{Giveaway} The Bountiful Container + High Mowing Container Gardening Seeds

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Not everyone has a Back 40. Many urban gardeners are working with aggressive space constraints (“Patio 4?” anyone?) but still want the joy of planting, harvesting and cooking homegrown veg. For these gardeners, container growing is sometimes the best or only option. Nearly every crop that can be grown in ground can also be grown [Continue Reading...]

{Giveaway} Edible Landscaping With A Permaculture Twist

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I can’t explain how much I love this book. The author, Michael Judd, sent me a copy and asked me to take a look at it. This kind of thing happens with some regularity, so I have this huge stack of books that are already in my “read and review” pile. I know if you’re [Continue Reading...]

{Giveaway} Scratch and Peck Organic Chicken Feed

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When I first got hens, I didn’t understand how critical they would become to the entire system of my productive home. I just had that fresh-egg fantasy. You know the one: pastel-hued eggs in a Pinterest-worthy little wire basket. They would be laid by happy, fluffy hens and I would have omelets that were as [Continue Reading...]

{Giveaway} High Mowing Organic Seeds Garden Starter Collection

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I’ll make this brief so we can get to the good stuff, which is Free Seeds. Something happened a couple months ago when I started getting death threats for writing this blog. I had my own “put up or shut up” moment and realized that, in writing here, despite what I’d been telling myself about [Continue Reading...]

{Giveaway} Permaculture Playing Cards

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Periodically there are advantages to being a blogger. I fell in love with these stunning Permaculture Playing Cards and was about to buy myself a pack on Amazon when I remembered that I knew the guy who made them. So I emailed Paul Wheaton, the founder of Permies.com, and said, “Hey, before I buy these [Continue Reading...]

{Giveaway} Five Piece Lodge Cast Iron Cookware Set

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You know what’s blacker than Black Friday? Beautiful, glistening, well seasoned cast iron cookware. Oh, yeah, baby. Screw waiting in line for some discount plastic crap or overpumped electronica that’ll be in a landfill in 6 months anyway. If you must shop, shop for something hewn from the living, molten rock of Earth. Something hefty [Continue Reading...]

{Giveaway} Backyard Roots: Lessons on Living Simply From 35 Urban Farmers

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A few years ago I met photographer and author Lori Eanes when she came to take pictures of my garden for a book she was doing. The book is called Backyard Roots: Lessons on Living Simply From 35 Urban Farmers, and it’s a highly visual exploration of urban farms up and down the west coast [Continue Reading...]

Giveaway: 6 Of My Favorite Homesteading Books

Earlier this week the Facebook page for this blog hit 20,000 followers. I remember when my Facebook page hit 1,000 followers and I was blown away. We had a giveaway to celebrate! Now, at 20,000, I have to admit the feeling is a bit different. I’m thrilled and humbled and flattered by the milestone, but [Continue Reading...]

Giveaway: Mother Earth News Fair Weekend Passes

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You know I love me some Mother Earth News, right? It’s been the official publication of simple-living folks and wanna-be simple-living folks since 1970! Every year, The Mother Earth News people put on the Mother Earth News Fair, which is a giant expo dedicated to urban and rural homesteading and greener, more thoughtful living. There are [Continue Reading...]

Giveaway: The Speedy Vegetable Garden

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“I don’t have a short attention span, I just….hey, is that a broccoflower?” Gardeners generally take the looonnnnng view, at least by the standards of today’s soundbite culture. And while it’s probably true that, “a society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit,” at a day-to-day [Continue Reading...]

Free Seeds! Free Seeds! Free Seeds!

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Was that post title a little overboard? Sorry about that…I’m a sucker for free, organic, high-quality seeds, and (be honest) most of you, my wonderful readers, are too. Part Two of our awesome giveaway week is here, and it rocks. (If you missed Part One of giveaway week, there is still time to go enter [Continue Reading...]

Giveaway: Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard + Year Round Gardening Like The Pros

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The season of giving is upon us! And friends, do I have some giving for you. This week I’m doing a couple of great giveaways just in time for you to show some holiday love to your favorite gardener. If you win and decide your favorite gardener is you and you’re keeping the loot, no [Continue Reading...]