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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 Leda // May 16, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Nope. But I did eat a wild strawberry I found in the woods once.

  • 2 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

  • 3 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!

  • 4 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!

  • 5 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.

  • 6 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.

  • 7 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…

  • 8 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.

  • 9 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

  • 10 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!

  • 11 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 :)

  • 12 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).

  • 13 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.

  • 14 Tami // May 17, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Tomatoes, a couple of strawberries, tomatoes, peppers and then of course tomatoes.

  • 15 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.

  • 16 Sandy // May 17, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Last weekend, had the first salads out of our new garden.

  • 17 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.

  • 18 Kerry // May 17, 2011 at 5:09 am

    I’ve done lots of herbs… this year, I’m attempting tomatoes.

  • 19 Kaitlin L // May 17, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Yes! I’ve grown herbs, radishes, tomatoes, and lettuce. They were all good! :D

  • 20 patty // May 17, 2011 at 5:41 am

    please, I need help. What is in my garden strawberry and a hungry chipmunk!


  • 21 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…

  • 22 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

  • 23 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.

  • 24 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.

  • 25 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?!

  • 26 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…

  • 27 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!

  • 28 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!

  • 29 Laura // May 17, 2011 at 6:48 am

    tomatoes and basil, Mmmmmmm…..

  • 30 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!

  • 31 Christy // May 17, 2011 at 7:07 am

    This would be so perfect right now!

  • 32 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. =)

  • 33 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!

  • 34 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.

  • 35 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!

  • 36 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.

  • 37 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! :)

  • 38 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! =)

  • 39 JaniceT // May 17, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I have a garden each year — nothing beats fresh tomatoes or peas from the garden.

  • 40 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.

  • 41 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!

  • 42 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.

  • 43 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.

  • 44 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!

  • 45 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!

  • 46 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!

  • 47 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..