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Enter to Win the Book, "I Garden: Urban Style" Co-Authored by Michael Nolan



Here it is! Scissors & Drumsticks’ first product give away! We are happy and pleased with the response we have gained from our readers and social media friends only after starting this blog in May 2010 and we want to reward one of you lucky folks with the new gardening book “I Garden: Urban Style.” We have had a lot of help from many like minded folks who are not only readers but who are also bloggers like Andrew Odom (Tiny Revolution) - Misty Scanlon (Soapbox Superstar) - Michael Nolan (Garden Rock star) Mike Lieberman (Urban Organic Gardener).     


Gardening fits numerous lifestyles across many scales including traditional farmers, backyard gardeners, hobbyists, & container gardeners. The book “I Garden: Urban Style” focuses on the many ways and locations one can grow enough food to sustain themselves or a number of people in an area. The colorful pages are adorned with pictures and easy to use ideas, methods, and tools used by Urban Gardeners across the nation in almost every setting. There is also focus on re-purposing certain items you may already have around your home to plant some of your food. They have even included some great recipes (pictures included)at the back of the book for cooking fresh from your growing area. So, whether you live in a sixteen story building with a fire escape or have an area in your suburban lot/yard, or a small farm even this book is for you. Entry for this contest is as simple as leaving a comment on this posting. Let’s see the rules for this give away contest.      


  • Eligibility-Must live in the Continental US
  • Entry-Comment on this post explaining what you would like to grow, currently grow, what books you have read that inspired you-Empty comments will not be counted
  • Contest Start-Now! Today! February 23, 2011
  • Contest End-March 2, 2011 @ 1159p.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • Winner Announced & Notified-March 4, 2011

Tips to increase your chances to win:     

  • E-mail this contest to your friends and family and make sure they enter with hopes of them winning to keep the book in your circle
  • Enter for your friends and family
  • Comment as much as you like without duplicating your response

Spread the word!     

This is a one week long contest and we want the comments section on this post to be full of your ideas. You’d be surprised at how your comment may inspire another, or cause you to be inspired by someone else, as that’s what this is all about. Share the knowledge and encourage!   

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Good Luck!

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Comment by me on February 24, 2011 at 5:06pm
I don't have a lot of space, but I would like to try and grow wheat this year, just to see how much space I would need to supply my need for bread for a year.  I currently grow all my vegetables and hopefully my fruit trees will produce this year.  The book I really like is "Four Season Harvest" by Eliot Coleman.
Comment by Erica L Kroll on February 26, 2011 at 11:04am
I have a 1/3 acre lot in Columbia Missouri.  We have only moved into town (from a farm) in the past 2 years and just replaced our foundation, so not much gardening in this location yet.  This is our first year for urban gardening and have plans for corn, beans, squash, peppers, tomatoes, peas, carrots, broccoli, onions, garlic, etc.....  Also, I'm an herbalist and grow tons of medicinal and culinary herbs for my salves, tinctures and teas....all processed on site.  I have many urban homesteading books including the one by Knutzen and Coyne, "Food Not Lawns", tons of herbal texts, permacutlure and organic gardening texts.
Comment by Erica L Kroll on February 26, 2011 at 11:05am
and i'm ALWAYS looking for new inspiration and books to read!
Comment by Jennifer Jill Greenfield on February 26, 2011 at 11:20am

I consider myself an advanced-beginner gardener.  I grow year round so right now I am enjoying Russian Red Kale, Rocky Top lettuce mix, and a few kinds of swiss chard.  That's outside.  Inside I have micro-greens and sprouts growing.  I have 6 different tomato and at least as many pepper seed starts right now under grow lights.  I initially learned to garden, especially winter garden from Ginger Zucchino in Cary, NC.  But I've taken inspiration from Eliot Coleman, his wife Barbara, Mel from Square Foot Gardening and Grow Magazine.  I love learning new techniques to boost my confidence and enhance my harvest bounty.  I'm taking a permaculture workshop next weekend, which I'm very happy about.  Happy gardening. 


