adult was a disaster. There was a huge tree shading the entire backyard, but I blindly went back there in early spring (before the tree’s leaves came out– there was some sunlight), tilled soil, built raised beds, shaped neat little rows, planted seeds, and weeks later…. nothing! Ha! I became very intimate with farmers markets that year though, so it worked out.

  • 357 sara // May 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I have! Mostly herbs, like rosemary and thyme. :)

  • 358 Andrea // May 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    When I was a kid we always had a garden going, so yes! Growing peas was probably my favorite, but apartment living is less friendly to peas. (so far)

    And last summer I successfully grew a few tomatoes on my porch. They were lovely and sweet.

  • 359 Lacey // May 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    We’ve grown (and eaten) a variety of things in the past, but now that we’re subscribed to a CSA I’m not growing much this year. But I have a plan to grow hot peppers and then make and bottle my own hot sauce this fall, and have a hot sauce party and give them all away ;) Should be fun.

  • 360 Kat // May 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I moved to Ballard so I could have a garden and that’s been followed by 5 chickens! I’ve been proud of the home grown eggs, rhubarb, peas, tomatoes and strawberries I’ve managed so far!

  • 361 liz f. // May 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    raspberries were my most exciting home-grown treat. otherwise, just plenty of zucchini. thanks for the chance to win!

  • 362 Jillian // May 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I had a great little garden last year and one experiment that I plan to continue is cucumbers – they grow like mad but you can always pickle ‘em!

  • 363 mel // May 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I’ve killed many a veggie plant. Usually before being able to enjoy the fruits of my labor. The sole exceptions seem to be basil and rosemary.

    I want to change this as soon as I have a few square inches of out door space.

  • 364 Kaitlyn Marshall // May 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    My family has always had a small veggie patch in our backyard, for as long as I can remember!! Last summer I tried to keep this spirit alive on my apartment balcony… sadly I finished the summer with only a handful of green tomatoes :(
    My fingers are crossed for better luck this summer!

  • 365 Carla L. // May 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I’m a beginning gardener and would LOVE a copy of this book to help get me started.

  • 366 Emily // May 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    If raspberry plants that have been growing beside the house since I was born count, then yes. Haha

  • 367 Tobie // May 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Love to garden. A rabbit just ate all the tops off my edename so I am quite unhappy with the rabbit world.

  • 368 Andrea // May 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I have lived in Seattle for over 5 years now and i’m starting to feel like I’m definitely in the minority with my black thumb. Every spring I think, this is the year to start gardening! Then I inevitably put it off until the following year. Maybe this book would give me the inspiration to finally get growing :)

  • 369 Allison // May 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Totally need some inspiration and advice for gardening. I live in Portland, people love to garden here and I feel so left out!

  • 370 Beth // May 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I have a very limited space and only container garden, but, I have eaten delicious heirloom tomatoes and basil that I grow. Yum!

  • 371 Hollis // May 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Yes! Sadly, I no longer have a backyard but I still grow herbs and greens in pots on windowsills.

  • 372 Marianna // May 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I’ve had many years of failed gardens–so I guess I’m a beginner with lots of years of practice. I sure could use some help!

  • 373 Julie H // May 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I love having lots of herbs in my kitchen garden. This year I built a new raised bed and now have peas, spinach, kale, lettuce and radishes emerging just today!! Because of limited space with ample sun, I’m working hard to be efficient by using the “square foot gardening” method.

  • 374 Jessica E. // May 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Just got done eating a tomato I grew in my little garden! Home grown tastes so much better!!!

  • 375 Lindsay // May 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Only herbs, but I am dying to do some container gardening!

  • 376 April G. // May 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I have never eaten anything I’ve grown! I have tried growing veggies and herbs in containers but they always die.

  • 377 Gloria // May 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    i used to be someone who couldnt even grow bamboo or catcus. but now we’ve got a great garden full of lettuce, onions, raspberries, plenty of herbs, peppers, tomatoes, artichoke and broccoli. it’s amazing to just go out to the backyard and pick what you need for a salad!

  • 378 Christine // May 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    We grew cucumbers this year – they tasted much better than I expected! :D

  • 379 Ashley // May 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I have!! And would love to get back in to growing…..but I have no skills as I’ve piggy backed on my mum’s knowledge my whole life. This book would be just what the Dr ordered :)

  • 380 Kimberly // May 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Oh yes! Years ago I grew cherry tomatoes off my apartment porch. I only had 8 or 9 tiny tomatoes and ate them all in one fell swoop. :)

  • 381 Courtney // May 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Peas, Kale, Herbs, Strawberries, Tomatoes so far…we’ll hopefully get our act together before next year and put a bunch of raised beds in the backyard. This book looks great!

