Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Garden Book Review and Giveaway!

Startle Garden by Carole West is my new favorite book. As soon as you open the book, you will be drawn in by Carole's passion for gardening, a wealth of useful information, and beautiful photos.  CLICK HERE to buy it on Amazon. affliate link

(To win a copy, see instructions at the bottom of this post.)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1541377729/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=busy067-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1541377729&linkId=d5dd90cdab878991403691b63b664a69

While it is the perfect book for the novice gardener, it is so much more than that. This is not just a book to read, but rather a book to DO as you go.  Carole includes detailed instructions about a wide variety of topics from building a raised bed garden to creating healthy soil to sprouting seeds and bringing in the harvest.  I love that Carole emphasizes adding beauty and flair to the garden with eye-catching flowers, attractive growing containers, and cute garden signs. 


This is a book you will not want to skim.  Both the novice and experienced gardener can glean nuggets of inspiration from each page.  Carole is giving away this book to one of my readers.  Simply leave a comment below, telling something about your experience with or love of gardening.  I will randomly select the winner on Tuesday, February 14th.  Good luck!




31 comments:

  1. I love to feel and smell the dirt when I garden. It makes me feel grounded. The book looks to be very inspirational!

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    1. I know just what you mean. I love getting my hands in the dirt. --Jennifer

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  2. Thank you so much Jennifer for doing this you're simply awesome! Sending it out to my readers today!!

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

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  3. Thank you for sharing this book, it looks to be fun, with fresh and inspiring ideas! My husband and I had a beautiful garden many years ago and then we moved and we haven't made the time to make a new one. My John is the one with the green thumb and natural interest ( he loves planting and seeing the fruits of his labor,. He just has been too tired from working very long hours. )) He did plant over15 trees on our property for shade ,protection from the wind and aesthetic. We love them.
    I have found myself waiting for him to have the time as more and more time goes by. This book just may be the inspiration I need to start our garden myself!

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  4. Last year I was able to quit my job which gave me time to tackle my yard. I'm not a fan of lawns of grass. Am slowly working my way to having flowers everywhere instead of grass. I even got compliments from my neighbors.

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    1. Sounds like it's going to be beautiful! --Jennifer

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  5. Another gardening book on the market is always welcome in my eyes. They're my favorite type to collect and add to my home "library". I cherish each and every one of them. Carole West's Startle Garden looks so curious.

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  6. I love gardening and I enjoy Carole's blog, it is so inspiring. Carole is so down to earth and explains things so simply. I love growing all kinds of plants, some which are bloomers and some which are not. Every plant has its own uniqueness, different from all others, just like people. I like working in my garden, and the personal satisfaction is so pleasant and its is a relaxing place to be. Gardening allow one to think, get away from the world, be inspired and creative. Gardening teaches us so much. I am anxious to read Carol's book and be inspired and in turn share it with my gardening friends.

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    1. I so agree with you. There's something so calming about working in the garden. --Jennifer

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  7. This year my garden is going to be more interesting instead of just being utilitarian. My grandkids are of an age now to experience the wonders of a garden. I'm hoping they will have good memories of it later like I have of my grammas garden! So I need ideas!

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    1. This would not let me comment as me!

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    2. Hi Lynne. Nothing like a garden to bring families together.

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  8. I'm trying to garden in deer country. Ugh!

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    1. Oh, goodness! I have done that before and it's not easy. :)

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  9. My favorite thing about gardening is reaping the rewards. There's nothing like a fresh tomato sandwich with the tomato still warm from the sun. Yummy!

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    1. It's that the greatest? I love saying, "I'm going outside to pick a salad."

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  10. Oh this looks great! My dad would be SHOCKED that I'm now interested in beginning a garden ;) He couldn't get me near it as a kid! Of course I wouldn't eat veggies back then either, but love them now. Funny how things change...

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    1. Sounds familiar. I didn't like veggies as a kid. I never really knew what a tomato tasted like until I gardened and had a fresh one!

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  11. I don't have very much experience with gardening. I have grown various types of tomatoes in pots on my patio. Last year I tried planting in a raised garden that my husband made. I grew tomatoes, and some peppers. I really could use some help. The book looks so informative with illustrations, how to tips and giving advice on how to plant a garden that would work well. I would love to plant a small memorial garden for my son that died last March 14. Enjoy your channels.

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    1. This is definitely a great book for beginners. So sorry to hear about your son, Rachel. What a difficult thing to go through. A memorial garden would be a lovely tribute to him.

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  12. Gardening is my way to healthy, fresh, sustainable living!

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing your life with us all! I have learned so much from your gardening videos on your My Flagstaff Home channel. I live in Flag and thanks to your videos and tips I had my best garden to date, last year. (and you know how tricky that can be here) I garden with my two little kiddos (6 & 3) and it has been such a blessing for them experience the magic of tending their own crops. To actually plant a seed and then months later be able to run out into the garden and pick fresh tomatoes is a dream for them! Thanks again for all the amazing videos, and all the gardening love!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that my videos helped you garden in Flagstaff. It was 8 years of trial and error for me and was fun to share my successes. Glad your kids loved gardening, too. I use to be a classroom teacher and doing a plants/seeds/garden unit was always a favorite with me and the kids.

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  14. My backyard is truly my happy place! Right now it may be covered in 14 inches of snow, but I can still look out my kitchen window and picture what is coming with Spring. Vegetables, raised bed herb garden, and annuals. But best of all my perrenials! We have lived in this house for over 40 years, so when I see my flowers come out of the eart every Spring it is like an old friend returning! Looking forward to seeing your brand new garden, Jen. I'm sure you will use some of the great ideas from your new book.

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    1. I felt the same way in Flagstaff... dreams of green. I'll bet your perrenials are just lovely.

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