Homesweet Homegrown Sneak Peek + Giveaway

The fact that it’s possible to grow food in a tiny patch of yard or a basic window box is nothing short of a miracle to me. I grew up in a household that gardened religiously and throughout my childhood, there was always something delicious growing within steps of the house.

These days, my one frustration with my life as a high rise dweller is the fact that I have no place to combine seeds, soil, water and light to create my own edible miracle.

Home Sweet Homegrown spine

Despite my complete absence of garden space, I still love thinking about vegetable gardens. Each spring, I pick up a new gardening book or two and imagine what I would plant if I had a plot.

This year, my new favorite gardening book is a little volume called Homesweet Homegrown: How to Grow, Make and Store Food, No Matter Where You Live by Robyn Jasko (she’s the founder of Grow Indie, a fab website with lots of great resources for the grow your own type).

Home Sweet Homegrown contents

What’s so nice about this little book is that fact that’s both comprehensive and comprehendible. So often, gardening books contain a heck of a lot of more information than is possible to digest. This one is easy to swallow and so, so useful to boot.

As you can see from the above photo of the table of contents, the book will walk you through the entire gardening process, from those first initial steps all the way through to what to do with your harvest. If I wasn’t already a gardening convert (at least, theoretically), I’d be entirely convinced by the first section in which she breaks down the cost of home grown food as compared to grocery store or farmers market produce. The difference is staggering.

Home Sweet Homegrown canning

Towards the back of the book, there’s a nice little section that hits the basics of canning (as well as freezing, fermenting, dehydrating and other storage methods). While it doesn’t go into the deep minutia of canning, for someone who’s generally familiar with the process but needs a little refresher, this chapter is absolutely perfect.

I also love the instructions Robyn included entitled “How to Pickle Everything.” It’s an excellent reminder that pickling isn’t some mysterious thing. It’s really just the combination of vinegar, spices and fresh produce. There’s really no need to make yourself crazy over it.

Home Sweet Homegrown end paper

This is the best handbook I’ve seen for home gardeners who want to have all the basic information they need right at their fingertips. It makes me itch to get my fingers into the dirt. Hopefully someday!

Thanks to author Robyn Jasko, I have two prize packs (each contain a book and a seed pack)Β to give away to Food in Jars readers. Here’s what to do:

  1. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and tell me what you’re growing this summer. If you don’t have a garden, share what you wish you were growing.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Sunday, June 3, 2012. Winner will be chosen at random (using and will be posted to the blog on Monday, June 4, 2012.
  3. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian readers.
  4. One entry/comment per person, please.
Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book. The giveaway packs were also received at no cost to me. My opinions do remain entirely my own.Β 

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620 responses to “Homesweet Homegrown Sneak Peek + Giveaway”

  1. I wish I was growing anything. My incredibly shady yard doesn’t help me to grow anything! Last year I tried butternut squash and cucumbers, among other things I killed.

  2. Thanks to my neighbors, my yard has lots of mint and lemon verbena. I’m not much of a grower, but I love to preserve! I usually end up helping my aunt & uncle out with preserving their garden.

  3. So far, tomatoes, one pepper plant, basil, mint, and lettuce. Oh and raspberries. My long term goal is to turn the entire backyard into garden beds, but that’s going to take a while…

  4. I am growing 4 different kinds of peppers, cherry tomatoes, beefsteaks, radishes, carrots beets, peas, green beans, scarlet runner beans, red and purple potatoes, zucchini and a variety of herbs many that I have never tried before! I love to garden and can!

  5. I expanded my veggie garden this year – so far I’ve got in peas, lettuce, kale, strawberries, pumpkins, butternut squash, tomatoes, lots of herbs, and cucumbers. More to come in the next few days, too!

  6. Let’s see, so far this year we have:
    Butternut squash
    Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and huckleberries!

  7. i’m currently growing arugula, strawberries, onions, garlic, peas, nasturtiums and sunflowers! It’s just a treat to have a little garden out back!

  8. My dad and I planted a garden at his house because I don’t have a yard. We planted: Thai Chili Peppers, Serrano Chili Peppers, Lemon Cucumbers, Pickling Cucumbers, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Acorn Squash, Three different kids of tomatoes, yellow beans, and beets. We also planted some raspberry and blackberry bushes, and will be putting in a herb box soon.

    We plan to do a bunch of canning this year and we can’t wait.

  9. I’m growing cukes, tomatoes, basil, dill, flowers, peppers, crookneck squash, eggplants, and the garlic is just about ready to harvest. love the scale of that book!

  10. We have a teensy patio, but managed to squeeze in mint, peas, carrots, tomatoes, oregano, thyme, lettuce, chives and basil. Lots of basil.

  11. I’m container gardening on our apartment balcony. Right now, I only have green beans and tomatoes. I will plant some herbs next week. We love fresh cilantro…which reminds me that I need to plant some jalepenos for salsa!

  12. I’m growing cherry tomatoes, strawberries, 3 kinds of chiles, basil, mint, rosemary, parsley and cilantro! I would love to get my hands on this book!

  13. Thanks to MY neighbour’s (we’re in process of moving from Europe to Canada and the neighbours are not letting the garden go to weed, such great neighbours!) we have cucumbers, tomatoes and.. potatoes I’m sure since they reseeded themselves last year and some other wonderful stuff I’m sure. Thanks for this opportunity, the book does look really accessible, a wonderful thing!

  14. I’m growing peppers, tomatoes and a few herbs. If successful, I may expand my garden next year to other veggies, like cucumbers and onions.

  15. I’m growing some tomatoes, basil, okra, and zucchini in my backyard, but this summer we also have a garden plot in a nearby community garden. So excited!

  16. My parents have a WONDERFUL garden that we all eat out of! They grow SO MUCH: carrots, beets, turnips, several different peas and beans, cantaloupe, watermelon, basil, rosemary, oregano, garlic, onions, potatoes, several varieties of lettuce and greens, many varieties of tomatoes, raspberries, figs, blackberries, blueberries, mint, cabbage, and more that I can’t even think of right now.

  17. I am growing lettuce, tomatillos, tomatoes, turnips, basil, and the list goes on. I count myself very luck to have a small patch of earth to play in. πŸ™‚

  18. Pretty pleased with our garden so far- tomatoes, asparagus (3rd year, 1st year of harvest!), onions, cukes, winter squash, broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts, carrots & peas.
    Need to plant- melons, peppers.
    Praying to the fruit tree god that copper rust fungus passes us by this year!

  19. This is my second year gardening and my first year with a CSA share. In my garden, I am growing peas, cabbage, onions, garlic, tomatos, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, squash, beans- and so far my CSA share has given me enough lettuce and radishes to last a lifetime! there are definitely some radish pickles in my near future…

  20. Attempting to grow: dill, parsley, basil, lavender, cilantro, tomatoes, peppers (red and jalapeno), beets, sunflowers, lettuces, beans, mint, rosemary, oregano, thyme, onions, zucchini, and summer squash. New climate zone, new garden!

  21. I’m on the sixth generation of potatoes that originated from a grocery store potato I spouted on my windowsill years ago and later popped into a pot of dirt. There’s much more, but the one I’m most excited about is my pumpkin. I want to see if I can grow at least one in a pot!

  22. I am growing tomatoes from an heirloom variety that had been grown by writer William S. Burroughs. Several years ago, his partner had a ceremony at the Burrough’s gravesite at the cemetery where I work and brought a basket of tomatoes frown from seeds saved of the tomatoes they had grown over the years. One of my colleagues kept a tomato, and has grown and saved those seeds since. She gave me some this year. I just wish we knew what the variety was!

  23. I started my first garden this year! So far I have heirloom tomatoes, swiss chard, two types of beets and some watermelon radishes. I’m going to plant some strawberry spinach, collards and transplant my okra this weekend. It’s so exciting!

  24. This book looks just lovely! I’ve already harvested a whole bunch of radishes, some of which are pickled in the fridge right now, but I’m also growing strawberries, kale, tomatoes, and lots and lots of herbs. All of this is in pots in the back yard, since we rent and can’t really put in raised beds like I’d like! I also have a fantasy garden in my head that includes raspberry canes and some fruit trees, but that’s many years away, I think.

  25. Im not currently growing much besides a few herbs. But if I was I would be growing lots of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, soybeans, cheese, berries, fennel, shallots, figs and squash! Just to name a few.

  26. This book sounds amazing! My garden has not been the most successful so far this year–but we still have time! The most successful veg so far are my green onions, garlic, and purple bush beans. I also have plenty of mint, and a plum and a lemon tree full of fruit. Thanks for the giveaway offer!

  27. Thank you for a delightful book review. Unfortunately this year I have not been able to start my garden yet due to weather extremes. I container garden so that really is not a problem. I will be setting out a couple of tomato plants and a few herbs. I especially like to plant basil for cooking but also because if grown in pots near the front door it helps keep flies out of the house. I also rely on the “misquito” plant to help with the control of that little pest. It actually does a pretty good job. In the past I have also grown cucumbers in large buckets. I am disabled so container gardening is great for me. When I was much younger, I always had a huge garden, both flowers and veggies. And yes I rely on marigolds to be planted along with my tomato plants.

  28. I wish I could grow lots of tomatoes and peppers but the animals eat them all. I am growing okra which I love to freeze for gumbo and pickle for parties. Yum!

  29. many kinds of tomatoes
    hot peppers
    bell peppers
    many kinds of beans
    and a few mystery items. I planted seeds and then forgot to label what I put where. They might be weeds, and they might be something excellent. Time will tell

  30. We are growing raspberries, blackberries and a pineapple. We also have a few herbs going! This looks like a great book! I hope I win!!!

  31. I’m not growing anything but wish I had a ton of zucchini. I love making zucchini relish and have to buy it every year..

    • Oh, the constraints of time an place! I don’t know where you are Martha, but when I was a kid, the neighbors would race to see who could leave a grocery sack full for the next guy. Apparently, zucchini grew like a science fiction creature for them. If only we could get that to work for us, right!?

  32. We have lettuce leaf and genovese basil, three different heirloom peppers and three different heirloom tomatoes!

  33. Our fantastic neighbours across the alley donate a 25′ x 25′ sunny patch of garden to us each year. This year, we’re growing the usual leafy suspects, carrots, beets, garlic, radishes, squashes, zucchini, cantaloupes, cucumbers, green pole beans, purple bush beans, edamame, peas, sugar peas, potatoes, tomatoes, herbs and nasturtiums. Yum! Great giveaway. The book looks useful. πŸ™‚

  34. This year we are growing….tomatoes, squash, okra, sunflowers, watermelon, cantaloupes, corn, okra, onions, garlic(looking bad), green beans, lima beans, blueberries, blackberries, muscadines, peppers, herbs, elderberries, apples, peaches, figs, and Weeds!

  35. This year I’ve got a huge garden that includes nine different types of tomatoes. The raspberry canes have been trimmed and the rhubarb is being pulled and made into jam and pie regularly. I like to pick my food from the backyard, not the grocery store. Thanks for more inspiration!

  36. I’m growing beans,garlic,tomatoes. I’d like to have lettuce,purple potatoes and kale!! I love plants and love vegetables!! I could use this book! Have a great planting season!

  37. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries (blackberries in the alley) apples, peaches, plums, cherries, grapes, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes, onions, spinach, lettuce, carrots, garlic, leeks, dill, sunflowers, cukes, green beans, zucchini, crookneck squash, basil, parsley…and who knows what else!

  38. Peas, lettuce, radishes, beets, zucchini, cucmbers, pumpkins, tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, garlic, herbs, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, pears and cherries.

  39. My garden has lots of yellow tomatoes this year, I’m excited to try some of the yellow cherry tomatoes. There’s also basil, beans, zucchini, eggplant and some hot peppers, one of which is called “Fatalii” which should be quite exciting (and scary?) to taste!

  40. This sounds like a fantastic book! We live in a second floor condo with an enormous balcony and not much in the way of sun. I’ve decided this year to give up on trying to grow veggies, but I grow herbs like crazy! Dill for my pickles, sage, two kinds of thyme (because I think it’s pretty) oregano, flat leaf parsley, chives and enough basil to keep us in pesto from the end of the season to the start of the new one.

    I’m sad that I can grow veggies, mainly because my son is really interested in growing food, but the low yeild is too disappointing for a 5 year old.

  41. I have a small garden this year, so I’m focusing on things that I won’t get in my CSA box: Lots of herbs, soy beans, flowers, and (way too many) tomatoes!

  42. I am growing lettuces, spinach, swiss chard, garlic, onions, tomatoes, snow peas, Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes, many varieties of herbs, peppers, eggplant, broccoli, green beans and flowers. I love raised beds, composting and trying a few new items each year.

  43. What am I growing? It’s easier to say what I’m not growing!

    In the garden right now: cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, romanesco, collard greens, kale, turnip, rutabaga, radishes, tomatoes, peppers hot and sweet, onions, garlic, leeks, lettuces, celery, celeriac, okra, swiss chard, spinach, carrots, beets, dry beans, green beans, peas shelling and snow, asparagus peas, and potatoes. Plus, of course, all the herbs, the mints, the horseradish, the asparagus patch – and new this year: currants red and white, grapes, blueberries, and rhubarb. I can’t wait for them to start producing!

  44. We just decided to rent a house (available in August… so at the end of gardening season) with raised planters already out back. I am beyond excited. The sweet little ladies living there have planted some this season, but not much since they knew they were moving. I can’t WAIT until next year when I get to do it all myself! I’ve never done it before though… would love this step by step guide!

  45. I’m trying a square foot garden this year, so I have: Italian, poblano, and jalopeno peppers, black krim and sungold tomatoes, tomatillos, lemon and petite cukes, pattypan squash, zuchinni, eggplant, peas, green beans, potatoes, carrots, leeks, corn, beets, collards, red onions, celery, spinach, salad greens, butter lettuce, asparagus, artichokes, pumpkins, melon, gourds, strawberries, and herbs. I really need to learn how to put food by so I can store the harvest!

  46. I am just growing strawberries and raspberries this summer (thankfully they just require watering!). We are putting our house up for sale this summer…so as much as I want a garden – it didn’t make sense. But, next summer at our new home I plan to grow tomatoes and peppers of several varieties, cucumbers, zucchini, onions, potatoes, etc… I can’t wait!

  47. Want to start a garden (this book would be perfect for such a project!) but currently house hunting… so, I’ll have to see if we move and thus have dirt to grow things in!

  48. My little backyard is too shady for vegetables to grow and the ground dirt in my even smaller front yard is in rough shape. So I have two little raised beds and a bunch of pots up front. So far this year we’ve grown spinach, radishes, tatsoi, scallions, arugula, and lettuce. I now have growing peas, eggplant, five different tomato plants, and an assortment of herbs.