  • 382 Nikta Pirouz // May 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    My parents always have a garden so I get to take advantage of their tomatoes and peppers and cucumbers every year. I always buy those kits that come with dehydrated potting soil and seeds and a tiny pot but those never work…maybe i need this book!

  • 383 carrie // May 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    We grew more kale than we knew what to do with last year- by late fall I ended up freezing a lot of it in giant gallon sized bags, crumbling it up and adding a little to fruit smoothies.

  • 384 Heather in Ohio // May 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I have two big flower boxes on the front porch and we’ve used those to grow lettuce and green beans. Weird, yes, but delicious.

  • 385 Kim // May 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Ooh, I’d love to win! I have tried to grow edibles in containers before, but it’s always ended in, well, failure. I could sure use the help!

  • 386 Heather // May 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    My dad built me a set of beautiful wood shelves with a grow light for starting seeds indoors. Awesome books like this go on the top shelf. :) Have a bunch of tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs. Can’t wait for summer eating!

  • 387 Adina // May 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    We’re going a bunch of new (to me) edibles this year including arugula, artichokes, and blueberries.

    I’ve been growing a summer garden for about 3 years in a row now. And very slowly learning about it!

  • 388 Christianna // May 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Help me grow in my small space!

  • 389 Frances // May 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Today’s my birthday and I would love to win this book!

    I am a childcare teacher and I teach gardening experiences with my 3, 4 and 5 year old’s at school. We vermicompost aka a worm bin. We are organic and always have hands on experiments going on. “WE” love new books about gardening and cooking whatever we grow. Pick-Me!

  • 390 Allison Sch. // May 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I work on small farms. So Yes I have!!

  • 391 Renee // May 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    The only thing I’ve grown & eaten by myself is Thai basil. As a family, we’ve grown watermelons, tomatoes, beans, and other herbs, but I haven’t done much growing on my own. And I love Gayla Trail! I remember when You Go Girl first came out–I’ve always wanted to read one of her books!

  • 392 Elaine // May 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I am currently growing a little basil plant! He’s kind of the cutest.

  • 393 Aja // May 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I have had several vegetable gardens over the years and have enjoyed eating all kinds of goodies from them. The most memorable was a stir-fry from made with epic bok choy from my community garden.

  • 394 Talia // May 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    this book may really help me. despite my best efforts, all i’ve ever eaten that i grew myself was sage.

  • 395 Shanley // May 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    so far, tomatoes, rhubarb, thyme, rosemary, oregano, dill, sage, and basil. Tried cilantro and it promptly keeled over :(
    Oh, and mint — my summer mojito fix depends on it!!

  • 396 Katina // May 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I grew watermelons, they were soooooooooooooo tiny, it was funny!

  • 397 kathy b // May 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Just bought my tomato plants today: Papa Joe’s Black Cherry tomatoes. I’d love to win the book

  • 398 anna // May 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    love growing my own produce! there is a certain satisfaction in knowing where it comes from and watching it grow… tomatoes are my favorite.

  • 399 Jen Rose // May 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    So funny! I just purchased this book for my mother for Mother’s Day (I secretly wanted it for myself, but I knew she would love it) We both have bonded over gardening, it’s been something new for us to share. So far I’ve got organic corn, radishes, tomatoes, a variety of herbs, beets, and green beans in containers now…it’s my first time and I kind of went wild planting this spring! So far I’ve eaten lettuces out of my garden and they have been amazing! Watching over my little babies until it’s Harvest time!!

  • 400 Megan // May 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Would love this book! Struggling to grow stuff on my tiny 3rd floor deck…

  • 401 Leslie // May 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Always need more info on growing yummy stuff!!

  • 402 Missy5ft2 // May 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I just can’t live without garden fresh tomatoes, basil and hot peppers. This year I’m trying to expand our horizons and grow cantaloupe on our ugly chain link fence…and whatever else I can cram into our yard.

  • 403 green goddess // May 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    A gardener since childhood when I transplanted wild four-o’clocks from the river bank into my mother’s flower garden, I later moved to a farm house in the countryside where I was blessed with the room to grow a full-blown vegetable garden. Perhaps overzealous, I planted everything from corn and cabbage to Brussels sprouts. We ate zucchini and yellow squash for a year, but the Brussels sprouts were horrible!

