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Announcing: GrowCookEat

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Spring is here and my garden is getting started. I had such a good experience last year with growing a backyard garden, not just in terms of a great yield for a first timer, but it was a great teaching tool for my kids and the whole family enjoyed working on it. It taught Logan, my now 5 year old, about different vegetables and herbs and what they look like and how some plants die in the winter (annuals) and some come back every year (perennials). I have been so anxious for it to warm up so we could get started again.

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This year I want to share that experience with all of you. Not just through my posts, but through your experiences too. I am announcing a new weekly feature here on goodLife {eats} called GrowCookEat.

My plan is to do my usual gardening posts like last year, share recipes geared towards from “garden to table,” guest posts from readers and other bloggers participating (especially those who are seasoned gardeners and can share tips), and interviews or Q&A’s with horticulturalists about gardening and cooking in season. Today’s post is just the introduction, but each Friday I’ll have a new post to share with you, be it a recipe, a Q&A, or a guest post. And maybe even some surprise giveaways!

Here’s how to participate in GrowCookEat:

1. If you are so inclined to write a post about gardening on your own blog for that week’s feature, please mention www.goodlifeeats and GrowCookEat so that your readers know where they can learn more about gardening. This way we can all share and learn together. Then, come back here to add the link to your post to the SimplyLinked form below.

2. If you don’t have a blog, simply tell us about your garden in comments section of each post so we can all see what you’re up to.

3. Let’s stay on topic, this isn’t an invitation to spam everyone with your blog. If your post doesn’t somehow relate to gardening, it will be deleted. Thanks for understanding.

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To kick off the first ever GrowCookEat post in what I hope will prove to be a fun and informative feature here I’ve got a fabulous giveaway for you from the great people at Burpee and Gayla Trail, the author of You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening.

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What will you win? One person will win a selection of seeds from Burpee (Carrot Kaleidoscope, Pea RSVPea, Lettuce Fordhook ® Favorites Mix, Tomato Cherries Jubilee, and Hot Pepper Piñata Mix) and a copy of You Grow Girl from Gayla Trail.
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So tell me, are you planning on growing any vegetables this year?
I hope you’ll join me!

The Rules:

  • Comment on THIS post by 11:59 pm PST April 8th
  • Anonymous comments: leave your email address and first name in the comments.
  • 1 random winner will be announced March 18th. I will notify you via email and you will have 72 hours to respond before I choose a new winner.
  • Contest open to US Residents only.

Extra Entries: Additional entries can be earned by doing any of the following, giving you a total of 5 entries. Leave a separate comment for each of your entries.

  • Write your own GrowCookEat post and follow the instructions above for how to participate in GrowCookEat.
  • Tweet about this giveaway. Include @goodLifeEats and a link to the giveaway in your tweet. Leave the link to your Twitter post in a comment.
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Katie

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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    GF Gidget - April 02, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    I don't have a garden now because I live in an apartment. But, my husband and I are looking at buying a place and have been discussing growing our own herbs and veggies.

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    momof2girls - April 02, 2010 @ 11:37 am

    I would love to teach my children about growing and eating fresh foods. I think it helps kids to want to eat their veggies.

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    plainoldsarah - April 02, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

    i have a pile of seed packets. now i need to plant them. but i'm intimidated and worry they won't get planted in time. if there's sun out this afternoon i promise to spend at least 15 minutes out there – your post inspired me.

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    Deb - April 02, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    We are definitely growing a garden this year. Your grow cook eat project sounds fantastic…count me in.

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    Amanda - April 02, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    I just bought my first home with my husband and we really want to start a garden this summer. This would be perfect for us!

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    Deb - April 02, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    I subscribe via readerdeborah150 at hotmail.com

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    Alison - April 02, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

    I really want to start a vegetable garden but feel a little overwhelmed. (I already have a herb garden.) I can't wait to read this weekly feature!

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    Liz - April 02, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    We are starting out small this year. We are growing herbs and would like to do peppers and tomatoes.

