Our Blogoversary Giveaway!


Giveaway from Black Fox Homestead

Just a little over a year ago, husbie and I sat down at the kitchen table and dreamed up a website.

I wanted it to have a blog where I could share my recipes, gardening tips, and all about our life on the farm as we built our homestead, made the move, and became country bumpkins.

I also wanted it to advertise the multifaceted small home based business we wanted to create: heirloom vegetables, an Etsy storefront, and anything else we felt we wanted to try.

We started small with just three subscriptions, one from each of us, and one from my parents whose email address I added without their knowledge.

Since that first day we hit “publish” on that first post we’ve grown!

And we did finish that home in the country, we did make that move, we have started that business, and as for country bumpkins…we’re getting there.

So we just wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks to all of you for reading, for your support and encouragement, and for all your kind comments.

As a way of showing our appreciation we are giving away a pair of books that have been our favorites and those we refer to often as we plan our garden.

ONE winner will receive one copy each of The Vegetable Gardeners Bible AND a copy of Carrots Love Tomatoes!

Giveaway from Black Fox Homestead

Using the Rafflecopter doohickey below choose any one or all of the options for entering.

Here’s the fine print:

The giveaway ends at midnight June 19 when the winner will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to claim their prize.

Drawing is open to US residents only please.

Please note that this drawing is not sponsored by the publishers, or the authors of these books.

This is just something nice we wanted to do for our readers in order to say thank you.

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Our Blogoversary Giveaway! — 50 Comments

  1. I’m in Zone 5a, and I have tons of little seedlings sprouting in the garden –carrots, beets, beans, squash….and weeds.

  2. I recently began following your blog via email. We do not have a garden yet but are moving to a homestead later this year and are excited to begin learning to garden next spring!

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  4. I live in zone 6. I am growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, peas, brussel sprouts and lots of herbs. I am experimenting with vertical gardening.

  5. I’m in zone 6/7 – MA. Right now we have major construction going on around our house (big equipment) so I was stuck doing containers this year. At least I got SOME stuff growing! Tomatoes, zucchini, cukes, dill, chives, basil, lavender, sage, radish, & lettuce.

    I just found your site not too long ago, & I’ve been enjoying your posts. Always interested in learning from those who’ve gone before me. Keep up the great work!

  6. I don’t garden yet, but Terri (above) has inknowingly inspired me. :) I live in Georgia and I would be a gardening newb but I have always wanted to try! :)

  7. We’re in zone 8 & now I have tomatoes, summer squashes, eggplant, the end ofcarrots, collards, peppers and just planted sweet potatoes. Love to read your blog!

  8. I don’t know my zone ;( I live in AZ and its a struggle to garden I have only lived here a year transplanted from NH via FL …as a result I mostly container garden tomatoes and peppers my yard is a sand pile
    Love your blog follow you by e-mail

  9. I’ve been following your blog for a couple of weeks. I’m solidly in zone 3 (which means there’s a fine line between last frost and planted too late), and I’ve got tomatoes, peppers, strawberry popcorn, potatoes and several kinds of squash in the ground. With any luck, I’ll have pumpkins to feed my chickens and little cows all winter.

  10. We live in zone 8 and have planted tomatoes, cucs, zucchini, corn, etc. We’ll get to eat what the deer leave behind!

  11. I’ve been following your blog and reside in Zone 3 and 4 (depends who you ask). We had a frost around June 3 or 4th, and was fortunate not to lose my tomatoes. Also grow bell peppers, which a deer got to, potatoes, onions, Egyptian walking onions, chives, spearmint plant, strawberries, raspberries, squash, peas, cucumbers, watermelon and green beans.

  12. I’m in Zone 6, and we currently have tomatoes, onions, carrots, lettuce, potatoes, corn, beans, watermelons, zucchinis, cucumbers, a few radishes, peas, and broccoli growing!

  13. I’m in 9a. It is hot, hot, hot. We are at the tail end of our squash (winter and summer) harvest, tomato harvest, and cucumber harvest. I recently planted okra, pumpkins, yard long beans and armenian cucumbers.

  14. I’m in zone 7. Currently harvesting asparagus, kale, romaine, mesculin mix, broccoli, and herbs galore. Waiting on fruits of my tomatoes, peppers, jalapeno, zucchini, yellow squash, cukes, eggplant, and cauliflower.

  15. I’m in zone 3, and I’m just getting started with gardening. I’ve tried tomatoes, pumpkins, and peppers before, which did pretty good. But I have such a brown thumb, I was surprised they survived me – lol! I need all the help I can get.

  16. Happy Blogoversary Black Fox. May this year bring lots of good things your way! Zone 8a here. We have two growing seasons — hot, and not-so- hot. This is the hot season: zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and herbs are all in full swing.

  17. Well I have no clue what my zone is!! LOL I think we are an 8 or 9 here. I have nice shade for my garden and so far it seems to be doing quite well! Thanks for the contest and Happy Blogversary!!