  • 404 georgie // May 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I have a very small raised bed veggie garden. Last year it produced tomatoes, beans, carrots, radishes and onions (yum!). I could always benefit from learning more about gardening.

  • 405 Gryph // May 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I have grown (and eaten) my own herbs and last year I had tomatoes in hanging pots. This year, however, I’ve started my first real container garden. I’ve given my flower beds over to tomatoes and green beans, and I’m growing peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, spinach and peas all on my back porch. Along with the usual herbs.

  • 406 Amy // May 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve lived in rentals my whole life and have always had containers..with herbs and tomatoes, but my hubs and I are moving into our house in 2 weeks and I’ve already got the garden space picked out! Probably won’t have time to get it in this year, but next spring/summer it’s going to be awesome!!

  • 407 Caroline // May 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    We eat tons of stuff that we grow in our garden. I use “we” because my husband really does most of the work. Even when I was single, I always grew herbs for cooking, though.

  • 408 Nat // May 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I have a small herb garden Basil, parsley, sage, rosmary, mint, thyme. I just made a pot of sauce for pasta with fresh herbs. Delicious. I would love to try more stuff. Waiting for my tomatoes to ripen. Had hard time with strawberries and blueberries and I think the frost has killed my mexican lime tree. The book sounds great. Just the info I need.

  • 409 Jane // May 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I’m taking a class at Seattle Central (I believe you are a Seattleite too?) called “Sustainable Urban Food Production” and I hope by the end of it I will be able to grow my own food. Currently I’ve only killed all of the plants I have ever tried to grow myself. I apparently have a tendency to over water. This book sounds like an awesome resource!

  • 410 Lorena Mair // May 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I love gardening and yes, I have grown my own! Love it!

  • 411 mechelle // May 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I have eaten herbs I grew, : )

  • 412 Rachel King // May 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    When my Mum and I were still living in our house, we had a garden every summer, and ate all sorts of lovely fresh veggies. When we moved to our respective apartments, I also got a new job that didn’t leave me quite the time or energy for a proper garden, but I had a zucchini plant and a planter of spinach next to the stoop. I can’t wait to have a real yard again.

  • 413 Amanda // May 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    We’ve had a ton of luck with tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, and lots of different herbs. The Northwest has such finicky garden weather that we fight the weather quite a bit. Last year, I barely had anything come up, but the summer before was amazing!

  • 414 Meghan // May 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Last year, my mom gave me a strawberry pot. I watered and pruned it and had a bumper crop of 8, tiny and tart berries :) looking forward to at least 10 this year!

  • 415 Laura // May 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I always kill my plants with love (too much watering!) so I’ve scaled it back and am trying to keep my basil plant alive this summer. Baby steps.

  • 416 Cheryl // May 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I’ve had a container garden for years and years, but this summer is the first time I’ll have veggies in the honest-to-goodness ground! I have always declared that I don’t like tomatoes, but what I’ve really found is that I don’t like out-of-season genetically engineered tomatoes! When I grow them, they taste fabulous! I’ll eat them right off the vine!

  • 417 Margaux // May 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I love to eat things from my garden, it gives you a certain satisfaction knowing that you cultivated your meal

  • 418 kristel // May 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    the only thing i’ve eaten that i’ve also grown is basil and other herbs… that died soon after. :( but i just bought a house and will be learning to garden starting this year.

  • 419 Robin // May 16, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    My dad used to break a little stick into inch long pieces and give one to me and one to my sister. We would place a pea the furrow he made and then put the stick down and place the next pea. Those were really evenly planted peas. I think of those little sticks every spring when I plant my peas.

  • 420 Heather // May 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    There’s nothing better than a home-grown tomato! I can’t wait until I move in a month or so and I can have a garden of my own!

  • 421 ansley // May 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Ooh, I am looking forward to creating an “edible estate” at my little house.

  • 422 Monica // May 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Since moving to Thorp, WA, I have been trying to get this gardening thing going. Last year was semi productive, but this year I fear will not be the same. Why? I left my seeds out in the rain! I planted them all the next day- prematurely I fear.

  • 423 Liz Remus // May 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Last year I managed to grow a few cherry tomatoes made out of a milk carton. They were delicious! I’ve grown basil too. I don’t have much of a green thumb but I dream of having bountiful homegrown veggies.

  • 424 margo // May 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    yes many veggies..however some were not so great. Tomatoes and green beans are usually good from the garden. This year I am trying cukes on a pation and whitefly is killing the plant.

