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The Beautiful Edible Garden Giveaway


The Beautiful Edible Garden

When the good folks at Star Apple Edible and Fine Gardening asked us if we wanted to give away a copy of their brand new book The Beautiful Edible Garden, we were thrilled! The book is GORGEOUS and incredibly inspiring. We’ve been loving their work since seeing their fantastic show gardens at the 2011 SF Garden Show.  To enter just leave a comment below telling us what you’ve got planned in the edible department this year (if you have any bunny proof suggestions, we’d love to hear them, too). The winner will be announced on Friday, April 12th. Make sure you’re following Star Apple on facebook and keeping an eye on their blog, too!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who entered. The lucky winner is Liz!


  1. Oh man. My edibles plan for this year is twice as big as I’ve ever done before. I’m excited but also anxious because my thumb isn’t the greenest around. But oh well. I’m focusing on brassicas because they’re our family’s favorites (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts) as well as a few fun things for our son (watermelon, pumpkins, jewel corn). It’s going to be a busy year.

  2. Yes please! Love all the raspberries & blueberries I grow, but looking to do a strawberry tower and plant a pomegranate tree this spring.

  3. I have planted nasturtium, onions, a garden full of veggies,a fig, orange, lemon and peach tree, plus herbs!

  4. This year my family and I are planning on growing some corn, carrots, ground cherries, snap peas, edamame, butter lettuce and many herbs. Also I want to try my hand at different kinds of flowers which I have yet to choose because I haven’t had the best growing experience with flowers yet. It’s a new year and a new spring so anything is possible.

  5. I have peas already planted and will be planting lettuce and radishes this weekend. I do garden in raised beds and that helps with the rabbits but I also plant things that they don’t like in the beds with things that they do like. Chives, Marigolds, Onions are not a favorite of rabbits in my garden.

  6. I’m planning a back garden of mixed veggies and ornamentals. I am envisioning a garden that is as stunning as it is edible!

  7. I don’t think I can adequately express how glad I am that you are back in CA. :)

    We just planted citrus trees, all sorts of berries, and vegetable seeds for my spring garden. I have a laundry list of all sorts of edibles to plant, but am limited by funds (especially since they are currently being diverted to our fire-harzard electrical panel rewire project). Soon enough though. Soon.

  8. The anticipation of what you plant, and the discussion of it is almost as good as watching it grow, and the harvest. The list always seems to grow.

  9. Delighted to find this book. We were just beginning to plan swapping out some ornamentals for edibles.

  10. Our collection this year is eclectic to say the least. The local seedy weekend was totally overwhelming so we bought quickly, impulsively. I live in Canada so I am in seed starting mode: herbs (several types of basil, sage), ground cherries, lemon cucumbers, scarlet runner beans, peas, sunflowers, mesculun mixes. We’ll see how they play off the collection of native flowers and grasses. The plan is to buy seedlings from the local college horticultural program: begonias, mint, garlic, cilantro, tomatoes, kale, mizuna. Plus I really really want a currant bush.

  11. My partner has requested a better looking garden bed this year, so I’m attempting to pretty it up with cabbages and a centerpiece of love-lies-a-bleeding (amaranth). Tomatoes will have to go somewhere out of sight.

  12. I started my first little vegetable garden this year, and now I have more fresh salad greens and radishes than I know what to do with. Tomatoes, peas, summer squash, and a plethora of herbs grace my garden this year as well. I’m also learning to identify wild foods around the LA area. “Weeds” such as dandelion, common sorrel, and mallow have made it to my plate. I’m also helping to keep down the population of invasive plant species such as mustard, wild radish, and fennel, one meal at a time.

  13. we are starting our first garden this spring! so any hints are good for us but i have none to offer!

  14. For sure going to have peppers and tomatoes this year. Haven’t decided what else yet. I need to get to work!

  15. This year we will have asparagus, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, cukes and eggplant. Also lots of herbs.

  16. We just bought a new house so we’re planning on starting with a small herb garden with some tomatoes this year. Would love some ideas on adding some edibles to our landscaping since we pretty much have a blank slate right now!

  17. Ground cherries! Can’t wait to see if I can grow them.

  18. I am growing some Hokkaidó pumpkins from the seeds right now. They are doing well (see my blog) and I even got my boyfriend to start gardening too – even though he killed his first seedlings, he is starting anew at the moment 😀

  19. already started growing cucumbers and peppers indoors! Cant wait till it;s warm enough to plant them outside

  20. I’m so excited to be teaching an organic gardening class at my college this spring. Together, we’re growing chard, kale, cabbage, some peppers, finishing up some onions and garlic, and rebuilding our herb spiral!

  21. I had promised myself No More Flower Books. I have some I haven’t read yet! I almost closed the post, and then it sank in what this book was about. Well, I don’t have one like this. And I had been thinking about wanting to grow some edible plants, but not in a traditional garden, since my yard doesn’t really have room or a place for that. So thanks for bringing this book to my attention!

  22. Oh, I would love this! I just started some tomatoes, beets, green beans, carrots, etc. in a raised bed but as the rest of the space around my house is all gravel I am trying to get as many ideas as possible on how to landscape the rest.

