Hey kids, Billy Goodnick (Fine Gardening's Cool Green Gardens Blog) and I are having a reader giveaway. The winner gets an ecopy of my first book Growing Food. Now, this is not my second book Grocery Gardening, but it is a mighty fine book, if I do say so myself.
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I mean, listen people, I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into that book and all you have to do is leave a couple of comments. :) This giveaway ends Sunday at 6 pm PST, so hurry over and leave your message!
My February garden is a sopping mess of dead plants, wet dirt and unruly vines. I know it is time to go out and give it the old hack and rake, but I am still wrapped in the hazy blanket of sunlight deprivation and 4 months of rain. And the melancholy of this time of year pairs nicely with my love of Morrissey.
iPod loaded with Smiths' songs, I will head out this weekend to mope my way through these chores:
Use my Garden Shark and Groundhog rakes to gather up all of the debris
Look for unharvested root veggies (carrots, celeriac, etc)
Prune back the evil grapevines (there's a whole chapter on growing grapes in my book Grocery Gardening)
Prune vertical sprouts from the apple tree, cuss at the vertical sprouts on the pear tree that I can't reach
Give the plum tree the once-over, see if it needs pruning
Clean out the greenhouse and get ready for seed starting
Mix a gin and tonic
Go through all of my seeds and create a time table for starting and setting out
This is generally when I get geared up for spring...however, this year is more complicated as I will be traveling three weeks out of the month to speak at garden shows (Chicago, Iowa and San Francisco). And speaking of garden shows, I am not speaking at the one here in Portland, but I will be at Rose Marie Nichols class at 10:30 on Sunday if you want to stop by and have me sign your book.
Two other cool things: yours truly has a page in this month's Fine Gardening magazine with recommendations for a PNW perennial cutting garden. And, my Good Enough Gardening Podcast has a new sponsor...Annie's Annuals! If you have listened to my 'cast at all, you know my co-host, Amanda Thomsen and I are nuts about Annie's. More to come...
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