  49. Not a lot of room living in the city, but I always grow herbs. Wish I had room for so much more! Luckily I joined a CSA to get homegrown food.

  50. Growing red and bananna peppers, brandywine Cherokee and Roma tomatoes, plus some Kirby cucumbers, kale and pumpkins for the kids. I am trying to overcome my black thumb through sheer perseverance. I am sure a good gardening reference could help.

  51. tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, eggplant, kale, spinach, squash, strawberries, potatoes, and a bunch of assorted herbs. I even started my first perennials this year!

  52. We are in a new place (little rented place with no grass, so all containers for us) and trying to grow tomatoes, strawberries, and some beans and peppers. We move a lot (yay Navy!) so a book that would help us adjust us to wherever we live. πŸ™‚

  53. I’m growing lettuce, spinach, kale, tomatoes, chard (overwintered) and onions (overwintered, planted by a former housemate… now I don’t know when to pick them or what to do with the plants, so they’re just in the ground… forever)! I’m also having a baby any day now, so my gardening will be limited this summer.

  54. There are two empty cans on our window sill holding two healthy basil plants. For now. They need proper planting this weekend. I hope I don’t destroy them and end up with my usual potted sticks. We just moved into a place that has a fair amount of windowsills to work with and nearly full sun from late afternoon on. I’d love to get some herbs growing. The crazy dream is to get a few greens, veggies, and/or fruits eventually, but it’s all going to have to be small windowsill pots. I don’t suppose it counts that I planted garlic last fall in my father in law’s garden about 7 hours away? I’m still waiting to see what the results of that experiment are.

  55. I wish I had my own place to plant a garden, but if I did I would be growing tomatoes and a lot of herbs.

  56. Hello, I am mostly just a looker on your blog but I love it! This year in our garden we have a LOT going on, we just moved into a new home with a fairly large yard that already had a mature grape vine and two cherry trees but here is the list of the edibles/herbals I added.

    Asian pear (doubt we’ll get anything this year, I need to get a mate for my tree!)
    Fig (there are a ton on the tree this year!)
    2 columnar apples
    four kinds of tomatoes
    basil galore!
    brussel sprouts
    three kinds of peppers
    a bunch of different kinds of lettuce
    acorn squash
    snap peas
    and a bunch of surprise seeds that a friend shared

    I am really excited to see what kinds of cherries and grapes we will have this year, they both are looking to be prolific! I run a daycare from home so we go through lots of fresh and homemade stuff which gives me a great excuse for having a large garden!

  57. We are growing yellow pear tomatoes, green beans, and lettuce right now but preparing for a big late summer/fall garden at our new house.

  58. I have tomatoes, basil, green beans, asparagus, cucumbers, summer squashes, peas, okra, eggplant, and peppers

  59. We’re growing tomatoes, sweet corn, watermelon, cantalope, pumpkins, zucchini and cabbage. There’s nothing better than a fresh tomato. I can’t wait!!

  60. We have tomatoes (which are starting to fruit and should start ripening soon), tomatillos, cucumbers, sweet and hot peppers, onions, garlic, and lots of herbs (our dill is a little out of control these days). We tried having broccoli also, but the rats (I live in downtown Baltimore, which is somewhat famous for its rat problem) got to it before we discovered how to ward them off.

  61. It looks like such a cool book! We are growing all kinds of stuff. Here’s a start: Tomatoes, basil, lettuce, spinach, onions, garlic, peppers, cherries, apples, lemons, strawberries, blackberries, apricots, plums, peaches, pears, artichokes, rosemary, mint, thyme, eggplant, beans, lemons . . . that’s probably most of it. Happy reading/gardening/cooking/canning to everyone πŸ™‚

  62. I am “growing” fennel and dill (overgrown in my planter boxes from last year) for the butterflies.

  63. I’m growing some herbs (basil, parsley, chives, summer savory), some baby lettuces, and some dwarf peas on the sill of my dorm room window-not much space, but I make use of as much as I can!

  64. This books looks fantastic. I’m trying to figure out the whole gardening thing. We have green beans, carrots, onions, lettuce, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, cantelope, watermelon, tomatoes, and potatoes. I’ve tried sunflowers twice already this season and failed this summer, but maybe third times the charm?

  65. This summer we’re growing Boston and flame lettuce, Swiss chard, carrots, turnips, peas, tomatoes, and potatoes. We also have chickens! We live in a city but have a nice big yard that we decided to turn in to a garden.

  66. We are growing tomatos,onions, jalapenos, okra, green beans, carrots, cucumbers, yellow squash, zuchini, and pumpkins! I have an aparagus patch and a strawberry patch, and put in a raspberry patch this spring. I have high hopes in trying some of your canning ideas this summer!

  67. We’re growing peppers, corn, okra, squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, basil, and a few lemon trees my husband started from seed.

  68. Sadly, I’m not growing anything edible right now (unless I count the numerous dandelions). I wish I could grow some peas and tomatoes, and some mint, basil and oregano. I live in a neighborhood that has roaming cats that feel as if the world is their litterbox, aggressive squirrels that would eat any produce on the plant as soon as they discovered it (pumpkins on the steps are excavated within 2 days), and the occasional deer. And, because the houses in the neighborhood are pretty close together, and my backyard is a hill filled with maple trees, I don’t have much sunny ground available. So, it’s hard to grow anything tasty outside. But, now that my brand new copy of “Food in Jars” arrived last night (and even though I got home at 8:30 pm, I read all the way through up to the pickles section!) I am itching to start canning some homegrown produce! My goal this summer is to clean off the enclosed front porch and turn the sunny end of it into a pseudo-greenhouse. If I don’t have time to grow anything this year, at least I’ll be ready for next year! And in the meantime, I’ll be shopping at the local farm stand to get some canning practice in.

  69. I’m growing tomatoes, parsley, rosemary, and chives so far. And will plant lettuce and spinach later in the summer!

  70. I am currently growing: hungarian wax peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, chocolate mint (mmm!), squash, cucumber, and some other herbs!

  71. 15 tomato plants, 8 pepper plants, potatoes, vines galore….The garden just keeps getting bigger. I’ve expanded to include carrots, beets and chard in my flower beds. I gave up my CSA share last year and have never looked back!

  72. I’m having an off gardening year – we’re moving mid-summer from Chicago to Florida, but I’m hoping to take advantage of the long (never-ending?) growing season once we move, maybe starting a fall garden?

  73. My garden will be beautiful with tomatoes, bell peppers and onions . What a joy it is to pluck that first plump red tomato and savor every bite -yummy !

  74. I’m growing a few types of heirloom tomatoes, some edamame, pole beans, carrots, squash… I also live in a high rise but am so lucky to be part of a community garden in my neighborhood. It’s the best of both worlds!

  75. I’m growing several kinds of tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli, potatoes, radishes, carrots, onions, various herbs and somethings I’m probably leaving out because I am growing way too much for one person. Looking forward to eating/preserving it all!

  76. This book sounds amazing! I’m growing 4 varieties of heirloom tomato, lettuce, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, beets, zukes, cukes, yellow squash, butternut squash, acorn squash, garden peas and about 12 different herbs.

  77. I usually plant tomatoes, peppers and herbs in containers. This year I am helping a friend who has a 4 acre farm in exchange for veggies at harvest time.

  78. This year I’m trying corn,eggplant,tomatoes,potatoes,a variety of peppers, watermelon, catalope and squash. As for herbs I have oregano, basil, lemon verbena, apple and mojito mint, thyme, Mexican sage and dill. I’m already staking out places to buy blueberry for blueberry butter, which was a great hit for last year. It was also the first thing that I canned and love it on waffles. Looking forward to a great canning season.

  79. We’re growing lots of tomatoes and peppers…some carrots, cucumbers, watermelon, and pumpkins!

  80. I’m growing peas, broccoli, garlic, beets, herbs, cukes, squash, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes….our favorite heirloom tomatoes just got planted – Cherokee Purple, Striped German, Green Zebra and Black Pearl. Can’t wait for harvest season!

  81. I’m growing a ton! Tomatoes, carrots, squash, herbs, onions, leaks, cucumbers, pickling cucumbers and a few strawberries!

  82. We have an actual garden bed this year! Growing 4 different kinds of tomatoes, green peppers, cucumber, yellow squash, and lettuce. I also have a little container garden for herbs – mint, basil, lavender, lovage, cilantro and parsley!

  83. This book looks great! I’ve given up trying to grow veggies in my yard because the deer and bunnies always seem to eat everything I grow. Instead, I’m growing in containers on my deck – so far, I’ve got tomatoes, cilantro, parsley, and dill growing.

  84. I call my backyard ‘mini-farm’..I’m growing 10 different heirloom tomatoes, 3 different potatoes, swiss chard, radishes, brussel sprouts, 4 different peppers, eggplant, onions, garlic, lettuce, peas, several squashes, and cukes…all while fighting a giant woodchuck who loves to mow my parsely!

  85. Using square foot gardening, my family and I are growing tomatoes, peppers, carrots, onions, leeks, broccoli and many different herbs. The weather went too quickly from winter to summer-like for us to get in any radishes and spinach, so we’ll wait until late August.

  86. I am growing four types of tomatoes, a sweet pepper plant, an eggplant, lots of herbs, beans, greens, and strawberries in containers!

  87. eight varieties of hot pepper (we don’t get those from the csa or much at the farm stands), mr. stripey tomatoes (a variety developed by my classmates), pickling cucumbers, lots of herbs, figs, blueberries, and some pollinator-attracting flowers

  88. I would LOVE a copy of this – right now we’re growing herbs in self-watering containers by our front door. I’m really hoping to be in a home of my own next spring, with my very own garden, and some gentle hand-holding would be wonderful.

  89. My husband and I just added 500+ square feet of growing space to the garden. What we’re NOT growing is shorter list. One thing I’m trying this year is mixing vegetables with flowers. Tomatoes and cucumbers among daisies and cone flowers.

  90. 4 types of tomatoes, 2 colors of bell peppers, zucchini, strawberries and herbs. Next year I hope to expand a bit.

  91. This summer I have a community garden plot for the first time. I’m growing tomatoes, peas, carrots, chard, beets (hopefully), beans, basil, lettuce, strawberries and sage!

  92. This book looks awesome! I have strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and cherries growing in my very small city lot. Some of the plants/bushes/trees are still quite small, so I will only get a handful or so. My dad decided not to fill his garden this year, so gave me a lot of space to plant stuff. I have tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, watermelon, cabbage, broccoli, sunflowers, parsnips, carrots, corn (for popping), edamame, lima beans, shelling beans, and green beans. I hope I end up with way more than I know what to do with!

  93. I am excited to talk about what I’m growing.

    I’ve got three tomato plants. For the first year, I’m not growing Early Girl because they haven’t been productive for me the last few years, so I’m trying two other similar plants. And I’m growing Juliets, which are amazing. It’s a huge, prolific mess of a tomato plant that produces 1-2″ roma-style tomatoes.

    I’ve planted several hot pepper varieties. I went for some colorful ones for my friends’ front yard, and some cherry peppers for me. I’ve also got jalapenos, serranos, and habaneros at my parents’.

    And I have a couple eggplants. I did not find my favorite variety (fairy tale), so I’ll be adding that still if I do find a plant.

    In greens, I’ve so far planted collards and swiss chard. Later, I might go for a kale or two.

    I’m trying alliums, but I’m not good with plants where I can’t see the thing I’m harvesting. I almost tried potatoes, but my seed potatoes molded before they got in the ground.

    This will be the second year I grow green beans, and I’m trying cucumbers for the first time at my parents’.

    And now I have to find fun herbs for the pots on my front porch for my kitchen garden. So far, I just have thyme, rosemary, parsley, lovage, fennel (I prefer the fronds of fennel to the bulb, so I grow the bronze fennel that doesn’t make a bulb and is readily distinguishable from dill), and hyssop.

  94. I have never gardened because I just have no idea where to start…but I would love to grow rhubarb, tomatoes, zucchini, and strawberries in my back yard!

  95. Love it! I was raised gardening and I’m so glad that we’ve got a small plot here behind our house in St. Louis. Growing tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, zucchini, cucumbers, leeds, chard, carrots, beans, and peas (we fit a TON into our space!)… plus peppers and herbs in containers. Hoping for a good harvest this year!!

  96. we live in an apartment, but one of our neighbors is letting us use her yard…
    we are growing: four kinds of tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, carrots, peas, leeks, two types of squash, four kinds of gourds, onions, celery, cabbage, basil, oregano, lavender, sage, comfrey, borage, marigolds, green beans, beets, chard, thyme – at the apartment we have chamomile, strawberries, chives, and many assorted trees (bonsai) and wild plants and house plants

  97. Currently only growing succulents on my fire escape, but would love to plant a little garden this summer. Welcome any suggestions for a first timer!

  98. I’m growing a little bit of everything…tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, summer and winter squash, eggplant beans and a whold bunch of herbs.

  99. Tomatoes, cucumber, cilantro, mixed greens, carrots, peas, fava beans, peppers, onions and black coco beans! That’s what I’m growing – oh! and tons of garlic! I’m new at this and am hoping for the best – I really need to build up my confidence. I’m super excited about making black bean soup this winter out of beans I grew myself! Thanks for the great posts – its very encouraging.

  100. I wish I were growing tomatoes, peppers, garlic and onions. Unfortunately the only plan I have been able to keep alive so far is aloe vera.

  101. My row of potatoes is up and the tomatoes – mostly Italian paste and peppers – a mixture of habonaro for salsa, red and green stuffing plus some Italian yellow frying are planted. I also have perennials like rhubarb, oregano, chives and thyme.

  102. This year I’m not planting my typical raised beds with lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, chard, eggplant, etc…just too much to do in my life these days that something’s gotta give! I’m thinking I’ll just have to purchase from a local farm market, (not that I have to go far) the produce I want to can or freeze. However, I am growing herbs, thyme, lemon thyme, mint and basil on my deck.

  103. Trying to grow tomatoes. Sprouted fine, but birds took them when they were about 2 inches tall. Any assistance and suggestions the book could offer would be appreciated.

  104. Kale, collards, 5 kinds of tomatoes, 6 kinds of beans, strawberries, blueberries, rhubarb, sorrel, herbs, cukes, zukes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, onions, and whatever else comes to mind for the single square inch left unused!

  105. We are growing ten types of tomatoes, 8 types of cukes, 10 kinds of squash, several varieties of beans, collards, onions, garlic, beets, herbs, leeks, chard, flowers, and a forest garden full of perennial fruit and nut trees, berries, veggies and unusual fruiting shrubs!

  106. We planted potatoes on Good Friday and they are 12 inches tall already! We are northern climate and growing season is so short for us! We need to finish planting the tomatoes, eggplants and squash!

