Grow More with Less Book Giveaway

In the winter, most of us cannot garden, but we can read about gardening and that’s almost as good!

Today, Vincent Simeone, author of Grow More With Less gives Living Largers some tips on building a sustainable garden.

Simeone says that sustainable gardening doesn’t have to lead to a massive garden overhaul. In his book, he makes sustainable gardening accessible to all. His theory is you should, “make your garden work for you. Make it give more than it takes.”

He suggests creating big projects mixed with plenty of smaller projects that give big rewards.

Three of his ideas on how to do this:

  • The Lawnless garden. Take out the lawn and replace it with low growing, weed suppressive groundcovers that are ornamental and low maintenance. Sedum, liriope, sedges and other groundcovers could be used very effectively. No mow and little water use.
  • Using Native grasses rather than traditional ornamental grasses. There are many non-native grasses such as miscanthus and pennesetum that are becoming invasive and they can be replaced with some good native species such as switch grass and blue stem.
  • Building your own rain garden: This could be a good “how to” on how to identify an area of the garden that would be appropriate for a rain garden, how to build it, what plants to use and its benefits.

Want to read more this winter? Well, you can definitely buy the book, but you can also try to win it here, too.

Here’s all you have to do to enter:

  1. Comment on this post on why you would like to win this book by Monday, December 16 at noon CST (US).
  2. Increase your chances by entering again. “Like” the Living Large Facebook page. If you’re already a Living Larger on Facebook, you can still get a double entry by “liking” the post about this giveaway on Facebook and sharing the post from the Living Large page with your friends (you’ll also have to leave a comment on FB that you did these things so I know to give you another entry).
  3. You must leave your email address in your comment so I may notify you if you win, or send me an email by December 18 with your contact info.

This giveaway is good for any Living Larger, anywhere. Good luck!


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20 Responses

  1. Mary says:

    Never mind the book, I miss your writing. Hope you and husband are well in the new year.

    • Kerri says:

      Oh, thank you, Mary. It’s nice to be missed. We both had the flu and we’ve also had some really rough weather here this year. Thanks for the note.

  2. JennM says:

    If love this book, as would my husband, because we started an organic veg patch and compost heaps etc last year and are doing loads of reading to improve in them this coming year. We’re also teaching our preschooler to appreciate feeding oneself.

  3. Sheryl M says:

    I enjoy reading your blog about the challenges and blessings of small living. And thanks for introducing this book to us. Even if I’m not a winner, I think it would make a terrific Christmas present for my husband who has already turned part of our front lawn into a container garden. Even though we tried the same gardening style at our larger house, something about the space / place here made it really take off last year.

    • Kerri says:

      Thanks, Sheryl. I’m glad you enjoy the blog. I agree, this would make an excellent Christmas present for anyone interested in gardening.

  4. Pamela says:

    I’d love to win this book because I’m always looking for ways to intensively grow food on my small city lot. I’ve already replaced the yews with blueberries, put a salad garden in my front yard, and set up an asparagus bed. But I still have dirt that could use some vegetables. :)

    • Pamela says:

      P.S. I also like your FB page and this post.

      BTW, if you want an easier way to manage giveaways, try I’ve used it several times and find it very easy.

  5. Deb A. says:

    A friend if mine found your website in a magazine just about the time we decided to abandon our life complete with a 4000 sq. ft. home built in 1903. We decided to simplify our life by moving into our 720 sq. ft. pole barn cabin in Midway. It has been almost 2 years & we believe it was one of the best decisions we’ve made in our lives! Letting go of all the “stuff” was really quite easy once we got started. Being surrounded by only those few things that have great meaning is so comforting to the soul! I really enjoy your posts & most recently my husband built a potting table much like the one you posted a while back. Happy Holidays! Deb

    • Kerri says:

      So glad you’re enjoying your new life, Deb and glad you’re a part of our Living Large community. :) I love my table my husband built. You’re entered into the drawing. Happy Holidays to you as well!

  6. Theresa says:

    I would love this book, as I am always looking for ways to improve my garden – especially the part about how much I work on it!!

  7. vicky keane says:

    Would love to live in a small little cabin with just me and my kitties

  8. vicky keane says:

    love this site, would love to own my own little piece of heaven to live in nice and cozy. Just me and my kitties!

  9. nnorma mccomas says:

    Love your site!! Sure would like the book thank you. Merry Christmas!!! Xoxo

  10. Susan says:

    Morning Kerri, please either my name in for the book giveaway. Always looking for new ideas.