  23. This year, I’m looking to harvest for the first time a few stalks of rhubarb which I adore!
    Last year, I planted a Blenheim apricot and a weeping Santa Rosa plum, both of which are espaliered. We also have a Bartlett pear tree which I’m espaliering in the shape of a double heart. Maybe we’ll get some fruits there, ‘tho the trees are still young.
    As for old standbys, we’ve got three apple trees (Pink Pearl, Cinnamon Spice and Cox’s Orange Pippin) which keep me busy from July thru Nov, baking, canning and preserving.
    Finally, a bunch of misc. stuff: figs, oranges, lemons, blackberries, strawberries and our Surprise Vegetable garden. Surprise because we just throw a bunch of our garden compost on the veggie bed and see what pops up! Looks like there’s a couple of tomato and squash plants coming up. But what variety we won’t know until later :-)
    Happy planting and harvesting everyone!

  24. I can’t wait to get a few varieties of blueberries planted in the front yard and herbs galore in the back!

  25. I will be starting again tomorrow, as of yesterday I had a small store bought greenhouse where I was growing al my seedlings. This morning I woke up to find that the wind storm that hit SF/ Bay Area last night had thrown my greenhouse a couple of feet away and 90% of the seedling were destroyed. So first thing tomorrow is to clean and restart, so far the plants that were already on the ground are doing fine, peas are flowering, potatoes are growing and rhubarb is sprouting new leaves every week. Planting list for tomorrow is:
    Early girl tomato
    Genovese Basil
    Sweet Bell peppers Cal Mix
    Summer squash
    More Fava beans (love love these)
    Some more lettuce, they grow well year round in SF.

    BTW glad to know you’re back in SF all the plants from when you left are doing great, looking forward for K. prolifera to bloom.

  26. I have peas, pole and bush beans, lettuce, carrots, several types of squash and cucumbers, and strawberries planted. Waiting to buy tomato and pepper plants because I never grow those from seed as well as I can buy them (heirloom variety) locally.

    This year I put wooden stakes around my garden boxes and stapled plastic mesh type netting around and to the boxes. Hoping that keeps the bunnies out this year as well as my chickens!

  27. My husband is the edible gardner in our house. Oops No! Scratch that! He is the gardener of edibles.

    I sometimes have trouble keeping up with what he’s got planned out there. My job is to keep him contained, organized and/or design-minded. Its not an easy job. He tries to stay contained in the four planting beds he made where he currently has sprouting: poblanos and anaheim chiles, tomatillos “De Milpa”(they’re purple!), three types of tomatoes, yellow cucumber, and strawberries. But he has sneaked in some corn and several variey of berries around the yard-blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and boysenberries. Hes talking of making a trellis for all that. Yikes.

  28. I would love a copy gardening books are my favorite. So far my tomatoes and basil are in. As soon as I clear out the broccoli and kale, peppers, squash, and eggplant are going in.

  29. This year I am letting my usual flower and vegetable garden “rest” while I try to rid it of some mint that got away from the pot it was planted in. (Watch those bottom holes!) I am going to try a natural weed killer, hope for the best, amend the soil and plant in the fall. But, I must have tomatoes, right? So, this is my first venture into edibles in the landscape. I doubt it will be my last.

  30. Planning the biggest edible garden yet. With greater emphasis on going vertical. My rabbit & critter tip is to put window screens over the seeds initially and then later metal baskets as the seedlings start growing.

  31. Hello from the great white north (toronto, canada)!! I have purchased all my seeds but am patiently waiting for early to mid May when most can be planted outdoors. Am trying heritage beets, squash, tomatoes and pole beans along with edamame (a first!) and melons (Savor Charentais). Best thing for bunnies and all small critters is a fence surrounding by chicken wire running about 3 feet up from the ground — best investment I made and keeps snapping turtles away from all those lovely seedlings too. All best and love reading about all the gardening activity that you and your Cali readers are fortunate to embrace already :)

  32. I plan to add Indigo Rose tomatoes to my usual repertoire of Mortgage Lifter, Anna Russian and Jaune Flamme. Nothing beats the taste of these sun warmed fruits eaten fresh off the vine. This year I’m trying some red orach. For a late summer bonus the seed heads are so lovely in end-of-season bouquets.

  33. I’d love a copy of this book! I do containers because my yard is gopher central. I have a Bearss lime tree, a pineapple guava tree, herbs, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, and various greens going so far.

    I discovered you guys right before you moved to WI and I’m looking forward to seeing the entries when you get back to CA. Yay succulents!

  34. This year we replaced a rose and flower garden with three raised beds for vegetables and strawberries. We have three apple trees in another area last year we added three blueberry bushes. I’ve added herbs to flower pots. I hope to just keep encorporating more and more edibles.

  35. I’m so excited for this gardening season. Here in Colorado, I’m working with my parents to turn their former turf-based front yard into an edible garden. We hope the neighbors appreciate it, so we are trying to make it beautiful and productive. This weekend we’ll assemble the raised beds and start filling them with soil next week. I can’t wait! I’m looking forward to homegrown tomatoes, squash, beets, and tons of other great stuff.

  36. Oh, I can’t wait to read the book! Just like the authors, I’m in the midst of planning a relocation. I’ve been so into filling up my Southern California yard with succulents and now I’m got to learn what grows well in south Louisiana. I really want to start feeding my family of four with food from our garden. I’ve already promised my son that we’ll have pumpkins in the fall. Another reader posted edamame and that sounds exciting and rewarding.
    Good luck with your move Matti and Megan!

  37. I’m looking forward to the blueberries and raspberries I planted last year! Also to foraging in the forest next to my house – tons of garlic mustard, black walnuts, ramps and nettles.

  38. Wow, by the look of this gardening blog and the many comments yo have here (50+) you have really inspired people to get out there and garden. I am a professional gardener and get to meet many people everyday who have lost the will to garden. You are a true light among gardeners, even if it’s just a few you are helping :-)

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