Last updated on January 19th, 2013
LATELY I’VE BEEN SHARING MY BED WITH MARGARET ROACH. If this comes as a shock to you, just imagine how Margaret must feel. But the truth is, I’m currently devouring — you guessed it, in bed — her third and latest book, The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening, and Life. This fun-to-read memoir/gardening tutorial is the subject of my latest giveaway:
Most of you probably know Margaret through her popular website, A Way To Garden. Or from her long and impressive career as a wordsmith (an editor at the New York Times, fashion and garden editor at Newsday, the first garden editor at Martha Stewart Living magazine, and the editorial director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia). Or from her two previous books, And I Shall Find Some Peace There (2010) and A Way To Garden (1998).
I know Margaret through her sister, Marion. Margaret helped me organize my own website when I migrated from Google Blogger to WordPress. What a generous soul!
In The Backyard Parables, Margaret walks us through four seasons in her garden, where, especially in winter, all is not sweetness and light. I actually shuddered as she described a daring frog rescue. During a monstrous snowstorm, and with darkness rapidly descending, she noticed the deicer in her pond had stopped working. Lest the hibernating amphibians suffocate, she dug a trench through 13 inches of snow, and, laying on her stomach, located and disabled the electrical outlet. Unable to make repairs at that time, she hammered a hole in the ice. But that hole, of course, would soon freeze over. The solution? Every 3 hours from dusk to dawn she hammered openings in the ice in order to protect her beloved frogs. “Who needs beauty sleep when potential princes are at risk?”
The book is rife with gardening tips. For instance, here is Margaret’s advice on buying seeds:
For a chance to win The Backyard Parables, just do these 2 simple things:
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Enter soon! This random drawing expires on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 11:59PM ET. As always, I’ll use the number gadget at Random (dot) org to select 3 winners. The winners will be announced on Saturday, January 19, so be sure to check back! Update: The winners.
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