Friday, October 14, 2011

Liebster Blog Award

I am honored to receive the "Liebster Blog Award" from Robin at The Gardener of Eden. Robin writes about her gardening adventures with her husband, "The Italian" as they grow and harvest from both a home kitchen garden and a community plot in Pennsylvania. Most recently, Robin has been in mega-canning mode. She preserves her garden bounty along with locally produced fruit and has been posting some unique and inspiring canning recipes. Be sure to visit and see for yourself what The Gardener of Eden is all about, and take time to leave a comment when you do. Thank you so much Robin for nominating my blog for this award.

"Liebster" is a German word meaning dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

The Liebster Blog Award is designed to introduce others to enjoyable blogs that have less than 200 followers. When you accept the award, you choose 3-5 other blogs that you feel are deserving of more subscribers and pass the award on to them.

Here are the rules:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!

Now it's my turn and I would like to nominate...

1. Back to Basics: It has been an interesting year for Jessica (AKA Prairie Cat) and her significant other Tad. They purchased a new 9-acre homestead in Missouri this summer. Even though the closing was delayed and they were nomads for a time, they planted and tended to a garden on the property anyway. Now that they are official farm owners, they have already acquired chickens. I can't wait to see what next year brings. Stop by Back to Basics and wish them well in their new home.

2. Dave's Square Foot Garden: Dave is not new to Square Foot Gardening, he gardened on his property in Massachusetts for several years before the surrounding trees eventually took back the land. This year, Dave began a new Square Foot Garden at a community plot at Bolton Community Gardens. He has also become a certified Square Foot Gardening teacher. Dave has posted his step-by-step process of building his new square foot garden on his blog. Visit Dave's Square Foot Garden blog or facebook page to catch up on his garden progress.

3. Fresh is Best CSA: Jeph not only loves gardening, but he partners with fellow gardener, Mary to grow enough produce to provide weekly shares of garden grown goodies to members of their CSA in Ohio. Jeph blogs about seed starting, garden progress, ways to use the harvest, and sneak peeks into the CSA shares of the week. Wow! Talk about knowing exactly where your food comes from. Follow along at Fresh is Best CSA.

4. Sinfonian's Garden Adventure: I followed Sinfonian's post on the GardenWeb forums for years before blogging became popular. Sinfonian's experiment with building potato towers put him on the map of popular bloggers several years ago. Since then, the potato tower fad has faded and Sinfonian experienced blog hosting problems that forced him to move his blog to a more stable platform. He gardens in Seattle WA area and blogs about his adventures with square foot gardening, raising chickens, and building chicken housing. His blog is always fun to read and I especially enjoyed watching his chicks grow up and begin laying. Visit Sinfonian's Garden Adventure and say "hello."

5. Georgia Home Garden: Kris caught the vegetable gardening bug a few years ago and built a new Square Foot Garden this year. It was fun watching his garden grow and I was very inspired with Kris' success with growing corn. He has also posted a great tip on how to fix a common problem of blown over corn. I can't wait to see what he grows next year. Visit Georgia Home Garden and leave a comment.

I hope you give these blogs a visit. Thank you again Robin for nominating my blog.


  1. Thank you Rachel! Those are some great blogs and I have never heard of a few of them.

  2. There are so many great blogs out there... I could make a full time job out of just reading garden blogs. Too bad there is no pay to be had for doing that! LOL!

    A couple of knowns and a few unknowns in your highlighted blogs. Definitely will have to check them out.

  3. Thanks for the nomination Rachel, I really appreciate your kind words.

  4. I appreciate the recognition, Rachel. I'm definitely qualified. I can't even get college daughter to follow me. I guess I do it for myself and if it helps someone, that's great.

  5. Hi Rachel, thanks for becoming a follower, and don't we both have great taste in good bloggers! We both chose "Back to Basics" for the Liebster! Congrats. You're blog deserves the recognition.

  6. Robin: This is a wonderful way to spread the news about different blogs.

    Laura: I am finding more time to read blogs now that the garden is winding down. However most blogging is winding down as well. Time to discover some new ones :)

    Kris: You are very welcome!

    Dave Velten: I qualify too and I have been blogging longer than you. Your followers will begin to add up once people discover your blog.

    Jody: Funny thing is I read your blog all the time but just realized I had not officially "followed" it yet.