Grow More with Less Book Giveaway

Posted December 13th, 2013 by kerri and filed in small house living
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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!


20 Responses to “Grow More with Less Book Giveaway”

  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 raf​fle​copter​.com. 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.