Saturday, November 7, 2009

A New Website and a Giveaway!


If you're a regular reader of this blog (thank you!), you know from time to time I post a review of a gardening-related book that I've read. My purpose in sharing these books with you is threefold:

  • To bring your attention to a new publication
  • To share my opinion of some of the available books on different aspects of gardening
  • To give you a possible gift idea for the gardeners on your gift list

Books are just one way of learning more about so many subjects, including gardening. I've always loved reading and I love gardening as well, so book reviews are my way of sharing two of my favorite pastimes with you.


Our Little Acre
has evolved over the last three years (where
did that time go??) in that it originally was started as a way for me to journal my gardening adventures and share what I was doing with family and friends. It soon found its way into the reading list of many others and has led to some wonderful opportunities, one of which has been doing more book reviews.

There are now a number of books sitting beside me for review, and since I want to keep this blog true to its original intent, I decided to launch a companion site to this one, called Gardening by the Book. This will allow me to do many more reviews without flooding this blog with them. I will still post an occasional book review here on Our Little Acre, with cross-posting to the new site, but for all my book reviews, you'll want to follow Gardening by the Book.



I have quite a library of gardening books, which I will draw from for reviews in between the new releases. Some are collections of gardening essays, a few are garden-themed fiction, there are coffee table books with stunning garden photography, and many are reference books. All will be related to gardening in some way, including those on insects, birds, and butterflies.



Now here's the best part...


To celebrate my new website, I'm giving away a copy of the book featured in my latest review: Bulb by Anna Pavord. This is a meaty hardcover book with 544 pages, full of valuable and fascinating information on over 600 bulbs. There's a lot of that stunning photography I was talking about, too.

For an entry into the giveaway, you must go to Gardening by the Book, and become a follower in one of the following ways:


You can do all four (yay!), but only one is required to be eligible to win the book. Once you've done that, come back here and leave a comment, telling me you're following and if you'd like to be entered to win the book. Non-entry comments are always welcome, too! I'll accept entries here through Wednesday night, November 11th, at 12:00 midnight EST, at which time I'll draw a name from the eligible entries.

I know that's a little more work than some giveaways require, but this book is worth the effort, due to all the invaluable information it contains. The book weighs 4 pounds and while Amazon.com ships it for free, I don't have that luxury.
So yes, this is a bribe to get more readers of the new website. I want to say thanks to those of my fellow bloggers that have already mentioned the new site on their blogs, on Facebook, and through Twitter.

Anyway, I hope you will continue to read Our Little Acre (we have kitties! LOL) as well as becoming a new reader of Gardening by the Book. Good luck in the giveaway!

29 comments:

Diana @ Sweet Fields of Green said...

I've been reading your new blog since you told us about it, and I'm loving it. Thank you for creating it! I'd looove to see Pavord's Bulb, and would love to learn more about those Acis bulbs too!

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

Diana ~ You're entered! :-) I know you've been following from the beginning and for that, I thank you!

joey said...

Good for you, Kylee, and will look forward to more reviews. After almost 35 yrs of gardening, I still have so much to learn (besides bulbs from Acis to Zigadenus) in Pavord's Bulb book.

carol said...

i love this.so much common sense with the technical terms,and a dash of joy.keep it up i will be following

Louise said...

I have seen this book. Very attractive and lots of info.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

I love the look of the book...it looks sturdy, and tastefully pretty. I'm sure the substance is very rich as well;-) I think it is really cool what you're doing now, Kylee. Writing book reviews, on subjects you love, sounds like fun!

garden girl said...

Kylee, Maybe this is just the book I need. . . I'm bulb-challenged. For a variety of reasons, since I've moved here I just never seem to get to bulb planting in the fall. I have some, but in this size garden it would take hundreds to make an impact. Maybe an entire book on bulbs would inspire me!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Kylee, You're always doing something interesting! I've just completed the steps for receiving your e-mails. :-) Looking forward to reading your new blog.

Gail said...