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    Anonymous - April 02, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

    My family started a vegetable garden last year and it was an awesome way to teach our kids about growing food! We will definately be doing it again this year!Christy Bthebodens@insightbb.com

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    Lindsay - April 02, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

    Will definitely be looking forward to this feature. :) We're starting our own little patio container garden, growing more than just herbs for the first time. I know absolutely nothing, so any novice tips and tricks you can offer will be greatly appreciated. :)

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    Katie @ Frugal Femina - April 02, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    I absolutely want to grow a garden this year. I'd love to plant some peach trees, too. Katie @ FrugalFemina.comfrugalfemina@gmail.com

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    The Rhea / Lane Families - April 02, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    Please enter our family! We bought a house with enough land last year to have a nice sized garden (w the intention of cutting back on grocery costs). We now have a MAJOR undertaking at hand and would love some seeds to plant in all this land my husband has tilled! (Plus, the book looks cute and Id like to read!!) taylorlane18@hotmail.com

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    paige crosland anderson - April 02, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

    this is motivating me to start gardening!

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    paige crosland anderson - April 02, 2010 @ 2:09 pm
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    paige crosland anderson - April 02, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

    do i have to comment that i blogged about it?ardentlyone.blogspot.com

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    Tricia - April 02, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

    I want to grow mushrooms this year!Triciatriciacornell@hotmail.com

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    Kerry - April 02, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    I always grow tomatoes and basil – I hope to expand a little more this summer.

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    Cecilia - April 02, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    I have a square foot garden, a 4×8' raised bed. I may have planted everything prematurely this year, but we had one very warm week and I was so excited I couldn't wait. I also planted 4 tomatoes in large pots, also probably way too early.

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    Kristen M. - April 02, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    My husband & I started a garden this year. Something we've always wanted to do! So far, we've harvested strawberries, lettuce, carrots, and peas. Last weekend we planted tomatoes, cucumbers, jalepenos, yellow & red peppers, eggplant, zucchini, acorn squash, and corn! We've also got lots of herbs ready to plant this weekend. Our goal is to have 25% of our veggies be organic from our backyard or our CSA (which we joined for the first time this past winter). I'd say we are already at 75% as I rarely have to buy veggies from the grocery store these days.

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    Ashley - April 02, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    Awesome idea, Katie! Gardening is such a great idea. It's fulfilling and satisfying work, and produces great food that tastes better than anything you can buy at the store. Plus it teaches self-reliance, even if it is just a few tomatoes or squash. This year we won't be planting on our porch like we usually do, since we'll be in the middle of the move. But you can bet that we will plant like crazy when we get to San Diego and all that lovely weather! I'm going to plant herbs, especially basil, on our new porch, and there is a community garden that I'd like to participate in.

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    Anonymous - April 02, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    This season will be our 5th at planting vegetables. Each year we have fun selecting new items to add to the old standbys like tomatoes/cucumbers/onions/hot peppers. Some are flops (like the corn/pumpkin/watermelon from last year) and some have become new favorites (sugar snap peas/basil/mixed greens/broccoli). My husband built 3 raised beds and 3 large planters so I am able to plant quite a bit. I grew up in a very urban area and longed to garden…now that I can…so looking forward to sharing this with my 2 little boys as they grow!-Joyhelfersjoy@gmail.com

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    bunkycooks - April 02, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    I do not have space for much of a garden, but am especially hoping for success with an herb garden this year.

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    joyfulwords - April 02, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    I live in a 2nd-floor condominium, so my gardening space is limited to containers on my balcony. I have always grown a variety of herbs, but could use advice on vegetables/fruits that might grow well in pots. Looking forward to your posts!

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    blackberryjelly - April 02, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    The broccoli seedlings are just about reading for transplanting, the basil babies are doing great, and my mint has resurrected itself. I am planning on doing some lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, summer squash, and maybe some berry bushes if we can learn more about them! We bought a house last August and finally have space for a proper garden, but apartment dwellers: just try potted plants! They'll do great too!

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    M and J - April 02, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

    I'm so thankful for all of you bloggers who have contributed to our family in so many ways…saving money, tasty healthy eating, green living, and now gardening! Keep up the GREAT work!!!

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    Mandy - April 02, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    i am thinking about starting a garden this year. i just need to do some research on it since it would be my first time!iamwhole@yahoo.com

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    paige crosland anderson - April 02, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    here's another comment. so glad to be participating too!

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    Anonymous - April 02, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    I love my garden!!! There's nothing better than eating fresh veggies that you can proundly say you grew yourself!hollyb1972@verizon.net

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    Amy - April 02, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

    I got a chance to meet Gayla and she is wonderful!! We do a small herb and tomato garden in the backyard. It is mixed in with our landscaping and I absolutely love it. Looking forward to planting in May!! Great idea, Katie!

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    Sara - April 02, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

    I am attempting to grow a garden for the first time this year! My raised beds are ready to go and I'm headed out to get some seedlings! I'm looking forward to following your GrowCookEat blogs!