  107. I’m trying my hand at gardening for the first time this year, with rosemary, tomatoes, and swiss chard, and hopefully mint, thyme, and oregano. In my community’s garden, of course, we’re growing just about everything you can think of, including way too much celeriac…

  108. Neat.
    I’m growing a lot of stuff. I just finally got my peppers and eggplant planted.
    What I’m really excited about, though, is the garlic that’s just about ready to be harvested. So awesome!

  109. This year… I’m growing tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, Swiss chard, carrots, squash, eggplants, herbs…. Oh so much. I hope it doesn’t get a little out of hand. Most of the plants were grown from seed by me.

  110. LOVE your book; it’s really pretty, too. I am growing tomatoes, basil, mint, chives, thyme, parsley and rosemary. Yum.

  111. I’m growing everything! Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, spinach, rainbow chard, kale, radishes, carrots, kohlrabi, runner beans, four kinds of tomatoes, summer squash, winter squash and a ton of bell peppers. That’s in addition to my herb garden. The problem is, my raised vegetable bed (which came with the house) gets so little sun! The plants in the ground grow at a snail’s pace and the ones on the deck (which get plenty of sun) are crowded too many to a container. My husband and I have been discussing tearing up our driveway to make a new veggie patch. We don’t use our tiny garage for cars anyway . . .

  112. Well I suppose I have to be honest and say that I planted sunflowers… it’s my first go around. I killed them. Or rather, my lack of knowledge killed them. I did however buy some herbs and put them in a pot and my sister-in-law used my cilantro in a wonderful indian dish! I also made some jam last year. I killed that too. Or rather, my lack of knowledge killed the jam. I have rectified that situation by purchasing Marisa’s book! Logic would follow that I should be able to grow something with a little instruction in such a user friendly format! I’m excited at the idea of growing something that I can then can for my family to eat in the winter! I would grow tomatoes, lettuce, peas, spinach, peppers… whatever!

  113. I’m growing parsley, lettuce mix, tomatoes, green onions and sweet peppers – all on my balcony!
    I plant a garden in containers every year, this year I built sub-irrigation planters (sips) and my plants are SO happy!
    I always love reading new gardening books, this one looks like a gem. πŸ™‚

  114. The list is long – herbs, 6 kinds of tomatoes, strawberries, cherries (fingers crossed), chard, kale, carrots, beets, pumpkins, cabbage, broccoli, hot peppers, sweet peppers, apples, rhubarb, peas….

  115. I’m buying a house this summer, so I’ll finally get to garden again. I’ll probably be spending most of my time growing raised beds instead of actual vegetables this season.

  116. I’m hoping to get my salsa garden growing again: tomatoes, tomatillos, coentro, green onion, jalapenos, habaneros, etc

    (Some of that might be in Portuguese, sorry about that.)

  117. Have my VERY FIRST GARDEN this year! All in containers, since a new home & a new baby leaves little time. Already harvested romaine and boston bibb lettuce. Growing kale, jalapenos, hot banana & cayenne peppers, green zebra, yellow pear & patio tomatoes, and then a slew of herbs. Also planted a fig tree which has small fruit already! HUZZAH!

  118. We are growing tomatoes, basil (gotta load up on the mozzarella), peppers, rosemary, strawberries and blueberries. My daughter is also excited to be growing carrots this year!!

  119. I am growing lots of things, but my current favorite thing I’m eating from the garden is sorrel. Not exactly food for jars, but heavenly in the moment!

  120. My family owns the cider mill, so there is 6 acres of pumpkins and about An acre of fruits and vegetables like lettuce, strawberries, peas, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, onions etc etc. Also apple trees, pear trees and cherry trees! Fun fun!

  121. My little condo balcony is home to lettuce, parsley, basil, oregano, chives, cilantro, mint, rosemary, sage, thyme… I hope to have my own full-size garden one day but I have a lot to learn before then!

  122. I also learned to garden from my parents, and I’ve got a big garden – tomatoes, peppers, beans, potatoes, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, pumpkins, butternut squash, arugula, onions. Cabbage worms ate my lettuce, though….

  123. This summer I’m growing dandelions! I’m also trying to build my first raised beds to hold my tomatoes and cucumbers next year. I do have a nice stash of herbs growing, though (basil and rosemary, mmm).

  124. We’ve got tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, pole beans, watermelon, and a mystery squash growing out of our compost πŸ˜‰

  125. We’re growing basil and chives on the windowsill, but I wish I had a small balcony/garden to grow more things! More herbs, plus lettuces, kale, radishes, beans…

  126. I have been helping out in an organic garden- and by helping out I mean starting seed(my own) turning soil, addressing drip systems etc. I would say the most satisfying thing I have grown has been beets- so sugary sweet in a good way. I have tasted new zealand spinache- if you have not you really should. I have also joined my first CSA- another good way to get fresh veggies and support local food people. I love food in jars blogspot.

  127. Tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and squash so far! I struggle with my garden — too much shade. This book sounds great!

  128. In addition to my usual 3 types of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, beans, peas, beets, radishes, lettuces, spinach, zucchini, escarole, cabbage, bell peppers, jalepenos, leeks, and culinary herbs, this year I’m also trying my hand with watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew, spaghetti squash, potatoes, horseradish, 2 types of pumpkins and medicinal herbs! Whew!

  129. On my deck I’m concentrating on herbs, but we have tomatoes, cabbage, scallions, onions, and other veggies in my father’s garden plot!

  130. My window sill is currently home to my basil. chive, oregano and dill seedlings. This is my first year growing herbs so I hope my dill survives so I can use it in my pickles!

  131. This is my first summer with 2 raised beds. I am growing tomatoes, peppers, pickling cucumbers, sugar snap peas, broccoli and a couple herbs. I’m hoping they will be successful. I don’t get a lot of sun anywhere in my yard but I’m hoping it’s enough.

  132. My mom always canned jam growing up in California, plum and mixed berry were my favorite, now i also love making apricot and peach. mmmmmm

  133. We’re gardening at 9200 ft elevation and have a VERY short growing season. Even when we’re relatively safe from frost, it’s too cool at night for our tomatoes to set fruit without a black jug of water nearby to keep it warmer. We’ll be growing tomatoes, herbs, spinach, chard, collards, potatoes and, maybe, carrots!

  134. Tomatoes, carrots, sugar snap peas, pole beans, beets, lettuce, onions, garlic, one pepper, a huge amount of butternut squash, zucchini, acorn squash, patty pan squash, basil, dill, parsley. Most everything will be canned, frozen, dried or stored fresh for the winter. I have had a hard time in the past few years getting butternut squash to produce gourds from the couple of plants purchased. This year, I decided to buy a packet of seeds and start them all, not knowing how many would start. There were about 80 seeds and most of them came up. I had put an average of 4 seeds into a pot and with them yielding young plants, I was able to transplant 15 pots. I am looking forward to seeing a bushy garden. It will be a treat to be overrun with the yield.

  135. I am growing way too many plants for the size of my little garden plot (although some of them have spilled over into a small container garden): arugula, two kinds of kale, swiss chard, lettuce, spinach, pei tsai, pak choi, bok choi, choi sum, green, purple and yellow beans, snap peas, leeks, onions, chives, two kinds of carrots, beets, radishes, rapini, zucchini and squash, curly and flat parsley, thai and genevese basil, six kinds of tomatoes, purple tomatillos, cape gooseberries, three kinds of cucumber (including lemon, the best kind), heirloom french strawberries, thyme, lemon verbena, lavender, calendula, orange mint, spearmint, marigolds, and bergamot. Whew! Writing all that down makes me realize just how ambitious I’ve gotten this year.

  136. This summer I’m growing roma and black cherry tomatoes, spinach, winter squash, spinach, green onions, zucchini and radishes. I didn’t have a lot of luck with my tomatoes last year, but I’m hopeful for this year.

  137. We’re growing the usual this summer — tomatoes, peppers and herbs. Would love to expand our small container garden with the help of this book!

  138. I built 9 raised garden beds 4×8 this spring! Currently I’m growing: asparagus, garlic, corn, yellow medallion tomatoes, pear tomatoes, jubilee tomatoes, dragon carrots, parsnips, cantalope, strawberries, onions, cucumbers, zucchini, butternut squash, summer squash, peas, purple beans, green beans, musclen lettuce, spinach, butter lettuce.

    We have also planted an apricot tree and a couple of pear trees.

    This house was chosen 18 months ago for its yard size (.23 acres) to grow as much as our own food as possible.

  139. We weren’t able to expand the gardens this year, as we’d hoped, so I’m stuck trying to grow as much as I can in a reasonably small space. I’m trying out zucchini, snow peas, spinach, carrots, and green onions. In the future, I hope to add all the usual cold-weather crops to my lineup: potatoes, rutabagas, kohlrabi, broccoli, cabbage, etc.

    I love growing my own food! πŸ™‚

  140. Starting small in a nice little raised bed on my porch as we live in a small apartment – oodles and oodles of strawberries for my active little one year old boy! And if I had more space I would add blueberries too πŸ™‚ We eat lots of berries in this house!

  141. I am growing cucumbers right now. I will add some container gardens, just as soon as I move in late June. I will also be building my raised beds all summer, so I can have my dream garden next year.

  142. I’m growing two kinds of tomatoes, zucchini, strawberries and herbs–all in containers. Someday I’ll have the raised beds I dream of!

  143. Most years I grow a few geraniums in hanging baskets and pots. I’ve tried a real garden, but I have some garden pests of the bovine variety (that’s cows. About 30 of them.) Last year I discovered a bay laurel, and after overwintering it, I’m considering what other herbs can join it and the eternal geranium collection.

  144. Since I have a 5-month-old, there isn’t much in the way of gardening for me this year: just sugar snap peas, radishes, basil, and jalapenos. Next year, lots! (I hope.)

  145. I’m attempting to garden this year. But our backyard doesn’t get much direct sunlight. So I’m taking a shotgun approach. I’m putting more plants in the ground than I know will survive with the hope that something will do well. So far I’ve got snap peas, squash and cucumbers in the ground from starts (something has been eating my cucumbers though, and I’m not happy about it). I also planted carrots and beats. The tomatoes and peppers will go in the ground this weekend. I’ve also got lettuce and spinach in containers, but they don’t seem to be doing well for some odd reason.

  146. lots of greens ( lettuce, mustard greens, spinach, arugula), brassicas (brussel sprouts, kale, kohlrabi, cauliflower), radishes, carrots, onions, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, many herbs, edible flowers (nasturtium, marigolds, calendula) etc….

  147. I have a small community garden plot currently overflowing with lettuce, chard, spinach, peas, onions, and beets. Carrots and parsnips are sprouting, and soon my three cabbage starts, two tomato starts, and two bush summer squash starts will be ready to go in the ground.

  148. We moved for a new job and are living in an apartment, so have no room, but I do have 6 pots with 4 tomatoes and 2 blueberry bushes.

  149. I’m growing everything, or so it seems. Black Beauty Zucchini, Yellow crookneck, green and yellow pattypan, hubbard, spaghetti squash, butternut, okra, three kinds of tomatoes, green beans, three kinds of radish, lettuce, eggplant, bell peppers, basil, chives, cilantro, mint….I’m sure I’m forgetting something.

  150. I am growing a little bit of everything! Spinach, kale, chard, mesculin mix, arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, beets, radishes, tomatoes…I am trying to do peas but something is eating them all!

  151. I am hoping to plant pumpkins this year! And beets! And chard! So far, I have chard left over from last year….

  152. I planted normal garden things like tomatoes and cukes, broccoli and crookneck squash. Then I planted as many herbs as I could get my hands on. Mexican tarragon, Thai basil, Cuban oregano, fun stuff!!

  153. In my small garden, I’m growing tomatoes (Roma & cherry), peppers (Anaheim & Carmen), sunflowers, and I just planted a start of rhubarb – won’t get any of that this year, hopefully I’ll be able to pick some by next spring. I also have garlic chives and oregano that survived the mild winter.

  154. Oh, Lord. I pumped up the volume on my garden this year and here’s what we’ve got:

    apples, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb, bush and pole beans, potatoes, horseradish, broccoli, collards, cucumbers, lettuce, celery, carrots, peas, onions, leeks, tomatoes, peppers, beets, garlic, zucchini, pumpkins, cilantro, parsley, basil, thyme, oregano, chives… whew! Should be fun!

  155. I’m growing a little bit of a lot of things! I have tomatoes, various herbs, carrots, eggplant, zucchini, peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, chard, kale, broccoli, and brussels sprouts. Some things are new to me this year and some didn’t work out last year, but I have to try again!

  156. Just got back from a dinner party at a friend’s house and enjoyed a delicious homegrown salad complete with fresh lettuce, arugula, and basil. Made me wish I had a garden of my own to grow my own salad fixings!

  157. We’re growing a mixture of summer squash, heirloom tomatoes, tomatillos, a mixture of peppers – sweet and hot, basil, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, lemon thyme, lettuce, cilantro, and peas. If the squirrels would go away, I might get some apples and crab apples. Last year, we got two apples and no crab apples.

  158. We’re growing corn (for us, and some for feed for our chickens), purple hull peas, yellow squash, tomatoes, watermelon, and probably something else. LOL!

  159. So far I am growing artichokes, tomatoes (several varieties), oregano, chives, rosemary, peppermint, spearmint, sage and still hoping to get in some basil, zuchini, yellow squash, bush beans and lettuces.
    I live in an apartment and everything is in pots except the artichokes. I love to play in the dirt and watch things grow.

  160. Hello Marisa,

    I cannot take part in your giveaways because I live in Greece. Please please do a giveaway including your overseas fans!!!!
    thank you and good luck with your new book.


  161. I wish I was growing: tomatoes, basil, mint, lettuce, bell peppers, hot peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, and eggplant.

  162. I’m wishing I had raised beds that would allow this old canner’s knees the privilege of getting down and dirty. Instead, I can only dream of gardens in years past that provided all my canning needs to include tomatoes, corn, beans, brussel sprouts, zucchini and yellow squash, cucumbers and peppers. We did put a few tomato and hot pepper seeds in the flower beds along with herbs to dry; dill and basil. Can’t wait for harvest time.

  163. We are growing spinach, radishes, three different types of tomatoes, broccoli, red onions, leeks, eggplant, cabbage, zucchini, squash, snow peas, snap peas, cucumber, oregano, thyme, basil, banana peppers, jalapeΓ±o, red, green and orange peppers, cilantro, Italian parsley, parsley, and I also grow an herb that smells like celery … We use it in soups. I wish I could grow the fruits … Watermelon, canteloupe …but they take up too much valuable space. We care for my elderly parents and this garden ensures a constant supply of vegetables for their soup.

  164. I wish I was growing a great big pile of greens! Kale, collards & lettuce. Also, a few varieties of tomatoes would be awesome. Unfortunatly, I am traveling a lot this summer so no garden for me. Maybe next year?

