Love Your Veggies Books and Garden Supplies Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

One thing that I love about books is that they can work as a gateway to a new subject, or a way to reinforce what kids love. For example if your son loves space, it’s a great time to seek out toys, books and DVDs that will heighten that interest. On the other hand, if you want to encourage your kids to get involved with gardening, you can use books to introduce and inform.

I am proud to be a member of the Hidden Valley Ranch Love Your Veggies Mom Panel. We are working together to encourage kids — ours and others — to love their veggies! I hope you’ll check out our posts about ways that we’ve gotten our families more involved with veggies.

Today I am going to share some great books and resources with you that you can use to encourage your kids to get involved in vegetables. It’s proven that kids are more likely to be willing to try something that they’ve helped grow or helped make in the kitchen.

Five of you will win this awesome gift pack worth $250, thanks to the Love Your Veggies campaign.

First — the books:

The Gardening Book is published by DK. Any book by DK is sure to engage and inform the kids who read it. This one has not only gardening information but crafts and activities as well.

The Kitchen Garden Cookbook, also by DK, is an excellent resource for using those fruits and vegetables that you harvest or that you buy farm fresh. You will find recipes as well as preserving tips, conveniently organized by season, and then by fruit or vegetable. And as I expect with DK, there are fantastic pictures throughout that entice you to try to create those same results in your own backyard.

The Edible Garden gives tips for making the most of your garden, whether it’s a small plot in the backyard, containers on the deck, or an herb garden in your kitchen. There are also special tips on ways to get your children involved.

Now — the gear:

My kids loved putting the Root-Vue Farm together (see picture above). I’ll be honest and say that I’m not sure what the quality of the veggies produced will be, but it is so much fun. Everything is included here — seeds, soil (pellets that you add water to, which is also fun), and this awesome planter that you can see through to watch the roots grow. We were able to see some green and some roots within a few days of planting, which is what kids want.

Every gardener needs tools, and so we have a set for kids and adults. Adults can get their hands dirty with the Stainless Steel Gardening Tool Set. If kids have special tools their own size, they are more willing to feel like it’s really their project.

The ToySmith Garden Tote with Tools is cute and functional, and I know that kids will love it.

Two pairs of gardening gloves (kid-sized and adult), as well as plant markers and decorative plant stakes round out the selection.

And don’t forget the Hidden Valley Ranch products, so that you can dress and dip all those tasty vegetables! The winners will receive $15 worth of product.

If you’d like to win (U.S. and Canada addresses are eligible), just leave a comment below. We’ll draw the winners on June 6. Remember FIVE of you have a chance to win.

The winner of the Little Engine that Could DVD (and other items worth over $200) is #39 Becky M.

Written by 5 Minutes for Books managing editor Jennifer Donovan, who is a paid panelist for the Love Your Veggies campaign.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Krissa May 23, 2011 at 12:03 am

What a great giveaway! I love gardening…

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2 Cathy W May 23, 2011 at 2:15 am

What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

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3 Cathy B May 23, 2011 at 5:50 am

what a great giveaway. Just started some mini sunroom plants with herbs and this would be perfect for when the grandchildren come over.. I would love it as much as them! Please enter me! thanks so much. Of course I know they would want to take it home an dhow could I say no?! smiling… great for their learning about gardening and planting!
Cathy B
pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

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4 Julie G May 23, 2011 at 6:54 am

Wow, what a generous giveaway! We have just started gardening in the past year, and our experiences have been hit and miss. It’s a learning process!

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5 Mom24 May 23, 2011 at 7:17 am

My kids would absolutely LOVE this! Thanks for the opportunity.

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6 Vilmarys May 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

Great way to introduce gardening to my daughter! Thank you :)

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7 Paige May 23, 2011 at 9:29 am

OOOOOOHHHHH Love this. I would love to get this for my little crew that will be descending on my house this summer.
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8 Suzanne R. May 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

I love growning herbs and vegetables, but I have the worst brown thumb. Maybe I could learn a thing or two!

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9 Tkr May 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

My hubby and I are just starting our first garden this year and that would be awesome to win this! Thank you for the oppurtunity.

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10 Athena May 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

What a great Giveaway! Thank you for all that you do!

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11 Stacie May 23, 2011 at 11:12 am

What a great giveaway! We love to garden!

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12 Alison S. May 23, 2011 at 11:14 am

What a fun giveaway! I want! :)

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13 katia May 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

This is exactly what I need. Thank you.

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14 pamr May 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

My kids love to take care of the garden with me; awesome giveaway!

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15 Rae Lynn Glispin May 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I am clearly obsessed with gardening and I am happy to admit that. I have expanded my garden to 500 square feet this year and I look forward to feeding my family more healthy choices this summer!
This would be the ideal gift to receive for me!
thanks so much for the chance.

