Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Giveaway

In the spirit of Valentine's Day -- a day that's all about love, love, love! -- I'd like to offer a small token of gratitude for reading about our madcap life here on Rowangarth Farm: one copy of Louise Riotte's garden classic "Carrots Love Tomatoes."


Since its first publication in 1975, gardeners worldwide have learned how companion planting -- growing certain plants in close proximity to one another to help with nutrient uptake, pest control and pollination -- can create a beautiful, healthy and harmonious garden.

In this handy reference book, you'll learn the ABCs of companion planting -- how Absinthium (also called wormwood) makes a great border planting to keep animals out (works well for deer!) and how Yew is susceptible to root rot fungus if grown next to rhododendrons. There are also short chapters on 'Pollination of fruit & nuts', 'Nut trees', 'Fruit tree culture' and 'Poisonous plants.'

To enter, simply leave a comment in today's post (one entry per person, please). A winner will be selected one week from today.

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For my regular readers -- this is simply my way of saying 'thanks' for visiting, for sharing your tips, your stories and your lives.

And if you're a new visitor or if you've never commented before -- please, don't be shy. I'd love to hear from you!

18 comments:

Susan said...

Please toss my name in the hat - what a great book!

Fiona said...

Done! :)

mtnchild said...

Hi Fiona,
I don't have enough sun to have a garden, but I do share one with my good friends, and I'd love to share this book with them. Maybe we can keep more of the veggies than the critters eat. Thank you for this opportunity.

I have just finished reading your archives and love what you are doing to sustain your family. I found you from Mama Pea's blog and am so glad I did.
Yvette

Fiona said...

Hi, Yvette -- it's lovely to meet you, albeit virtually! Thanks very much for your kind words. We're on a steep learning curve here, but we're doing our best to enjoy the journey! It's a pleasure -- and an honour -- to share it. Good luck with the draw!

Mama Pea said...

I have a few companion planting books but can always use another. The subject fascinates me and I can always use all the help I can get.

The very first time I got my hands on a companion planting book, I had just come in from planting my peas with a row of onions on either side. I came in to find my first book on companion planting in the mail. Guess how peas and onions feel about each other? Yup, they inhibit each others' growth. How sharp is that learning curve?

Fiona said...

Mama Pea -- that sounds EXACTLY like something I would do!

Anke said...

Oh that sounds like a fantastic book. I've been trying some companion planting and would love to learn even more about it.

Fiona said...

Good luck with the draw, Anke - and thanks for dropping by!

Kim said...

What a great book! I've alway wanted to buy myself a copy...maybe this is my lucky day?

Fiona said...

Stay tuned, Kim -- and good luck! Thanks for stopping by...

David said...

Companion planting is something I have kind of known about for some time but never researched what was good for what or what was bad for what. It is a interesting concept. I have read just a little about the three sisters companion planting but never tried it. Maybe this could be the right time to leap forward.

Have a great give away day.

Fiona said...

hey Dave -- yes, I tried a three sisters planting last year, but I put the corn in too late and the beans in too soon -- I'll try it again this year as I agree -- it's an interesting concept. I think you'd like this book -- so good luck!

Jim said...

Giving our first raised bed a try this year, I need all the help I can get! Thanks!

ireneamanda said...

ooh, please put my name in the hat! I did my first garden last year, and I'm always up for more information.
thanks
Amanda

Erin said...

Leave me out since I have that book! It's a good one, though!

Deanna said...

Always fun to see what you are up to. This book would be great.

Annie's Granny said...

Am I late for the book party? Having just returned home to a decent internet connection, I am frantically trying to catch up with all the blogs I've been missing most of the winter. I am so happy to see you are back to posting regularly!

Fiona said...

Jim -- good for you with the new raised bed project!

Amanda -- I'm like you... a sponge for new info!

Deanna -- thanks for your comment and good luck!

Annie's Granny -- Not at all! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind, kind words. And welcome home!!!

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