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    April - April 02, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

    I already planted my garden for the Summer and can't wait to enjoy all the delicious produce!

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    Julia - April 02, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

    Hi Katie,Great idea. In fact, I like it so much, that I have a blog with that name — http://www.growcookeat.com . I'm in my 8th year of urban gardening (and my third season blogging about it). Perhaps we can do something together.

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    Jane - April 02, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

    I plan to grow some veggies — mostly tomatoes and peppers. Can't plant here til end of May.

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    Caitlin - April 02, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

    I'm starting my first garden in years this year. I have a small amount of land I can put it on and I'm so excited!

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    Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro - April 02, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

    Hi Katie! We're garden recipe bloggers, and would love to contribute! In fact, my post for this weekend will be about the parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, mint and Meyer lemon I picked out of the garden to make a lamb stew. :-) Kim

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    Rebecca - April 02, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    i'm really dying to have a garden but don't know how to get started. i'm really looking forward to your series. hopefully this will be the last cold weekend of winter here in ABQ so I can get outside and get it done!

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    Kate @ savour fare - April 02, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    I never feel comfortable writing about it, because it's not MY garden (it's my husband's truelove, and is the product of his effort and care), but we have a little patio. On that patio, we have a Meyer lemon tree, a lime tree, a tangerine tree and an avocado tree, a blueberry bush, a pepper plant, rosemary, mint, basil, thyme, sage, chervil and sorrel. I want tomatoes again this summer. He tells me there isn't room. I tell him that we don't need a potted palm when we could have tomatoes. It's an ongoing discussion.

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    Kare - April 02, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

    I love this idea, and love the giveaway! Submitted my link. Thanks!

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    Jenny - April 02, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    I would love to learn more about gardening! We don't have a yard but have tried to at least use some space in front of our rental apartment. I love having fresh veggies and herbs, especially.

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    Jenny - April 02, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    became a fan on facebook. You are one of my new favorite blogs I follow! thanks!!

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    keely steger - April 02, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    I'm definitely growing a few herbs this year, but hopefully more. Mine is not the greenest thumb around…

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    keely steger - April 02, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

    I just became a fan on Facebook, too!

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    Janay - April 02, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    I'm starting my first veggie garden this year and I would love some seeds to get me started! I came across your post on twitter and I am now a facebook fan too!

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    grace - April 02, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

    no food in the world tastes as good as something from one's own garden!

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    Kristen - April 02, 2010 @ 9:32 pm

    Our yard has never really been very garden friendly, but we enjoy container gardening. I can't wait for my herbs to be fresh from the garden again!

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    Paula - bell'alimento - April 02, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

    Great idea Katie! I have a deck garden this year. I'm hoping to add some raised beds to my garden as well! Can't wait to start enjoying everything (esp my tomatoes)

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    Paula - bell'alimento - April 02, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

    Katie I am a facebook fan ; )

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    Maria - April 02, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

    We will have a small garden this year. I am excited!

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    Maria - April 02, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

    i am a fb fan:)

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    Maria - April 02, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

    I tweeted about it:)

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    Ranker - April 02, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

    I currently don't have a garden since we're renting the house we're in now. But in our new house that's being built I plan to grow all sorts of fresh veggies, herbs, and fruits! That is, if they're kind to me and actually grow! haha :)

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    Anonymous - April 02, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

    I have a small garden and already have a variety of lettuce, spinach, and onions planted and just starting to come up.Kathybkl6347@hotmail.com

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    Jennifer - April 03, 2010 @ 1:19 am

    I'm container gardening this year. I've started some seeds indoors already and plan on starting a few more next week.jennifer(dot)pope(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Leigh - April 03, 2010 @ 1:44 am

    we are hoping to try to grow tomatoes this year, we are taking it slow, we started with herbs last year and are moving to tomatoes this year but maybe we will get brave and try a few others as well!LeighDOTonedayatatimeATgmailDOTcom

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    Jessica - April 03, 2010 @ 4:05 am

    I am so desperately wanting to start a garden this year, but we are planning to move!!

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    Jessica - April 03, 2010 @ 4:06 am

    tweet tweet: twitter.com/madtownsprite/statuses/11517304226 madtownspriteatgmaildotcom

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    Jessica - April 03, 2010 @ 4:06 am

    new feed subscriber via google reader madtownspriteatgmaildotcom

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    Jessica - April 03, 2010 @ 4:07 am

    I'm a new fan on facebook! madtownspriteatgmaildotcom

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    Dusti - April 03, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    I already purchase 3 tomatoe plants and 3 Topsy Turvey planters since the ground is so hard here. I also have planted some cilantro, basil, tarragon, sweet bell pepper mix, and hot pepper mix. I am looking forward to seeing what recipes you share using your garden picks!

