Monday, May 21, 2012

book giveaway!

I thought a book giveaway would be a nice way to start off the week. I had a few extra titles after this weekend's workshop and decided to also throw in a copy of Barnheart (signed) and of The Greenhorns (also signed at my essay). To enter just leave a comment! Say hello, say what's growing in your garden, or share a plan for this week on your own farm or home. A random winner will be picked tomorrow morning, this is a shortsale folks! Comment and enjoy four titles to add to your own library or give as gifts.

Now, off to the office!

431 Comments:

Blogger The Sprouting Acorn said...

I'm in the corner of shame. I have nothing planted... YET. Odd year. We were going to move. Now we're not. So the garden's behind a few days.... Would love a book.... love books.

May 21, 2012 at 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This year's garden is doing great so far - harvesting lettuce, onions, snow peas, and spinach. Have planted tomatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, asparagus, green beans, beets, summer squash, and butternut squash! Congratulations and best wishes on your future endeavors. We'll be rooting for you from Kentucky!

Charlene

May 21, 2012 at 6:34 AM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Hi Jenna!

Congratulations on your move to full time farming. You are an inspiration, always have been and always will be! I too have just quit my job as a Paramedic to farm. I am absolutely terrified. Start my part time job today . . . milking 22 cows at the Jersey Girls dairy which is just down the road. I look at it as a paid internship! We will be raising meat goats along with a couple of dairy goats for personal consumption. Feels right but it is one of the scariest things I've ever done. Loving life . . .

May 21, 2012 at 6:39 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

I always enjoy your Blog.

I've planted my usual tomatoes and peppers along with different herbs, peas and pumpkins.

I found a brand new dehydrator at a yard sale, so I'm hoping to do dried tomatoes this year. For a taste of Tuscany.

Do enter me in for the drawing.

Christy
Lil Bit Brit

May 21, 2012 at 6:42 AM  
Anonymous Ariane said...

Sun is out today so we may actually get some growth this week :)

May 21, 2012 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

We have tomatoes that are green and getting bigger by the day. If only they would start turning red!!
Victoria

May 21, 2012 at 6:47 AM  
Blogger Anke said...

So far we are growing lots of tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and watermelon. There are also blackberries, blueberries and lots of different herbs. In a few of the raised beds are a few bare patches, so this coming weekend I'm going to see what else I could stick in there.
Good luck with your "job change"! Wishing you the very best!

May 21, 2012 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger ADailey7744 said...

Oh Jenna!! Pick me!! :) We are renters, so our plot is small (no chickens just yet), but we are doing all heirlooms this year!! We've got tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, pole beans, cucumbers, summer and winter squash, kale, lettuce, spinach, sweet peas, basil and cilantro... oh and Eggplant... wish me luck with the eggplant. Congratulations, again, on going rogue... I am supremely jealous and can't wait to read about how wonderful it goes:) Thanks again!!

May 21, 2012 at 6:49 AM  
Blogger Jerusaleme said...

I have potato's kale, sweet peppers, roma's egg plant, cabbage, hot peppers, sunflowers, beets, and radish's.

May 21, 2012 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Rose said...

Lettuce is growing in a pot on my patio since I am an "urban farmer". Also chives and oregano. Would love a book. I am so happy for you that you can stop going to the office soon and concentrate on your love's work! Rose

May 21, 2012 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger T. Carter said...

The asparagus are in their second year ... can't wait until next year when we can start harvesting in earnest. The raspberries look good, as do the beans, peas, and garlic. The squash and artichoke have a ways to go, but it's all growing well in the Maryland suburbs of D.C.

May 21, 2012 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger T. Carter said...

The asparagus are in their second year ... can't wait until next year when we can start harvesting in earnest. The raspberries look good, as do the beans, peas, and garlic. The squash and artichoke have a ways to go, but it's all growing well in the Maryland suburbs of D.C.

May 21, 2012 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger T. Carter said...

The asparagus are in their second year ... can't wait until next year when we can start harvesting in earnest. The raspberries look good, as do the beans, peas, and garlic. The squash and artichoke have a ways to go, but it's all growing well in the Maryland suburbs of D.C.

May 21, 2012 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

The heat of this past week has plants (as well as weeds) growing! Tomatoes, peppers,beets, mesclun, spinach,broccoli rabe, cauliflower, corn,kale,chard,radishes,purple beans, peas, and sunflowers. All on small city backyard lot. And berry bushes and fruit tree look good too! Late Congrats on leaving job to farm/write (I left job in 2005 and never regretted it:) Much luck:)
Holly,Illinois

May 21, 2012 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger ADailey7744 said...

I am sorry to leave two (if i have....) My comment doesn't look like it posted after I 'signed in'.. so forgive me for entering twice if I have. Love your books, and am always devouring more books ( I call them my 'skills' books... gotta learn those skills..) So please enter me in the drawing!! And congratulations on quitting your job and going full time farm.. I cant wait to read about how wonderful it is. Good Luck!! Thank you.
AshleyD

May 21, 2012 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

I am getting ready to gravel potatos Wed. My garden is not doing well. But I am adding more rabbit poo to it and am hopeful for next year. I side dressed the tomatos yesterday and mulched. I am filling the duck trough with rain water then when it gets dirty i use that to water the garden. thanks for the book give away.

May 21, 2012 at 6:54 AM  
Blogger Michele said...

New raised beds this year with asparagus, strawberries, greens & herbs! Potato bins planted, squash & pumpkins in along the edge of our yard and some baby lettuces in a pot as an edible centerpiece on our patio table. Our chickens (received at your backyard chickens class- yay and thanks!) are ready to move into their new home- my hubby just finished the coop yesterday. Apple & Pear trees and blueberry bushes acquired & ready to plant. It is a good time of year! Oh yeah, and I would LOVE to win some books- Barnheart is on my wishlist!! Congrats and Good luck on your new beginning- you will do great!

May 21, 2012 at 6:55 AM  
Anonymous Walter said...

We're into dairy goats, gardening, and poultry in west TN. We also have the required horses, dogs, cats, etc. We make cheese, beer, and bread and we can when it's time. Meat comes from the forest, not the store. We've read JHK and would welcome the other additions to our library.

Walter at Full Moon Farm

May 21, 2012 at 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

I've got some tomatoes going and some jerusalem artichokes, I'm behind this year after the addition of a puppy who enjoys digging in raised beds.

May 21, 2012 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger karen said...

Hi Jenna, I already have Barnheart and Kathy Harrison's book but would love the others. I just planted my tomatoes, getting a bit of a late start at my community garden this year. Worked all weekend putting up the fencing to keep out the deer before putting in the plants. Ready to go now with the rest after the rains.Karen from CT

May 21, 2012 at 7:01 AM  
Anonymous Alix said...

I have Kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and several different varieties of tomatoes (I don't know how that's going to go though...) and I have herbs, which always do fine. my very first canning supplies should be arriving today, too!