  • 425 Mischa // May 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    After a childhood marked by a black thumb surpassed only by my mother’s, I have started keeping herbs (basil, parsley, mint, dill, thyme, cilantro, which always fails, and chives, which come back every year when I leave the planters out over the winter) on my fire escape, plus some small hot peppers. I dream of the day when I’ll have a few square feet on the actual ground rather than 20 feet up in the air.

  • 426 Rachel // May 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    My green thumb is not the greatest. But oh how I desire to grow my own food!

  • 427 trefoil // May 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Absolutely. Huge garden while growing up, patio garden now. Tomatoes and cucumbers and peppers last year, herbs so far this year.

  • 428 diana // May 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    only red chili! i plant to start a mini-garden in the summer.

  • 429 kate // May 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Oh yes! Herbs, beets, carrots, zuchini, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, salad greens and peas. I can’t wait to try some other vegetables this spring.

  • 430 Amy // May 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    When I lived in Japan, I lived in a small country town, and cilantro was COMPLETELY unheard of, and I cook with it obsessively. So my solution: grow my own, from seed. That plant was my baby, but would shoot to seed almost every moment – such a lesson in garden maintenance haha!

  • 431 Andie // May 16, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    It is so neat to see all the inspiring people that you know. What a pleasure to hear about these wonderful people and enter a chance to win one of these helpful books. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • 432 Lindsay // May 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I just added my first edible plant (rosemary) in amongst the rest of my front yard garden. I have awful luck with plants, which is why I haven’t yet gotten up the nerve to make a “real” garden in the back yard where I could grow food instead of just herbs. Someday though! :)

  • 433 Manders // May 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I think I ate one leaf off a wee basil plant I tried to grow once. And it was delicious.

    I’d really like to do some proper gardening someday, though, when I have the space. This looks like a good read.

  • 434 Amy P // May 16, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I’m terrible at growing things, but on occasion one of my plants will produce a veg before it dies! =) So satisfying. These days I mostly stick to lettuce and tomatoes. Those live and make me happy.

  • 435 dina // May 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    when i was younger, my father had an amazing garden, and we had a lot of garden-related chores.
    i miss the simple deliciousness of fresh vegetables.

    now i live in an apartment in austin, so my garden options are extremely limited.

  • 436 Jody // May 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    My great grandma gave me a taste of fresh rhubarb (no sugar) when I was about 5 and I’ve gardened ever since! I love to walk thru the garden munching.

  • 437 Homa // May 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I love gardening these days, nothing like a tomato you grew yourself!

  • 438 emma // May 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    This is my 2nd year with a small garden, and I hope to get better and better every year for the rest of my life!

  • 439 Sheri // May 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I “helped” grow vegetables when I was younger but nothing beyond that. Those veggies were the best thing ever though.

  • 440 lynn // May 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    We grow tomatoes and green onion, but I am excited to grow kale and some fruit next spring!

  • 441 brianne @ the ravenna girls // May 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    We have tried to grow lots over the last couple years but so far nothing too successful except onions. Tomatos last year were an epic seattle fail.

  • 442 Sierra // May 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    There is a huge avocado tree in my backyard and I love to make salads with avocado and give bag loads to friends and family.

    I also mix henna with lemon juice from the tree in my backyard in order to dye my hair.

  • 443 JB // May 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve loved growing mint, but I’ve killed it every time (and I thought that couldn’t be done!). I need help!

  • 444 Jill // May 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I have such a tiny apt..but secretly harbor desires of potatoes grown in a bag of dirt. X

  • 445 Chris // May 16, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    This looks like a great book! I’m trying to start up my first garden right now. Man, it is hard to find the time. My rhubarb looks great though and I’ll have strawberries soon and, hopefully, peppers and tomatillos later in the year.

  • 446 Kate // May 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    My study contains approx 500 baby veggie plants… waiting to be planted outside. We are still finishing last year’s tomato sauce, relish, pickles, and apple sauce. Yum!!! Food tastes 10x better when you’ve grown it yourself!

  • 447 Sarah // May 16, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Please pick me! My husband and I opted in to a community garden this year so we’ll be planting as soon as the rain stops here in Ohio. We planted seeds in a kit and are ready to transplant. We’re crossing our fingers that it’ll be successful!

  • 448 mavis // May 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I have been growing and eating things in some form since I was 4 and my grandma scratched out a bit of space in her yard for my own garden. The past few years, it’s been herbs and tomatoes and berries.

