Taking Your Gardening Dollar

Your cart’s in the mail


What an impossible and nearly-miserable task this was! There were only five carts to give and close to 60 entries where other garden bloggers described the five plants they’d put in a cart. I guess I’m lucky there are fewer garden bloggers than in other fields. Anyway, I went through the comments a few times, ruled out those where there was no blog (some added this later, which was fine), or those who declined a cart, and chose about 15 faves. Then I narrowed—painfully—and what I came up with is as follows:

Gina/My Skinny Garden did what she could with my silly catastrophe concept (as did Kitt), but I liked Gina’s “there is no way I could go on in a tomato-less world.”

Both Apple/My Sister’s Garden and Kathy/Cold Climate Gardening linked to their blogs where there were interesting stories about the plants in question. I was very impressed that Kathy had grown a trumpet lily from seed. Beverley Nichols did it regularly, but he had a more forgiving terroir.

Tamra/ Eat Seasonally is a passionate food grower who had some great things to say about red velvet okra and edible daylily buds, among other things, while Vivian/ This is the place also brought passion and memories to her descriptions, but what won my heart is her decision to save dandelions.

Thank you all for writing so sincerely and fascinatingly about your plants. Thanks, Troy-Bilt!

In the event I made a mistake and one of the bloggers above can’t take a cart, I have runners-up in mind, for sure, since really, ALL the entries were wonderful. Oh, and Jim/Art of Gardening, very funny!

Posted by on July 13, 2008 at 5:00 am, in the category Taking Your Gardening Dollar.
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15 responses to “Your cart’s in the mail”

  1. susan harris says:

    What a great response and a fun give-away. But now I want to go back and read the winners’ entries. Here they all are:

  2. Elizabeth you are a real trooper for making decisions instead of the easier names in the hat approach. Enjoy your cart you lucky winners.

  3. gina says:

    Elizabeth – I am so freakin excited I can’t even tell you!! Thank you so much for doing this. I promise to put this awesome cart to good use. Long Live The Tomato!

  4. Apple says:

    Yippee! Did you hear me yelling all the way out in Buffalo? Thank you so much! I can’t wait to start using it.

  5. Congrats to all the cart winners ! We will all look to you when the next catastrophe hits to see what’s in your cart.
    And to Elizabeth, my hat goes off to you in making this difficult decision.
    I enjoyed reading the many posts – fun and entertaining.

  6. Kathy says:

    Did you send me an email? I wouldn’t have known I’d won if it hadn’t been for gina’s plurk, which made me curious who the other winners were. I am still in a daze . . . am I supposed to send you my postal address?

  7. Pam J. says:

    You gotta give Jim/Art of Gardening some sort of prize for his entry. You just gotta.

  8. dlyn says:

    A fun contest – congrats to the winners! Reading the entries was great fun.

  9. susan harris says:

    Jim/Art of Gardening – for that wonderful entry I’m half-tempted to schlep up to Buffalo to be part of your next GardenWalk… as long as it includes another party in your garden. Even without dancing.

  10. No prizes please, just think of me fondilingly when you think of me.

    Unless, of course, the prize is a visit from Susan Harris during Garden Walk Buffalo…

    Speaking of which – if anyone reads the Cleveland Plain Dealer, or the Hamilton Spectator in Ontario, look for articles on our Garden Walk in the next week or so.

  11. Pam J. says:

    Jim, are you spending this hot afternoon with Gardening While Intoxicated?

  12. Vivian says:

    Wow, I’m so thrilled! I was absolutely gob smacked. Thanks so much it will actually come in really handy. I’ve been using an old rusty, slowly disintegrating, wheelbarrow that I found in the backyard when I moved in.

  13. eliz says:

    OK, I want all to know that Jim/AoG has a lovely, wonderful wife Leslie and there is no reason for him to think of anyone else in any way.

  14. Rosella says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! I read all the posts, and I could NOT have made a decision because they were all wonderful.

    But — this has made me start a blog of my very own, just for the fun of keeping a record of my garden and its changes. I didn’t know how to do it, but now I do and above is the link. It’s very new.

  15. Rosella says:

    Well, actually the link is below. Steep learning curve for an old lady.