May 21, 2012 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

We started getting beautiful red tomatoes from our gardens last week! Oh how I love tomato sandwiches made with fresh tomatoes. We got smart and started them in the greenhouse earlier than usual. I have a book in the truck,bathroom,by my chair, by my bed, in my purse at all times. You never know when a chance to read will come up. LOL

May 21, 2012 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger PurrfectPetSitting said...

I'm behind this year and my seedlings aren't ready for their 'big girl' pots yet. I currently have tomatoes and basil going.

May 21, 2012 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Good morning, Jenna!

Kale, tomatoes, peas, beans, anise hyssop, lavender, potatoes, onions, shallots, rosemary, parsley, & sagebarey up and growing.

This week lemon balm, peppers, onions, & more to be planted.

Thank you for holding this contest!

May 21, 2012 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Kuhns Acres said...

I have tomatoes and peppers ready to put in the garden and my cherry and peach trees have fruit on them for the first time. Planted them 6 years ago. Apple trees have set fruit this year also. 2nd time since planting.

May 21, 2012 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Dahlia ChanTang said...

I started my tomato plants back in March, along with sweet peas and hyacinth beans and basil.

But the weather in London has been chilly and grey, so the tomatoes have hardly budged, and everything else is succumbing to a massive aphid infestation.

I've placed an order for ladybugs; I've let the lemon thyme die, and am biding my time before I get new herbs. I'm just crossing my fingers that the strawberries will get through unscathed, that the mint, oregano, sage and rosemary will remain robust until I can eradicate all those pesky aphids.

All in all, not a very successful start to the gardening year in a new city!

May 21, 2012 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Sylvia said...

Beans are blooming, we ate carrots and salad from the garden and there are 2 ripe!!!! tomatoes for dinner tonight. Loads of pears and figs on the trees, not many apples, and my peach trees have peaches on them for the first time ever.
Atlanta is looking good!

May 21, 2012 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

This year in my spring garden, I have heirloom peas, a mix of lettuce, rainbow swiss chard, and broccoli rabe. When i am done harvesting the peas, in will go French and Italian green beans.

I have a small raised bed, so that is about all I can do. I am doing much better this year than last year, which is when I started gardening.

May 21, 2012 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger SouthernGirl said...

We have corn (that is growing amazingly well), lots of tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, eggplant and cayenne peppers (looking forward to using these in kombucha!).

May 21, 2012 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger ta2mee said...

I have nothing planted as I live in a tiny apartment, but I'm eagerly awaiting the season's first CSA share in a few weeks. And I would love to win some new books =)

May 21, 2012 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Uncle Paul said...

Hi Jenna,
I would love to have those books. I have just recently begun reading your books and your blog and am really enjoying them. You have such insight and courage!
Cindy

May 21, 2012 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger jim said...

picking beans, beets,onions here in tx-tomatoes and corn coming along nicely-now if the really hot
weather will hold off for awhile we might get to enjoy more of God's
bounty.

May 21, 2012 at 7:23 AM  
OpenID meatbagz said...

whoo hoo! this is a good way to start a monday! my garden is uncleaned out, unplanted, and about to be dug up to lay new water pipes. major sadness.

on another note, i totally followed you through greenwich yesterday-i looked up and there was the "cold antler farm" truck right in front of me! and i do realize that i sound like a total stalker, but i swear i'm not.

kate

May 21, 2012 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger jim said...

garden doing well with beans, beets and onions being harvested.

May 21, 2012 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Uncle Paul said...

Hi Jenna,
I would love to have a copy of your books. I have recently begun reading your books and your blog and enjoy them all...especially the blog about "beautiful." Your writing makes me look at every day life in a more appreciative way! and p.s. I just got four chickens, which is all we're allowed to have in the city!

May 21, 2012 at 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so very envious of your recent announcement and congrats! I'm such a cheerleader for you and share your stories with family and friends often. I'm excited about my little garden this year....country girl at heart stuck in the city. I have volunteer cukes from last year with lots of little ones on the vine. A volunteer cantaloupe and a volunteer cherry tomato. So exciting to see these coming up on their own. I've got 3 more heirloom tomatoes and a spaghetti squash vine going. We'll be heading out for the summer, so not planting too much until the fall. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

May 21, 2012 at 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We've been pretty busy in our garden, we tried double digging for the first time, then turned the garden into raised beds. We already have corn starts planted, radishes, peas, beets, rainbow chard, and bush beans all coming up. There are also 45 tomato plants, zucchini, cucumbers and herbs that we started under lights. Something else exciting for us is the anticipated arrival of our first small flock of laying chickens in just over a week. They are coming as day old chicks and I'll be playing mommy to them. My dad and I built what was supposed to be a moveable coop, bigger than just a chicken tractor but still mobile, but it is going to take two or three people to get it across the yard. Good luck on everything that you're doing, your book has helped me pursue my ideas/dreams more than any other "informative" book I've read. -Katlyn K.

May 21, 2012 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Shanda said...

We've got most everything planted already. Next up, winter squash!

May 21, 2012 at 7:30 AM  
Anonymous Stephy said...

Hmmm.....think I accidently deleted my 1st post :)

Garden has several volunteer cukes, melon and tomato plants right now. Also some heirloom tomatoes and spaghetti squash. Not much else as we'll be gone for the summer this year. Country girl stuck in the city w/out much space for a garden right now, but we will have something! Congrats on your recent announcement - I'm so very envious of your beautiful, messy life!

May 21, 2012 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Farmin in WV said...

I would love to read some of your books. I am glad you are making the transition from the office. I have never looked back! Congrats.

May 21, 2012 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Harvested the first sweet peas of the season. They tasted delicious. Thanks for all your inspiration over the years!

May 21, 2012 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger julronimo said...

hoping to do a little mowing and a little planting.

May 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger Spiderjohn said...

Garden is doing great. Perfect weather so far ths year. Lettuce, kale, onions, peas, potatoes and carrots growing like crazy. Getting ready to plant 10 varieties of peppers and 6 varieties of tomatoes that I started from seed. All heirloom.

May 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Garden started well at our new house! Except for the %&$# deer digging in it! Tomatoes, peppers, onions, carrots, cukes, melons, and winter squash! Will be starting potatoes this weekend. Oh, and strawberries and herbs in containers!

May 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger jodi said...

I have lettuce, spinach and tomatoes growing. The first flower is on one of the tomatoes. Lavender is ready to harvest. I'm feeling hopeful this year.

May 21, 2012 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Garden started out well! Tomatoes, peppers, onions, cukes, melons, and winter squash. Strawberries and herbs in containers. Starting potatoes this weekend!

May 21, 2012 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Jenna,

I am so proud of you that you are now a full time farmer. WAY TO GO!
Blessings from Minnesota!