    All the best,


  165. On the cement slab that is our “yard”, we are growing 3 varieties of tomatoes and cherry peppers in buckets as well as sage, thyme, basil, chives, mint, and curry in pots. We’re even experimenting with fennel to see how it will do in a window box.

  166. I’m living abroad this summer so I don’t have a garden of my own, but I am about to head to Norway for a month to volunteer at an organic farm where they grow a variety of yummy things!

  167. I only have a container garden because I live in a villa with no community gardens allowed. I am growing beefstake tomatoes and cherry tomatoes this year. If I was allowed to have a big garden I would certainly grow lettuce, cukes, peppers and pumpkins.

  168. Hi Marissa,

    I run low on water every summer due to our shallow well(talk about country living!) I can’t waste a lot of water on watering a garden so I just plant a few tomato and basil plants in pots. I just bought your Food In Jars book and plan on using locally grown produce for your canning recipes. I have several roadside produce stands close to my house(country living-gotta love it!) Hope to win this book.

  169. I over ordered to many potato plants, so I am growing a ton of potatoes. You can come over for potato salad

  170. My first attempt at gardening in several years is long distance. So for lack of being able to regularly water and weed I’ve grown herbs and radishes.

  171. Growing lots of herbs including borage and nasturtiums. Others include peas, carrots, arugula, mustard greens. Planting okra this weekend now that it’s hot. This is on a 10×10 city garden plot in NY city. This would be a good book for me!

  172. I’m denied even a windowsill herb garden where I’m living now which I consider the basic of a home so I really just want a pot of dill!

  173. We’re primarily growing tomatoes, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, squash, garlic, onions, beans and peas; however, we’re also test driving artichokes, a new variety of cabbages, and four different kinds of pumpkins. We just can’t wait until they’re big enough to start experimenting with, and this book would be a great addition to our growing library!

  174. This year we decided to use up all of the leftover seed and plant one row of everything – radishes, carrots, spinach, swiss chard, red leaf lettuce. while digging the garden we discovered 8 potatoes that go missed last year so they stayed along with some tomato plants that self seed every year. the best thing is that our compost pile manages to grow great things all on its own. last year we harvested pumpkins, acorn, spaghetti and butternut squash along with garlic and potatoes so we are looking forward to our compost bounty again this year.

  175. Unfortunately due to a move, I haven’t started anything yet. I’ve got my fingers crossed though that we will be settled with veggie starts by mid-August to get in a fall crop. What? I’m not picky ~ tomatoes, cukes, and salad fixings and I’ll be a happy girl. πŸ™‚

  176. My husband just bought herb seeds (basil, dill, thyme rosemary, sage, chives). I can’t wait to get get them started and use fresh homegrown herbs in my cooking.

  177. I also live in an apartment but am very lucky to have a large, beautiful south facing window where I started some herbs, two tomato plants and a jalapeno plant from seed. The basil and dill are doing very well, the chives and rosemary, not so much. The tomatos and pepper are doing wonderfully and I am hoping to transplant them in the garden at my mothers place soon.

  178. We have sweet, organic strawberries, corn, popcorn, raspberries, and lavender growing in our garden πŸ™‚

  179. We have a huge garden with tomatos, corn, cucumbers, squash, jalepenos, zipper creams, black-eyes, potatos, pintos, green beans, watermelon, canteloupe, isriel melons and we tried our hand at bok choi that did very well!!

  180. We always have a variety of tomato plants, and eat right out of the garden πŸ˜‰ … sadly that is all I seem to be able to grow. Thankfully we are part of a CSA and we get local fresh produce all summer long!
    Our canning jars will be filled with fruit, pickles, tomato sauce, … mmmmm

  181. Lots of tomatoes, corn, green beans, cucumbers, yellow bell peppers, basil, eggplant, peas, carrots, turnips, (for my husband) zucchini, yellow squash, kale and did I mention LOTS of tomatoes. LOL
    This is a family garden with my sister, niece, mom and myself. We always have extra to share with the rest of the family also.

  182. I have the postage stamp-sized yard! With a variety of tomatoes, cabbages, mustard greens, turnips, potatoes, horseradish, mint, onions, yellow squash, pan patty squash, zuchinni, cucumbers, sunflowers, chives, garlic, summer savory, thyme, dill, cilantro, basil, sage……….oh so many other little herb plants! I’m thinking I’ve almost run out of room to tuck vegetables amongst all the perrenials, 3 fruit trees, and annuals and bulbs! But I’m still looking for more spots… My back porch is almost overrun with pots of goodies!

  183. This year we attempted to grow more sugar snap peas and we’re going for lots and lots of tomatoes to can. We’ll see… Thanks for the giveaway!

  184. We are growing tons of tomatoes (various varieties), radishes, lettuce, beets, carrots, cucumber, squash, bell peppers and possibly other items I have forgotten. We have had a garden for years, but we always learn things and try new things from year to year for improvement the next year.

  185. This year I’m attempting to grow: lots of herbs, container cucumbers, blackberries, yellow crookneck squash, zucchini, spaghetti squash, japanese eggplant, beafsteak tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, more cucumber, jalapenos, sweet peppers, onions, garlic, beets, radishes, arugula, lettuce, corn, and carrots…. I have a square foot garden that I’ve planted with most of these things. Here’s hoping that they work so I can try canning!

  186. I am growing tomatoes, peppers, two kinds of potatoes, garlic, onions, squash, cucumber, asparagus, sage, rosemary, parsley, oregano, basil, marigolds, a lemon tree, two kinds of jasmine, gardenias, air plants, and a giant aloe plant who keeps rising from the dead each time I think it is gone… some are from other years, some are new this year, and all of it is in my 10’x6′ yard in Kensington.

  187. Tomatoes and summer squash. I have a small backyard in the city and have had bad luck with squirrels in the past. I’m trying again but keeping it small.

  188. I have a smaller city garden, but it is large enough to dabble some. πŸ™‚ I am growing Sweet Juliet Grape and Roma Tomatoes, Sweet Red and Sweet Yellow Peppers, Sunflowers, the giant kind and also the shorter ornamental type. I also have two pumpkin plants, one bush zucchini, one yellow squash, a muskmelon and a baby watermelon plant. In addition I have a separate barrel Herb garden with basil, dill, rosemary and cilantro. I love to garden and experiment. I’d love this book!!! πŸ™‚

  189. I planted a lot of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, peppers, and onions. This book would come in very handy…thanks for the chance to win it.

  190. How exciting! I’ve been looking for a gardening book.

    I live on a small family farm and this year we have… just about everything. Acres of sweet corn, then a pumpkin/squash/zucchini patch, thena regular garden with tomatoes, tomatillos (my new adventure!), tons of peppers (I did my own starts for these this year, but they aren’t fairing so well), peas, beans, radishes, turnips, parsnips, onions, cabbage, red and white potatoes. Finally, I have a salad garden in my yard next to the house (the rest is near the barn) with mesclun, romaine, carrots, two types of spinach and swiss chard. I’ve also got a big herb garden with almost everything in it and I’m growing sugar snaps as ornamentals on my shed.

    Wow. I’ve never written that down before! I guess we’ve taken off in the last two years. I’ll can and freeze tons of it. I’m on the great freezer cleaning month of dinner as we speak. πŸ˜€

  191. At the moment I am growing Purple Opal Basil for opal basil jelly, Jalapenos, Amana’s Orange tomatoes, brussels sprouts, swiss chard, eggplant, habenero and pimiento peppers, fine verde basil and oregano. I’m finally living in a house with a yard after years of apartment living.

  192. The small orchard we started last year survived the winter so we have sweet and tart cherries, peach, plum, pear, apples, apricots, figs, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. In the garden we’ve got tomatoes, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, pole beans, carrots, onions, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, cukes, and musk melon. Hoping for a bountiful harvest this year!

  193. There was a chance I would have to move out of the house I’m currently living in, so I didn’t plan anything this year πŸ™ I’ll really miss having cherry tomatoes right from the vine!

  194. I’m growing jalapeno and banana peppers, snap peas, chard, red cabbage, cucumber, green onions, lettuce, cherry and green zebra tomatoes, and a small herb garden.

  195. We have sugar snap peas, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beans, beets, tomatoes, zuchinni, various varieties of peppers, lettuce, onions, garlic and herbs – oh, also, some random volunteer vines that are either cantaloupe or watermelon from seeds in the compost!
    Thank the Lord for my garden!

  196. I am growing garlic and probably tomatoes. I wish I was growing even more such as herbs, peppers, lettuces, and lots of things which I probably can’t sustain in this climate! Have a good weekend!

  197. I’m growing tons of stuff. Every year I try something new. This year my experimental crop will be those mini pumpkins. Something to help ease me out of summer and into fall!

  198. I am growing a few varieties of tomatoes and peppers this year, mostly hot peppers. The hot peppers are usually the only thing that survives all the critter attacks. Thanks for the giveaway.

  199. I’ve found that Chard, basil & the lilliput zinnias are excellent for growing in pots out the windows.

  200. i went big this year! im growing tomatoes, peppers, arugula, broccoli, kale, squash, eggplants, lettuce, herbs, carrots, radishes….. I love my garden

  201. We live in Washington, DC and have limited outside space so our garden is a container garden. We are growing basil, dill, mint, rosemary, sorrel, cherry tomatoes, spinach, bush beans, and radishes.

  202. we have a small container garden, but we’re growing tomatoes, sorrel, bush beans, and a bunch of delicious herbs!

  203. My community garden got bulldozed so it can become condos, so I’m only growing windowsill basil and cilantro. I have some chard and tomato starts that I guess will end up on the fire escape. Sigh.

  204. I don’t have a garden since I’m an apartment dweller, in a small village but no yard. SO I would love to put window boxes out of five of my windows and plant a garden – I’d plant green beans that would grow up from the ends of two of the window boxes, cherry tomatoes, some of those small (short) carrots, an heirloom tomatoe plant, pickling gerkins (growing up string), a zucchini plant and a summer squash plant – not to mention a “bit” of dill and sage and rosemary. But, alas, I don’t have the money for window boxes as I’m retired and living on a small fixed income. But I can dream, oh dear can I dream!

  205. Chives, oregano, dill, rosemary, parsley, tomatoes, onions, spinach, leaf lettuce, snow peas, chinese long beans and chinese cabbage. Also, tried thai basil but didn’t come up!

  206. I just make a hanging herb garden out of used pallets left over from work. Keeping my fingers crossed on how this is going to turn out.

  207. I’m growing so many things, but I’m proudest of my hops (for beer) and potatoes. There’s also tomatoes, peppers, brussel sprouts, radishes, daikon, and kale. Plus we have tons of flowers for the beehive. (shameless self promotion: I totally write all about that stuff on my blog, which is the website linked to my name. )

  208. Here at my house, I am growing herbs, garlic chives, dinosaur kale, tomatoes, chinese long beans, onions, garlic, mint, grapes, oranges, asparagus, rhubarb. At my mother-in-law’s house (because she wants a garden, but can’t do it herself), onions, tomatoes, asparagus, rhubarb, rosemary, sunflowers. And I’ll be putting in some beans, cucumbers and radishes this week. Some things in pots, but mostly just placed around the yard amongst the landscaping plants.

  209. We’re doing some square foot gardening for the first time – tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers & herbs. Just started eating our own lettuce – so tender & tasty!

  210. I’m lucky enough to live in an area I can garden year round…at the moment I have tomatoes, strawberries, leeks, lettuce, chard, kale, corn, shallots, red onions, watermelon, zukes, crooknecks, red cabbage, cucumbers, luffa, peppers, oregango, lavender, sage, bay, rosemary, thyme, lemon verbena, peaches, pears, apples, apricots, cherries, plums, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, black currants, olives, oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, grapefruit, loquat, avacado, almonds, English walnuts and lots and lots of flowers.

  211. garlic, peas, parsley, tomatoes, peppers eggplant, sweet potatoes, berries, cucumbers, if it doesn’t all dry out.

  212. I have two gardens going right now — home and the elementary school down the block. Between the two, we have just about everything I think, but I’m most excited about the edamame and snake gourds we’re trying at the school!

  213. asian and african pears, green apples, blackberries, green grapes, curry, parsley, sage, oregano, basil, and cilantro!

  214. Onions, potatoes, broccoli, 2 kinds of squash, cucumbers, basil, bell peppers, asparagus, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, tomatoes………

  215. So far I have ATTEMPTED to grow carrots, lettuce, kale, tomatoes, and arugula. We won’t discuss the outcome for the carrots and lettuce, the kale and tomatoes are showing signs of survivorship, and the arugula is making a shaky comeback after being either neglected or abused by my mother-in-law while we were away… She’s marvelous, but green thumbs she does not possess!

  216. Well, I’m hoping to grow tomatoes, but the plants I started from seed are awfully spindly, and I don’t know if they’ll survive outside. If I wait much longer (until they get bigger) there probably won’t be enough of a growing season left!

  217. I’m just renting a room right now, but on my windowsill I have strawberries and basil. I started with oregano & cilantro as well… but they kicked it. πŸ™

  218. We have 3 raised bed gardens that we’re looking to grow some veggies in this year. We put a bunch of tomato plants in, as well as swiss chard, green beans and herbs. Can’t wait!

  219. okra, zolfino beans, squash, tomato, potato, edamame, snap peas, etc. All the yummies that I can fit in to my tiny garden!

  220. I am growing a lot of vegetables that I have grown before. This year I am having a lot of success with my carrots and onions, both in boxes with new premium topsoil that I buy from a local nursery. I mix it with my native soil and it works well. Two scoops cost around $35.00 and it will last a lifetime. I also used the soil mixture on my strawberries and blackberries, both started in new boxes. The boxes are made with 2″ X 12″ boards and are not treated. They will still last a long time.

  221. I’m growing peas, radishes, beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans so far. I’ll be planting chard, potatoes, and birdhouse gourds shortly, and possibly some jack o’lantern pumpkins if we can find a spot.

  222. We’re planning to grow yellow pear tomatoes, lettuce greens and lots of herbs on our balcony this summer. The weather has only recently stabilized at a temperature that won’t kill the plants so I suspect we will be doing some planting soon, maybe even tomorrow!

  223. Tomatoes and beans right now….and harvesting strawberries and peas. I can’t figure out where all the squash seeds I planted disappeared to….birds perhaps??

  224. This year I’ve got some standards going: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, radish & beets – but what I’ve started a lot of this year was TONS of greens, peas & beans. I have a whole bed devoted to collards, chard & kale and lined my fence with climbing peas that look great with all the flowers!

  225. This season I’ve planted more beans and beets for pickling, in addition to the summer standards of tomatoes and squash. Yum.

  226. Garlic and peas! I planted other stuff (cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, beets and carrots) but so far, the rabbits and chipmunks have been getting more of that than I think I will…

    Thank you for hosting this Marisa!

