I’ve been writing a book on edibles so I’ve been trying not to read anybody else’s while I’m working on mine. However, I was walking through Barnes & Noble, where I saw The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs, by Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner. Some books just touch your soul. This one was a combination of good sound advice on growing vegetables and ornamentals along with gorgeous photos.
Leslie and Stefani are co-founders of Star Apple Edible & Fine Gardening where they combine elements of good garden design with edible and ornamental plants. I think any vegetable garden is a beautiful thing, but there is that moment when everything starts to look ratty. By crafting a garden with good bones, you can alleviate this problem at least part of the time. They work in the San Francisco Bay Area. Oh, how I wish they lived in Oklahoma. I would ask for their help in a couple of my tricky garden spots.
At the Garden Bloggers Fling in San Francisco, I was lucky enough to be seated next to these beautiful and accomplished women. Throughout the dinner, I didn’t realize they were authors let alone authors of this book. I pulled it out of my swag bag and exclaimed how good it was. Another person at the table started laughing and said, “You’re sitting next to the authors.”
It was so loud in the venue I never got a chance to talk to them until later. What fun they were! I’m excited to share that one lucky reader will receive a copy of The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs because the publisher has agreed to let me give one away. Here’s how we’ll do this. First, comment below about your own garden or the one of your dreams. The winner will be chosen at random. In order to get more chances to win, after you comment, share this post on Twitter, Facebook or another social media channel. Each time you share, copy the url and post another comment. You can share this anywhere you’d like. I get nothing for this contest except good will from the authors, two women I really like. Also, I bought a book myself, the ebook actually, and I, like everyone at Fling, received a copy. The contest ends on Wednesday, July 31, at Midnight. The more often you share and enter, the more chances you have to win my darlings. You’ll love this book.
UPDATE: We have a winner! It’s Sara S. who commenter number 2 according the Random.org number generator. I’ve emailed Sara, and I hope she enjoys her new book.