Congrats on the New website. How very exciting...I love garden books and can't imagine not having a book to hold in my hand, drop my breakfast on the dirt from the garden. You just can't do that to your computer!

I've been planting bulbs today...I under bought~~must get more.

Gail

Renee G said...

This looks like a fantastic book. Please enter me. I subscribed by e-mail.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

Carol said...

Kylee, I also get quite a few books to review so I'll give my spot to someone else in the giveaway. I just wanted to wish you well with your new book review site.

Amanda said...

Please enter me, I'm a follower through google friend connect, and a fellow Ohio gardener!

larry said...

We love Our Little Acre,newsletter ,We live in Fort McMurray,Alberta,Canada,I forward all the newsletters to my brother and his wife in Skerries,Co Dublin,Ireland,please enter my name for your draw,Thank you,

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

Joey ~ That's what keeps gardening interesting, isn't it? Learning all the time!

Carol ~ Thanks, Carol! :-)

Mom ~ Yes, you KNOW what a great book it is, don't you? Love you!

Jan ~ Yes, I can't believe I'm now writing TWO blogs when just three short years ago I would have told you I hate to write. LOL. This IS fun! I still don't like asparagus though.

garden girl ~ Oh, I do believe you need this book. It's just FULL of great stuff, bulb-challenged or not! If you don't win it, you must buy it.

Shady Gardener ~ Hey there! Thanks for signing up!

Gail ~ Oh, I love books too. Books of nearly all kinds. (Not sci-fi, though.) I need to buy more bulbs, too. I need to get around right quick and DO IT!

Renee G ~ You're entered! Thanks for following! :-)

Carol ~ Thanks so much for the well wishes! This will keep me really busy, but reading and writing are fun for me (not 'rithmetic though), so it will be time well spent.

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

Amanda ~ Thanks for following! Where in Ohio do you garden?

Janice said...

Hi Kylee,

You know I am always a follower of yours. I'm thrilled to see your new website and look forward to alot of good book reviews. What a wonderful tribute to Van Wert in this last blog. Van Wert should be honored!!

Please enter me in the drawing and thanks.

chris said...

love the blogs and the new gardening by the book, i'll be checking back in. I'm the one with the new kitten.
-dancinggardenmom

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I'd love to be entered! It looks like a great book. I thought I had quite a few gardening books but I'm not even close to you! I'm a fan and a follower.

Jennifer McNichols said...

I subscribed to your new blog! I have a weakness for gardening books!

hedgehog said...

Hi Kylee:
love the new site: I have an addiction to books - especially about plants. please put me in the draw for Anna's new book.

Daffodil Planter said...

I'd love to read more about my family! Your book blog is terrific and I rush to click on each new review. Well done!

Muum said...

I'm following you on Facebook! this new website is a great idea, I'll check in to see what's good to read out there. thanks!

Slow Family Online said...

Hi Kylee! I follow you on Facebook and Twitter and would like to be entered for the bulb book. It looks gorgeous! I'm an avid bulb gardener -- they're going in soon here in Northern CA. Thanks for your special blog and community.

Caro Webster said...

Kylee, I hope I'm not to late to enter this great competition. I've long been a fan of Anna Pavord. I've read both The Tulip and The Naming of Names. She has made a tremendous contribution to educating people around the world about the joys of gardening. As Cicero said, "If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need". Never a truer word! I do hope you'll consider my entry. Your site is a delight and I've subscribed and also now following on Twitter. Best wishes from an avid Australian gardener! x

Fern @ Life on the Balcony said...

I enjoy following the new site on both Twitter and FB!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Pretty sure I can't follow you in any other way that won't be legally stalking;)

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

I used a Random Number Chooser to pick a winner and garden girl is the lucky one! Please send your mailing address to me so I can get this wonderful book sent out to you right away! CONGRATULATIONS!

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

I also want to thank all who entered and those of you who have chosen to follow Gardening by the Book. I hope to bring many great books to your attention!

garden girl said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so excited Kylee! I'm so looking forward to reading this book! Our garden definitely needs more bulbs. Thank you thank you!

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