  227. Hubby and I are growing tomatillos, tomatoes, lettuce, summer squash, zucchini, okra, snap peas (already eating these), eggplant, maybe winter squash, hot peppers, some herbs, and flowers. Can’t wait for the tomatoes to come in. I also grow assorted berries including blueberries which all come back every year.

  228. The better question is what am I not growing this year…beets, peas, pickling cucumbers, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, cabbage, herbs, hot peppers, radishes, squash, zucchini, strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, and beans πŸ™‚

  229. I don’t have space for a garden on my super-shady side porch or windowsills, but I would love an herb garden in order to have the freedom to snip off parsley and basil whenever I please.

  230. Rhubarb and strawberries are up. Trying to decide what I can grow this year as we are rebuilding our raised beds and making them a foot higher. Do I give up this year or plant them, put up the new walls for the bed, and wait for the fall to bring the soil level up? Usually grow herbs, tomatoes, beans, sometimes Swiss Chard. Saw a very nice herb garden on Pinterest where pots of herbs were sunk into a mulched bed. So we ripped out a couple overgrown weigela bushes next to our back door. My husband agreed to bury the downspout and have it come out in the lawn with a pop-up sprinkler. In Northern Gardener magazine the project was to take one hour. LOL! It took us three days due to complications. Now to bury pots that I can just drop pots of herbs into. In the fall I can bring them indoors.

  231. potatoes, garlic, okra, zucchini, jalapenos, bell peppers, tomatoes, herbs, radishes, sugar snap peas………and wish I had room for a big garden!

  232. I have a “deck” garden, so my space is limited. However, I’m growing tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, yellow peppers, basil, rosemary, oregano, and thyme. My tomatoes are almost softball size. Looking forward to the day when I can pluck one and eat it with basil and balsamic vinegar!

  233. I am growing the garden staples this year, but this year’s theme is color! Everything that is being planted by seed or plant is an “unusual” colored variety – Cherokee purple tomatoes, chocolate cherry tomatoes, colored carrots, mixed colors of peppers and a variety of heirloom hot peppers. Nothing super fancy, but it will keep the neighbors talking (in a good way!)

  234. We have two raised beds. Right now we have beans, strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, watermelon, pumpkin, lettuces, peas, basil, cilantro, tomatoes, and some mint.

  235. I have a plot in our community garden where I’m growing tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli, 4 different kinds of peppers, and swiss chard. Plus, I was lucky enough to get a plot where the previous gardener started rhubarb and garlic! At home, in my shady yard, I have a pot of mint, one of basil, and one of lettuce – they get the few little patches of sunshine I receive.

  236. This year I’m trying vegetables on my deck – tomatoes, hot peppers, squash and beans. I’m even trying one of those newfangled grafted tomatoes – we’ll see how that works out!

  237. What a sweet looking book! I don’t have much land or sun but I am growing some herbs and tomatoes. I have also been busy foraging fiddleheads, ramps, wild mint and strawberries and chanterelle season is just around the corner!

  238. This year we’re trying to keep it more manageable -tomatoes, peppers, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, brussels sprouts, ground cherries, herbs and flowers.

  239. i think my homegrown things always taste better.(is there any one who doesn’t?)I’ve been petting edible things in dirt, since my first apartment. A few basil plants and other herbs in a window were the beginnings of a compulsion.

  240. Gardening is a huge passion of mine … I love the thought of growing your own food and being more self sustaining. Last year I moved into a new house that has absolutely zero gardening space. The backyard is all gravel and the front yard is being tarpped to kill all the pesky weeds that had made my front lawn a home. The most I have been able to grow is a few herbs in pots on my deck. Most of them do not do well though becasue there is no sunlight on my front or back porch. So I had to get resourceful and take over my parents back yard. There I am growing about 8 different varrieties of heirloom tomatoes, chives, rhubarb and garlic. I would love this book to help me be able to do more gardening with less space!

  241. We have four raised beds. We grow herbs, tomatoes, peppers (hot and sweet), cucumbers, zucchini and beets. In addition, we get a box from our organic CSA. I love canning what we grow so we can have a little taste of summer in the cold winter.

  242. Just picked our first crop of strawberries. Best tasting and sweetest berries I’ve ever tasted! One of my favorite veggies we’re growing is 180 feet of sweet peas and shelling peas.

  243. I’m trying gardening for the first–on my balcony. I’ve got snap peas, herbs, pole beans, carrots, and lettuce. So far, so good.

  244. I just fulfilled my lifelong dream of becoming a Master Gardener, so vegetable gardening has become my calling. I will be attempting to grow approximately 85% of my total yearly vegetables. I love the feeling of knowing exactly what you are putting into your body and the calming effect of just watching everything grow.

  245. What a fun looking book, I’m trying to get a small herb garden going in my balcony this summer! Thanx for the giveaway opportunity…

  246. right now I have a plethora of black raspberries in my backyard. I freeze and dehydrate them and also make raspberry jam. In addition, I grow tomatoes, peppers, cilantro and onions (jar salsa). Then basil along with the tomatoes and onions for some tomato sauce. Green beans, sugar peas, carrots, and corn are frozen. This weekend I hopefully will make some raspberry/jalapeno jam. Haven’t tried that before, but the recipe sure sounds good.

  247. This year I’m growing onions, jalapenos, serranos, tomatoes (2 varieties), cucumbers, summer squash, strawberries, finger-length carrots, zucchini, bibb lettuce, cilantro, rosemary, oregano, parsely, blueberries, and red peppers.

  248. I have a small shady area that pretty much supports hosta and moss– the one sunny spot I always try to put some basil and lavender in. I WISH I could grow cucumbers and Tomatoes!

  249. I am growing tomatoes and green beans, my daughter is growing peppers and squash. We plan to can spaghetti sauce, salsa, and whatever else we can find.

  250. I finally have the Garden space I have longed for all my adult life and I’m trying to make the most of it. This book looks like it would be a perfect go to book for me because I’m still learning the ins and outs of gardening and preserving.

  251. I am growing tomatoes, various peppers, corn, carrots, lettuce, radishes,beans, peas, turnip greens and chives. I enjoy making veggie soup!

  252. We have peppers, hot peppers, corn, green beans, lima beans, tomatoes, zucchini, & squash we will be putting in cucumbers. In side I have pot of mint. Would like to try garlic and onions sometime.

  253. Used to have a huge vegetable garden. This year I’m cutting back to tomatoes, peppers, squash, and beans. The book looks fantastic for more ideas of what to do with the harvest.

  254. What a great looking book! I’ve been trying to get an “apartment garden” started and am feeling overwhelmed with where to start. This looks like it will do just the trick! First up in my garden, herbs! I’m so over paying grocery store prices for parsley and basil! πŸ™‚

  255. Each year I try to include in my garden something I can’t usually find at the market. This year its chocolate mint! No idea what how I’d cook with it, but its great to just grab a leaf and enjoy the aroma.

  256. tomatoes (8 different kinds), black beauty eggplant, Parisian carrots, bell peppers (3 different kinds), and brussel sprouts. Oh, and one volunteer that’s appears to be some kind of squash.

  257. My garden is full of 3 types of bush beans, 2 pole beans, 2 types of squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, bok choi, broccoli, brussel sprouts, watermelon, cucumbers, 2 different peppers, 6 types of tomatoes, corn and pumpkins. I just harvested the last of the early baby spinach and gave bags of it to each of my neighbors. My Hubby tilled another third of what I had last year so I could try Three Sisters planting with the corn. It is a blessing to see all that dirt turned over and little green leaves peeking out of it every morning with my coffee. Thank you for a fantastic giveaway!

  258. Wow! That looks like a great little book!

    This year we finally fessed up to the fact we’re planning on being here awhile, and put down more long-term food roots – I planted currants, a cherry and asparagus this spring. I already had strawberries and some perennial herbs. Also in my yard I have two tomatoes and annual herbs.

    In the garden I share with my neighbor, we have broccoli, cabbage, green beans, edamame, dragon tongue beans, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, lettuces, spinach, bok choy, kale, potatoes, leeks, onions and radishes.

  259. I have been working on my gardening skills for about 5 years now… I’m getting better! Just planted cabbage, parsnips and bush beans last night. The rest of the garden is already up and growing. This little book looks like fun!

  260. We’re growing lots of herbs, tomatoes, green beans, peas, and broccoli this year. I would love to win this giveaway! πŸ™‚

  261. This year is tomatoes, tomatoes, and tomatoes. Also snow peas if I can defeat whatever critter keeps trying to eat the shoots.

  262. I’m growing ground cherries again this year for the second time to make pint-loads of jam. Yum! I’m also trying tomatillos for the first time in our garden, so I don’t need to buy them for salsa. The other new things I’m trying are lemon grass, parsnips, rosemary and kale. I’m an impulse buyer when it comes to our garden.

  263. We have a tiny kitchen garden just out the back door – tomatoes, peppers, and herbs. Thank goodness for herbs! They’re basically nice-tasting weeds, they come back every year, grow like mad despite anything done to them, and they make my cooking sing.

  264. We are growing lots the basic veggies, and I’m trying to label the plant varieties this year so I’ll know for sure which tomatoes I really like. Last year’s canned yellow tomatoes are wonderful to make curry sauces! I’m also growing out my cilantro for the coriander seed to grind and to save for sowing in September. Cilantro is one of the few fresh things I can have in the garden all winter here in zone 7.

  265. I love the design of this book. It’s trendy design includes a scrap book look along with illustrations and type design that give it a old homemade look yet contemporary.

    Pretty much a “traditional” garden this year which includes several tomato varieties, “Gretal”a white eggplant, green beans, Gypsy peppers, hot peppers, Broccoli Raab, garlic, Basil, parsley, cucumbers, & summer squash. Gotta have those squash flowers battered up like my Nana made.

  266. My dad has a huge garden that I pick from. I wish I had the time this year..I would have planted cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro & basil! Would especially love to plant the pickling cucumbers!

  267. I am growing radishes, cucumbers, beets, & carrots in large pots and my very small permanent garden includes rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, asparagus, tomatoes, jalapenos, and cayenne peppers. I also tucked some herb plants (sage, basil, cilantro, & lemon balm) in with the flowers I plant in containers on my porches.

  268. This book looks so interesting! This year I am growing corn, pumpkin, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, lemon tree, cucumbers, butternut squash, Hubbard squash, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, banana peppers and grapes. Oh, and sunflowers! We have only been able to harvest blueberries, strawberries and tomatoes so far. I sure hope the rest of them decide to do something, LOL!

  269. We are growing heirloom tomatoes, yard long beans, chard, purple sprouting broccoli,
    padron, shishito, and habanero peppers, just to name a few. Each year we try to expand what we grow and what we preserve.

  270. I have been growing veggies for most of my adult life(…over 20 yrs.)Now my wife and I are expecting our first child. This book looks a great tool for my own personal knowledge as well as something to pass along to my daughter when she is ready.

  271. I love love love to garden. This year I am planting a bunch of my old stand-bys and some new things I have yet to try. My garden includes multiple varities of tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet & hot peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, beets, peanuts, multiple varities of pumpkins, mini acorn squash, 2 types of corn, artichokes, brussel sprouts, onions, and garlic. This year we have also added two new raised garden beds in our yard. One contains asparagus crowns & one contains strawberry plants. Can’t wait to harvest!

  272. This year I decided to just plant in galvanized tubs. Saves on digging, weeding and water. I have peppers, eggplants and a couple celery plants thriving… so far lol. I also have tomato plants growing on my small deck in large pots and they are doing well also. I love the way you make this book sound… I can’t wait to read it. Life is hectic enough… simple is always better!! Thank you for the chance….

  273. I am growing 4 types of hot peppers, 2 types of tomatoes, 3 types of squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, garlic, chives, green beans…and flowers and weeds πŸ™‚ love love love the garden.

  274. Growing tomatoes, basil, lettuce, peas, broccoli, herbs in my 2 raised beds. And eggplant for the first time.

  275. This book looks like something I’d truly enjoy, thanks for sharing (and hopefully you’ll pick me!). I’m growing quite a lot in my garden this year: lots of herbs, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, and peas among a few others.

  276. We are growing tomatoes, beets, turnips, cucumbers, leeks, various peppers, potatoes, and turban squash. Can’t wait to harvest. I would love to have a copy of that gardening book.

  277. Sounds like a fabulous book! I have a very small garden plot in my very small yard. I’ve been doing companion gardening that works pretty well. Growing tomatoes (of course in the tomato capital of CA), peppers, beans, squash and herbs in 1/2 barrels. Look forward to checking out this book πŸ˜‰

  278. We won’t be able to have a garden this year as we are in the process of moving, but it makes me that much more excited for next year!!

  279. Very shy garden this year. But do have some peppers and chiles planted, adding peppermint to the herb collection, and have nastursium (sp?) freshly planted in a couple of hanging baskets. Still have some hollyhocks to set out just because I like them! Oh, and some sunflowers.

    Indeed, this sounds like an excellent book!

  280. We are growing a lot of herbs along with tomatoes, radishes, beets, asparagus, onions, jalapeno, red and green bells, and last but not least greens and horseradish! Can’t wait.

  281. I live in an apartment so I would need to do container gardening. I would love to grow eggplant and tomatoes. I tried to grow 3 different types of tomatoes last year and they all died. I might try again this year.

  282. Growing so much. Tamoatoes, peppers, lettuces, cucumbers, squash, beets, chard, garlic, onions….. Lots.
    Could alwyas use another food preserving book, though.

  283. I am growing lots – Raspberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, butternut squash, acorn squash, pumpkins, beans, onions, cabbage, carrots, radishes, and sunflowers. I enjoy gardening!

  284. Tomatoes: Arkansas Traveler, Black Krim, Matt’s Cherry, and San Martino Roma.
    Peppers: Hot, Sweet, and Cherry
    Pumpkins & Mini-Watermelon
    Cucumbers, Zucchini, Patty Pan Squash, Cantaloupe, Radishes, Beets, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Arugula, Carrots, Dill, Basil, Dragon-Tongue Beans, and Bountiful Green Beans

    Don’t be impressed. Gardening here is like trying to grow something on the face of the moon. My vegetable ROI is about 2 percent. Last year I scored about a dozen tomatoes, a couple handfuls of beans, three zucchini, one cantaloupe, and two cucumbers.

  285. Several varieties of basil & mint; dill, rosemary, tarragon, and more herbs to come. Nasturtiums, spinach, greens. Lettuce, tomatoes, crook-neck squash, beans. All are grown in containers on our small deck.

  286. Cucumbers, garlic, onions, potatoes, tomatoes and I hope for a few peaches and a lot of pears from our fruit trees!

  287. We’ve got a little herb garden going on our apartment balcony, but I aspire BIG things once I have my own back yard!!

  288. Small garden this year as we are trying to sell the house :(. Mostly salad greens, a few tomato plants, and lots of squash. (huge plants mean less weeding!)

