Apr 102013

I’m participating in a giant blog Authors in Bloom Blog Hop with big prizes! We’re welcoming in spring. Right now in southern Wisconsin, we’re welcoming it in with rain. But the sun will come out sometime, and we’ll have green grass and budding trees. We don’t like to use chemicals on our lawn, and my husband was researching ways to kill weeds using a natural way. He got very excited to find out that vinegar kills them. So that’s my blog hop gardening tip.

You can find other gardening tips and recipes on the 63 other author bloggers.

For my prize, I’m giving away either a print or digital copy of MIRACLE PIE to a commenter. The print is US only. Read on for the Grand Prize.
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Grand prize:
The Mega-Super-Prize is a Kindle Fire (or Nook) eBook reader.

To enter my giveaway, leave a comment, follow me on twitter, Facebook or subscribe to my newsletter. Once you leave a comment, you’ll be eligible to win our grand prize! Plus there will be 2nd and 3rd prizes drawn. The more sites on the hop you visit and leave a comment, the better your chances to win! And please leave your email address in the comments, so the group organizer can see it.

So tell me, are you a gardener? Or are you more of a cook?

The Authors In Bloom tour ends April 19th at 11:59pm EST. You can find out more at the Authors in Bloom Event Page.

You’ll find other participating sites here. Just click on the cute frog below! The more places you comment, the better your chances to win!

Have fun! Good luck on winning prizes!

  30 Responses to “Big Prizes! Authors in Bloom Blog Hop”

  1. Here in New England we first greeted spring with snow, then some ice and now it seems to be tapering off to rain and finally some sunshine. This week in particular has been quite nice. Fingers crossed it lasts, because I’m hoping to start planting this weekend (at least the starter pots indoors). 🙂

    I love gardening, I love eating, not a big fan of cooking, but to get to the eating part, there’s usually some cooking involved, so I persevere.

    Looking forward to return of the hummingbirds as well. They usually show up in mid to late April.

    • Cathy, we had snow, too. And now rain. It should be good for the inland lakes, which were getting low.

      Fingers crossed for you for the sunshine! And the hummingbirds! I’d love to see sunshine, too.

  2. We’ve used vinegar, too. Unfortunately it also kills grass so you have to be super careful.

  3. Hi Edie I am in Wisconsin too. Near Madison. I did not know you could use vinegar to kill weeds. Great tip,

  4. Hi Edie! Here in Northern Michigan, we’re still knee-deep in winter snow, rather than worrying about gardens and weeds. But even when/if spring does come, we won’t have weeds in our lawn for long… the deer nibble everything before it grows too high. We have a group of them (around 12) that wander down our driveway each morning and every night, and like to make a stop to check out the goodies growing around our lawn. Grrrr… I’ve given up on anything and everything. I now buy silk flowers at WalMart and put them in a tub on my front porch. That, after the deer ate up my pansies one year (stupid deer actually climbed one step up on the porch and nibbled the flower blooms!)

    ~ Kathleen

    • Kathy, we had deer eating up our flowers on our porch one year, too! I can’t remember what I planed last year, but it was better. My husband hates it, though, that the wild turkeys go in the vegetable garden, roll around in the dirt to give themselves a dirt bath – after he’s planted seeds. That does not make him happy.

  5. more of a cook

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  6. I follow you on facebook.
    Thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  7. Edie, I am surprised with things I plant live.
    One year I tossed some bulbs on a pine straw covered spot in my yard. The bulbs had been in a plastic bag and I figured they were mildewed or spoiled. I forgot them until I saw irises growing the next year. Then, after a few years I tried to plant them and most didn’t make it. Go figure.

    • Mary, I’m not surprised at anything you do. You’re a Marvel, after all. 🙂 I imagine you can throw out trash and have them turn into beautiful irises any year.

  8. thanks for the vinegar tip. Sharma Darby rdarby@roadrunner.com

  9. I have to say the weather has been weird this year… I live in NC and I am so happy Spring is all around and blooming but my parents who live in NC still have SNOW crazy i know… Thank you for being part of the hop.


  10. I’m more of a cook but I’ve been thinking of starting a veggie garden.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

    • JanD, I can’t tell you how much I love the tomatoes fresh out of the garden. They even have the hanging tomato planters now, though I’m not sure how they work. My husband bought one this year, so we’ll see. Good luck!

  11. I’ve heard of vinegar as a house cleaner, and apple cider vinegar taken as a health supplement; now it’s a weed-killer, too? It’s apparently a miracle product!

    • Shelley, too funny. I’ve heard all that, too! I’m actually trying to eat very healthy, because natural is much better than having to take pills some day. So if it’s better for us, why not our lawn?

  12. Spring is bloom and I love the flowers that come along with it. The warm weather, the happy people, the blossoming of roses and sunflowers. Sunflowers have to be my favorite flowers. They are so happy reaching towards the sky. Their petals are like eyelids opening wide to look upon the great blue sky above. My mother makes the best cheesy cauliflower soup that I adore in the springtime. It’s thick and creamy and I could easily eat gallons of it!
    Anyway, thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  13. I can never get anything to grow! It’s awful! Following you via Twitter and I hope you’ll stop by my post, too! http://www.ninetteswann.com/2013/04/authors-in-bloom-blog-hop.html

    ninette.swann at gmail.com

  14. Im a cook! I love to experiment and try to recipes. Now plants…they wither and die when i walk by. Im terrible with plants. Thanks for sharing and being apart of this fantastic hop! 🙂

    • Shadow, I found out that the secret to indoor plants is to keep replacing them until you find a plant that grows well in the spot and how often you water them, etc. Of course, that was before we had a cat. They don’t do as well with a cat munching on their leaves. lol

      Thanks for commenting!

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