~Wendy

May 21, 2012 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger mommadreamsofafarm said...

i absolutely love reading your blog, jenna. it is the first and only one i follow. you are living out my dream! and congrats on going full time! we have 3 chickens, and have our first full garden this year! in 4 almost raised beds we have peas, beans, cukes, tomatoes, peppers, some mystery squash/pumpkin, lots of melons, kale, lettuce, carrots, basil, chives, feverfew, bee balm, catnip, and sunflowers. i'm sure i forgot something. but thank you for your daily inspiration!

May 21, 2012 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger mommadreamsofafarm said...

i absolutely love reading your blog, jenna. it is the first and only one i follow. you are living out my dream! and congrats on going full time! we have 3 chickens, and have our first full garden this year! in 4 almost raised beds we have peas, beans, cukes, tomatoes, peppers, some mystery squash/pumpkin, lots of melons, kale, lettuce, carrots, basil, chives, feverfew, bee balm, catnip, and sunflowers. i'm sure i forgot something. but thank you for your daily inspiration!

May 21, 2012 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

I'm not entering this one, but reminding you that I was the closest guesser in your potato planting giveaway a while back. I'd love a copy of Barnheart, as it was the impetus for my blog.
Thanks, Jenna!

May 21, 2012 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger concertoinv said...

well, who can resist a book giveaway!! I'm a renter, so I don't have a backyard plot this year, just some planters on the deck. I plan to make full use of some of our wonderful farmers markets this year. I will also head out to some of the upicks this summer for local berries. Living somewhat vicariously through you!

May 21, 2012 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I am in a tiny apartment with no access to plantable grass or fire escape but I have been helping a friend with her garden. We have lots of vege's and herbs planted. My favorite is a potato box which I asked to experiment with. I can't wait to see this week's progress!

May 21, 2012 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Only lettuce planted so far, since we are in the process of moving. Tomato starts will go in this week. Looking forward to visiting Cold Antler this fall for Antlerstock!

May 21, 2012 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I am in a tiny apartment with no access to plantable grass or fire escape but I have been helping a friend with her garden. We have lots of vege's and herbs planted. My favorite is a potato box which I asked to experiment with. I can't wait to see this week's progress!

May 21, 2012 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I am in a tiny apartment with no access to plantable grass or fire escape but I have been helping a friend with her garden. We have lots of vege's and herbs planted. My favorite is a potato box which I asked to experiment with. I can't wait to see this week's progress!

May 21, 2012 at 7:49 AM  
OpenID alastconfession said...

Most of what I'm growing is in containers this summer: tomatoes, peppers, herbs. I''m also growing a baby boy, who is due in August. :) I'm keeping it simple this summer.

I'm using this garden off-season(ish) to explore my local farmers markets and farms.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

May 21, 2012 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Hello Jenna,

Just wanted to say thanks for being a real, honest inspiration. Your blog always cheers me up - especially in my office job.

On my family farm we've lots of baby calves, three baby chicks, baby turnips... baby everything!

Best of luck!

May 21, 2012 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

We just finished planting our garden last night. We have corn, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, cucumber, lettuce basil, zucchini, and of course lots of tomato's. I look forward reading your blog post & wish you success in all you do.

May 21, 2012 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

the lettuce my three-year-old planted is coming along nicely! hoping to get everyone out on a family trail ride some time this week if the weather cooperates. so thrilled to hear about your move to full-time farming/writing!!

May 21, 2012 at 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

I've been working in the garden all week-end. So far, the only thing growing is the perennials, but seeds go in today and the other plants are in the process of hardening off. It's a holiday here and a beautiful day, perfect for being outside!

May 21, 2012 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

We just finished planting our garden last night. We have corn, tomato's, green beans, cabbage, broccoli, cucumber, zucchini, basil, Love reading your blog and wish you continued success.

May 21, 2012 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Old Post Farm said...

Booooooks! *drool*

Harvesting asparagus, salad greens, rhubarb, basil, chives, and a few other herbs now. I guess you could also say I'm harvesting about a dozen eggs a day, and our first meat bird "harvest" will be in a couple weeks. About half of the garden is in... need more weekend, less week, to get it all done!

May 21, 2012 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger sloejennfizz said...

Glad everyone had such a good time at the workshop this weekend, that was one I was really excited to go to. Instead we went to see my baby sister graduate from college, I guess that was fun too.

May 21, 2012 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Hey Lady! Only potatoes, garlic, tomatoes and chard here. A plague of grasshoppers just moved in, so I think we're about to have nothing. My plan for this week is to give birth. :)

May 21, 2012 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger NMPatricia said...

I am so excited - I have a small garden planted plus some herbs in other parts of the yard. I have tomatoes, radishes, beets, beans, peas, and green peppers. I wanted to get some spinach in, but spring sort of slipped past. Need to get better at this. Feel good about some of the perennial herbs we have planted as well as our apple trees, grapes and raspberries. We have to fence EVERYTHING in because of the rabbits here. Very frustrating.

Thank you for offering up books. I would like one.

May 21, 2012 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Kristin Marsh said...

This is the first year I can no longer consider myself a "black thumb" person. I have 2 varieties of kale, zucchini, beans, napa cabbage, beets growing and my peas were first harvested last week. I also have lettuce and herbs growing in containers on my porch. We may be moving this summer, but I did not let that stop me from getting things growing while I could...

May 21, 2012 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger EV said...

Hello! Great giveaway! All I've got growing this year are herbs. I'll be visiting the Farmer's Market this season.

May 21, 2012 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger shepherdkelly said...

i just started a job at a greenhouse this past weekend, woohoo! Already picked up a few tips. Came home and gardened some more in my back yard. planted onions, beans, squash. Need to get my corn and tomatoes in this week. I keep expanding my gardens and hopefully I'll have no lawn left to mow one day!

May 21, 2012 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger cborosh said...

this week, i'm getting more comfortable milking goats and i'm also finishing construction on a hoop house to plant tomatoes into!

May 21, 2012 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger shepherdkelly said...

i just started a job at a greenhouse this past weekend, woohoo! Already picked up a few tips. Came home and gardened some more in my back yard. planted onions, beans, squash. Need to get my corn and tomatoes in this week. I keep expanding my gardens and hopefully I'll have no lawn left to mow one day!

May 21, 2012 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger City Sister said...

My big goal for the week is to get my fence up around the garden so I can enjoy some veggies...right now the wild bunnies are hoping away with big leaves of chard in their chubby little mouths.

May 21, 2012 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Cam said...

Good Morning Jenna,
I just wanted to thank you for your encouraging words about becoming more self-sufficient. The road is rough but we get through it. Our farm just got two milking dairy goats and two weanlings. I am excited to say that goat milk is now a regular at our house. Thank you for sharing your life experiences.
I'd love to win a copy of Barnheart, as I haven't gotten one of my own yet.

May 21, 2012 at 8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to own these books! The garden is taking off this week, except for the sunflowers which have again been dug up by the toads. Drat.

Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

Diane in North Carolina

May 21, 2012 at 8:13 AM  
OpenID destinationisjourney said...

Good Morning!

I'm growing herbs, greens and a tomato plant in containers on my balcony this year. I'm looking forward to next year when I'm on land again.

May 21, 2012 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

We have tomatoes, peppers, eggplant onions, garlic, potatoes, cucumbers, green beans, melon, and okra planted. We're eating greens strawberries, and plums. The raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries are just starting to be ready.

Jennifer

May 21, 2012 at 8:15 AM  
Anonymous TashaMarie said...

This week we're looking at finishing up planting the gardens (five total), minus the hot peppers. We also have to finish rebuilding/painting the front and back stairs, along with getting caught up on wood for next season. As much as I love this time of year the inside of my house doesn't. May and October are the months of craziness around here.

This year for planting we have a full load. The green peppers, onions, chives, bush beans, and carrots are in the ground. This week will see tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, lettuce, and spinach added to that. I can't wait for the first garden based meal!

May 21, 2012 at 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like you had a great weekend! I wished I lived closer - I would have loved to come the workshop! In my new house & yard, I only have a couple tomatoes and peppers this year. I need to figure out where to put my garden for next year...

Jessica

May 21, 2012 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Coley said...

Hi Jennna! Happy Monday

My broccoli is taken off and I gave my neighbor some overwintered onions that were crowding my romaine plants. He told me he loved me, kinda creepy.

I'd love to win a book!!!

May 21, 2012 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger CampbellHouse said...

What an excellent way to start a week!

Always enjoy your blog, you are truly an inspiration!

May 21, 2012 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Garden is doing well so far - have patty pan squash growing for the first time, am anxious to give it the taste test! Something is stealing my strawberries but their days are numbered...garlic, tomatoes, peas, watermelon, peppers, cantaloupe all coming along nicely!

May 21, 2012 at 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Mackenzie said...

I have a tiny little "farm" growing on my apartment balcony. A bunch of plants that I can't wait to see produce a harvest! My favorite might be the raspberries or grapes because I've never grown those before. I'm from the country originally and I really would love a farm like you have someday but until I'm done with school, (one more year!!!) I'll have to settle for urban homesteading! Farm on <3

May 21, 2012 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Deb Naydan said...

Good Morning, Would really enjoy reading your books. Have a nice day! Deb

May 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger richardborton said...

Garlic may be ready to harvest, eldeberry bushes are starting to grow, fig and apple trees survived the Texas drought last year, and there are tomatos starting to ripen.

May 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger Accidental Homestead Housewife said...

What a great giveaway! My garden, such as it is, is in walmart icing buckets awaiting a move. If the bank would give us a closing date we'd have our dream farm. :) Then the real self-sufficiency begins!!
Mel
Accidental Homestead Housewife

May 21, 2012 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

Hoping to get rest of garden planted, northern michigan, so waiting for the last frost, and to get the chicks out of our house and into theirs. Love books also.

May 21, 2012 at 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Al said...

Planting eggplant, broccoli, peppers and tomatoes this year. Been crazy weather here, I usually have the garden in for weeks by this time of year. Ah well, better late than never..........

May 21, 2012 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

I got free cherry tomato and basil seedlings this weekend. Planted those along with peppers and calendula. They're looking good, minus the incident where my dog tried to dig up a tomato plant!

We had a good rain last night. This morning I went to look at the garden and saw my tiny bean plants coming out of the ground. I love the seedlings I got, but there's something about watching seeds that I put in the ground growing into plants that made me want to cry. Still waiting on the lettuce and peppers!

May 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

I got free cherry tomato and basil seedlings this weekend. Planted those along with peppers and calendula. They're looking good, minus the incident where my dog tried to dig up a tomato plant!

We had a good rain last night. This morning I went to look at the garden and saw my tiny bean plants coming out of the ground. I love the seedlings I got, but there's something about watching seeds that I put in the ground growing into plants that made me want to cry. Still waiting on the lettuce and peppers!

May 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Karin said...

I've planted lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, lemon balm, and butterfly weed (I don't eat this, but its pretty) this spring.

Thanks,
Karin

May 21, 2012 at 8:34 AM  
Anonymous sara said...

this week im fighting off pesky little white flies that seem enamored by my zuchini...

May 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Jamie B. said...

Thanks for the chance.
I've got peas and lettuce growing.

May 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Marlo said...

I admire your pluck in every aspect of your life. My container garden of peas is showing signs of pods and I finally cleared out 1 of 2 yard patches that were looking like a jungle. Let the poison ivy itch begin!!!!

May 21, 2012 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Shell said...

I don't have a big area, so I am doing some plants in pots this year. Got 3 varieties of cherry tomatoes, several types of herbs and mint plants, and some eggplants.
I just started to read your blog, its wonderful!

May 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Rachael said...

We are out of town and anxiously awaiting our return back to our modest little farm. When we get back, mowing, sheep shearing and fence repairs are high priority!
-Rachael from The Rehomesteaders

May 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

We're eating plenty of snow peas and strawberries right now, and will be putting the extras up for later. I feel like I can't keep up with the flow of fresh foods between now and November!

jalley22@Hotmail.com

May 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Rosa Veldkamp said...

Up here in the chilly North (Alberta, Canada) this past weekend was the official 'safe to plant' weekend. which meant of course that there was a frost warning. . . lol I have garlic, chives and bunch onions coming up in the garden and have started lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts,many tomatoes, sugar snap peas and kale in the greenhouse all of which will go out this week. I will also be planting carrots, beets, beans, onions and potatoes. Spring is my favourite time of the year! Anything seems possible in the spring. . .

May 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Desert Willow said...

Good Morning! In the garden right now.... lettuces, mustard mix and herbs! The greenhouse will be up today and then we start on the new goats barn :) Busy week ahead here in the mountains.

May 21, 2012 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

I am excited about planting the garden this week and hoping the frost stays off

May 21, 2012 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Good morning! I planted my tomatoes and zukes yesterday, and hope to get some lettuce and basil in tonight, more seed potatoes and onions in on Tuesday. I'm a gardener between the hours of 7:30 (baby goes to bed) and dark (9:00ish these days - woot!). Can't wait to quit my day job like someone else I know - I'm downsizing to four days a week in June... look out, I'm right behind you! :)

May 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

I am excited about planting the garden this week and trying some new plants

May 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Kelli said...

Not many more trips to the office!

Today I'm planning to get our tomatoes, squash, peppers, and basil in the ground to accompany the kale, swiss chard, cucumbers, beans, peas, arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, radishes, carrots, garlic, onions, and potatoes. We also have raspberries, black raspberries, lavender, chocolate mint, and sage!

I can't wait to feast!

