Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Do You Garden on a Balcony or Rooftop? Giveaway!


No, I'm not giving away a balcony. Or a rooftop. I'm reminded of some friends who insisted that I was selling my grandma's garage several years ago, when she allowed me to hold a garage sale at her condo. In that particular circle of friends, she's now known as Grandma Garage. There was some amusing repartee involved and perhaps "you had to be there," but take my word for it - a fun time was had by all.

Back to the giveaway...

There are some great balcony gardeners out there. The first one I ever met was Fern Richardson over at Life on the Balcony. Fern lives in California and I've followed her blog for awhile now and have met her in person a couple of times. She writes a great blog with lots of inspiring small space gardening ideas. She's got so many of them that Timber Press asked her to write a book about them! Small Space Container Gardens comes out in January 2012. I can't wait to see it!

That's Fern on the right, me in the middle, and Danielle Ernest from
Proven Winners
on the left, when we all attended the Garden2Blog event
at P. Allen Smith's farm just outside Little Rock, AR this past April.

More recently, I got to know Steve Asbell from The Rainforest Garden. Steve lives in Florida and I haven't met him in real life (yet), but when I do (and I'm certain I will), I know it will be like running into an old friend (even though I'm old enough to be his mother). Steve got married earlier this year and he and his wife have a balcony garden, although I think Steve does most of the gardening on it. As you might guess, Steve grows a lot of tropicals.



Helen Babbs, in her rooftop garden in London
Further east, "across the pond" in Britain, you'll find Helen Babbs, author and rooftop gardener. Gardening on a rooftop is oftentimes very similar to gardening on a balcony and Helen writes about her experiences with it in a new book just released by Timber Press called My Garden, the City and Me: Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London. She too has her own blog, called The Year of Aerial Edible Gardening, which is just one of her prolific literary projects.

Earlier this week, I posted a review of Helen's book on my book review blog, Gardening by the Book. As I said in my review, it's a sweet memoir of her first year as a rooftop gardener. I somehow ended up with two hardcover copies of My Garden, the City and Me and I don't need two of them so one lucky reader will win the extra one.

All you have to do is go to my review on Gardening by the Book and find the answer to this question:

What time of the day did I choose to escape virtually
to Helen's London rooftop garden?

Come back here and leave a comment with your answer. I'll collect the comments, then publish them all at once at the end of the giveaway and randomly choose a winner from all the correct answers. I'll accept entries until midnight EDT this Sunday, August 28, 2011, so don't delay! Enter NOW!

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Thanks to Timber Press for providing both copies of this book, allowing me to share one with a reader.



32 comments:

Darla said...

Bedtime!

Louise said...

Bedtime, August 23,2011.Great to see how the garden world can utilize space. Gardening is always a creative possibility.

Gary said...

Hi Kylee;

What a great way to relax and escape as you noted in your review...
You chose bedtime to read this book, not to help you find sleep, but to escape from the day.
That is a very happy and healthy way to relax at the end of any day, I would be grateful to have the book myself and try your method. I love your posts and articles and ideas on all things "garden".

Many blessings
Gary

Kylee said...

Darla, Louise, and Gary ~ You're all correct and all entered to win the book! :-)

Anonymous said...

Of course it's bedtime, the only time for such activity in a busy day of gardening and working. Catwings

Rainforest Gardener said...

You're so incredibly sweet, Kylee! Sadly, my wife is afraid to step foot on the balcony unless it's too cool out for the lizards and frogs that supposedly like to jump in her hair. I happen to like it when my lizard and froggy friends say hello. Sign me up to read a copy of Helen's book at bedtime too! It looks totally up my alley. :)

Rainforest Gardener said...

If you didn't catch it, I did say bedtime. :)

Kylee said...

Catwings and Steve ~ Also correct and also entered! And Steve, you're so welcome. :-)

Traci Brigham said...

Bedtime!

Sunshine said...

You chose bedtime.

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Alison said...

Bedtime, Kylee! Thanks for hosting a giveaway! Sounds like a good book.

Kylee said...

Tracie, Sunshine, and Alison ~ You're correct and entered!

Jennie said...

bedtime! to escape from the day to that rooftop far away in London.

Judy said...

bedtime, my favorite time to read

Kylee said...

Jennie and Judy ~ Both of you are correct and now entered in the giveaway!

exploreportlandnature said...

That would be bedtime. (I'm entering because if I win the book is for my wife)

Patti said...

Oh my - bedtime of course! Best time of day to read and escape to other parts of the world!

Linda said...

You choose bedtime to read this book.

Kylee said...

exploreportlandnature.com, Patti, and Linda ~ Correct and entered!

Edward said...

"Bedtime".What plants/ veggies don't like containers; I've had problems getting basil to grow after bringing home from the store.

Tina Koral said...

Bedtime! That's when I do my best reading too! Great review blog!

Kylee said...

Edward and Tina ~ You got it right and you're entered!

Melissa said...

bedtime :) and love your FB page and blog!

Kimberly said...

Bedtime!

Judy741 said...

Bedtime! What better way to drift off, and dream of gardens and such...

Dayna said...

You escaped to the garden at bedtime! I would love a little escape to a rooftop garden. My garden is in pots because I rent a house with a small weedy yard. I still enjoy it though.~Dayna : )

Crystal said...

You chose bedtime to read the book. :)

Nancybeth said...

You read the book at bedtime. Sounds like a good time for reading a gardening book especially if it is January in norther Illinois!

Judy741 said...

Bedtime, and what a better time than to relax and drift off to dreams of gardens and such!

Donna G said...

This book sounds good-I'd enjoy it for my bedtime reading, like you did! Thanks Kylee, and I always enjoy your blog!

Cathy said...

You read it at bedtime.

Kylee said...

Using the Random Generator, Tina Koral, YOU are the winner of the book! Thank you to everyone that entered and stay tuned for another giveaway SOON! (And it's even cooler than a book!) Tina, if you could please let me know where you would like me to send your book, I'll get it right out to you! Please e-mail the address to ourlittleacre at gmail dot com. CONGRATULATIONS!

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