These cold winter days make it hard for me to keep warm. Just yesterday I recalled that January day 16 years ago when I decided to move south. It was these darn northern winters that convinced me! You see I’m fortunate to have low blood pressure, but it makes it extremely hard to stay warm – especially if I’m inactive like when I’m writing blog posts….
As I sit here huddled over my computer, I can’t help but long for my Tennessee winters, when it wasn’t unusual to be digging new garden beds in January; or getting ready to start indoor seedlings no later than the end of February. Admittedly, I just miss my gardens period. I’ve already committed myself to a patio garden for the spring and summer but I do wish I was outdoors getting different kales and carrots out of my own hoop houses this season. I’m envious of those of you that have the ability to do that.
Surely those of you that have garden beds and are eating locally are growing some of your own seasonal winter veggies. Right? Right?!
If you don’t know much about winter gardening I’m giving you the opportunity to learn from one of the masters. This week I’m giving away a copy of The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses. This fantastic tool will teach you how to use organic and sustainable techniques to grow your own food in the winter and how to extend harvests – and do it organically. You really can’t get any more local than your own yard!
But here’s the deal: I want to know that you’ll use this resource. I really dislike giveaways that don’t serve a purpose other than to get more readers and give away “stuff”. I blog to educate and learn (and sometimes make people laugh) and I’d love to know that someone somewhere is gleaning some helpful information from what I have to offer.
Instead of the typical “leave a comment” here, here, and here, I’m going to ask one simple, thoughtful thing. When you reply to this post to enter the drawing, I want you to tell me either what kind of winter crops you’d like to be growing or what kind of crops you’d like to extend using the techniques you could learn about in this book.
That’s it. As simple and easy as cake. I’ll announce the winner in my weekly post next Monday when I randomly pick a number. You’ve got until Sunday, January 29th at midnight Eastern to enter!
Now to go get a third layer of clothing on and reminisce about the gardens I left in warmer climes.
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