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16 Kristie May 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I love veggie gardening, so this prize is great! Thank you for the chance to win! :-)

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17 Patty May 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Great Giveaway! I want to learn how to garden and would love to win to get me started!

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18 Deb May 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I would love these books, I need help in the garden!

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19 Stacey May 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I have a very small garden, but I would love these books for advice.

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20 Alison May 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I would love these books for help with my garden

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21 Jen May 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Looks great! Hope I win!

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22 HappyMomC May 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Would love to win!

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23 Joy
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May 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm

My daughter and i love to garden; unfortunately, we do not seem to have green thumbs. Thus, we need all the help we can get.

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24 Pam M May 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm

What a great giveaway! We are plowing away with our 4th gardening season (sorry, couldn’t help it) and my son always wants to have his own garden patch, too. :0)

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25 Celeste May 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Looks like fun!

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26 Mrs. Petrie May 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm

We grow a garden so our kids can see how plants grow and produce food for us. We also want them to appreciate and enjoy fresh food. Nice giveaway!

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27 Heather Belden May 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

What a Great Giveaway

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28 Beth C May 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Fabulous giveaway! I’d love to be entered. Thanks!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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29 m May 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I have one kid that helps with the garden…in fact checks it daily. We don’t have much produce yet but lots of plants. I could use this to get more people involved!

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30 Cindy May 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm

This is a great thing you’re doing. Would LOVE to win & play with these resources w/ my niece & nephew who are just starting to garden at school (radishes) Thanks for the opportunity! :)

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31 Christine Jensen May 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm

What a fabulous prize pack! Thank you for the chance to win :)

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32 Donna B. May 23, 2011 at 10:48 pm

*squee* I’m in! Awesome prize :) I’d like to be entered, please :)

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33 Sara Hulstein May 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm

So excited! This pack is awesome. Perfect for parents and of course our little garden helpers!

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34 Melissa May 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm

We have a garden and this would be so wonderful to have. I know my son would love this and feel very involved in our gardening.

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35 Jessica T May 24, 2011 at 12:09 am

Yay! This is an awesome giveway! Hope I”m one of the 5!

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36 Anne May 24, 2011 at 7:30 am

Great giveaway, I need to go out an weed my garden today.

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37 Michelle May 24, 2011 at 8:37 am

I would love to win this!

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38 Wehaf May 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I’d love to grow my own vegetables!

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39 Tracey May 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

What a great giveaway. Hope I win

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40 Debra May 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm

No excuse not to work in a small garden this spring and summer if you win these gifts!

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41 Ali May 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm

My girls love to plant anything. Veggies, or flowers they don’t care. This would be a great family project!

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42 Stacey May 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm

My son would love to have a very small garden. This would do the trick!

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43 Idaho Jill May 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm

we are finally planting our garden – our daughter loves to help! This is a great prize pack – thanks for the chance to win!

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44 Linda Kish May 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Sounds great. Count me in please.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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45 jenna May 24, 2011 at 11:54 pm

wow, I like all of these things. Thanks for the great prize package opportunity.

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46 Kathy Stevenson May 25, 2011 at 7:24 am

I would love to win this!

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47 Kay M. May 25, 2011 at 11:10 am

What a fantastic idea for my grandkids! We plant a garden every year, and they eat the veggies, but this way they could actually see how they grow. Fingers crossed!

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48 Debra May 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Veggies with Ranch, sounds good to me!

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49 Al May 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I would love to have a small garden and this would be great help.

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50 Stacey May 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Grow my own vegetables, sounds wonderful!

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51 Leila (Don't Speak Whinese) May 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm

My kids would absolutely LOVE this! What a fantastic giveaway. I’m a firm believer that if children have a deeper appreciation for growing fruits and veggies they are more likely to eat them! Mine do.. right out of our garden.

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52 Moriah May 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I love to garden and be outside. We will be starting a family this year, and I can’t wait to share my interests with my children!

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53 tennille May 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Veggies and dip! Awesome looking prize packs.

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54 stacy May 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm

What a great giveaway! I would love to win this!
gingeroo616 at aol dot com

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55 Liz V. May 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Would love to have.

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56 Lisa May 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm

This is a fantastic giveaway. I love to garden and I’m trying to eat more vegetables, including salads with Ranch dressing.

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57 Mia Dentice Carey
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May 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE our veggies and this prize gift pack!!!!
Thanks for the opportunity!
=)

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58 Liz May 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm

My kids love gardening, so this would definitely enhance their summer fun!

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59 Stephanie May 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm

What a great idea! My daughter is 3 and she loves to plant seeds to watch them grow. We talk about the progress of her plants and talk about how they grow. She gets sooo excited checking them everyday!

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60 Mozi Esmes Mom May 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I would LOVE some motivation in my gardening!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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61 Amy Brewer
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May 29, 2011 at 3:31 am

I love to garden. I have a huge one out this year. Something that the whole family gets in and enjoys to do.

