Par­don me while I open the Depart­ment of Shame­less Pro­mo­tion. Did you know that Gro­cery Gar­den­ing is on not one…not two…but THREE Ama­zon best seller lists? The reviews (not all of them from my friends) have also been pos­i­tive. (My mother is so proud!)

If you don’t yet have a copy of this book I wrote with my gar­den­ing friends Jean Ann Van Krev­e­len, Amanda Thom­sen and Teresa O’Connor, here’s your chance to get one for FREE.

Leave me a com­ment to this post on or before Fri­day, March 5, and you’ll be entered into the draw­ing. When you leave your com­ment, please answer one of these questions:

- How, if at all, do you read other com­ments on blog posts? Do you read them before respond­ing? Never read them? Some­thing else?

- After com­ment­ing, do you sub­scribe to the follow-up com­ments on that post?

- Do you return to a blog post after com­ment­ing to see what other peo­ple have had to say?

Your responses will be most help­ful in help­ing me to deal with the com­ments all the very kind peo­ple leave here at Bum­ble­bee. I always read every com­ment and love them. I go through phases when I respond. Then I think “No one is look­ing at my responses” so I stop. But then I feel guilty and start respond­ing again. So, help me out, okay? It’ll give me more time for gro­cery gardening!

Got Gro­cery Gar­den­ing?

UPDATE

Dawn at Owl Hol­low News is the win­ner of the Gro­cery Gar­den­ing draw­ing. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Dawn!

Be Socia­ble, Share!
Robin

52 Responses to “Got Grocery Gardening?”

  1. Kay Niehaus Says:

    I like to read other people’s posts and see what they have to say and then I will post a com­ment. I love to see what peo­ple write on posts. I am new to blog­ging and love to see peo­ple com­ment on my blog. I do go back and answer people’s com­ments. Of course there have only been a few. Any­way, I would love to have your book. Thanks. By the way, I love your blog.

  2. Amy Parker Says:

    I am new to gar­den­ing AND read­ing blogs about gar­den­ing but I am lov­ing both. I feel like I’ve stum­bled on a gold mine find­ing your blog. It is delight­ful. I have found that I will return to com­ments if I have com­mented on some­thing but if I haven’t posted any­thing then I usu­ally skip the comments.

  3. Diana Says:

    When I get your new blog on my side bar,I always take a look. I look for­ward to your blog very much. I have on occa­sion made com­ments, and I always read the com­ments oth­ers make. It’s nice if you have the time to com­ment back, but with your busy sched­ule, I’m sure it’s very dif­fi­cult. Con­tinue to do what you do, your blog is a work of art, and I’m an admir’er for sure.

  4. Nancy Wheat Says:

    I’m fairly new to both read­ing and writ­ing blogs. I do try keep up with quite a few blogs on a num­ber of top­ics. Almost always, blog read­ing is done from my phone, so often the com­ments are hid­den. I do read other people’s com­ments occa­sion­ally, though I rarely com­ment. I appre­ci­ate the rare com­ments that I receive on my blog, so per­haps I’ll com­ment more often. I enjoy your blog very much — thanks!

  5. Terri Says:

    Yours is one of the few blogs I always check in on, maybe not daily, but at least once a week! I have to see what the chick­ens are up to! Love the pho­tos!
    When I leave a com­ment I always check back. Love to see what oth­ers have to say. Thanks for the draw­ing! They are always fun!

  6. Julia (snarkyvegan.com) Says:

    I always read other com­ments before post­ing my own. I’ve never noticed a method for sub­scrib­ing to com­ment fol­low ups on the blogs I visit, then again, it could just be my old browser/computer. And if it’s a topic I’m vested in, I do return to read fol­low up com­ments or if I posed a ques­tion to the author. Just saw your book at a friend’s house tonight, awe­some con­tent and design. I’m amazed the pub­lisher printed 4/c process cover to cover. Hard to get that pushed through most pub­lish­ers. Good job!

  7. Ann Says:

    Some­times I read the com­ments before I write, and some­times after­ward. But unless there are dozens (or 100s) I always read the other posts. Now I am mak­ing a “char­ity plea” — I’m a poor church­mouse who just got her salary cut. My book bud­get for 2010 is pathetic. I would absolutely LOVE your book, avid veg­gie gar­dener and sus­tain­abil­ity freak that I am. And I love your chickies!

  8. Robin Ripley Says:

    Oh my gosh! Your com­ments are all so kind! Thank you!

    I think I’ll have to be bet­ter about com­ments. Diana is right, the busy sched­ule is always a prob­lem. But if you’re actu­ally read­ing and check­ing back, that makes a difference.

    Thank you for the kind com­ments. And my chick­ens thank you!

    Robin Rip­ley

  9. grandmabecker Says:

    Yes. No. and Yes.
    I check in on my fav blogs a few times a day.
    Love yours.

  10. Eva Says:

    Yes, I usu­ally read the com­ments, even if I’m not going to respond. If I do respond, I always read the comments.

    No, I don’t sub­scribe to com­ments, except once in a blue moon. I already get enough stuff in my email. I can’t han­dle more.

    If I like the blog, I add it to Google Reader. It should be noted that I may also read the post via Reader, and then switch over if I want to com­ment. And, by the way, I’m more likely to remem­ber to come back to the blog if I’m fol­low­ing the writer on Twit­ter and I’m reminded by a tweet. :)
    .-= Eva´s last blog ..Gar­den­ing Books for Kids =-.