May 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Oh, I would love to win this! Especially the signed books and Greenhorns, my friend Samantha Lamb is also featured in that book (go, Oklahoma!)
I have a modest little garden, growing some tomatoes and peppers, various herbs and some flying saucer gourds for my daughter to have fun harvesting.
Last summer was so brutal out here I didnt get a single tomato. And this year I've already got a little one on the vine. Hope this summer proves better for the garden!
Thanks for the chance to win all this awesome reading!~

May 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger bee*in*the*balm said...

going to plant some new perennials thinned from an up the road neighbor's garden. we had never before met even though we've been here 5-6 years!

May 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Jennie said...

Jenna, I was so encouraged by your blog in growing your own, that I bought tmy first cherry tomato plant. In the process, I learned about stakes and organic fertilizer. It is amazing to watch it grow in height and strength. Several tiny blossoms have appeared. Hopefully, within several weeks, I'll be eating cherry tomotoes from the vine.

May 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

We don't plant around here until Memorial Day because of the real possibility of a late freeze. But I have lots of starts under lights in my basement just waiting for the gun! Red and green celery, couple of different kinds of toms, peppers, red and yellow onions, garlic, red and green cabbage, red and green B. sprouts, cauliflower, tons of seeds: couple of different kinds of corn, dried beans, broccoli, yellow, red and green beans, beets, carrots, kale, S. chard, couple different kinds of potatoes, couple different kind of squash (winter and summer), raspberries (haven’t budded out yet), herbs (mint, dill, sage, basil, oregano, sorrel, thyme…..the usual, Oh and calendula. A friend recommended this one for an addition to healing salves.) Can’t wait for summer! We are trying to produce as much food for ourselves and TRY to produce more food for our animals than last year. It's big fun!

May 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Just put in my tomatoes, pumpkins and squash! Already dreaming of butternut squash soup this fall. Picked up kale, beets, lettuce and eggs at the farmers market this weekend- currently enjoying strawberry banana kale beet smoothie for breakfast!

May 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger anita said...

Hi Jenna! We put in two additional raised beds this year and are growing Amish paste tomoatoes (can't wait to see what they look like) kale, spinach, swiss chard, raspberries, currants, radishes, various lettuces, squash and beans. Pretty exciting.

May 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

Everything is in the garden for summer. I'm now trying to figure out a place to create a strawberry patch. I need to transplant some strawberries from one overgrown bed to the new patch so it's not such a smorgasbord for the chipmunks and birds.

Thanks for the giveaway opp! Happy the workshop went well.:)

May 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anita said...

We're harvesting onions and radishes. Everything else is looking - it would be good to get some rain.

May 21, 2012 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger singinggardengirl said...

I have my first batch of chicks brooding in my basement and tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, strawberries and broccoli so far growing in the garden.

May 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Hello there! Farm plans for the week... trim goat hoofs, work on fencing, harvest cabbages and carrots, plant okra, weed beds, and puppy shots.

May 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM  
Anonymous She Guzman said...

Great contest! Right now I have spinach and collards in harvest mode. Growing nicely are bush beans, snow peas, lettuces and carrots.

May 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger SixSchlabies said...

I am sooo excited! My garden beds were filled this weekend. Today we're planting corn, melons and pumpkins! Life is great! Thanks for the opportunity to win your books! You are such a great encouragement! Good luck "farming".

May 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger yorkie mom said...

Love your blog and would love to read your books! Thanks for a chance.

May 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Hi, Jenna! Sadly, I don't have any garden going right now--we rent a townhouse whose entire back yard is covered by a deteriorating deck, and I've had rotten luck with trying to grow anything in a container. But this week I'm planning to head out for some strawberry picking. Wish me luck, as I'll be bringing my energetic 13-month-old. :)

May 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Good morning,
So far we've planted tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and sunflowers. We've harvested oregano, mint, and some thyme. Yet to plant: well, I won't even go there! :)

May 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

So far, harvested fava beans and artichokes. Turns out fava beans are labor intesive to prepare! Not sure I'll plant them for the beans again. But they are a great winter crop for the garden.

Congratulations for going to full time farmer!

May 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Hello!

Plans for this week include: taming the wild jungle that once was the garden over at my boyfriends house. Last year put down mulch between the raised beds and as it turns out... the mulch was FULL of weed seeds. the weeds now stand to mid thigh, higher in some places!!! Akkk!

May 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

I lost a lot of my garden due to an onslaught of cutworms and Armyworms a few weeks ago. But, the corn survived (the worms and 4 hailstorms so far this year) and the ears appear to be filling out nicely. Also, a few Swiss chard plants survived and are doing well.

May 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, since we put six freedom rangers in the fridge yesterday, I WON'T be moving and feeding the buggers all week.

Toby and Amandy Massey
Nine Lives Farm
Loleta, CA

May 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger MIB said...

Hey, Jenna. We actually did work on raised beds this weekend and started storing hay that was just baled. We also took our new riding/buggy horse to the trainers--YEAH! Would love thos books. :-)

May 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger spinnersaw said...

Good Morning
We caught a swarm last week! Blackberrys will be blooming soon, blackberrry honey is wonderful!

May 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings from Western MA!

I'm growing lettuce, snap peas, collard greens, two kinds of kale, parsnips, carrots, bok choy, asparagus, blue jade corn, red norland potatoes, kennebec potatoes tomatoes and peppers in my community garden plot this year.

I'll be putting in my tomato and pepper plants this weekend.

Karen

May 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger My lovely Life said...

I have cabbage, Potatoes, Raddishes, Carrots, 3 different kind of bean, Snow peas, beets , corn, squash, zuccini and califlower. I just harvest my snow peas and raddishes.

May 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger rocy + indiana said...

My first container garden is up and running— nothing too fancy this year, only tomato and pepper transplants. And once the gutters are rigged up on my back porch, there'll be lettuce and other salad greens too. Fingers crossed! It's been five years since I've grown anything (and never in containers!), so I'm a little antsy.

rocy

May 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger K said...

I just spent the weekend expanding the garden (and dispersing 10 yards of soil, shovelful by shovelful - I am TIRED!). I planted the second bed of potatoes, the tomatoes and sweet peppers, dry beans (16 varieties!! And green lentils!!), which join the cabbage, broccoli, romanesco (coolest veggie ever), cauliflower, napa cabbage, rutabagas, turnips, radishes, leeks, onions (3 different varieties), scallions, garlic, Swiss chard, spinach, lettuces, peas, celery, celeriac... oh, and still have to get the green beans, beets, carrots and okra planted. Good thing today is a holiday here in Canada!!

May 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger tea4too0 said...

I have a date with my oldest, 11, grandson. We are going to finish up the upgrade on the rabbit area. He has been so helpful and very willing to learn about them. Doesn't hurt I pay him. lol. Will also be training my new hand me down pet, she is half beagle, half basset, and all fun! Have a great week, and thanks for the chance to win some awesome books.

May 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Ruby said...

