Book Giveaway: Building Soils Naturally

Building Soils Naturally

Enter to win the Smiling Gardener’s new book Building Soils Naturally.

NOW THAT I’VE FINISHED MY BOOK REVIEW of Phil Nauta’s book called Building Soils Naturally*, I’m going to give away (including delivery) a copy of the book to a lucky Suburban Hobby Farmer reader.

For those of you who are not familiar with Phil, he writes the blog called the Smiling Gardener. His book shows how to create productive, living soil using a hands-on plan that incorporates both simple and advanced techniques.

All you have to do to enter is list the very best fruit or vegetable that you ate this summer in the comment section below. The deadline for entering the best fruit or vegetable is:

Deadline to enter: 3 p.m. Eastern Time on August 24, 2012

I’ll pick one person at random to get the book completely for free. The winner won’t even need to pay for delivery. I’ll announce the winner (and directions for receiving the book) on August 25 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time in the comment section below.

So don’t wait. All you have to do is list a fruit or vegetable in the comment section. You have a very good chance to win. Good luck!

Related posts you might enjoy:

1. Book Review: Felder Rushing’s Slow Gardening
2. Book Review: The Apple Grower
3. Book Review: Eliot Coleman’s Handbook

*If you purchase using this link, I make a small amount of money that helps me continue to keep writing this blog.

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20 Responses to “Book Giveaway: Building Soils Naturally”

  1. Jill Hempel
    August 8, 2012 at 11:44 am #


    • August 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      Cucumbers are great! I’ve got a ton growing in my garden now.

  2. August 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Great giveaway Bill, sounds like a fascinating book – I know my lawn and garden could use some natural soil improvement – I recently read about adding raw milk (at a 3 to 17 ratio of milk to water) to one’s garden to improve the soil – does Phil Nauta go into that at all in the book?

    I’d say the best fruit we had this summer would be strawberries picked at a local strawberry patch – good stuff. 🙂

    • August 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

      Chris — Since it was your first comment, I had to approve it first. Phil didn’t mention anything in his book about using milk as a soil additive. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of it. If you use it, you could have a lot of cats in your garden.

      • August 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

        Gotcha, yeah I wouldn’t have thought to use milk either (has to be unpasteurized to get the good benefits) but there are a number of studies done by farmers who use it on their pastures, over time it dramatically improves the brix levels… and brings all the cats for a garden party. 🙂

  3. August 9, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    That’s a hard one Bill. The cherry tomatoes have been sweet. The asian zukes firm and delicious. The peas and carrots sweet. But the blue potatoes we planted for the first time and just harvested are just tops. I love the flavor and the color.

    • August 9, 2012 at 10:29 am #

      Donna — Blue potatoes usually taste quite a bit different from the other varieties. I know some people don’t like them. Others love them. They certainly are good for you.

  4. Carole in AZ
    August 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Well…the *only* vegetable or fruit that I have eaten from my AZ desert garden this summer is squash…several different varieties…all yummy. I love the flowers! No cucs yet but lovely flowers…no toms yet…but lovely flowers… I do have a bumper crop of basil though! Lots of pesto! Look forward to following your blog…found you through the Smiling Gardener! Thanks for the giveaway! Following you on Facebook too. 🙂

    • August 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

      Thanks for the Facebook follow. Summer squash is a good one.

  5. Crystal Sharp
    August 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Fresh local organic watermelon <3

  6. Sharon
    August 11, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Heirloom black beauty zucchini I get so much bang for my buck with this plant. Fry, steam bake and freeze.
    I’m so happy I found your blog.
    Pembroke NH

    • August 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      Hi Sharon — I’m growing black beauty zucchini, too. My kids love zucchini. It’s one of the few vegetables they’ll eat consistently.

    • August 25, 2012 at 8:48 am #

      The winner, picked at random, is Sharon from Pembroke NH. Sharon — Could you send me your physical address by leaving a comment in the form on my partnering page. The publisher will send you a copy of the book. There will be absolutely no cost. It is completely free.

  7. James H Thompson
    August 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm #


  8. Jennifer
    August 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Figs. The first harvest from our gardens.

  9. August 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm #


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