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    CarreyB - April 03, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    Carreyruggerteach@gmail.comI became a fan on Facebook!

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    CarreyB - April 03, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

    I'd like to try to plant tomatoes this year. A fellow firefighter is supposed to help me make the raised bed to do it. I really need this book. Maybe it can help me stop killing green things.

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    Amy - April 03, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

    I don't have a garden yet – we have a very curious & mischievous puppy. I'd like to plant some herbs to keep on the kitchen windowsill where she can't get them!Thanks!mrsthistle at comcast dot net

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    kim - April 03, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

    We have planted a garden every year since we moved into our home. this year my 3 and 4 year old boys are getting to choose what they would like. Carrots and snap peas. We are in MN so growing is shorter but just a rewarding. This is a great way to stretch a dollar…. Kim aerogirl77@hotmail.com

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    tannawings - April 03, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    We just bought the lot next to ours- a house was there (was knocked down) and I have been composting on it for 6 months. For ground in Iowa, the dirt is pitiful as they use a sand clay mix thats just bad to fill when they tear down a house! I will still plant a few things, but not like I want yet! The book looks great and the seeds I will save until next year.baypayments@yahoo.com

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    tannawings - April 03, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

    http://twitter.com/tannawings/status/11549540680tweeted- I follow you as @tannawings-just saw your tweet :)

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    tannawings - April 03, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

    Email subscriber (new)baypayments@yahoo.comLooking forward to gardening tips!Oh and #73 is me, I forgot to put my email in there!

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    Anonymous - April 03, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

    After my garden flopped last year. I feel renewed this spring to start again and with enthusiasm. This year I am planing on growing my usual…tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini. I am going to try watermelon and herbs. I've tried herbs in the past, but they always get bugs. Good luck with all of your gardens and I am looking forward to reading the weekly feature here on gardening.Andrea Abedabed4@comcast.net

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    Jessica - April 04, 2010 @ 1:30 am

    I'm commenting, tweeting, and will soon be a new subscriber!Jessicakohlerjl (at) missouri (dot) edu

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    Anonymous - April 04, 2010 @ 2:23 am

    Meredith Steelemeredithsteele@grandecom.netwe are planting herbs this year. Sweet and thai basil, rosemary, sage, mexican and greek oregano, thyme, and mint.

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    Anonymous - April 04, 2010 @ 2:24 am

    meredith steelemeredithsteele@grandecom.netBecame a fan on FB as well.

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    Anonymous - April 04, 2010 @ 2:28 am

    meredith steelemeredithsteele@grandecom.netTweeted. SMonkeySlippersgood luck on Grow Cook Eat

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    So Not Wishy Washy - April 04, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    For the first time in three years, I will have a garden again. I've had surgeries that prevented me from planting and tending so this year will be a banner one! I've bought seedlings from a local organic farmer and will have four varieties of tomatoes, green beans, cilantro, basil, rosemary, lettuce, eggplant, and zucchini. ringldr@hotmail.com

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    So Not Wishy Washy - April 04, 2010 @ 6:15 am

    Fan on Facebook now.ringldr@hotmail.com

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    Plowlady - April 04, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    I plan on it every year…I am HOPING to be able to THIS year!mariannakeough at hotmail.com

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    megpies - April 04, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

    I just wanted to rave about this recipe! I made these yesterday, and while I love to bake, before now, I've never used yeast! I had so much anxiety! But, I'm proud to say, they came out perfectly! I am so proud! Thanks so much for the boost!

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    Ashley Betz - April 04, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

    I really want to try and grow cucumbers, peas and tomatos. Usually I grow a small container of herbs but this year my boyfriend and I have built some nice raised beds in our backyard to grow bigger veggies.Ashley at ashleybetz@gmail.com

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    Trish the Dish - April 05, 2010 @ 1:28 am

    I am starting everything from seed this year. My little sproutlings are so ready to go outside! I have tomatos, herbs, cucumbers, squash, and peppers. Yum!

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    Jessica - April 05, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

    Last year we had a small raised garden with tomatoes, peppers, and herbs.This year we are creating a larger raised garden and are hoping to grow even more vegetables by adding cucumbers, radishes, and squash. I just love fresh vegetables from the garden.

