It hardly seems like four years have gone by since we moved to this house with three boys under the age of four, since we started the garden we wanted to grow, and since we started Grow Your Own. The boys have grown and so has the garden, and this year we have over 400 square feet of edible garden space. As we picked blueberries last month my mind went back to when we first looked at this house and saw the back yard, which though large also had a sizable weed problem. I looked around and envisioned a fence with edibles planted all along it: berries, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and all the other things that we wanted to grow but hadn’t tried yet. I saw nut and fruit trees, and I saw our boys growing up with food all around them, learning about the plants and helping harvest. And we’re making that happen with a lot of work.
So it is a little difficult for me to announce the end of Grow Your Own. I’ve loved the event and reading about what everyone else has grown, foraged, or hunted, but the time has come to end it. We will always promote the ideals behind Grow Your Own and encourage anyone who asks me about starting a garden, and of course we invite you to join us as we continue to share about what we are growing.
We truly appreciate the support you have shown for the event, so as a thank you we’re going to have a giveaway to celebrate four years of growing, hunting, foraging, and sharing.
I am giving away a garden hod, something that we bought for our garden this year and really like. It’s a great tool for harvest, and you can rinse the fruits and vegetables right in the bin with a hose. They come in two sizes and the winner can choose the size you prefer. The large one will hold about 16 quarts of fruits and vegetables and measures 19-¼"L x 11"W x 7-¼"H. The small one will hold about 8 quarts and measures 16"L x 9"W x 5-¼"H. You can read more about garden hods at Yankee Magazine, “What The Heck Is A Garden Hod?”
To enter, leave a comment telling us what you are growing this year, or if you are new to gardening, what you would like to grow. Please make sure your email address is correct so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner. Apologies to my international readers, but the hod can only be shipped within the United States and Canada. The contest closes at 8 P.M. EST on August 13, and Random.org will select the winner. Look for the announcement of the winner in this post and at my Facebook page soon after.
Update August 16, 2011: Congratulations to SharleneT, winner of the garden hod! Thanks to everyone that entered and to everyone that participated in Grow Your Own over the last four years.