Favorite Garden Blogs + Giveaway

oats and peas in the garden

Oats and peas cover crop on a frosty morning in the garden.

This week is officially one year since I launched my blog and website. A lot of things happen in a year. I quit my job at a non-profit, traveled to Africa for two months, started my business and put my house up for sale. And that list is just for starters – I also spent a lot of time focused on The Creative Vegetable Gardener and what I want the business to look like. There are changes afoot, including a new workbook, online workshop and classes for next year. But before we rush into 2014, I want to take a moment to say Thank You! It is such a joy for me to write these blog posts. Sitting down at my computer to reflect upon the marvelous wonder of gardening and brainstorming ways I can share my experiences with you so that they benefit your garden are some of my favorite times of the week. Thank you for giving me the gift of your eyes and brain for a brief time each week as we travel down the garden path together.

In honor of this happy anniversary I’d like to share with you three of my favorite garden blogs. Every blog writer has her own blogs that she follows and I am no exception.  And it’s also time for a giveaway at the end of the post!

Margaret Roach’s blog, A Way to Garden, is a voluminous and richly detailed body of work. She lives a rural life in upstate New York and has gardened on her property for 25 years (mostly on the weekends for 20 of them while commuting from her garden editor job in NYC). Besides writing about vegetable growing she delves into the lives of the insects and animals on her property, shares her favorite food preservation tips and educates readers on her favorite trees, shrubs and perennial flowers. She has also written several books and records a weekly radio show with some of the who’s who of the garden world.

Erica writes NW Edible Life from a suburban 1/3 acre outside of Seattle. She has a quick wit and a no apologies way of writing about various topics from gardening to cooking to motherhood. Although I’ve never met her in person, her writing style seems to be uniquely her – raw honesty mixed with a touch of brashness, a heap of thoughtfulness and a pinch of cursing. It’s a refreshing read in a blogging world that tends to present a sugar coated version of life (and the garden).

Heidi Swanson’s visually stunning food blog, 101 Cookbooks, draws out the beauty and flavor of simply prepared foods with expert photography and healthy, fresh recipes. You can search by ingredient, which is one of my favorite features of the site. Some of my all-time favorite recipes have come from her blog and cookbooks, two of which I am making tonight (here and here). As an added bonus you get to hear about life in San Francisco and share in her adventurous travels all over the world.

What I love about these sites is that all three women are living their passions, making mistakes along the way and sharing their knowledge with their readers to enrich our lives. I can only hope that you get as much pleasure from my blog as I get from theirs!

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    If you have preserved your garden’s vegetables by dehydration, which vegetables (and varieties of them) have you found most rewarding? (and any related tips)

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    Megan – First, congrats on your first year anniversary! I recently found you and love reading your posts.

    Second, I’m always looking into ways to preserve foods from the garden – particularly freezing (and not canning) or simply storing. I would love more insight into that area.

    Thanks!

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    Hi Megan. Congratulations on your first year. Your blog is so inspirational!

    I would like to know more about dealing with black walnut toxicity. What can be done? Is it even possible to grow vegetables (and grow them well) in a yard with black walnut trees?

    Thanks!

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    Congratulations on your year anniversary! Way to go.
    My question is:
    if a potted plant has mites or other harmful bugs, is it necessary to discard the dirt as well as the plant if you can’t get rid of the invaders?
    Are there any ways to safeguard a potted plant against these little pests?

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    My biggest problem is STINK BUGS and their close cousins shield bugs. Besides hand squashing, nothing seems to help. And they run so fast that hand squashing is difficult. Any ideas on controlling them?

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    I have enjoyed your first year, both in blog and in the preservation class I took at Whole Foods. I also appreciate the links to your favorite blogs. I have been following Margaret Roach since you mentioned her in the class, and I am trying out her herb-freezing methods for my parsley and chives. I’ll let you know how it goes.
    Can you give some more details about radical early planting? I’d like to dedicate a test plot in my raised bed gardens for super early spring veggies. I think very healthy indoor-started seedlings and the right covers are going to be key…. Thanks for all you do!

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    I’m wondering how to keep pumpkins and zucchini from cross pollinating. We inevitably end up with some lovely looking yellow zucchini but with very hard “shells.” It never seems to happen with the green zucchini for some reason. Any thoughts?

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    Christie Balch

    Hi Megan! Congrats on your anniversary – love the blog! I’d love to get your advice on planning a beautiful garden. I get a lot of food out of my garden each year but I always plant it pretty haphazardly and I think it could look better with a bit of planning. Also, I never know how to space things – the seed packets usually differ in terms of what I’ve seen on farms so I’m not sure if I should split the difference or be aggressive or what. Thanks!

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    I would like more ideas for making our small yard, which is mostly garden or fruit trees, even more grandchildren friendly. peace & gratitude for your work!

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    I love to read your blog and play around in our garden. When I first got started, I assumed that gardening would be a way to save money, but I’m finding that now I have a garden up and running, I’m still spending a lot on seedlings, compost, mulch, etc. Our compost pile doesn’t grow fast enough. What are some ways to save money when gardening? Where can decent quality compost or mulch for the garden be found for a low price in the Madison area? Thank you!

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    Congrats on the Anniversary! I would love to learn more about seed saving and also garden planning. making a rotation happen that keeps the garden harvestable for a long season is still eluding me.

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    How can i grow onions like you?

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    Hi Megan,
    Congrats on your first year!
    My question is about cover crops:
    When to plant cover crops (during the growing season/over winter?) and how to manage them to get the most benefit from planting them. I planted rye mid-summer and it didn’t seem to work out well.
    Thanks!

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    Your blog and your photos have been a great resource and source of inspiration — thank you! One question I have for the coming year is how to best use a garden spot that only gets partial sun and also stays fairly moist. What might you plant there and, vice versa, what would you avoid? Thanks!

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    how can i grow leeks like you?

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    Hello Megan! Congrats on your first year. I just started reading recently and am loving your blog. Great job! I would love to know about seed saving.

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    Ditto on the onions. I’ve only been successful with already started seedlings; I’ve tried from seed a few times and haven’t had any luck.

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    Megan – congrats on this milestone! I would like to hear more about companion planting. what to plant with what, and why. thanks!

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    Congratulations. Your blog is so inspiring!

    I would love to learn more about bugs the good and the bad.
    Crops that are shade friendly.

    I would also like to know which crops you find the most rewarding.

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    Megan Cain - The Creative Vegetable Gardener

    Hi All- I used a random number generator and Gina is the winner! Thanks to you all for reading the blog and commenting on this post.

    Megan

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    Megan First congrats for anniversary. I wish, You go long with your blog and gardening. I also checked your others posts that are inspired to gardening. . I am following you all the time.thanks

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