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    roni - April 05, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    my 2 yo daughter's favorite is tomatoes so my 7 yo picked out some seed to grow for her. too excited to try this out! will also try an herb garden. saw a great kit to do a raised bed with netting…

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    Bree - April 05, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

    I am going to try to plant some veggies this year. I am so bad at growing things, but I am going to try.

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    Lara - April 05, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

    My new raised bed is being built this week! I could really use some good seeds…

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    Heidi - April 05, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

    I'm doing a garden this year and I'm hoping that it grows better than last year because I didn't have very much luck

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    Heidi - April 05, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

    I subscribe to your feeds

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    Sarah Beth - April 05, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

    I did my first garden last year, and plan on my second one this year. There will be lots of tomatoes, and also cucumbers, probably some peas, and we are still decided what else. Oh yeah… herbs too!

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    Sarah Beth - April 05, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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    Jenni - April 05, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

    i have been thinking about starting a garden! :)

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    colleen @ foodietots - April 05, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

    I will definitely be following along. We are about to close on our new house and putting in a small starter garden is my first planned project. We're also expecting baby #2 this summer, so if anyone has recommendations for very low-maintenance veggies I'd love to hear them. :)

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    nmruscha - April 05, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

    This is my second year of gardening. Last year I planted some artichokes, and last week, I finally had an artichoke appear. There is nothing more satisfying than enjoying a delicious meal that you have prepared and grown yourself.

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    Kara - April 05, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

    We do tons of herbs, a couple of different tomato plants, bell peppers, lettuces (in the ground and growing now!), and some beans… this year hopefully adding one more hot-weather veggie! Maybe a squash or cucumber?

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    Andrew and Brianna - April 05, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

    I love gardening! We have dug up lots of random spots around the house for our garden and I just planted my peas and carrots today! We will also have lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower…and more. Wow! Love gardens!

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    Anonymous - April 06, 2010 @ 12:35 am

    This would be great! We're getting into gardening this year, hoping my 3 1/2 year old will like it. mamelmiller@yahoo.com

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    beachcovejewelry - April 06, 2010 @ 1:17 am

    I'm going to grow purple potatoes, sweet onions, peas and carrots at least!

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    Meshellyn - April 06, 2010 @ 1:18 am

    I am wanting to start a garden this year. I need some direction and am searching for help. I'd love to win this!!!

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    Cera - April 06, 2010 @ 1:30 am

    I'm totally going to help out my future-in-laws this year with their garden! And I'm thinking about doing some container growing for herbs and possibly dandelions.

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    a boy a girl and a pug - April 06, 2010 @ 1:42 am

    I don't have a garden yet, but am really hoping to get one up and going this year!

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    Kora'smommydiaries - April 06, 2010 @ 2:03 am

    I would love to have a garden in our backyard, but I'm to intimidated to start one!

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    Anonymous - April 06, 2010 @ 2:20 am

    We live in a twinhome with not a lot of gardening space, but I like to plant some patio tomatoes. They taste so much better than the ones you buy at the grocery store!Dianebkittie@hotmail.com

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    Christine - April 06, 2010 @ 3:51 am

    I'm container gardening. I've already got lettuce and spinach as well as argula planted. My three strawberry plants came back and even gave me some runners. The blueberries (except for one latebloomer who I almost thought died have leaves and one of my raspberry bushes made it,the other died.:( I also got my thyme, oregano,chives(these things never die) and lavender back. I had to replant mint, cilantro(of course),and rosemary(I just can't seem to win with rosemary).I still have to get maters and peppers going as well as some basil. I'd love to know some companion plants for a cucumber plant because every year I plant them the squash bugs get em' before I do. I also will likely plant some green beans. I'm kinda scared but I might try my hand at canning.Christinedazed1821@aol.com

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    Donna - April 06, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    Wow! I've never seen multi-colored carrots!

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    Kari Rippetoe - April 06, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    My husband and I just moved into our first house, and we've been itching to start a veggie and herb garden in our new backyard. So, during a trip to Lowe's where we were only planning on buying a garden hose, we went CRAZY and picked up a bunch of plants to start our new garden: heirloom tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, Cayenne peppers, red onions, shallots, potatoes, basil, rosemary, cilantro, and even some lavender! I'm soooo excited to have my first backyard garden!