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62 Staci A May 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm

What great products! I love anything that helps get my son more involved in growing things. He loves to help in his grandparent’s garden and it has definitely helped his eating improve.

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63 SnowflakeDay (Audra) May 30, 2011 at 9:08 am

My daughter loves being outside in the flower garden with me. Great prize package! The ToySmith tote is really nice! :-)

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64 Beth T. May 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I’ve been slowing getting started on our garden this year (every year…) so this would be a wonderful prize to win. Thanks for the chance.

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65 Jennifer H. May 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Thanks for the giveaway
jenhedger at hotmail dot com

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66 Ellen C. May 30, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I’d love to win. Thanks for the chance.

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67 Karen Propes May 31, 2011 at 12:58 am

LOVE to WIN THIS! Please add me to the list, this would be great!!!
ncjeepster@aol.com

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68 Kristy c May 31, 2011 at 7:48 am

What a great giveaway, I need all the help I can get for my black thumb :)

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69 Brett May 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm

This would be great to have for my small garden.

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70 Debra May 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I love fresh vegetables and to grow them yourself is very satisfying.

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71 Ali May 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm

My girls would love to help with these tools, and they love Ranch on everything!

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72 Paige May 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm

This is an awesome giveaway. Gardening is one of the greatest gifts with good life lessons and great rewards. Thanks for doing it.

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73 nan May 31, 2011 at 9:52 pm

my son just planted his veg garden we’d love this
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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74 Pat June 1, 2011 at 9:40 am

My granddaughter would love this, especially the Root-Vue farm.

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75 LaVonne
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June 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm

5 winners? Wow! Thanks for the chance to win!

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76 Stacey June 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm

A great family project and you have books to help!

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77 Ali June 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I would love to have fresh veggies and the tools and books would surely be helpful!

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78 Deb June 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I always try to plant a few vegetables. I could certainly use new tools and a book for help!

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79 donsterb June 1, 2011 at 8:26 pm

please enter me

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80 Lucinda June 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Looks like a great prize package. Me and my 15 year old son love to garden and anything too young for us, we’ll use to get my 7 year old nephew interested in joining us.

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81 Leah Walker June 2, 2011 at 12:36 am

I would LOVE this. I am trying to learn to garden and not kill everything. Lol. Thank you so much for this really cool chance.

lewalk(at)hotmail(dot)com

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82 Jennifer F. June 2, 2011 at 2:04 am

How cool! I just took a horticulture class last semester, so I know how enjoyable gardening can be … would love to give my younger home-schooled siblings some gear that would be educational and fun!

Thanks for the chance to win. =)

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83 debbie June 2, 2011 at 7:03 am

Wow, this is really nice. I love the gardening books. I would love to have this.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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84 apple blossom June 2, 2011 at 9:11 am

Oh, I’d love to win the gardening giveaway thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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85 Charlotte Kay June 2, 2011 at 9:24 am

What a fabulous giveaway!
I am grateful to be included in it!

Many Blessings and Smiles:)
Charlotte Kay

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86 Brett June 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

These books would be very useful for my very small garden.

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87 Debra June 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I love to plant and especially vegetables. I really need helpful advice and these books would do the trick!

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88 Alison June 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm

My girls love Ranch dressing and if we grew our own veggies it would be awesome!

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89 Janelle June 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Our garden is growing but it needs a good weeding! My kids enjoy the planting but not the weeding. We’re hoping for a large crop of peppers this year to dip into that Hidden Valley Ranch goodness!
pvilletoygirl @ g m a i l dot com

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90 Christy June 4, 2011 at 2:55 am

How fun is that! Thanks for the give away!!

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91 Amy B. June 4, 2011 at 10:42 am

Wow, great giveaway! I would love to have this for my family.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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92 Noreen June 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I love gardening and sharing it with my girls. I am behind this year as my husband is in a cast and I have been doing my jobs and his in the yard

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93 pboylecharley June 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I could use all the gardening help I can get and I think that this book would be useful.

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94 katklaw777 June 5, 2011 at 6:57 am

We are always in the garden…even on a rainy day!
Great giveaway, my kids would luv it, thanks.

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95 Wehaf June 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm

This package looks amazing! I love that the ranch dressing is included. :)

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96 Cori Westphal June 6, 2011 at 12:16 am

I love gettin out in the garden with my kids! What a great way to teach them about our planet!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

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97 Raven In A Blue Room June 6, 2011 at 12:43 am

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

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98 Melissa Taylor June 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

I’d love to win!

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99 phxbne June 6, 2011 at 11:46 am

awesome collection – thanks!

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100 Alicia June 12, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I’m just getting into gardening and would love to win this!

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101 June Deese March 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

love to win…i love to dig in the dirt and watch things grow..

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