101 Organic Gardening Hacks + Giveaway

101 Organic Gardening Hacks
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A tome of clever ideas for the crafty & frugal gardener

As an organic gardener I’m always trying to learn new ways to grow a nutritious and beautiful garden on the cheap. Gardening is one of those hobbies where you can succeed by spending an absolute fortune or practically nothing at all — it really just comes down to learning the tricks of the trade.

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101 Organic Gardening Hacks

Ideas from the book

Though I’m always scanning Pinterest for ideas, I’m delighted to say that this new book, ‘101 Gardening Hacks’ by Shawna Coronado has all that I’ve heard about and so much more. She credits her grandmothers for teaching her what she knows but has no doubt been adding to their library of garden knowledge. Here are a few ideas she shares:

  • How to grow potatoes from the shop — I’ve been told to never do this but if Shawna says it’s OK then I’m taking her word for it
  • When herbs bolt, let them go — the flowers are great food for pollinators
  • Use trails of ordinary flour to create outlines for your flower border
  • How to create self-watering containers

Book Giveaway

If you’d like to discover the other ideas this book presents for yourself, I’d like to give you a chance to win a free copy. To enter, please comment below with why you’d like the book or even a gardening hack of your own. Those who share this facebook post will also get another chance at winning.

I’ll select the winner at random on Friday, January 27th and the giveaway is open to those resident in the European Union, Isle of Man, United Kingdom, and Channel Islands. Good luck!

PS — If you’d like to buy the book now, you can find it on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

101 Organic Gardening Hacks

In 101 Organic Gardening Hacks, you’ll find the top tips, tricks and solutions unearthed by Shawna Coronado. Some are practical timesavers; others offer clever ways to ‘upcycle’ everyday items in your garden. Every hack, however, is completely organic and unfailingly environmentally friendly!

If you are looking for resourceful ways to improve your garden and promote green-living values right at home, you’ll love paging through this practical, friendly book.

Eco-friendly Solutions to Improve Any Garden
by Shawna Coronado
January 2017
£12.99 | Paperback
Published by Cool Springs Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group

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88 Discussion to this post

  1. Dave Fenwick says:

    Wow this is amazing id look one of them books ☺

  2. ElizabethPalmer says:

    Just need all the help I can get! Love your posts! x

  3. Kathy says:

    This book looks like thee gardening book…would love it!!!

  4. Zoe C says:

    I love gardening and sometimes can’t stretch my imagination, this book would do this for sure

  5. Katherine Mitchell says:

    Would love to get my hands dirty using some of these tips ?

  6. terri kelly says:

    I’d like to win this for my Mom’s birthday in Feb as she is a keen gardener and I think she’s love this book 🙂

  7. Nicole says:

    I’d really like to read this, my garden definitely needs all the help it can get at this stage!

  8. Alexandra says:

    Hi, would love this book for all its tips. I really love to grow my own food, cater for wildlife in the garden and have a self sufficient garden xx

  9. Luminita says:

    Hi, I’d love this book because a gardener will never have enough books about gardening ideas 🙂

  10. Sarah searle says:

    I don’t really have any knowledge of gardening and would good to get some tips so I can teach my 4 year old a bit about nature

  11. I’d love to win your book and turn over a new leaf on my organic allotment for the best year ever!

  12. Kim Webster-Marsh says:

    Love this, I could do with all the gardening hacks I can find !! LOL (Organic ones are best) 😀

  13. Laura Corrall says:

    I would love to win this book. Now that we have a rather nice garden and I have had some success at keeping my herbs and flowers alive I would love to learn more handy tips. So far my best gardening hack is the cardboard loo roll plant pot – Use the carboard loo roll and fill up with soil/compost pop in a seed and when it grows big enough it can be popped straight into the ground with the cardboard loo roll as this will compost.

  14. Claire D says:

    We’ve just moved into a cottage with a lovely (overgrown) garden. I’m a complete gardening novice and a bit overwhelmed. This book would help get me started!

  15. Rich Tyler says:

    We’ve limited space in our garden, but want to make most of it, gardening hacks could be super useful!

  16. lynn neal says:

    I love to get inspiration from beautiful gardening books like this one!

  17. Heather says:

    We do a bit of gardening, growing soft fruits mainly so far, but would love to learn more.

  18. Diana says:

    I’ve only just started gardening last summer so I do need some hacks. Would love to win 🙂

  19. iain maciver says:

    perfect for me love gardening

  20. Angie Hoggett says:

    I’d love to get some tips for my new home, we have a large garden so I’m struggling for ideas

  21. Aaron Worth says:

    Hopefully this would help me grow fresh fruit and veg for my young children.

  22. Chris says:

    Our garden is a pokey courtyard with not much light, it is quite dreary! Would love some ideas to spruce it up!

  23. Champaklal says:

    looks great with great ideas

  24. Dee Dmonte says:

    I moved last march and have been slowly building up an organic veg garden from recycled material. I would loe some extra help and advice.