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    Shelley - April 06, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    Yes we are having a garden again. I already have tomatoes & cherry tomatoes, bell & jalepeno peppers, lettuce, basil, garlic chives, spearmint,& peas. We will also plant yellow squash & zucchini, cucumbers, melons, beans, & maybe corn. I can't wait & I will be following along with you this year. Thanksmrspoofa(at)aol.com

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    Anonymous - April 06, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

    I am looking to plant the only narrow strip of soil I am allowed to cultivate on my rented land. Any and all giveaways are a blessing!

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    Anonymous - April 06, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

    providence1442@gmail.comCan't wait for it to warm up enough in SD to plant tomatoes and green peppers and yellow squash :)

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    Nicole - April 06, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity! I'm planning on container gardening this year until e can figure out where we to put a real garden in our yard! This will be fun!!

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    Anonymous - April 06, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

    We love gardening! It's so fun to see my daughter pick tomatoes.

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    Domestic Diva - April 06, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

    I'm just preparing my garden for planting — it's a short growing season, but we get lots of veggies and herbs.

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    Marian - April 06, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

    goping to add herbs among my flower garden this year

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    Stephanie - April 06, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

    My husband Tim & I been talking about starting a garden for several years now. I think it's about time that we do it…put our uncertainties aside…and just do it. I look forward to your series!stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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    Stacy & Bryan - April 07, 2010 @ 4:58 am

    I am trying to garden for the first time this year…I am starting with a few "easy" plants in a plot and a few in a container garden.grossman_stacy at yahoo dot com

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    Laurel - April 07, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    Katie, My husband and I love gardening. We are on our 3rd year having a real garden. Last year we went hog wild and planted more veggie types than you can count on 4 hands. We discovered quickly what doesn't grow well in our climate. This year our veggie garden has been cut way back – only 15 tomato plants. But I am excited to say I am planting my first heirloom tomato – Brandywine – I hope its as amazing as I hear. We are doing 2 varieties of lettuce and 1 spinach, 3 types of beans, 3 types of peppers, and only 1 type of cucumbers. My flower garden is a whole other issue – I may go broke there. :) May I recommend a book? I love "The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden" by William Alexander. Also, I have you listed on my private gardening blog (blog is just for family members)… they love your recipes!Thanks Katie!Love, Laurel (your former roommate)

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    kristi @ sproutsinthekitchen - April 07, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

    Fun! I'll be following you! I just became a member of Seattle Tilth after the last few years of bumbling around in my garden with not much success. My big dream right now is to keep my boys (who are one and four) from using our raised bed as a construction site so I can grow my own lettuce. :)

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    brightleigh - April 07, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

    We want to have a garden this year….we have never had one before and I think this would be a great start on one!robandleighbright@suddenlink.net

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    Anonymous - April 07, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

    I spent the last couple of months converting my unused weed infested backyard into my food filled wonderland. Currently taking possession of the yard is: corn, soybeans, eggplant, bell peppers, carrots, pole beans, zucchini, yellow squash, several varieties of lettuce and salad greens, 3 types of tomatoes, green onions, as well as basil, rosemary, chives, thyme, parsley, oregano, cilantro and two types of hops. I also have a large pot which has several varieties of hot peppers.

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    Jennifer - April 07, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    I'm definitely growing vegetables this year! It will be my second year. I've got garlic, basil, oregano, snap peas, green beans, bell peppers, jalapenos, 4 varieties of tomatoes, yellow squash and zucchini. I already have some squash growing!

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    Jennifer - April 07, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

    I'm a new subscriber as well. I'm looking forward to reading your blog!

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    Anonymous - April 07, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

    Would love to win this! Im starting my organic garden again and hope this year I get more than last year!Traci HealthyDealsNSteals.comBurntApple.com

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    Kari - April 07, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

    Just came across your blog by way of CRAFT and I'm excited to keep reading!

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    MoniCue - April 07, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    The only sunny spot in my teeny yard is the strip between the driveway and the neighbor's fence. I've been gardening this tiny plot for 4 years now! I read many gardening books–despite my tiny place to apply the knowledge–and would love to read this one, too! I'll be back to read your site.

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    Kari - April 07, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    I just added your blog to my google reader! We've just planted an herb garden and a pretty basic veggie garden and I'm excited to watch it grow.

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    Lucky - April 07, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

    Great series and give away! I'm in.

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    julie329 - April 07, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

    We have yet to decide what we are planting (other than tomatoes) but my husband built us a raised bed the other weekend. My 3 3/4 year old keeps wanting to hoe the soil – he can't wait for stuff to grow. Last year we had tomatoes in pots and he LOVED grabbing one off the vine and eating it.

