Let’s get out our party hats and celebrate because twelve bloggers and I are growing a garden party, book launch of good fun and special prizes to launch my baby, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff.
You didn’t know I wrote a book in my spare time? Yes, I did. It’s all so exciting and a little bit scary.
Why did I write this book? Because, I think 20-30 Somethings do want to garden. They just don’t know where to start because no one took the time to sit down and teach them. Many Millennials didn’t walk barefoot on soft garden soil or play with dump trucks in their parents’ garden. Some did, but many did not. Their only experience with gardening was planting a sunflower seed in a Dixie cup. It sprouted. They felt successful, and then they tried to come home and plant it in their yard. Instead of thriving, most of these Dixie cup sunflowers died. How do I know? I was the homeroom mom helping them plant their sunflower seed projects when their teachers thought it was a good idea. Why did these sunflowers die before they had a chance to grow and bloom? Sunflowers don’t transplant well. They want to be sown directly outside.
Millennials want the same thing, a chance to be outside, unplug and grow in rich garden soil.
If you fail enough times as a child, you’ll think gardening is mysterious and hard, but I promise, it’s just a skill like cooking, crafting or baking that must be learned.
Millennials are among my favorite people. They are the best educated group of people on the planet according to Pew Research. They’ve spent their entire lives in school. Two of my children, Ashley and Megan, are 20-30 Somethings with Brennan knocking on their door. I taught all of them how to garden. I can teach you too. You know good food when you see it, but maybe, you think gardening requires a large space, a huge quantity of time and a millionaire’s budget. It doesn’t. You don’t even need to move to the country to garden unless you want to. You just need a garden coach.
Trust me, you can grow a lot of vegetables, flowers and herbs in a few beds or even in containers on your balcony. And, it doesn’t take that much of time or money.
If you don’t have any experience, don’t worry. Gardening may look mysterious, but it’s not. The magic happens beneath the soil after you plant that seed. Picture me on the sidelines cheering for you from every page. Click through and look at the book to see if it’s right for you. I want to give you the tools to garden effectively along with the ability to slow down and ponder nature and other eternal truths. I hope by writing this book I’ll plant seeds because without gardeners like you, we won’t have nearly so much beauty in our future.
Oh, and one more thing, this book is for anyone who is a novice gardener, no matter their age. We are all 20-30 Somethings in our hearts anyway.
I’d love to go along with you on your garden journey, and I’m here to answer questions every step of the way. Please feel free to comment here or email me at [email protected] You can also visit me over at my other blog, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide.
Okay, I’ve talked long enough. I want you to get to know The 20-30 Something Garden Guide through twelve of my blogger friends, and they have prizes galore for you. To enter, simply leave a comment on their individual blogs.This giveaway runs through February 23 at Midnight, and it is only open to citizens of the continental United States. We’ll announce the winners on Monday, February 24. We have twelve wonderful bloggers from all over the U.S. just waiting to hear from you. Without further ado, here they are:
Shawna Coronado’s website — a gift certificate to High Country Gardens for a Summer Dreams Garden.
Rachel Hough at The Domestic Artiste — Fiskars Tools, two sets of loppers, one is the PowerGear Lopper 32” and the other Power-Lever 28”.
Niki Jabbour at Niki Jabbour, The Year Round Veggie Gardener.
Carmen Johnston at Carmen Johnston Gardens — Garden Girl pants with knee pads and a David Austin rose, ‘The Alnwick Rose’ catalog link for ordering bare root roses.