  289. I’m growing in my first raised bed garden this year. I have tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melon, basil, chives, fava beans, black beans, corn, butternut squash, cucumbers, beets, radishes, rutabagas, turnips, some flowers, and probably something else I have forgotten. I might have gotten carried away…

  290. We live in a condo, so I do the container gardening thing. I’ve got two tomato plants–Early Girl and Roma–a green pepper plant, and two pots of herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, chives, and cilantro).

  291. Lacinato kale, Siberian kale, leeks, two kinds of onions, pole beans, snap peas, shelling peas, radishes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, spinach, beets, carrots, chard, cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, sauce tomatoes, garlic, lettuces, various herbs, raspberries, blueberries and a few flowers πŸ™‚ Then I ran out of room!

  292. Usually Lots of Eggplants, Tomatoes, Peas , Beans , Peppers, Kale, Herbs and Lettuces. This year some Sweet Corn too, wish me luck – looking good so far!

  293. I am hoping to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers (bell and jalepeno). I have not been able to start anything yet. I hope it is not too late.

  294. Strawberries, raspberries, lettuce, tomatoes, string beans, potatoes in trash cans, cucumbers and herbs! And I just bought a greenhouse at a moving sale for $10 so I am looking forward to extending the season.

  295. My birthday gift a few years ago from my Hun Bun was two raised beds for me to plant a herb garden. I don’t have much of a green thumb (that’s another whole story) but this year, my garden is doing very well–despite a terrible drought last year. I have currently growing: Basil, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Greek Oregano and Common Sage. The Rosemary is *finally* well established and the Lemon Balm is a gift from Hurricane Ike–blew the seeds to the *other end* of the garden. They took off so I left them alone. : ) Even though I said above that I don’t have much of a green thumb, I love garden books!

  296. We’re trying okra for the first time – after visiting relatives in Texas and trying pickled okra, which we loved.

  297. Tomatoes, irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, beets, greens, parsnips, salsify, carrots, peas, beans, radish, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, broccoli rabe, peppers, onions, garlic, shallots, herbs, red raspberries, melons, cucumbers and asparagus. Phew!!

  298. tomatoes, peppers, green beans, egg plant and artichokes, if I can get one more dry weekend in Portland, Oregon.

  299. I’ve got lettuce, peas, radishes, oregano and basil ready to eat.
    The eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, watermelon and cucumber plants are growing.
    All in my ‘flower’ beds in the front on my house

  300. My grandson loves tomatoes so I have lots of those growing, squash, cucumbers, herbs and a tub of strawberry plants.

  301. Things we’re trying for the first time this year: corn, pumpkins, cucumbers, bell peppers, and shell beans. Then there are the repeats from last year (our first year with a real garden): salad greens, tomatoes, basil, carrots, green beans, potatoes. If even half of it works out, I’ll be a happy camper!

  302. I finally have a yard, for real! So we dug a patch up early and have tons of stuff coming up.. tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and green leafies, beans, eggplants, leeks, beans, peas… a long list. No telling how it’ll end up, but so far, so good. This book looks really cool – glad it covers canning and pickles, as I’m still (cough) trying to get over my fear of starting out.

  303. Growing a bit of everything…tomatoes, basil, eggplant, tomatillos, green beans, orka, winter squash, and summer squash. All in less than 100 sq ft.

  304. My mom collects gardening books and this would be a great additon to her collection. After I read it of course.

  305. 5 types of tomatoes, 2 types of tomatillos, 2 types of peppers, purple pole beans, malabar spinach, pattypan squash, zucchini and 4 types of basil (thai, italian, purple, lemon) and some greens as well as my usual strawberries, blueberries, herbs like sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, mint and flowers galore.

  306. heirloom tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, and lots of herbs. I also want to get a raspberry bush and try to find a good spot for it. Oh, and strawberries, too!

  307. I have the sweetest little balcony herb garden, with mint, 2 kinds of basil, rosemary, thyme, Greek oregano, lemon balm, rau ram and tarragon. I also have a struggling rhubarb plant beside the driveway. πŸ™‚

  308. Herbs and more herbs! Basil, thyme, sage, borage, mint, oregano…and also a lettuce box.
    Things taste so much better when you grow them yourself, don’t they?

  309. My husband and I just moved to town in NH and are sad about not having a yard for gardening. This year we’re going to at least do herbs and maybe tomatoes if we have space.

  310. We are growing heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, bush beans, strawberries, rhubarb, snap peas, onions, cilantro & 3 different types of lettuce πŸ™‚

  311. I don’t have a garden this year (due to the time of my house move), but I wish I was growing tomatoes. My new backyard is too shady for tomatoes anyway, but they are my favorite thing to go grow generally. I love being able to go to the backyard to snack on the sweet, ripe little ‘matoes.

  312. Besides the perennial herbs – garlic, chives, cilantro and basil – we are growing radishes, beets, several strains of tomatoes, and many different peppers. I am out of jalapeno jelly, and it is the go to appetizer for many gatherings. Friends request it as a gift.

  313. I’ve got a small raised garden this year (my first attempt) and we are growin cucumbers, squash, peppers, basil, rosemary, and tomatoes….I love cookin our veggies and knowin we grew what we are eating, its a wonderful feeling!

  314. I have a few herbs (mostly oregano, chives, and mint). However, I have dreams in my head of a full organic homestead with a massive vegetable garden, chickens, bees, and pretty, pretty flowers.

  315. I KEEP MESSING UP WHERE TO POST. HOPE THIS IS RIGHT. We have a very small lot. House included around, actually a little under 5k sq ft. Behind the house is a small concrete pad. On that I have a collection of wine barrels and a stock tank. Planted there are chives, green onions, tomatoes, french heirloom pumpkins, zuchinni, strawberries, japanese cukes, an Australian finger lime, a chinese minature sour orange, and concord grapes. The rest of the yard has against walls espaliered, an adriatic fig, green table grapes, two gala apples, and a black jack fig. The side garden also has two chinese mandarins, two Meyer lemons, one Yuzu citrus, one Rangur Lime, one kumquat, 2 southern high bush blueberries in wine barrel halves, a thriving lemon verbena, raspberries, and rhubarb, snap peas and pole beans. Our pomegranate tree doesn’t know if it wants to be in the fruit business. Flowering is fine but then pzzttt. In the front we have a brown turkey fig and a blood orange. the steep slope in front of the house is planted with dense stands of lavender (Provence). We can and jam what we don’t eat fresh for all of these. I would love to make use of this giveaway. It would be great!!

  316. We have the usual herbs: basil, thyme, mint. This year on a whim, we bought a few peanut plants. Not sure what will happen, but it’s been fun to grow something new!

  317. I have 5 tomato plants, 2 banana pepper plants (for pickled peppers), 1 buttercup squash plant and some rows of kale and arugula. I also have an herb bed and my new herb for the year is shiso!

  318. I’m growing peas, tomatoes, potatoes, many different greens & herbs, cukes, amaranth for grain (my biggest experiment this year!), cut flowers, some brassicas, garlic, onions, pumpkins, and strawberries.

  319. We have lemon, clementine and blood orange trees on our small patio. Miss growing cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and onions.

  320. I’m growing cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, cantaloupe, and lettuce. Hopefully at least some of it makes it into a jar this fall!

  321. I simplified my little garden this year – 4 tomato plants, one pepper, and the usual rhubarb is hanging out in the back of the raised bed. I also am trying growing potatoes in a couple of trash bins for the first time.

  322. We are growing a lot of vegetables this year – in fact, I’m taking a break from filling our newest garden beds right in front of the house. I’m excited about trying a few new veggies this year, including okra, leeks, soybeans, cabbage, and something called a Mexican sour gherkin.

  323. We’ve got strawberries, basil, garlic chives, mint, oregano, lettuce, radishes, sage, lavender, and kale. Most are growing in pots. Would love to win this book!

  324. This year I won’t have a lot of time to spend in the garden so I am sticking to the basics. I am growing some tomatoes, peppers, onions, salad greens, spinach, broccoli, basil and a few other cooking herbs.

  325. I have a variety of herbs this year. Basil, lemon balm, tarrragon, oregano, and wonderfully fragrant lemon verbena.

  326. neat book! I am growing tons! Cherrys, apples, strawberries, herbs, tomatoes, kale, lettuce, cukes, squash, eggplant, onions, peppers etc.

  327. I thought I’d be sparse on the garden this year with my preoccupation with new baby boy….but tomatoes came back up from last year’s “fallen”! My friends have added some peppers and a Japanese eggplant as well. Happy gardening!!

  328. Tomatoes (if something??? quits eating them) Peppers and zucchini! wow and when July 4th gets here the BIG pumpkin seeds go in for Halloween!

  329. This year I have tomatoes (two varieties), cukes, broccoli, acorn squash, bell peppers, broccoli, lettuces and spinach, and herbs. The usual, parsley, sage, basil, rosemary, thyme, mint. Oh, and what I think is canteloupe that sprung up from some compost that was not too composted when I added it to the bed. It has been looking so good that I’m seeing what happens.

  330. I’m growing herbs, raspberries, blackberries, tomatoes, peppers, squash, okra, cucumbers and eggplant. I’m alos helping my youngest sister with her garden for the first time.

  331. I’m growing all sorts of stuff this year: tomatoes, peppers, herbs, broccoli, cabbage, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, kohlrabi, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. It’ll be a busy summer of gardening for sure!

  332. I have six herbs on my little back deck, and 4 tomato plants I need to figure out where to get in the ground so they’ll get enough sun! They are READY to go in the ground, one already has a inch-wide tomato on it.

  333. We have a number of raised beds that work really well for weed and moisture control. This year they are filled with tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, carrots & brussel sprouts. New to our garden are two blueberry bushes that are growing beautifully!

  334. I’m growing tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, black eye peas and snap beans in the vegetable garden. In the herb garden apple mint, peppermint, bee balm, sage, oregano, parsley, yarrow, fennel, chervel and lavendar. I’m growing onions in containers this year but they seem to be doing fine. I also planted some blueberry bushes and blackberries this year. We have a very small yard, but we try to make do.

  335. I am growing Kale, onions, tomato’s, chard, cucumbers, both pickling and regular, lettuce, peas beans, fennel, carrots. Would love this book!

  336. This year has been a great yr for gardens here in S. Texas. Last yr was horrible with extreme heat and severe drought.
    We planted extra since we are making up from last year.
    We have okra, black eye peas, Stryker green beans, collards and Swiss chard. Corn and
    Poblamo peppers. We have 7 types of tomatoes which we planted 104 tomato Plants.
    2 types of green Zuchinni and a new one we tried golden zucchini it is yellow. Tomitillo is a new one also we are trying.
    I have put up 24 pints of sweet and 24 pints of dill pickles off the cucumbers.

    It seems right now the garden us controlling me. Sorry you aren’t able to plant anything!! Thanks for doing this.


  337. A whole slew of things are coming up in our gardens! Various herbs and lettuces, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, winter and summer squashes, two types of beans, snap peas, radishes, greens, carrots, parsnips, dill, leeks, strawberries (although the birds get these first), pears, figs, okra, potatoes, a couple types of melon… I think that’s it…

  338. In the backyard potted garden, I have herbs (basil, parsley, rosemary, sage, chives, oregano, Italian spice – variety of mint, spearmint, and thyme) and one Ramapo tomato plant (the best tasting tomato – since you’re so close to NJ, you should try to get your hands on a specimen – so worth it!). I also garden with a friend in a 25×25 community garden in our town and we have 18 tomato plants, tons of onions (red and yellow), corn, leeks, fin de bagnol (French green beans that grow bush style – so tender), summer squash (yellow and zucchini), ancho poblano, bell peppers, greens (I think kale, red cabbage, and something else we planted in April that I can’t remember right now). I think that’s it in there. I usually grab a clump of my parsley and basil to put over there for my friend to use in season.

  339. Our cherry tomato plant is exploding! The herb garden is doing great too. And we have our first round of okra popping up.

  340. I miss my garden. Since I moved a year ago, my fingers have been aching to get back in the dirt – so this year, I am taking advantage of the wide windowsills in my tiny 2nd floor apartment. I am growing herbs – chives, thyme, basil, parsley and rosemary. It’s not a patch of dirt – but it is a baby-step in the right direction!

  341. We don’t have a garden right now, but when we live somewhere where we can, we plan to grow as many veggies as possible (especially salsa ingredients), strawberries, etc. my husband has a great imagination and I think our future garden is pretty vast in his mind. I hope he also imagines all the hours it will take for weeding! πŸ™‚
    I am excited to grow herbs (basil, cilantro, and thyme, oh my!) because I love using fresh instead of dried in my cooking.

  342. Big garden this year as always….cucumbers, peppers, egglant, tomatoes, bush beans, peas, carrots, beets, rhubarb, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, zucchini, winter squash, pumpkins, herbs, red currants, red raspberries and black raspberries. Yes, there will be a lot of canning.

  343. this year.. tomato, basil, green onion, dill, bell pepper, hot and sweet banana peppers, lemon verbena, mint, watermelon and a few flowers. things are starting to bloom now. gardening is a relaxing hobby for me.

  344. So far Better Boy tomatoes, San Marzanos, a basil plant, mint and cilantro coming up on their own, onions, potatoes, garlic, and sweet potatoes from one that was sprouting in the bag…waste not, want not!

  345. We are growing…Brussels Sprouts, tomatoes, broccoli, watermelon, muskmelon, pickles, lettuce, radish’s, strawberries! Nice giveaway….thank you! πŸ™‚

  346. This is actually my very first time trying to grow some edibles. I was motivated when my local Poundland got a bunch of gardening stuff in. I planted herbs (chives, mint, basil, umm stuff I forget) and some radiccio in cut open milk jugs. Not everything sprouted but that’s ok, this is all a big experiement for me! I also planted the cut off ends of some green onions I bought to cook with. They certainly took off compared to my seeds and now I understand the appeal of buying plants instead of starting from seeds! I have to move in a couple of months so I’m hoping to have some edibles ready before I go but if now, it’s still been a fun project! I definitely want to garden more in the future!

  347. I am growing tomatoes, basil, oregano, garlic, potatoes, strawberries, cilantro, parsley in two 3×3 foot square plots.

  348. I’m focused on tomatoes and peppers this year – four kinds of each. I started them from seed and I was surprised at how many came up! It’ll be salsa and marinara sauce heaven around here come August.

  349. Well, there’s lots in my garden this year, but I’m most excited about the basil. Pesto, bring it on. Yum. : )

  350. Two kinds of tomatoes, bell peppers, summer squash, cucumbers, and zucchini! Seattle is not the greatest place to grow tomatoes & peppers, but nonetheless we keep trying! We also grow basil, cilantro and chives. We may try some lettuces later in the summer.