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    jjmcgaffey - April 07, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

    I'm in a condo with a small porch, but have gardened there every year. EarthBoxes are wonderful (self-watering planters, big enough for 2-3 tomato plants!). This year for the first time I'm growing plants from seed. I started late, so my seedlings are still pretty small (the biggest is about 4 inches and slimmer-than-a-pencil stem – it's a tomato). Still, should work. I'm growing 5 different kinds of tomatoes this year – all heirlooms. Also (from seed) basil, parsley (if it works – they look awful), and marigolds.Last year's parsley, which I planted from seed directly into the EarthBox, did basically nothing all year. It had two little stems when I pulled out my tomatoes, so I left it to see if it would grow. It survived the (normally mild) winter, and recently (February or so) decided it was time to grow! It's now about 16" in diameter and 8" tall. That is, that's how big it was until last Tuesday, when I harvested most of the lower stems (now it's about 8"x8") to make spaghetti with white clam sauce. My mom contributed basil (a pot bought from Trader Joe's) and cilantro (her plant did about what my parsley did this year). It was absolutely delicious – much richer and more flavorful than the usual made from supermarket parsley and basil!

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    Rachael - April 07, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    I would love to grow a garden, its one of the main reasons I cant wait to have a house! I did have a basil plant last year that I kept in my apt. but it died last winter :( Hopefully I'll learn some tips from your blog posts.

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    Veronica - April 07, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

    I plan on planting seeds on my apartment patio. It's not much space but it is so worth it to grow your own food!

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    theortegas4 - April 07, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

    We do a garden every year! Last year we planted entirely too many okra plants and couldn't keep up. Even the neighbors ran we they saw us walking over to give away the bounty. Scaling back this year but trying some new things as well. Look forward to the post.

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    betsyann - April 07, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

    I've been gardening for 3 years now, each year a bit more ambitious. I'm excited about the blog, I've been looking for something good about gardening.

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    betsyann - April 07, 2010 @ 10:05 pm
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    betsyann - April 07, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

    Subscribed via Google Reader

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    Audie - April 07, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

    I am starting my first garden and I'm so excited to find another resource!audie(dot)stoddart@gmail(dot)com

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    Anonymous - April 07, 2010 @ 10:35 pm

    Wow what an awesome idea! I'm a college student, and I'll be living on campus this summer. Last weekend I helped set up our very first campus community garden, and I already have a spot reserved for my amazing roommie and myself. It's such a huge step towards sustainability on my campus, and we are looking forward to learning the ins and out of gardening..and maybe even canning! I'm looking forward to a great summer.~Emilybrilliantly_dull222@yahoo.com

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    Jenna Z - April 07, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win some seeds! I linked up with your blog carnival, I LOVE veggie gardening! beastbunny at hotmail dot com

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    Lisa W - April 08, 2010 @ 1:07 am

    We just moved from PA to FL and will be gardening in the midwest for the first time! I've always been jealous of my aunt's garden in WI, and can't wait to try it out. Hoping to try out canning for the first time, but the most exciting part will be growing some veggies to make into homemade baby food for little girl.

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    Anonymous - April 08, 2010 @ 2:14 am

    I live in an apartment and I just bought a planter box for my windows. I do plan on growing some nice scrumptious veggies this year. Yum Yum!erinerincloos@hotmail.com

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    Anonymous - April 08, 2010 @ 2:17 am

    I am a facebook fan. I can't wait to garden this year! Such a Great give away!erinerincloos@hotmail.com

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    toontz - April 08, 2010 @ 2:23 am

    Can't wait to start my garden this year. Unfortunately, we have snow in our forecast for tomorrow, so I think it is going to be awhile!

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    Liz - April 08, 2010 @ 2:27 am

    We will have a large garden. My husband is the landscape manager at the 160 acre farm that Oprah used to own, in Indiana. He always plants lots of great veggies. I still have zucchini in the freezer. Guess I better get baking with it before the new harvest comes :-) Thanks for the great giveaway!~Liz@HoosierHomemade

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    Liz - April 08, 2010 @ 2:28 am

    I am a subscriber to RSS feed.~Liz@HoosierHomemade

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    toontz - April 08, 2010 @ 2:28 am

    Became a fan on Facebook!

