February Giveaway: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Small-Space Gardening

February is the perfect time to start getting serious about your spring garden. To help you out, I’m giving away a copy of my friend Chris McLaughlin‘s new book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Small-Space Gardening.

This month I’m leaving the contest open for the entire month in hopes of capturing the attention of newbie gardeners who stumble upon RedWhiteandGrew.com in search of basic, reliable vegetable garden information. Expect, too, my quick review of the book and a guest post here by Chris herself.

Giveaway details:

• The contest deadline is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

• To enter, simply leave a note in the comments section of this post and/or:

Each of the above actions by you counts as a separate entry. That’s right, you can register up to THREE times for this contest.

• The winner must be a resident of the continental U.S. (Sorry, Canadian and Australian friends!)

• I’ll announce the winner in an update to this post and on my Facebook page during the week of March 5. The winner will be selected by a random drawing.

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Can’t wait for the contest deadline and really want the book? You can purchase it via your local bookstore or online over there.
Hoping to win but wanting some information and advice to hold you over? See my How to Grow Your Own Victory Garden board on Pinterest.
Good luck, everyone!


  1. This is such an important subject, especially with the need to encourage gardening in urban and suburban environments. Thanks Chris, for writing it, and Pamela, for giving one away!

  2. I would be so happy for who ever may win! I am looking forward to this book because I am a live in care giver for my friend who is in a wheelchair. We are moving from a very rural are to being back into the city. Gardening is something that we both enjoy. I would like to see more people approach the topic of gardening for those who are in a wheelchair or have other disabilities

  3. If I win, I’ll send it along to someone who needs it more than I do. I have three acres. Just wanted to throw my support behind both of you. 😉

  4. I’m a chaotic gardener; due to limited space, very erratic weather,love of anything that grows, blooms, etc., plant “something” everywhere in anything whenever. Rocky clay native soil; yuck,so require lots of mulch, amendments,compost, raised beds, etc.

    • Chaotic gardener! You’ve got your blog name, Shirley.

      @Pamela: Great blog, btw. Congrats on the award nomination.

      • Thank you, Don.

        And Shirley that would be a GREAT blog name. I’ve never fully recovered from living 4 years in Louisiana on old Mississippi Riverbed. Stuff grew like magic. Here, not so much. The drought just about killed my enthusiasm. But spring is in the air down here… I’ll get my moxie back.

        • Spring in the air here too; Joplin, MO, but Mother Nature is unpredictable & likes to fool us here. 1 yr ago, had 3ft snow, minus 10, today’s forecasted high @ 68; don’t trust the ole lady; she will snow on my tulips!

  5. Thanks Don & Pamela-just trying to make a silk purse from a sows ear–it CAN be done w/perseverance!!

  6. Getting serious about spring gardening here; sowing onion & leek seeds to put under light; planting lettuce seed Val. Day outside, under glass, also a first. Elderly gentleman told me his G-ma always sewed lettuce seed on Val. Day-figure the elders knew best.

  7. This is exactly the kind of info I need! I am planning a move but I so want to start my garden and I do not know how soon I will be moving! I may be leaving in a few months or it may be as long as a year. So a portable Garden is what I need!
    Small Space and Portable!

  8. leaving a comment and hoping to win….have to think about space limitations this year and haven’t had to do that in a while…hoping to win!

  9. I’m a novice gardener..I planted 6 pumpkins plants in a 4×6 bed and before I knew it I had pumpkin vines all over everything lol I’m learning tho and loved the YouTube video on the $25 Victory Garden! I will surely be reading you daily!

  10. I could use this since my need to garden in a small space is due to containing a garden to fend off the deer! Seriously, I have had deer come up on my back porch to eat tomatoes in my containers!

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