  351. I’ve currently got brussel sprouts, summer squash, zucchini, cucumber, green beans, lettuce, three kinds of tomato, bell pepper, onion, strawberries, corn, sweet peppers, beets, spinach, sunflowers, cantaloupe, watermelon, carrots, and blackberries in varying degrees of production!

  352. Hi
    I am growing tomatoes in containers this year. We started off with 4 containers. I pinched the sucker stems off and put them in pots so we can have more tomatoes later on. I would really love to win.

  353. This is he first year in a long time where I have not planted a garden, just have apples and blueberries… instead I’m growing a little girl! Hopefully next year she can help out a bit with my norm of tomatoes, squash, peppers and herbs πŸ™‚

  354. What a great book! It would be easier to tell you what I am NOT growing this year. I hope you get your hands in the soil soon!

  355. Tomatoes, of course, eggplant, summer & winter squash, a wide assortment of chilis and peppers, popcorn, okra, onions, lots of snap & dry beans, peas, cabbage, broccoli, bruss sprouts, spinach, chard, lettuce, kales, spuds, strawberries, beets, parsnips, rutabagas, turnips, a wide variety of herbs… My goal is to not mow and I’m well on my way!

  356. I planted 3 kinds of tomatoes, yellow peppers, jalepenos, cucumbers, butternut squash, swiss chard, beets, carrots, radishes, basil, thyme, parsley, and lemon verbena! Whew that was quite a list

  357. We are growing tomatoes, okra, beans, peas, peppers, black and blue berries, and eggplants! Hooray for gardening!

  358. Tenants are just moving out of my house so I’m getting my yard back! I hope to plant at least one cucumber and some herbs and lettuce, and hopefully they didn’t destroy my raspberry vine… Much of my time will be spent reworking the soil, so I’ll have to wait until next year to do any major gardening.

  359. Our garden includes corn, green beans, okra, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, & sweet potatoes(little plants). Yesterday we planted more sweet potato slips, watermelon,& cantaloupe seeds.

  360. Pole beans, red lettuce mix, san marzano tomatoes (large red and the smaller red with yellow stripes), purple tomatillo, ground cherry, romanesco, rainbow beets, torpedo onions, basil and I’ll try a hot pepper again although they didn’t grow well last year. Oh, and I’ll let a few volunteer tomatoes have at it.

  361. We grow EVERYTHING we can. Fruits, veggies, and even our own chickens to be canned. It is so awesome to have food in your pantry or freezer when you are caught in a blizzard or caught in a month that is financially tough. πŸ™‚

  362. I don’t have a garden, but I have been doing research on how to start one in my apartment. Since I don’t have a windowsill to place potted plants and the idea of getting a grow lamp for some reason was a bit overwhelming I’ve decided to go with an AeroGarden. My hope is to grow herbs.

    Great giveaway.

    Good luck to everyone.

  363. I’ve got blueberries, hops, and garlic going in my little porch pots, and we’re looking forward to poaching apples from the neighbor’s tree that hangs over the fence! (with permission of course) πŸ™‚

  364. We have snap peas, cukes, zucchini, beans, tomatos, pumpkins, carrots, lettace, swiss chard and one lonely onion in 2 garden boxes. I can’t wait to expand next year!

  365. Quite a few different things, but tomatoes outnumber them all. I went just a little tomato-crazy this year. That’s not a bad thing, right?

  366. Oh, wonderful—a chance to brag about how much I put in the ground this year (I have already bored all my friends to tears). Tomatoes, strawberries, cukes, zukes, pumpkins, basil and more basil, beans, peas, chocolate mint, peppers, eggplant, onions, leeks, scallions, bok choy, romaine lettuce, more basil, oregano and chard. I would love to win this book—thanks so much for giving us the chance.

  367. Here is the list of fruits and vegetables I am growing in my backyard. I just love going back there and picking something to eat or to can or freeze. Current pick is strawberries. I made your strawberry vanilla jam…and will be picking strawberries for the next week and a half…at least. The rhubarb is a little too small for picking. But wait until next year! I have 2 apple trees. One of them is a heritage apple: pippin. The other has a japanese name…don’t remember it. Also growing: a peach tree, pear and sweet cherry tree. The vegetables are tomatoes, of course. Snow peas are growing on the fence. There are green beans and zuchinni squash. I planted beets from seeds… three rows of beets that I hope to harvest this fall. Herbs are parsley, scallion, sage and mint. Did you know that sage and mint are good in a green salad? It makes the rabbit food interesting. The last planting didn’t go well. I planted a package of musk melen seeds. Only 2 came up. I hope I win your giveaway. Elle

  368. We are growing : tomatoes, peppers, cukes, pole beans, celery, cantalope, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, snow peas (almost done), probably forgot something. So thankful for a garden plot…

  369. We are in a brand new house in the country, so no garden yet, but I have big plans! I have a kitchen garden design in my head, and I plan to plant herbs ASAP.

  370. It kind of breaks my heart that I have a big yard but I rent and my landlords won’t allow me to have a vegetable garden because they don’t want to have to mow around it. I have mint, parsley, thyme, thai basil and cilantro in pots.

  371. Since we are as self sustainable as possible our garden is very large and all heirloom. We are growing the following;
    5 different tomatoes
    11 different peppers
    bush beans
    Chinese red noodles
    brussel sprouts
    snap peas
    summer squash
    zucchini squash
    buttercup squash
    acorn squash
    snow white watermelon
    Think that covers it, lol

  372. That looks like a really fun book.
    I’m growing brussels sprouts again this year! I’m also growing basil, tomatoes, thyme, beans, peas, salad greens (and reds), cucumbers and I’m trying to grow gorgeous romanesco broccoli for the first time.

  373. I’m also an apartment-dweller, so I’ll be sticking to growing herbs and peppers on a wide window ledge… my also-apartment-dwelling friends who have a nice plant-friendly balcony give me their leftover seedlings that they don’t have space for! πŸ™‚

  374. I’m growing peas, carrots, broccoli, turnips onions , chard, mustard greens, basil, zucchini, summer squash, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, green beans , artichokes, egg plants, lettuce, cukes, rhubarb , and sunflowers.

  375. I wish I had a garden. πŸ™ I would love to grow tomatoes, okra, fresh herbs, carrots, peppers, and leafy greens.

  376. We are growing in the garden tomatoes, Squash, Green Beans, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Cucumbers, Onions, Garlic and Okra. We have growing in containers on the front porch Basil, Dill, Cilantro, Chocolate Mint, Lemon Verbena, and Rosemary along with several containers of flowers and ferns.

  377. Every herb that I could find…. seed or plants, culinary or ornamental. All the usual solanaceae; tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, peppers…etc. Greens, root crops and cruciferae. Rhubarb, strawberries, currants in colours…and ground cherries…etc. etc. Thanks for the chance…bn

  378. This year is my first gardening year I have two plants bought so far. Next year I will try using seeds this year I decided late so I’m buying seedlings. I have one cherry falls tomato plant and one patio hybrid plant. I want to get some peppers(red peppers and jalapeno and stuff to make banana peppers) and cucumbers to eat and to pickle and a few herbs. Money is tight and I have a tiny patio but we will see how things go this year :). we are saving up to move to the country. our friend is letting us use his 2.5 acres of land as a small homestead for a few years until we can save to buy our own land(We want 10 to 20 acres)

  379. Olallieberries, blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, sweet bell peppers, strawberries, caper berries. Waiting for my first crop of Royal Blenheim apricots and Queen Anne cherries.

  380. herbs, especially basil and rosemary. next year there will be more, but we just moved into the house and i haven’t figured out what we’ve got back there for good growing space. plus it turns out where i’d wanted to put tomatoes is actually a strawberry patch!

  381. Can’t wait to enjoy onions, garlic, carrots, beets, pole beans, tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, zucchini, cucumbers, and butternut squash.

    Yum yum!

  382. I’m going to plant herbs in a strawberry pot, so I’ll always have fresh herbs to cook with. (If I don’t kill them.)

  383. What a wonderful book! Can’t wait to see it! We turned our backyard into a garden 3 years ago and plant TOMATOES, corn, peppers, cukes, onions, lettuce, carrots, radishes, strawberries, raspberries, apples, potatoes, pumpkins, melons, zuch and butternut, peas, beans, cabbage… to name a few. πŸ˜‰

  384. We’re growing a lot of stuff. My favorites this year are potatoes, grapes, saffron, almost all the herbs and spices we use that can possibly grow in our region, onions and garlic.

  385. What a cool book -I’ve got lettuc and kale growing and I WISH I had garlic – fresh grown garlic is heavenly!

  386. My 4 year old and I have been working on our garden together for the last three years. We try to grow and assortment of things every year: from seed, new plants and a few that come back year after year. This year we are growing strawberries, zucchini and an assortment of herbs including basil, mint, oregano, parsley and chives. Love that she wants to do this and she loves to eat what she grows too!

  387. I miss my garden so much, I would have green beans, summer squash, peppers, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, sweet corn, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, and pickles for canning.

  388. If I had some land and the right climate I would LOVE to grow a chestnut tree, mango and peach tree.

  389. As of yesterday I’m growing kohlrabi for the first time and so excited. The plants remind me of Easter with lovely shades of light green, purple and yellow.

  390. Living in a leased house in a ‘community’ in FL where the lawns are ‘cared’ for and landscaped…hence, we are growing two tomato plants in pots on the lanai. I am so looking forward to retiring back north to a place where we can have a garden and seasons. The book sounds delightful and something to dream with while marking time. Thank God you can’t swing a cat without hitting a fresh produce stand around here. πŸ™‚

  391. We are growing three kinds of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, banana pepper, lettuce, basil, cilantro, dill, and oregano.

  392. This book looks like just what I need! I am growing beans for the first time this year along with tomatoes, herbs and peppers. I also grew arugula for the first time and loved it.

  393. I am growing a color variety of carrots (white, red, yellow, purple.) Broccoli, (cauliflower, banana peppers, tomatoes, peas, watermelons, pumpkins, and corn. This is my first time and I’m hoping it goes ok….I have had some issues with potato bugs….:(

  394. I am focusing on HERBS this year… basil, cilantro, parsley, thyme, sage, mint. So great to just wander into the yard and snip off a few sprigs of herbs!

  395. Pole beans, bush beans rhubarb, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers both bell and hot, cucumbers (including lemon!) summer squash, winter squash, and lots and lots of herbs!

  396. What a great looking book! I can’t wait to discover the tips and techniques so I can enjoy our garden well beyond the growing season. We have been in Switzerland for a few years and I am excited to get back to my garden in Ohio. I have missed it dearly! This year we are growing tomatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, snap peas, cucumbers, zuchini, and several varieties of lettuce and peppers. Good luck to everyone!

  397. I am growing a lot of beans (both shelling and snap), rhubarb, onions, garlic, carrots, celery, tomatillos, tomatoes, peppers (hot and sweet), rice, quinoa, horseradish, and much more. I have a good variety in my garden this year.

  398. Book looks great! We have kale, eggplant, lavender, basil, tomatoes – all in containers this year. Also planted some new raspberries and peanuts – they are for the kids. Should be fun!

  399. We live in a large city and have a small garden. We are growing tomatoes, green beans, carrots, beets, vilest for pickles, zucchini and 6 kinds of peppers. Can’t wait to start making pickles!

  400. We have decided to be lazy and to plant perennials in our new garden, so as to not have to do much work in the years to come. Rhubarb, asparagus, gooseberries, strawberries and yellow raspberries for now, with more to come later.

  401. lol – I’m still planting, but with around an acre of garden, it takes a while. I’ve got around 40 different types of tomatoes, about 8 types of peppers, 3 types of corn (2 sweet, 1 popcorn), 8 types of carrots, 2 different beets, parsnips, rutabagas, turnips, kale, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, around 16 different melons, 16 different pumpkins and winter squash, zucchini, an assortment of herbs and flowers, slicing cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, half a dozen different potatoes – you get the picture. πŸ™‚

  402. This year we are growing a variety of paste and eating tomatoes, leeks, onions, swiss chard, beans, cucumbers, and a wide variety of cuilnary herbs.

  403. Rhubarb, Tomatoes, Peppers, Strawberries, Onions, Carrots, Lettuce, Celery, Kale, Peas, Beans, Beets, Corn, Pumpkins, Squash, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Green Onions, loads of herbs.

  404. We belong to a csa for our real veggies. Thus the garden is really the kids garden and they grow whatever they want. We have peas, sunflowers, popcorn, gourds, and potatoes. We also put in a bunch of new blueberry bushes.

  405. I have tomatoes, herbs , garli and shallots this year. I wish I had more but I have to make some raised beds lol

  406. I am growing a bit of everything this year, lol! Beans, peas, tomatoes, corn, squash, pumpkins, eggplant, lettuce, turnips, radish, parsnips, carrots, garlic, potatoes, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cukes, husk cherries, peppers and herbs. I am sure I have forgotten something. πŸ˜‰ This giveaway would be a excellent book to win, TY!!!

  407. I am growing beans, tomatoes, carrots, kale and herbs so far. Putting beets in today and whatever else our Wisconsin weather will let me put in! With ten kids at home, I would love to put up the majority of our food, but anything makes a dent – plus is healthier!

  408. We have a smallish yard, but the kids have a playhouse on a mound in the corner of the yard. So we put a garden in next to the playhouse on the mound. It’s a little house with a little garden next to it. We do very well with lettuces and spinach here in Colorado. The warmer weather crops don’t do so well.

  409. I am growing Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Squash, Beans in a community spot and for fun I’m growing Boston prickles up a fence in my backyard:)

  410. Tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, beans, peas, zucchini, chard, spinach, kale, onions, garlic, potatoes, shallots, arugula, pumpkins, beets, radishes, carrots, lettuces, herbs, rhubarb… I think that’s all.

  411. I’d love to settle in with this book- looks wonderful!
    We’re planting: herbs, lettuces, beans, purple carrots, beets, tomatoes, spinach, peas, zucchini, patty pan squash, tomatillos, peppers (sweet & hot), cucumbers. And a big blackberry bush! Gardening = therapy for me! : )

  412. Love to read what everyone is planting, especially quinoa! I love it but have not tried growing it. This year we are trying dragon tongue beans in addition to some new varieties of heirloom tomatoes. If it ever stops raining, I’ll get my seeds in this weekend! Thanks for the chance to win!

  413. This is wonderful – Thank you for offering this. I don’t have a garden nor have I ever canned before but have always wanted to. And if I win.. Thats just what I’d do =)

  414. Arugala, yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, herbs,cucumbers, lettuces, and beans. It is so much more fun to plan dinner around what I go out and pick instead of what I go out and buy. I am searching for a heat resistant kale to plant.

  415. I am growing cukes, assorted peppers, various herbs, and Everglades tomato plants. I plan on doing strawberries next planting season along with butter lettuce. South FL has gotten hot already and the strawberry season is coming to a close. Would love to have this book and also have you come to our area to teach a class or two.