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    Janet - April 08, 2010 @ 3:24 am

    Hello!My fiance and I just started a small back yard veggie and fruit garden about a month or so ago. we've been successful in the past at growing herbs like mint, basil, etc. so we decided to take the leap. after a lot of hard work we ended up with five raised beds (3 large, 2 small) and a few large pots inside a gated area. We're just starting to see some tomatoes and peppers coming in. We are all for Grow Cook Eat 2010!JanetJanetjeter02@aol.com

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    starrkisst - April 08, 2010 @ 4:33 am

    currently we are planning a community garden. it will be 1000 sq ft that all of our neighbors will work to produce approximately 1000-1500 pounds of food for the area. our immediate neighbors are in a food desert and many of them buy their groceries at convenience stores or fast food places. our hope is to provide the area with healthy food from the area and also have workshops to teach us how to prepare and preserve the food. we are going to attempt to do an organic garden using permaculture principles. we have a few experience gardeners leading the way, but most of us, like myself, are inexperienced. i'm very excited about working with the community to feed our community.

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    Chantel - April 08, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

    I absolutely love this idea. Growing our own food and using it on our table is a personal passion of mine, and I'm anxious to be able to grow a garden of our own again (we're in a transition stage right now and don't have the ability to grow our *own* garden, but thankfully access to two family gardens which we have great hopes will help to provide for a lot of our produce this summer and fall) Right now we're eating beans and fruit that I canned this summer past, and it is a reminder time and time again of the beauty of growing and putting fresh and local foods in our meals every day whenever we can.I tend to lean towards an organic gardening approach– feed the soil and the soil will feed you. Niel Kinsey's "Hand's On Agronomy" really, really has a lot of good stuff in there, but it's deep. :) alaskawildrose AT gmail DOT com

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    Anonymous - April 08, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

    I subscribed via google reader. Just found your blog. Love it!mkaralambo(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Anonymous - April 08, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    I'm planning an urban garden in a lot just up the street from me. I just started some seeds inside our apartment so this would be awesome to win!- meganmkaralambo(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Erin H. - April 08, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

    This post is perfect timing for me! My husband and I just tilled our first garden last weekend, and are headed to our local feed and seed this Friday to gather all our plants and seeds. Squash, carrots, banana and jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, and spinach are on the menu. And anything else we can fit!

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    Jill J. - April 08, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    I have been growing heirloom tomatoes for the past three years, and this year am going to add peppers and sqash. Would love tips on small gardens and soil preparation. I'm not getting the most out of my space! evansjcj@insightbb.com

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    Anonymous - April 08, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

    I just started gardening! I have two varieties of tomatoes, 3 sweet basil plants, spearmint, 3 kinds of peppers(Cheyenne, banana, and jalapeno). I'm so excited about cooking from my garden!<3 Mckenzie heartbtwnbeats@hotmail.com

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    Anonymous - April 08, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

    I planted my lettuce seeds, basil, and strawberries last weekend and I will plant my tomatoes this weekend. Can't wait for the summer harvest – it's addictive! Mikimikisubscribe@gmail.com

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    Colleen - April 08, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

    Looking forward to this series! I've got a blog at http://www.growurban dedicated to the city dwelling green thumb- I'll get a link posted to you today :)

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    Spinneretta - April 08, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

    What a great idea- I just posted a blog about my garden (what I have growing right now) and mentioned your blog and growcookeat :) I look forward to the posts!

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    Anonymous - April 08, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

    I planted my veggies this past weekend! I'm a first-time gardener, and I'm growing tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, and an assortment of herbs. I'm so excited to watch and participate in their progress – and consumption!katshinyredtype at gmail dot com

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    Wicked Good Dinner - April 08, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

    Just checked on our garden, and all is well. We had a bit of a head start in Orlando. Fingers crossed our veggies make it through the summer :-)

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    Huckleberrygal - April 08, 2010 @ 11:50 pm

    I am growing a container garden again this year. I wrote about my experience last year as I attempted to grow a container garden and be organic. Here is the link: http://huckleberryhome.blogspot.com/2010/03/adventures-in-gardening.html. This year I plan to grow potatoes, tomatoes, some various herbs, lettuce, and peas. I am sure I will add to this list :D

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    Bree - April 09, 2010 @ 4:51 am

    spent the evening planning out my community garden plot. My children and I are super excited about it!

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    Bree - April 09, 2010 @ 4:53 am

    And I am a Facebook fan.

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    Andrea - April 09, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

    I garden with my kids to have them be involved and watch the veggies come up and then be able to eat what we have grown our favorite is green beans and raspberries and strawberriesa10small@hotmail.com

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