Sunday, September 25, 2011

I'm on Twitter's Garden Chat & a Giveaway

Every Monday night from 8-9pm cst gardeners from everywhere log on to Twitter and blab like crazy about, well, uh, gardening. Each week there's a different host and topic, but folks often careen away then back again into that topic. It gets a bit nuts. Monday night I'm hosting Garden Chat after hours, from 9-10pm cst--I'll be guesting and the topic will be fall gardening--move it or lose it. My advice, ideas, demands, pleas, and complaints, for what they're worth.

*** I'll be giving away two copies of my garden memoir,  
Sleep, Creep, Leap: The First Three Years of a Nebraska Garden 
(link for excerpt & to buy). To enter, just leave a comment on this post 
about what cheezed you, what you learned, or ask a question related 
to the Twitter discussion. I'll randomly choose two winners--
or, choose two winners who brown nose the most. Haven't decided. ***

If you want TWO CHANCES TO WIN, go to the Q&A at Garden Rant, read why 
I decided to self publish etc, and comment there to enter.  

Amazon -- Kindle

Picture Peeling off sheets of skin from a sunburned back. Spending $1,000 at five nurseries in an afternoon. Raising 200 monarch butterflies. Hearing the wing beats of geese thirty feet overhead at sunset. How one piece of mulch can make all the difference. These are the stories of Benjamin Vogt’s 1,500 foot native prairie garden over the course of three years. After a small patio garden at his last home teases him into avid tinkering, the blank canvas of his new marriage and quarter acre lot prove to be a rich place full of delight, anguish, and rapture in all four seasons. 

Full of lyrical, humorous, and botanical short essays, Sleep, Creep, Leap will leave you inspired to sit a while with your plants, noticing how the smallest events become the largest—and how the garden brings us down to earth so that we can come home to our lives.

Thanks to Brenda, the creator and lord of Garden Chat, for asking me to host this double header! Visit Garden Chat now! Or just log on to twitter and type in the hashtag #gardenchat (but don't forget that for each tweet you'll need to include that hashtag!).

Below are some fall color pics from last year. 

If you want to see my garden from day one in 2007 
I suggest becoming a fan of The Deep Middle on Facebook 
and visiting the year by year photo galleries, 
or you can also link here.

White Boltonia, NE Aster, Wood's Aster

Gold Smokebush, Coppertina Ninebark, Fineline Buckthorn

Bald Cypress


Saliva azurea 'Nekan'

Lots of structure here for wildlife and winter interest.


Bren Haas said...

Be sure to add the #gardenchat hashtag to join in the conversation! Honored to have you on as a guest host tomorrow night!

P.S. details on how to join in the conversation on my website BGgarden .com

Kateri said...

I am going to try to join. I've decide to bite the bullet and learn how to use twitter. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your comment and the compliment, especially coming from a writer like you. I plan to write more of my story for my blog. It will come in bits and pieces as I get time.

Benjamin Vogt said...

Kateri--That's a story that needs to be told, and also could just make a good story. The key is to slow down and be descriptive and detailed--it's always easier to cut away the fat than to add it, if that makes sense. As for Twitter, I'm not a super fan, but everyone is on it. It's hard to keep up with, so maybe one just shouldn't try too hard.

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to #gardenchat back to back! This will take #gardenchat frenzy to another level indeed. If you have an interest in Roses, join us Wed @ 9 EST for #Rosechat too.

Benjamin Vogt said...

TGD--Frenzy isn't a frenetic enough word. More like, oh, frenzocolypse. I'd join you with talking roses, but, hate to say it, I sure dislike roses. Nothing personal. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to tonights #gardenchat! Never a dull moment and always a learning experience. Great people, good conversation is always found on Monday nights on Twitter with my garden Tweeps!

Tom/@SolakNC said...

Us? veer away from the topic at hand in #gardenchat? NEVER!!! :) Thanks for the chance to win your book. Looking forward to the chat tonight.

Leslie Prest said...

Love #gardenchat, and with two tonight I should actually get there. Normal one is 6pm for me- always busy

Douglas E. Welch said...

Ok, I'm game for the giveaway. Still chatting over a #gardenchat, but snuck away to post this! (LAUGH)

GardenMom said...

Loved two #gardenchat in a row. I enjoyed both discussions. I liked hearing about how people are incorporating unusual items into their mirrors, for instance. Thanks.

Unknown said...

They say 3rd time is a charm! Let's hope it goes through this time! I love #gardenchat, the friends I have made the and the valuable knowledge that I gain from my tweeps! They have all inspired me in one or another to be a better gardener!

meemsnyc said...

Leaving a comment and brown nosing to win your book. Pick me.

jchapstk said...

Love the prairie garden. The color drifts are gorgeous. Bet it looks good year round.

Dottie said...

Love to learn about new natives and ANYTHING that likes to grow in clay! #gardenchat

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed #GardenChat tonight! You are doing a good thing here and I enjoy reading your blog.

Kateri said...

Well, #gardenchat was interesting. Not sure how people can read that fast. I think I'm going to have a headache for the rest of the night. But I learned some things--I'm not going to buy any fancy coneflowers for one thing!

Nancy Wheat said...

Enjoyed hearing from you tonight on #gardenchat! You've got me thinking about those milkweed seeds. I picked some up from a local garden/park that had a monarch education program going on the day we were there. We see lots of monarchs around here in the fall (& winter if you head to the right spots).

Sunnyside Dru said...

Here on our farm I'm working to replace what little grass we have with native plantings. Our mob and move method of livestock farming has had a delightful effect: in just a few seasons the Queen Annes Lace has reduced itself while the asters, goldenrod and ragweed are growing actively. We will continue to plant native on our perimeter, and your book would be a huge help in converting what is left of the front yard!