I started seeds this year for the first time. May have transplanted too early. They were all dead within four days. Bought plants again. Will try again next year after some research. Love reading about life on your farm.

May 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM  
Anonymous sue said...

Just putting the garden in though the spinach and peas are coming up nicely.

May 21, 2012 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger ~ Janis said...

Lettuce, peas, sunflowers, pumpkins and pole beans are up and smiling in Northern Vermont! Heavy dew and morning frost keeps me from putting other veggies in.
Got a few very tame, calm, smart pullets at the chicken swap yesterday. Photos on my blog soon! www.tailgait.blogspot.com

May 21, 2012 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger horse newbie said...

We usually don't start planting till this coming weekend to ensure that we miss all the cold snaps. But we started putting in potatoes and a few other things a couple weeks ago, and the strawberry bed got a good weeding and re-organization.

May 21, 2012 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger tngaston said...

I just saw your post about full-time working on the farm: awesome! I think it's fantastic when people can work exactly how they want to; I'm still sorting that out. :)

Our urban garden is going pretty well, although it looks like we're going to have far more hot peppers than anything else. Tomatoes are looking good, too, though!

May 21, 2012 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Ruby said...

I started seeds this year for the first time. May have transplanted too early. They were all dead within four days. Bought plants again. Will try again next year after some research. Love reading about life on your farm.

May 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Hello Jenna,

Today we are planting the rest of our tomato plants, approx. 300 left. Tomatillos today as well if we have/make the time. I think I have 68 of those left to go in the dirt. We are starting our dream this year. We are greenhorns ourselves. I have to say I try to read your blog everyday. You are very brave, and I am amazed at the life you live. You are truly inspiring and I wish you the best. I did learn about the greenhorns from your blog and I did a little research, now I can not wait until I see the movie and read the book. Truly inspiring as well. Makes me feel good. Have a wonderful day Jenna!

Melissa

May 21, 2012 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger MIB said...

Hey, Jenna. We actually did work on raised beds this weekend and started storing hay that was just baled. We also took our new riding/buggy horse to the trainers--YEAH! Would love thos books. :-)

May 21, 2012 at 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

So far my garden consists of chives, dill, basil, mint, thyme, and rhubarb planting in pots on the retaining wall in back of my apartment. But...this week I should be getting access to a community garden plot, and there will be tomatoes, chard, kale, lettuce, spinach, beans, and whatever other delights I can fit in.

May 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peas and potatoes and shallots are in. Tomatoes, beans, squash are still in the greenhouse. Hopefully the weather will warm enough this week to get them in along with cilantro, basil and some other herbs. The raspberries and blueberries are looking goog and strawberries should produce soon. Takinga sheep 101 class in June to learn about raising heritage breeds. Also learning to spin. You are an inspiration.
eileen hileman (mehileman@yahoo.com)

May 21, 2012 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Karen Rickers said...

Hey Jenna! Glad the Plan B workshop was so rewarding for all.

I'm going to be putting some herbs (basil, rosemary, thyme) in today, and next week, some tomato plants (container gardening). I'm just learning about this stuff ... I'm better with livestock than with vegetables! :-D But my rhubarb is doing great, and I'm enjoying the local asparagus. Did you know asparagus is good for your urinary tract? Not just tasty, but medicinal as well. Love that.

Good luck with the archery. I think of you sometimes when I play the guitar, which I took up again after being inspired by your dulcimer and fiddle workshops. :-D

K.

May 21, 2012 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger ladyfarrier said...

This years "garden" includes much corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash for the farm market stand. I planted buckwheat for the bees, and wildflowers for me :-).

Last night we got a tenth of an inch of rain, which might have saved all of the above, but didn't really "cure" our desperate lack of rain here in central Illinois.

Plans for the week include integrating the 25 young pullets into the egg-laying flock, and driving my mare as much as possible. Hope you have a good week also, marking the days off on your "almost free" calendar :-).

May 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Sue S. said...

Hello Jenna, This is timely as I finished "Made from Scratch" yesterday and found your information interesting and useful. I have two donkeys I am thinking of cart training. I liked the words "gee" and "haw" that you used with your dogs and the cart. Thanks for introducing so many new subjects to us in your blog.

May 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Jeane said...

We are eating peas, rhubarb and strawberries. The lettuce is bolting and almost done- it's a rare year when I get garden lettuce and tomatoes in the same salad- my tomato plants are just starting to flower now. Turnips are almost ready to pull- it's the first time I've grown them and I'm curious if I can find enough dishes with turnips that my kids will eat!

I would love to read Greenhorns.

May 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Sage said...

It's been a busy spring. I have a darling three week old baby, but hubs and I have still managed to plant peas, tomatoes, peppers, beans, basil, lettuce, and carrots! And yesterday I checked on my bees- all is well in the hive.

May 21, 2012 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger DarcC said...

I just built a second raised bed and cut the lumber for a third. I put in 3 kinds of tomatoes, watermelon, lots of cucumbers (the chickens love them!), spaghetti squash, acorn squash, peas, pole beans, eggplant, broccoli, and I think that's it :)

May 21, 2012 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Noël McNeil said...

Yay...I would LOVE to have these books! This past weekend, my hubby, kids and I worked in our garden getting ready to plant. We leveled, tilled, added to, and had fun preparing our garden for yummies to start growing. Thanks for doing this giveaway!!! Check out my blog and see what we did. :)

www.theshepherdsfarm.blogspot.com

May 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous cowgirl said...

What a nice giveaway!

I'm raking hay today...glad I have a tractor with a cab because it's cold and windy!

I certainly need more books (always!). I'm finally reading "Righteous Porkchop", and finishing up "Robinson Crusoe" (haven't read it since about 1970!).

May 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I just finished your book "Made from Scratch" this morning. Loved it and feel very inspired! Nothing is growing right now, except for some flower seeds my 5 year old daughter planted (she was born with a green thumb!). I'm going out this morning to get supplies to start a small container garden.

Liz

May 21, 2012 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger JizzleK said...

This week, my garden is being put in at our new place!!! Bring on the composted sheep manure!

May 21, 2012 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Bountiful Roses said...

my husband and I are 58 and just got 5 acres! We are transitioning from conventional farmed to sustainable. We have fruit trees and cover crop planted there. It is a lot of work preparing the soil. We have spread alot of woodchips and straw! Plus we have our Urban Farm with produce and chickens. You are an inspiration to us!

May 21, 2012 at 9:51 AM  
Anonymous rachel said...

Well, you know we've been in urban Japan for 2 years now, building up ginormous barn heart!! But we finally did get two bins growing...arugula, herbs and strawberries in one and my sweet girl's flower bed in the other...we're farming now!

May 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Carissa Kennedy said...

I've got a mini herb garden in a half wine barrel going at my lil apartment and have some veggies to transplant at (my very kind friends) raised garden beds!