  18. I live in zone 5b so things are still getting ramped up here but I am growing a lot this year! Corn, acorn squash, zucchini squash, 5 different beans, sweet peas, 5 different peppers, 2 types potatoes, 3 different tomato types, carrots, beets, edemame,kohlrabi, 10 different lettuce/spinach, many different herbs, nasturtium, broccoli di cecco, okra….Good thing I learned how to can last year…I might be busy!!

  19. just moved to sc so dont know zone but have tomatoes, strawberries,watermelon, cucs, and squash

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    I garden in zone 5, I think, and we have about 15 herbs, along with tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash, sweet peppers, jalapenos, cantelope, green beans, cucumbers & rhubarb currently growing in our summer garden, alongside a late crop of spinach & lettuce still leftover from early spring.

  21. Such a fun giveaway!! I am in zone 8/9. Right now we have planted zucchini, summer squash, several varieties of heirloom tomatoes, the last of the lettuce, jalapeƱo peppers, melons, okra, beans, carrots, and bunches of herbs and flowers!

  22. I’m in zone 5a, I do believe. We have tomatoes, green peppers, yellow banana peppers, carrots, spinach, peas, cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkin, sunflowers, and a few others that I can’t remember growing.
    Just love the country life.

  23. I am excited about this giveaway! I am currently in zone 7 (about to transplant to zone 8). I have a little in-ground planter in front of the apartment complex that was filled with broken beer bottles, old cigarette butts, and what looks like tire mulch when I moved in 2 years ago. It now holds plants I got from local growers at the farmers market (I feel good about that one). I have garlic, tomatoes, cucumbers, lavender, oregano, lemon thyme, sage, rosemary, zinnias, lilys, and I recently found out that lambs quarters are edible, so I am letting them grow instead of pulling them. I’m off to central Arkansas on Saturday to start my very own homestead! I hope the new tenant takes good care of my garden.

  24. I’m in zone 9 I think (South Texas-San Antonio area) and I have tomatoes, sweet basil, purple basil, orange mint, peppermint, spearmint, and chocolate mint, boxwood basil, spicy globe basil, 4 colors of bell peppers, poblano peppers, garlic, and watermelons. I am waiting for the lemon balm and the lime basil to sprout. I could really use the books in the giveaway to help me be a better gardener. This is only my third garden :)

  25. Zone 5b. We have quite a mix: tomato, pepper, corn, cabbage, celery, onion, basil, beans, etc. Ready to harvest right now are peas, kale, greens, and getting very close to broccoli!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  26. Garden zone 9 for central Florida. I have blackeye, conk and zipper peas, yellow corn, tomato, and various herbs! You never have too many garden books!

  27. I’m in zone 4. We haven’t had a garden yet, but next year we’re going to put one in for me and my little kids to work.

  28. 4b/5a… carrots, radishes, cukes, zucchini, tomatoes, watermelon, muskelon, beans and lots of flowers!!

  29. I am in Zone 5. Right now I have corn, sunflowers, pumpkins, edemame, french beans, zucchini, cucumbers, squash, potaties, raspberries, strawberries, and many more

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  31. We planted in containers this year because we aren’t sure if we will still be in this house till the end of the summer. They are doing well.

  32. We’re in zone 9 and right now we have tomatoes, green beans,squash, zucchini, peppers, okra, watermelons, cantaloupe, hami gold melons, basil, onion, garlic, swiss chard and kale. We need rain, though. We’re 6″ lower than normal and not much rain in our forseeable future.

  33. I am in zone 5 and this year with our crazy weather everything has just been kind of sitting there and not doing much.. Hopefully the rain will give us a break for a little while.

  34. I’m in Zone 7 and I am not able to garden this summer, have to be on stand-by to run to WV to help elderly parents at moment’s notice and you HAVE to water here. I couldn’t put in my tomatoes in the spring for this reason. Someday soon I will have raised beds and plants galore. Side note. I bought the book you show in Etsy: Feasting on Wild Edibles i the 70′s. I still have it.

  35. Doing a little city garden with a single guy=need all the help we can get. hahaha

  36. Zone 5 …I think! We have tomatoes and peppers and a few herbs…waiting for our homestead dream to have more!

  37. Zone 10, I think :) Currently have an all volunteer garden! … tomatoes, cucumber and beets

  38. I live in zone 8 (s.e. AZ)??? I have two raised beds with beets, carrots, tomatoes, zuc’s etc. Thanks for the wonderful news and info. Love your page.

  39. I am already a subscriber and would love to read more about companion planting. My garden sits out back in neat little rows and I’m sure no one’s neighbor is correct.

  40. At 71, i’ve only been gardening for three years and have learned so much from you – thank you!

  41. In zone 7. We have a small home garden and hope to expand our current home farm into much more. We grow herbs, strawberries, several peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, cantaloupe, watermelon, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, pumpkins. Would LOVE to learn about companion planting!

  42. I’m in zone 4, probably closer to 3 than 5. For veggies I have sugar snap peas, cukes, tomatoes (about 4 kids, 15 total), bush beans, zuchini, 3 lettuces, spinach, and banana peppers. The only thing producing so far is the lettuce and spinach. Also looking forward to sunflowers, morning glories, four o’clocks, nasturtiums and cosmos!
    I’ve never looked into companion planting much but now that I’m settled into a long term garden I’m looking to learn more!