  • 449 Kari // May 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Oh! I would love to win this one. I have not been able to grow anything here in the city. I could use some good advice.

  • 450 sasha // May 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Ugh – never mint again! But I am trying for some peas and carrots. My kids are excited about the popcorn, though I doubt it will actually grow here. Would love a good book on gardening!

  • 451 Leda // May 16, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Nope. But I did eat a wild strawberry I found in the woods once.

  • 452 hillary // May 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    i just started growing a bunch of seeds in old mushroom cartons. i tore apart all of the old vegetables sitting in my fridge and tossed the seeds into the soil to see what would happen. so far, the tomatoes are growing with gusto and some unknown bean species is shooting toward the sky. the okra’s not doing so well though

  • 453 Sue // May 16, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    All of our herbs seem to die, but we’ve managed to grow some tomatoes and a couple strawberries. I’d love to figure out what we’re doing wrong!

  • 454 Roxana // May 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    i’ve successfully grown tomatoes. i will be trying pickling cucumbers, carrots, and melons this year. i really want to learn to pickle things!

  • 455 Estee // May 17, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I usually grow herbs and then they die. But sometimes I actually manage to cook with them. Mint, basil and chives are my fave.

  • 456 Casey // May 17, 2011 at 12:12 am

    We used to grow lettuce when I was a kid and made salads from it…..including the dirt.

  • 457 Elle // May 17, 2011 at 12:37 am

    When I was a little girl my parents had this fantastic huge garden, full of carrots, swiss chard, pole beans, strawberries, ‘volunteer squash’, and the requisite zucchini. Come fall, everyone in the neighborhood grown way too much zucchini and took to hiding piles of it on each others doorsteps in the wee hours. :)

    I miss opening the door to a pile of zucchini. Maybe I should recreate the experience…

  • 458 Laura // May 17, 2011 at 12:45 am

    I ate 3 little strawberries from our planter this evening. Yeah! I have been experimenting for several years – killing many plants but persevering and I am teaching an after school container garden class next week. I am so excited to be able to share my love of gardening with more children than just my 2. I would love to be able to show them this book! Inspiration is everywhere.

  • 459 Cori // May 17, 2011 at 1:56 am

    my grandfather had a huge garden, plus cherry trees that we used to climb and eat tons of cherries

  • 460 molly // May 17, 2011 at 4:04 am

    I grew up eating vegetables from our garden — those tomatoes, still warm from the sun, were sublime!

  • 461 Cath // May 17, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Two years ago I had a mini garden and grew cherry tomatoes in there! I didn’t use anything to cook, I’d just go there and grab a few to eat :)

  • 462 Tara // May 17, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Today is my birthday, so I’m feeling lucky!

    We grew some amazing green beans last year, but we haven’t been lucky with most of our other tries. I wish we could grow more fruit, but we have a bear problem (no lie).

  • 463 betsy // May 17, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Just like you, I’ve never eaten anything I’ve grown other than herbs. Oh and lettuce from the aerogarden.

  • 464 Tami // May 17, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Tomatoes, a couple of strawberries, tomatoes, peppers and then of course tomatoes.

  • 465 Jamie // May 17, 2011 at 4:52 am

    I once grew vegetables with my mom and ate those! But never anything I truly, truly grew by myself.

  • 466 Sandy // May 17, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Last weekend, had the first salads out of our new garden.

  • 467 Jackie // May 17, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Yes. We are growing peppers right now. My parents grew corn, raspberries, potatoes, lettuce in our backyard when I was growing up.

  • 468 Kerry // May 17, 2011 at 5:09 am

    I’ve done lots of herbs… this year, I’m attempting tomatoes.

  • 469 Kaitlin L // May 17, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Yes! I’ve grown herbs, radishes, tomatoes, and lettuce. They were all good! :D

  • 470 patty // May 17, 2011 at 5:41 am

    please, I need help. What is in my garden strawberry and a hungry chipmunk!


  • 471 Dusie // May 17, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Yes! I started growing vegetables last year, and they are so much better! Still looking for lots of help, though, so this book would be well used…

  • 472 Heather // May 17, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Yes, I tried growing some veggies in containers for the first time last year but they didn’t fare well. Some didn’t grow very big, others got nibbled on by squirrels and birds, so the information in this book will surely be helpful

  • 473 Kate // May 17, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I used to grow baby carrots with my dad. I will be starting my own garden this year.