Comment by Melanie Paige on February 26, 2011 at 12:37pm
Hi! I love to flower garden and am kinda sorta new to vegetable gardening.  I grew up with parents who always had big vegi gardens but last year was my first year to plant my own. Unfortunately we had to leave town from June to August and left the garden to fend for itself. It was a weed jungle when we got home but still ended up with some squash, 19 pumpkins and 14 foot sunflowers! I hope to keep up with it better this year. Might give potatoes a shot too.
Comment by Stacie Beyrodt on February 26, 2011 at 12:50pm
I garden in Montana with a very short season, and I am always looking for new ideas.  I like the idea of using what I already have to create new garden spots or some interest in the current garden.  This book looks very interesting. 
Comment by James Kearns on February 26, 2011 at 10:49pm

James Kearns

Pawtucket, RI 02861

What I would like to grow:  Mushrooms

What I Grow: Tomatoes, peppers, cucs, squash, zucc, watermelon, mojo bananas, lettuce mix, broccoli, peas, asparagus,  and few I have yet to decide i gained a few more square feet. 

Latest book is: Square Foot Gardening

inspired me and was able to gain another  100 square feet.

Comment by scrappy buttons on February 28, 2011 at 10:30pm
I would like to grow carrots this year like the lady does on the hill, just out of town....Mostly I have grown tomatoes and strawberries...I have such a mole problem that I have given up on a garden in my yard..This year I would like to try growing some vegies in hay bales, containers and potatoes in a square foot.  The kid in me want a big pumpkin too....I read garden blogs and Mother Earth magizine.
Comment by Melissa on March 2, 2011 at 12:24am
We have just a little bit over an acre. Just moved in last July so this will be our first full summer here. I try to grow a little bit of everything. I seem to be most successful at tomatoes, green beans, radishes, lettuce, and zuchinni. Would like to learn to do a better job growing carrotts and melons. Seem to be at a constant battle with squash bugs. Current book is Square Foot Gardening. Trying to figure out if that's somethig I want to try. For me it's tough to see beyond what I'm doing now since it works for us. My goal is to limit my dependance on our local grocery store. My recent addiction is canning blogs.
Comment by Theresa Byer on March 2, 2011 at 10:22am

We garden organically and hydroponically~Our footprint of land is 50 feet by 100 feet.  Yep, that includes Tindel Den Cottage~ :)


Our dear Neighbor, Mr. Jeff, donated a piece of ground to let us play in the dirt more!  We grow all of our herbs~Parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary, basil, culantro, garlic chives, oregano and a lovely bay leaf bush that lives right outside our front door.  :)


Carrots, beets, elephant garlic, and an onion that we call Miz Wilson's as this wonderful gal of 90 years young has shared her "seeds" for us grace our table daily~This spring here in West Central Florida finds us awaiting our first harvest of sugar snap peas.  I sometimes sit on a recycled chair and watch them grow.  Well, I think about sitting!  :)  Our cultivated dandelion greens not only provide wonderful greens for us, but for our two Dixie Feathered Chix, too~ :)


Many varieties of tomatoes are awaiting their new home in the ground soon.  We planted them in January to hopefully see a sustainable harvest in May.  Yay!  Tam jalapeno, frittelini, and volunteer Hungarian peppers are going to be planted into our hydroponic towers.  I can hear them growing! 


Swiss chard, collards and assorted leaf lettuces have been our gifts to our neighbors and daughters for celebrations of life in the past month.  A wonderful sense of joy adds to our daily rounds as they come to watch what is growing, too!  :)


A fallen live oak last year not only gave us firewood for our kitchen woodstove(that's another wonderful story), but the tree's footprint left room to plant a Meyer Lemon tree and a homegrown Turkey Fig tree to reach for the sun's rays each day.  The Meyer Lemon Tree is in full bloom.  What a delicious scent spiral around her! 


The rangpor lime, Duncan grapefruit, and my hubby's three year's ago CHRISTmas gift, a red navel tree also bless us with the wonderful spring scent of their blooms.  Last year was a bumper crop of the rangpor lime.  Limeade is my favorite beverage on a hot sultry summer day~


Saved okra seed will be planted soon along with more roselle transplants, and of course, pumpkins, Waltham squash, green beans and my favorite, zucchini squash!  


We hope to add a trio of blackberry bushes this year to savor a blackberry and raw cow's milk dessert that my Mama made years ago.  The pineapple row is growing leaps and bounds and surely will be yummy later this summer. 


Wish you were here!!  Grandma T


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