  416. Looks like a great book. This year I’m growing lots of herbs, peppers, peas, spinach, beets, radishes, chard, pole beans, arugula, eggplant, lettuces, tomatoes and more. I’m trying two grafted tomatoes this year to see if they are up to the hype. They are expensive, but are supposed to have four times the yield in the space of one plant. For us small space gardeners, it might be just the ticket!

  417. I rent a suite in a duplex and I’m growing six different kinds of tomatoes in rubbermaid self-watering containers in the backyard this year. Black Sea Man, Black Cherry, Sungold, Silvery Fir Tree, Cream Sausage and Green Sausage. Excited to put up some green and yellow tomato sauce at the end of the season and lots of tasty tomato sandwiches and salads!

  418. So far…..tomatoes, potatoes, herbs, strawberries, currants, blueberries, and salad mix. With plans for peppers, carrots, beets, kale, chard and probably way more that I don’t have room for! =)

  419. I will be growing tomatoes, salad greens, tons of flowers and hopefully some herbs. This little book sounds like a gem.

  420. I am growing homeless plants this year. I was too busy to start anything from seed & am too cheap to buy plants so I am just taking whatever starts my friends or clients have extra of & throwing them in the raised beds, should be an interesting mix.

  421. This year we’re growing: potatoes, onions, garlic, chives, kale, cabbage, several varieties of winter squash and summer squash, lots o’ beets, string beans, pumpkins (yeah, yeah it’s a winter squash) and we’ll try watermelons too.

  422. We bought a new house and have plenty of space to garden, but we are having to start slowly, as I am new to gardening. We started the garden this year with an herb garden – sweet basil, thai basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, lavender, dill, sage, pineapple sage, lemon balm, bee balm and lots of mint. I also put in an asparagus bed (can’t wait to make asparagus pickles) and a small orchard with peaches, pears, figs, and blackberries.

  423. I have a 6×12 garden in my backyard. I have 4 or 5 varieties of squash, cukes, 3 types of tomatoes, beans, strawberries (but they are done now), blueberries and peppers.

  424. We’re sticking to herbs this year – basil, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, chives and oregano. We normally grow a few varieties of heirloom tomatoes and peppers, but we’re planning to move this summer, so we didn’t want to grow anything we couldn’t take with us.

  425. Growing scallions and a bunch of different herbs (parsley, basil, oregano, etc!). Plus peppers but I always kill those πŸ™

  426. Right now I’m growing shallots and potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, some herbs and swiss chard. We had frost warnings yesterday so I’ve yet to really get started. The asparagus I planted last year finally came up, so eventually I’ll have a lovely asparagus patch to nosh from. Eventually this season there will be carrots, tomatoes, lettuces, jalapenos, green beans (read someone today mentioning bread and butter green beans so I can’t wait!), cucumbers, peas and beans. I also plan to put in a field of feed corn for the chickens, a small patch of quinoa and some wheat! Now if summer will just get here! I’m in Michigan.

  427. So far we have planted 2 kinds of tomatoes, 3 kinds of peppers, cucumbers, strawberries and raspberries. I’m hoping to get more planted this weekend:)

  428. This is our first year of actually growing straight out of the ground. We’ve container gardened the past 7 years but decided that we would finally give it a go! We have purple Cherokee tomatoes, aunt molly ground cherry’s, beefsteak tomatoes, carrots, yellow onions, green beans, cucumbers, spinach, radishes, various squash, multiple herbs and a bunch of different edible and non edible flowers that attract the good bugs to keep the bad bugs away. It’s all turning out so wonderful and we are definitely excited for all of the money we’ll save and the delicious, mostly organic dinners we’ll eat and share! Our kids are 8 and almost 3 and have learned so much! We are having so much fun! I hope we win! (I may just buy the book anyways if we don’t.)

  429. We are growing a bunch of stuff: Soy beans, kale, spinach, zucchini, butternut squash, acorn squash, swiss chards, cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, eggplants, onions, leeks, jalapeno’s, ace peppers. I cannot wait for freeze and can a my garden goodies!

  430. We’re growing just about everything this year. I have a lot of heirloom seeds and I’m making the most of them. Well, that’s the plan. I don’t yet have all those seeds planted and it’s likely too late for most. Can’t get help tilling the garden. But I’m working on it with a shovel, little by little, and planting day by day.

  431. i grow all vegies in containers. am growing sugar peas, shallots, leeks, herbs of course, tomatoes carrots, radishes,dill, blueberries and raspberries. the raspberries are still in ground but will be moving them to container( raised bed) this fall or early spring. love to garden. used to have huge one in country, but it divorced me (sob-the garden not the divorce) amazing what you can cram into pots and boxes. interested in this book for a gift to a friend just starting to garden and cook in a crock pot imagine that! i preordered your book and have bookmarked several recipes to try. i have followed your blog so already have some of the recipes.

  432. We are trying to rebuild the garden we inherited when we bought our house last year. We have rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, and chives that just magically appear! Hooray! This year we also planted heirloom tomatoes, and a variety of herbs too!

  433. A lot of things are growing this year but I’m really excited a out the basil. I planted a ton of it this year. Pesto pesto pesto all summer long.

  434. I don’t have a garden, either… apartment living has its drawbacks. But I DO have a balcony, and that’s the happy home of 2 big pots and 2 very happy blueberry bushes! Can’t wait for them to ripen in the next few weeks!

  435. Sharecropping with family since we can’t grow much on rocks and the critters eat everything just as it ripens. Hoping for lots of cukes for pickles and relishes, tomatoes for drying, sauce and salsa, peas, carrots and lots of hot peppers. Fingers crossed for lots of canning success.

  436. This summer I’m growing collards, peanuts, and hopefully some longbeans if I remember to plant them in the next week or so. Oh, and pumpkins (which are native and can also deal with our heat, humidity, and constant rain)!

  437. I’m growing zucchini, cherry tomatoes, basil, thyme and chocolate mint..all in containers because I live in a condo with no yard.

  438. Jade green beans, limas, swiss chard, peas, potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, collards, brussel sprouts, lettuce, onions, leeks, eggplant & carrots.

  439. I’m growing peas, rhubarb, dill, beans and tomatoes. I’m really hopeful for tomatoes! (Not a given in Seattle summers.) Thanks for the chance to win, I love microcosm!

  440. I wish I was growing more than just herbs in my kitchen window… I would love some strawberries and blueberries!

  441. we are growing tomatoes, basil, peppers, a late batch of radishes and are hoping that our eggplant experiment will do us well. all in containers!!

    just got a copy of your book for mother’s day and love it. πŸ™‚

  442. We’ve scaled back this year. Just 12 tomatoes and 4 cucumbers. We’re also trying three sisters growing corn beans and squash. I live on a peach orchard so we grow quite a bit of our food. Thanks!

  443. Due to the early spring, we planted our Community Garden plot in early March, so we are already eating a lot of what we are growing-peas, beets, swiss chard, dill, baby bok choy, spinach & lettuce. Carrots, tomatoes, kale, cukes, eggplant, basil & other herbs are all planted & looking good! Should be pickling beets in a week or two.

  444. i fell upon your site today whilst looking for something to do with my chive blossoms. I.LOVE.IT! i have a small garden which contains tomatoes, both beefsteak and cherry, zucchini, red peppers, and of course my herbs, basil, cilantro, mint and chives, millions of chives!! i enjoy your blog and have added you to my list of daily reading. thanks for the “recipe” for Chive Vinegar, i’m off to the garden to snip some blossoms!

  445. We are growing potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and okra. We would like to grow more but our yard is very shady. Would like to know how to grow a lot with limited sun.

  446. Long ago, I bought a book called Cucumbers in Flowerpots, and I planted all kinds of things- even sugar snap peas in pots ( and I actually got some!) , it’s time to try again!

  447. We’re in Portland, OR and hoping our tomatoes shine, so we can can again! We’ve also got peppers, carrots, chard, kale, lettuces, peas, beans, cucumbers and some herbs. I really enjoy the little that we do. It’s so gratifying and tasty!

  448. We are WAY behind on getting the garden in this year (probably because the hubby and I are BOTH working on advanced degrees), but we are hoping to get in tomatoes and peppers, at least, this year!

  449. What a cool book! I’m growing a few varieties of mint, some paris market carrots, snow peas and dried black beans!

  450. I am growing a garden for baskets to give to Senior Citizens and low income residents in my community. I am also growing extra seedlings for those that want to start gardens. I teach canning at the Active Adult Center for free hoping they will preserve some of the fresh fruit. I would love to have this book to use as a resource of information for the community.

  451. I would like to make some hot pepper jam, raspberry jam, cherry jam, and try a mixed berry jam. I hope that the berries are good this year. This book looks very detailed.

  452. There are snow peas, pole beans, tomatoes (including our favorite orange cherry “Sun Gold”), zucchini, and three kinds of winter squash growing. We’ll eat whatever the slugs leave for us! That’s where the small batch canning ideas come in handy.

  453. I have only a tiny little balcony with two window boxes and space for three small pots. I have some luscious looking basil underway, a load of flat leaf parsley and three small cherry tomato varieties – red robins – that are supposed to do well in little pots. Fingers crossed! What would I grow with more space? Eggplants, broad beans, berries… the list is long.

  454. We planted a lot more Roma tomatoes this year so I could can even more sauce for the winter. Plenty of jalapeno, serrano, and habenero’s to make hotsauce.

  455. We are already enjoying garden grown tomatoes and have some okra making an appearance. Beans and peas are already done:(

  456. I’m growing tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, radishes, kale, garlic, brussels sprouts, basil, and celery!

  457. We’re growing tomatoes, green beans, lettuce (almost too hot!), spinach (too hot, bolted already!), arugula, carrots (a first this year), basil and green peppers. We are renters and are growing everything in pots on top of an old picnic table. Love eating my own peppers, they are THE best thing I’ve ever tasted!

  458. I’ve trimmed back this year – just doing tomatoes and zucchini plus a few herbs I can’t live without.

  459. I am growing too much! We have a substantial garden patch in the backyard and every year I get excited and overdo it… today I am most happy about our crop of sugar snap peas, and later this summer I know I’ll look forward to the Sungold tomatoes. I’ll be counting on my copy of Food in Jars to help me figure out what to do with them all!

  460. I just moved, so I gave all my plants away before leaving the state. However, my mom just sent me a bunch of succulent cuttings from her garden, and hopefully they’ll root!

  461. We started to do green smoothies so this year I am growing kale, collards and swiss chard for the first time. Can’t wait for fresh greens!!

  462. I just finished planting! We have lots of tomatoes, peppers, radishes, peas, beans, onions, and basil. Pretty good for a small community garden plot!

  463. this is our first year without a garden (we’re in the middle of a move), but i would love to have some tomatoes and cucumbers. we live near a peach orchard and i can’t wait to go pick some peaches!!! yum!

  464. So, this year is my first foray into the world of growing your own food, as well as canning and preserving. Just moved to the USA from Scotland and taking advantage of the extra time on my hands, the bountiful harvests from the local farmers market and the much warmer growing season.
    Just to ease myself into things I have limited the crops for this year to;
    Peppers – about 10 varieties ranging from hot to sweet including cherry bombs and czech black.
    Tomatoes – about 12 varieties including San Marzano, Green Grape and Super Sweet 100
    Beans – two types
    Herbs – all the things I use on a regular basis, inlcuding Basil (thai, genovese and purple), thyme, rosemary, oregano, parsley, mint and lemongrass.

    Growing them all in a mixture of raised beds and pots. I think I have gone overboard a little but what better way to start than throwing yourself headfirst into the deep end!!!

  465. Tomatoes and squash are fighting for their lives with the dogs πŸ™‚ Had to forgo the entire garden for the animals but thought I could sneak in a few things………not so.

  466. I am just doing pots on the back deck this year. Basil, thai basil, oregano, thyme, garden salsa peppers, orange sweet peppers, peacevine tomatoes and japanese black tomatoes. The herbs are doing great already, can’t wait until the tomatoes start coming!

  467. What an excellent resource for a band new home gardener (that’s me). I would love to see what this book recommends… maybe keep me from making so many mistakes? I am attempting to grow different type of tomatoes, chili peppers, herbs, & of course, pickling cucumbers…

  468. I’m growing 3 varieties of cherry tomatoes in buckets on my driveway. Wish for a bigger plot of land to grow some blue berry bushes.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  469. I don’t have a garden but I would love to be growing some tomatoes, peas, and some lettuces/greens. Also, I think it would be awesome to have a peach tree. I may look into that when I have a house/yard of my own.

  470. This is our second year with a community garden plot. We live in an apartment next to a gas station, so growing things at home just didn’t work. Last year we were a little timid and under planted our garden a bit. This year, we have put in quite a few plants. Basil, tomatoes, peppers, beans, peas, onions, and borage (to attract bees). Next year we may even try to grow from seed!

  471. I’m growing tomatoes, zucchini, jalapenos, beans, cucumbers and eggplant. I also just put in some kale hoping for a quick little harvest before it gets too hot, but we’ll see if that comes in. In my windows, I’ve got (lots more) jalapenos, basil, spinach and a couple more tomato plants.

  472. I haven’t gotten into gardening (yet!) aside from the odd house plant, but I love to experiment with pickling and would like to learn more about canning over the summer. This book sounds like a great intro. Thanks!

  473. I’m short on space too, so I’m growing some everyday basics like salad greens, herbs, and tomatoes. The rest I’ll be getting from my CSA at Joshua Farm and other local farmers. I like to think I’ll have a big garden someday soon, and it would be great to learn how to make better use of my small space.

  474. We just got our first community garden plot! We’re growing green beans, tomatoes, jalapenos, kale, zucchini, summer squash, and hopefully eggplant will be going in soon. I also grow herbs in windowsill containers and we’re sort of experimentally growing an avocado tree…cause, well, why not?

  475. Our new garden! We are growing potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, kale, corn, garlic, beets, lemon verbena, tarragon, mace, lavender, rosemary, squash of many kinds, cucumbers, basil, peppers, eggplant. and whatever else is already planted in our new mystery garden!

  476. Not sure if I’ll make it…
    Herbs, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, onions, garlic, herbs, squash, cucumbers, snap peas, flowers, oh, and more herbs.

  477. I would love to grow snap peas, carrots, basil, tomatos, bell peppers, and so much more. Maybe I can convince my co-apartment renters to let me garden off of our fire escape? (risky? worth the risk?) I have a feeling the Portland sun is going to tempt me…

  478. We are urban farmers. We live in the city with a tiny space but we make the most of it with raised beds and lots of containers. We are even planting melons in rubbermaid tubs and trellises on our tiny deck this year! With succession planting and intense management, we actually get a lot of produce out of our tiny space!

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