  25. ellie says:

    I’d like the book as I need all the help I can get when it comes to grdening- no green fingers here!

  26. leanne weir says:

    Fab prize – I would love this to help tidy our tiny garden

  27. Deborah Bird says:

    I would love to win this book because I have never really done anything with my garden, and this book would give me some fab ideas which don’t have to cost a lot of money as most of the ideas are using recycling x

  28. Rosemary Nisbet says:

    I would love to own this beautiful book. I need HELP!

  29. Susan Pelletier says:

    Looks like an awesome read! So enjoy your posts, so I know the book will be amazing!

  30. Natalie says:

    I would love to win this for a dear friend who is doing a gardening course and trying to perfect his own garden so would love to own this book. Thanks for the chance x

  31. Helen W says:

    I’d love to win this book so I could learn to grow fruit and vegetables at home.

  32. Rebecca Lis says:

    I would love this book to help make a beautiful garden, since we moved into our house the garden is only just starting to take shape so some tips would be great!

  33. Allan Wilson says:

    Need as many hacks as possible as busy turning 4 Acres into gardens.

  34. jo liddement says:

    I would love this book as i have converted some of my garden into an allotment area for growing organic vegetables and salads and would love inspiration to make it even more environmently friendy

  35. Cathy O says:

    Would love this book for my daughter who is just taking on an allotment for the first time and think and help would be appreciated.

  36. debbie patching says:

    because it looks fab

  37. Tory says:

    Hi Tanya, I would love, love, love to get my hands on this lovely looking book because quite frankly I need all the hacks I can get my hands on! With 2 big boys and a mad toddler, a barn to renovate and about to start the 2nd season in my south of France organic, no dig garden as a total newbie gardener I need lots of help! My favorite hack I’ve seen (which I’ve not tried yet but intend to soon) is your propagating lavender, I can’t wait to see my garden filled with the gorgeous stuff without having to keep buying it! I used your basil from the shop hack last year which worked pretty well (although sadly it got the nasty black blight thing happening so I lost most of my crop). I’m also loving the no-dig gardening option and have been madly watching Charles Dowding’s videos on you tube – what a back and time saver for a busy gardener! Thanks for all the great posts you do – really enjoy your blog!

  38. PENNY says:

    Maybe I’m too old
    To make mud pies
    But the sale sign said “sold”
    Now it’s mine,
    I stand under the skies
    Wondering what to do
    Roses? Marrow? Lavender too?
    Where to start?
    What to do?
    Assemble a greenhouse
    Where is that part?
    I lift, I turn, I dig
    I fall, I sit, I stare,
    I remember what I enjoyed the most
    And make mud pies all over again

  39. STACEY SHAW says:

    Just moved and now have a larger garden, really want to grow lots of veg but also want to make it look nice without spending loads of money! Gardening Hacks would be great to read and get tips!

  40. Mary says:

    wow would be great for my garden great tips and hacks

  41. Andrew Hindley says:

    My green fingers are itching for some new ideas

  42. steph lovatt says:

    Would love to win a copy for some ideas on what to do with my garden

  43. daniel pol says:

    revamping the garden this spring and could to with ideas and tips


    An extra thick childs pencil makes a great dibber for separating out seedlings when transplanting

  45. Hayley Todd says:

    I would absolutely love this book as we are about to start completely renovating our garden and need all the help we can get.

  46. Helen says:

    To make gardening easier for my hubby now he is getting on a bit

  47. caroline stokes says:

    I am always on the look out for tips as I only have a small garden to work in. I use old guttering attached to the wall under the kitchen window to grow small plants such as radish, spring onions, etc.

  48. Sarah Reed says:

    A great way of controlling pests is to attract predators. Make a small pond and this will bring frogs, toads and hedgehogs as well as birds who will all help to eat slugs, snails and grubs and keep them off your plants.

  49. Sarah Wilson says:

    I would love to win it because my big project for this year is my garden, which is a bit of a blank canvas at the minute!

  50. Karen Barrett says:

    I would love to win for my daughter, she is renovating her home and plans to have raised bed to grow veggies plus cut flowers for her home throughout the year. She has even though as far ahead as watering, she has taken the lease on the pond behind her home.

  51. carole n says:

    Would love to win this interesting book – always on the lookout for new ideas

  52. Dale says:

    my garden is awful, grass, mud and trees, thats it, so would love to do something with it

  53. Simon mcfarlane says:

    i love gardening but need to brush up my skills

  54. Jodie a harvey says:

    i would love this for my mum, shes a keen gardener and always doing something in her garden (which looks beautiful, by the way!)
    also shared on fb 🙂

  55. Joanna Kasznicki says:

    I think i need all the help i can get I do enjoy gardening but sometimes my imagination is not very good

  56. Juli Savage says:

    Recently moved into a new home and there are three raised beds and a greenhouse – would love some ideas and hacks on how to grow things. Also have a weed filled grass garden and need inspiration on how to get a lush garden

  57. It does my heart good to see so many comments here. Thanks everyone – for responding to my new book “101 Organic Gardening Hacks” – much love to all!!!!