  • 474 Allison // May 17, 2011 at 6:29 am

    This is so great! I have big plans for a garden at our new house. Last year, we grew arugula and it was the best feeling to eat something we grew from seeds.

  • 475 Amber // May 17, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I love to grow my own veggies. I especially enjoy being able to teach my kids about gardening. They take a wonderful interest in the food they helped grow and are more likely to try it with less fuss. Who doesn’t want to get their kids to eat their veggies?!

  • 476 Gina // May 17, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Love this book! My husband and I make maple syrup, but we didn’t really *grow* that. I’ve had great success with cherry tomatoes and peppers in containers on my deck. We don’t have much sun, so sadly a big garden is not for me…

  • 477 wintor // May 17, 2011 at 6:38 am

    What an awesome looking book! Growing up in the interior of Alaska we had an amazing garden complete with strawberries and brussel sprouts and radishes…yum! I now live in Texas and all I can manage are peaches and figs – still so very good though!

  • 478 Jillian // May 17, 2011 at 6:38 am

    The best I’ve done is a box of various herbs on the front porch–basil, mint, thyme, etc. I’d LOVE to grow more, but I’m not sure where to start!

  • 479 Laura // May 17, 2011 at 6:48 am

    tomatoes and basil, Mmmmmmm…..

  • 480 Marsha // May 17, 2011 at 6:55 am

    I have! Tomatoes are by far the best. Nothing tastes as good as a just-picked tomato!

  • 481 Christy // May 17, 2011 at 7:07 am

    This would be so perfect right now!

  • 482 Melissa // May 17, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I grow basil, oregano, cilantro, mint and rosemary on my windowsill… doesn’t yield that much as you can imagine, but it smells good and adds a nice touch to a meal when we get enough to cull. =)

  • 483 Alicia // May 17, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I’ve started a garden with my 3 boys this year. I’ve been eating the herbs and chard and bits of chinese cabbage. It’s been tiding me over until the rest of the planting is ready. I love it!

  • 484 Out2lunch // May 17, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I’ve tried planting gardens on multiple occasions, but the only thing that I’ve actually managed to grow with any success is tomatoes and beans.

  • 485 Sandra // May 17, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I had a really great summer full of basil a few years ago. Hopefully this year I can replicate that!

  • 486 erica // May 17, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I adore my garden, and everything I grow makes me feel a little like god. I’m known to yell “I MADE YOU!” at cucumbers.
    We expanded the garden a lot this year — a book would be pretty helpful.

  • 487 Kelly // May 17, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Every year I grow herbs and I’ve tried to grow tomatoes but that hasn’t gone as well. Hopefully, this year, my strawberries will grow! :)

  • 488 Aimee // May 17, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Since I’ve lived in an apartment without direct sunlight until just recently, I haven’t been able to grow anything. I just bought a house though, and we’ve got the perfect spot for a vegetable and herb garden! =)

  • 489 JaniceT // May 17, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I have a garden each year — nothing beats fresh tomatoes or peas from the garden.

  • 490 Kate S. // May 17, 2011 at 8:36 am

    This has been in my Amazon shopping cart for a while! I hope I win!

    We grow a substantial vegetable garden year-round, operating out of cold frames and our heated sunroom in the cold Illinois winters and taking full advantage of our very hot summers. Everything tastes better when it’s homegrown. Everything.

  • 491 mirabelle // May 17, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I mostly have had good luck with herbs so that is the extent – hard to produce anything sizable on a deck in a city apt!

  • 492 Lyn // May 17, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I’ve eaten what my grandpa grew, he had a farm and during the summers my brother and I would go and help.

  • 493 Juliet // May 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I’ve grown all kinds of things for eating, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, celery, strawberries, lemons, herbs, etc. It’s really hard to beat tomatoes and peas picked fresh from the garden. We’re finally getting a real backyard again and I’m thrilled to start a new vegetable garden! This book would give me a nice head start.

  • 494 Morgan // May 17, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I’ve tried growing my own herbs at home before… it didn’t really work out. Obviously I need some help!

  • 495 Laura // May 17, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Last summer I grew a tomato on my patio, and ate all three tomatoes that ripened (Thanks, sunless Seattle summers!). They were the best tomatoes I’ve ever eaten!

  • 496 Paige // May 17, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I am growing potatoes in my backyard, some in the ground and some in old recycling buckets for easy removal in the fall!

  • 497 aesh came // May 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    i wish to grow my own greens but they never sprout well as when others plant them..i’ve just no talent..