May 21, 2012 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Joyful said...

This year's garden isn't going so well. Our fostered St. Bernard dug thru all of my plants and ate whatever she could find! :(:(

May 21, 2012 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Joyful said...

Our container garden is in dismal shape! Our foster St. Bernard dug thru all the pots and ate anything that was green :(

May 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

My husband and I are retired from working outside the home. I babysit our 7 year old & 5 year old twin grandsons and my husband takes care of our 40 chickens, 2 dogs & our log cabin. We have a large garden (potatoes & peas have been planted) and this weekend we will be planting tomatoes, broccoli, beans, onions, cauliflower, cukes, watermelons & sunflowers. We hope that we can share our harvest with family & we will be planting an extra amount for our local food pantry. I love to read books on self-sufficiency and homesteading so I would love to own one of the books mentioned. My hubby & I are retired but busy trying to be homesteaders.
I am proud of you for making the decision to work for yourself. You will never regret it!!

May 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Michelle Huddleston said...

My Daughter-in-law just loves you and I would love to win thee for her.

May 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM  
Anonymous shannon b. said...

I've been a lurker for some time and love your blog and books. I'm just a few years older than you and single. I have the dream of owning a small farm someday (saving my pennies). I get weird looks for my love of farming. Watching you do it is inspiring!

May 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Lyssa said...

This week I'm drawing up plans for better rabbit housing! Hopefully it won't be too expensive to build.

May 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger CheshyrCat said...

I have a fantastic set of peas growing by the backs steps, and the most stunted set of spinaches ever also growing. My garden is bipolar this year. I hope yours is much much better now that you'll have more time to devote to CAF!

May 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

Hi Jenna, congraulations on your full time farming. I envy you so much. Just planted a few tomatoes, its almost to hot here in arizona to plant this late, but Ill try.

May 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

congratulations on your full time farming job. I really envy you. I have planted a couple of tomatoes but it is getting to hot here in Az to plant much of anything.

May 21, 2012 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I am growing sweet corn, tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, summer squash, red and white potatoes, lettuce, carrots, onions, green pole beans and strawberries. I don't think I missed anything...

May 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Hi, Jenna,

This year, I am embracing the saying "do what you can with what you have where you are" and have created quite a little jungle on my small, rented courtyard patio.

I have containers full of goodness and deliciousness: 7 types of tomatoes, jalepenos, bell peppers, eggplant, garlic, sweet mint, genovese basil, lemon balm, lavender, thyme, parsley, rosemary, and arugula. It's just amazing what one can grow in such a limited space with a little effort!

I have been cheering for you from afar, and am so happy for all your successes. Watching your determination, diligence, and perseverance gives me courage and inspiration to take steps in my own life. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, your readers.

By the way, I, too, am a new archer. I started several months ago, and just love it!

May 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Emily said...

My little urban wine box container garden is exploding with broccoli, peas, lettuce, swiss chard, green onions, and sunflowers. The tomato and cucumber seedlings are happily sunning themselves on the balcony here in Philly. This weekend, however, has nothing to do with gardening...and everything to do with Bluegrass. Off to Delfest!

May 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM  
OpenID nobohomestead said...

Hey Jenna- my lettuce, peas and rhubarb are growing well in my garden at the moment. Also was putting the finishing touches on my chicken tractor this weekend and let my 3 ladies I picked up at your chicken workshop last month play in the great outdoors! :)

May 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger MarikoMS said...

Hi Jenna! You have been such an inspiration to me. I have all your books and have been reading your blog for years... This year I finally planted! Just some tomatoes and peppers but with plans to put in some square foot gardening beds in the few sunny spots in my yard for fall planting. :) Every time I walk out to tend my plants I can't believe I'M growing things... It feels pretty good. THANK YOU!!

May 21, 2012 at 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Allispin said...

What a great giveaway! We don't have much of a garden due to poor light conditions in our yard, but we do have herbs and lettuce growing potted inside in a sunny room. Looking forward as well to the CSA goodies that we are going to be receiving this year!

May 21, 2012 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Off to the office, but not for too much longer, and good for you. I would love to receive the books, and have followed your blog for several months, thanks to Jon Katz... I only grow flowers but lots of them, the irises are in bloom now and beautiful, the peonies (which were my grandfather's) are ready to open; they are my favorite of all...

May 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM  
Anonymous tand12165@yahoo.com said...

you are proving you don't need 40 acres and a mule..just a 5 gal bucket and a spoon..pleasure reading you blog...

May 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

I transplanted some squash plants (acorn and pumpkin). I planted the cucumbers and this coming weekend, the tomatoes will finally go in! Herbs are in and doing very well! Five hens are laying five eggs a day! So far, so good!

May 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

My plan for this week is to finish my planting (I have onions, radishes, carrots, and sunflowers to plant still), but I've already gotten my main vegetable garden up and running, a little container garden going, and a small dye garden patch (Japanese Indigo). Last year was my first attempt at a real garden, and it wasn't terribly successful due to weather and poor planning, but this year will hopefully be way better!

May 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Off to the office, but not for too much longer, and good for you. I would love to receive the books, and have followed your blog for several months, thanks to Jon Katz... I only grow flowers but lots of them, the irises are in bloom now and beautiful, the peonies (which were my grandfather's) are ready to open; they are my favorite of all...

May 21, 2012 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

Peas and lettuce are up. Had fresh asparagus and radishes last night. Worked on getting some more of the garden planted yesterday. We were also busy getting corn and pumpkins planted in our fields. My 20 new chicks were moved to an outside cage and growing fast! Would love to win a book.

May 21, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Pit Stop Farm said...

Well, the plan for this week is to prepare and plant the "north" garden. The "south" garden was tilled earlier in the season and has potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and peppers. However, when I went to till the north garden, the tractor completely died. I finally found a decent (affordable) used tractor this weekend, so hopefully I'll get things in order. Then, about 30 yards of manure will be tilled under, and everything else will be planted: beans, corn, squash, tomato, melons, pumpkins...the list goes on. With the tractor out of commission, I did manage to plant 16 fruit trees and about 150 feet of raspberry and blackberry plants. Still have 20 seedless grape vines waiting to be planted too. Additionally, I'm still trying to find my mini-nubian does....

May 21, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger barnowl1702 said...

Hi! Congrats on your big decision! Growing the usual this year but also added Padron peppers which we are really excited about. They are delicious! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway.

May 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

Peas and lettuce are up. Had fresh asparagus and radishes last night. Worked on getting some more of the garden planted yesterday. We were also busy getting corn and pumpkins planted in our fields. My 20 new chicks were moved to an outside cage and growing fast! Would love to win a book.

May 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Spent the weekend getting tomatoes and an assortment of herbs in the ground! Thanks for the giveaway!