    Happy Gardening!

    Shawna Coronado

  58. George Wright says:

    I try hard but don’t get great results. I’m in desperate need of some tips so I’d love a copy of this book!

  59. Harley says:

    Because our garden is desperate for all the love it can get and I need all the hacks I can get!

  60. Susan says:

    I love home made hacks for the garden because growing fruit and veg at home should not be more expensive than buying them.

  61. jackie beckett says:

    I would love to win I am in the middle of revamping my garden which is a wildlife garden with 3 ponds , i have several pallets , an old picket fence and a neighbours wooden slats from her above ground pond which i would love to turn into raised beds for veg also i am very interested in caterpillars everyone seems to focus on plants for nectar but few on the plants caterpillars feed on before they become butterflies , no caterpillars no butterflies ! I am sure your book will help with some of this plus giving guidance with recycling other things in the garden rather than the local tip

  62. Julie Edwards says:

    I would love to know how to garden correctly

  63. Mary Chez says:

    I love reading gardening books and this would be a very welcome addition to my collection…Always interested in new ideas

  64. sion gibby says:

    wow – great book with lots of tips it would seem. perfect reading in prep for the spring- which hopefully is not far away!!

  65. Charlie Brunton says:

    I’d love this book because I really want to give my garden a personal touch by making my own features & decorations. I’d also like to learn which plants would be suited to my garden.

  66. Imogen Richards says:

    I would love this book because gardening feels like my only source of escape in this manic world! I may not be the best gardener in the world but I love watching my garden turn form a barren field of mud to a blossoming eden. I am trying to learn as much as I can so that when I am able to buy my own house and garden I can make it into my little utopia.

  67. Elizabeth Harbron says:

    I’m a very basic gardener. We’ve got a garden to renovate this year and I’m really hoping to compete with the neighbours who all look like experts!

  68. Julie Camm says:

    I’d love to win as it’s taken me the last three summers to clear my very overgrown garden and now it’s a blank canvas and I need help and ideas. I’ll probably buy it if I’m not lucky enough to win, but I can keep my fingers crossed! Thank you for the opportunity….

  69. Kirsti Peters says:

    This looks like the ideal book for me and my mother, i’m unwell and she’s 76 so between us we don’t have much energy, but we both love gardening and we are known for our roses in the area. So if we can save a bit of energy using some gardening hacks that would be fabulous. I have only just discovered to your site and I will deffo be back x

  70. David Reed says:

    I would love this book as i need to sort my garden out this year

  71. Catherine Barton says:

    I am a total beginner to gardening and moved to a little cottage in the country with a large garden; of which I am not sure what I am doing and need all the help and advice I can get…….

  72. Rebecca Shelton says:

    this book looks great with some fabulous ideas would love to receive.

  73. Kate Phillips says:

    I’m a real novice so will appreciate all the help to do things the best way.

  74. Kirsty Woods says:

    I would love this book as i love my garden and allotment

  75. Julie Zinn says:

    i would love a copy of this awesome book!

  76. Jane says:

    I have a new garden and am about to start a vegatable garden this year. Need all the help I can get

  77. Carol De says:

    I can’t wait to get out in my garden! This book sounds great & I can gather ideas to try out when the weather gets warmer & I can start outside. Interesting blog .. having a good read of it .. thank you

  78. Melissa Crowe says:

    Would love , im new at gardening thankyou for the chance x

  79. MANDY DOHERTY says:

    I really need some help to make my garden look presentable, shared on Facebook

  80. JENNY MACE says:

    What an awesome book – just what I need to transform my little plot. Good Luck everyone x

  81. Lucie Davies says:

    I love my garden and would welcome your book as i always love to learn new things xx

  82. Nikki Easton says:

    Would love to win this for myself. You can’t beat making your own compost, great use for old tea bags. We have 100s in our house. Last year we utilised our growing space and made a runner bean teepee. The veg could grow and the children could play. Gardening should always be fun 🙂

  83. Lydia Denton says:

    Would love to win this book.Here are 2 hacks for organic gardener.save egg shells, dry them out crush and add to the soil they contain great nourishment specially to veggies,Also add teabags fillings too.

  84. Heather Tinkler says:

    Id really like to focus on the garden this year, make it a little haven. So this would be great to help.

  85. Fiona Milliken says:

    trying to teach my son where vegetables come from ie not the supermarket, so am trying to make gardening fun and need all the help I can get

  86. lovelygreens says:


  87. lovelygreens says:

    And the winner is….MELISSA CROWE, who entered the competition via Facebook. To watch the announcement video head over here: https://www.facebook.com/tanya.lovelygreens/videos/1354802821209424/

    Thank you all for entering the giveaway 🙂

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