May 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

I'd love a pile of good books to read when I haul myself off my knees and finally stagger to a nice soft surface. I'm lifting the nasty cheap vinyl tiles from my floor, stripping, scraping, scrubbing the glue and finally sealing and polishing the concrete. Then I can maneuver the bed downstairs and maybe hold off on turning the ac on for a few more days. The garden just has to wait it's turn.

May 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Spent the weekend getting tomatoes and an assortment of herbs in next to our spinach and kale! Thanks for the giveaway!

May 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Mepbeet said...

Thanks, in part, to your book, we are busy getting a little coop ready and are about to become backyard chicken keepers! The garden may be a bit neglected this summer. :)

May 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger bookkm said...

I planted an amazing leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, radishes, peas and some bush beans - so far. The rabbits are enjoying the peas - sigh. But the lettuce is lush and lovely.

May 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

I just finished planting my garden, and the rest of the week is spent preparing for a meat rabbit 101 workshop that I'm teaching! Oh yeah, and I have a goat due to kid any day now, so I'm keeping an eye on her too...

I would LOVE to have the Greenhorns book!!!

May 21, 2012 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger RuralLegend said...

Hi there! Our plans for this year are still a work in progress -- delayed by the imminent birth of my son. We'll get something in, but sadly no freedom rangers for us this year.

May 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Renman said...

Planted all heirloom tomatoes, squash, pumpkin, potatoes, onions. Looking forwards to a great harvest!

May 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Good morning Jenna...I don't ususally post for giveaways, but I'd really like to be entered in this one!

Our little kitchen garden is finally in, and we've got lettuce, green onions, rainbow chard, carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and green beans. All are heirloom varieties, and are growing nicely. We also planted spinach and snap peas, but due to the unseasonably warm spring they didn't do too well...maybe we'll have better luck in the fall.

The chicks will be going out into coop overnight tonight, for the first time. We're down to two(it's been a rough spring) so I'm a little nervous. But we know it's predator proof, and we've got heat and light out there for them, so I'm hoping they'll do ok.

The rest of the week will be dedicated to spring cleaning the house(it'll be nice to get our master bath back from the chicks :) ) and general yard maintenence.

May 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger ebwhite said...

The squirrels have eaten most of the apples, but there is a bumper crop of onions ready to harvest. I have taken your advice and done a bit of bartering. A friend's tomatos and my herbs will make a great pasta sauce. EBW

P.S. As a librarian, I would love to add more books to my library.

May 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger ebwhite said...

The squirrels have eaten most of the apples, but there is a bumper crop of onions ready to harvest. I have taken your advice and done a bit of bartering. A friend's tomatos and my herbs will make a great pasta sauce. EBW

P.S. As a librarian, I would love to add more books to my library.

May 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger laurie said...

Tomorrow is chick day. 26 Cornish Cross and 3 Embden goslings. I've decided these will be the last batch of chicks I pay for. While they don't get as big my Orpington cross chicks are plenty big enough for the two of us. Also, when there are just a couple to butcher DH handles it, thus saving us more money. I'm starting to change my thinking on our little homestead.

May 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Hey Jenna,
Tilled the garden yesterday so it is ready for planting. Potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, kohlrabi,pumpkins,peppers, dill, basil etc... already have strawberries and horseradish that are taking over the garden! Can't wait to get started! Getting 2 lab puppies in July and planning to have chickens next spring. Thanks Jenna for giving me so much hope!! :) Shelley

May 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Would love to have some new pages for inspiration. Our garden is coming along, peas, greens, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, beets, potatoes and squash. Still green beans and cucumbers left to plant and some herbs
Thanks for doing a giveaway!

May 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

HI Jenna, thanks for another giveaway!!! I would love to read the books I don't have, and give the others as gifts. Here in Upstate NY we had frost last week, so only just planting now. First year trying llama poo from a neighbors farm, as fertilizer apparently the polite term for the pellets is 'beans'! So far we have only harvested parsley and chives, but the spinach seeds are coming through. We planted seedlings from our farmers market yesterday - hot peppers, squash, bush beans, runner beans, peas, celery, corn, tomatoes, basil. All is fenced off to stop the rabbits eating it! We also planted sweet pea, and petunias for the hummingbirds and bees, as our bee balm and lavendar wont be flowering for a while yet. Plans for the rest of the week involve daily watering and weeding - after the frost now we have temps in the 80's!. Hannah

May 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Hello! This weeks plans include transplanting my grandparents lilac bush to our farm, picking veggie matter out of fleeces so I can pack them away to await the fair this summer, trimming hooves and cleaning pens. Then getting ready for Memorial weekend - We participate in The Feast of the Ste. Clair, a historical encampment of the fur trade era.

May 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger MB said...

I have my garden in full production - even have pictures on my blog. You inspired me. You are still inspiring me to do more gardening and raising more livestock which is why I am planning on moving out of the suburbs (because they won't allow chickens etc). I would love to be entered for a chance to win some books from you. Thank you for opening your life to all of us.

May 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Hello! This weeks plans include transplanting my grandparents lilac bush to our farm, picking veggie matter out of fleeces so I can pack them away to await the fair this summer, trimming hooves and cleaning pens. Then getting ready for Memorial weekend - We participate in The Feast of the Ste. Clair, a historical encampment of the fur trade era.

May 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Hello! This weeks plans include transplanting my grandparents lilac bush to our farm, picking veggie matter out of fleeces so I can pack them away to await the fair this summer, trimming hooves and cleaning pens. Then getting ready for Memorial weekend - We participate in The Feast of the Ste. Clair, a historical encampment of the fur trade era.

May 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Patty Woodland said...

My hubby planted tomatoes, corn, eggplant, melons, beets, onions, shallots, beans, snowpeas, broccoli, cauliflower and something else I'm sure.
thank you

May 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM  
Anonymous Megan Long said...

Hi Jenna,

I've been following your blog for a while now, but this is my first comment. Can't tell you how inspiring it is to hear that you are quitting your day job and farming full time!! So excited for you. And I think you've even inspired me to get back on a horse, after a 20 year absence. This week in my garden I'm planting more carrots and beets.

May 21, 2012 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

HI! I enjoy reading of all your adventures! Keep doing what you so obviously love.

May 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Zoë said...

This weekend I inoculated mushroom logs, planted some potatoes and squash (a little early, but it's been so warm I figured I could spare a few seeds just in case!), and, most excitingly, RICE! Thanks for the giveaway :)

May 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Hound Doggy said...

HI!. Thanks for the chance to get these great books.

May 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

Can't plant this year :( But buying boxes after next payday to start packing up the porch stuff. We're not moving til December, but it'll be one less thing. Also dedicating myself to as much local and organic food as possible, as my cardiologist just told me to lose weight. Thanks for the opportunity, Jenna!

May 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Paulette said...

I am growing stevia for the first time this year. Aparently, because of the plant's competition with artificial sweeteners, Monsanto pressured the FDA to hold off on its approval. Can you say, BIG BUSINESS?

May 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM  

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