  11. Dominika Says:

    After read­ing a post, I glance at the com­ments and read them if the dis­cus­sion seems inter­est­ing. I read all of them if I plan on com­ment­ing, as my response will often adress not only the post, but some of the other com­ments. I never sub­scribe to the com­ments — it would only annoy me. Very rarely do I return to check other com­ments — it must be an awe­some dis­cus­sion on some­thing very impor­tant to me. Like the best way of solv­ing some seri­ous problem.

  12. Vertie Says:

    I usu­ally only check back on com­ments if I or some­one else has asked a spe­cific ques­tion, and I’m inter­ested in the answer. For me, it isn’t that impor­tant if you respond to each com­ment, time being what it is for all of us.
    .-= Vertie´s last blog ..A Light Dust­ing of Snow =-.

  13. Aagaard Farms Says:

    If a post is of great inter­est to me I always read the com­ments. I will add a com­ment if I think I have some­thing dif­fer­ent to offer or to sup­port a posi­tion in a dis­cus­sion. Com­ments are such a great way to get more info from more peo­ple! I rarely sub­scribe to follow-ups because my inboxes are full enough but I will check back to see if more dis­cus­sion has evolved from my com­ment. I’m com­ing to check out the blog any­way, right? May as well see what hap­pened after read­ing any new posts. Enjoy you blog and all the dif­fer­ent aspects you cover. Would LOVE the book — as mar­ket gar­den­ers and CSA providers it would have lots to share with our subscribers.!

  14. Whit Says:

    Except for this time, i usu­ally read through the com­ments only when i have some­thing to con­tribute that hasn’t been said (or when prompted, like now.)

    Thanks for the oppor­tu­nity to win your book.

  15. DaShannon Says:

    I read com­ments on top­ics I really like or if I know peo­ple are going to be expand­ing on the topic. I don’t usu­ally sub­scribe to the com­ment fol­lowups unless there again I really want to know what peo­ple come up with. I do scan what the other com­ments are before com­ment­ing so I’m not redundant.

  16. Ramble on Rose Says:

    I usu­ally read com­ments before adding one of my own, unless I’m in a hurry. I don’t sub­scribe to the follow-up com­ments but I some­times will check back to see what the blog author or oth­ers have said. With my own blog, I also go through phases of being good about respond­ing to com­ments and not being so good about it. You’re not the only one who feels guilty about that!
    .-= Ram­ble on Rose´s last blog ..Book Review: Year-Round Gar­den­ing =-.

  17. Brittany Noel Says:

    My com­ment­ing habits really vary depend­ing on the topic of the post and blog in ques­tion. If an inter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tion is devel­op­ing, I tend to read at least the com­ments that looks more inter­est­ing. I usu­ally do opt to get follow-up com­ments sent to my email. Once I’m sick of get­ting them, I just unsubscribe.

    I saw this book in B&N the other day and put it on my “to read” list! It looks great from what I could tell by flip­ping through it. I’d love to get it for free, since it’s already on my list :)

  18. Therese Says:

    I (almost) always read com­ments; when some­one takes the trou­ble to write, I want to know what he has to say. But unless I’m answer­ing a spe­cific ques­tion, these often seem to have lit­tle bear­ing on what I myself will post–ten peo­ple can read a blog­post and have ten dif­fer­ent notions about what the orig­i­nal writer meant. ;-)

  19. Gail Says:

    Fan­tas­tic book~~I am enjoy­ing it very much! Since I have a copy don’t put me in the drawing…But com­ment readers~It is an excel­lent book.

    I have a won­der­ful add-on book­mark pro­gram that lets me view my RSS feeds on the left mar­gin of my page
    with links to your and other blog­gers last ten posts…I do read com­ments most of the time and love the lively back and forth…but haven’t been answer­ing back each one, just those with spe­cific ques­tions or requests. gail
    .-= Gail´s last blog ..March Muse Day =-.

  20. Lisa Says:

    I do tend to read com­ments on blogs. The more inter­est­ing the sub­ject, the more com­ments I read. I have learned alot from what I read. I like to read about farm­ing, cook­ing and home remodies. I am build­ing a farm, in Maine with my two draft horses.

  21. Tatyana Says:

    Hi Robin! Con­grat­u­la­tions on your book!
    I read other com­ments mostly after I place my own com­ment. If I don’t have much time, I don’t read them at all. I sub­scribe very rarely to com­ments, only when I asked a ques­tion. I return to a post, mostly, only to check what that blog­ger answered to my own com­ment.
    .-= Tatyana´s last blog ..Spring Works and Blooms in Feb­ru­ary =-.

  22. Janine Says:

    I read other com­ments before com­ment­ing myself because I don’t want to repeat what some­one else has already said. I don’t think I knew you could sub­scribe to com­ments :) Some­times I return if the topic really intrigues me. I would love to have your book,it would make a nice birth­day present (mine’s Sat­ur­day, hint hint) LOL Love your blog. Keep up the good writing.

  23. Shannon Says:

    I don’t always read com­ments. But if I do and I leave a com­ment, I some­times sub­scribe to com­ments, but not always.
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Guest Post: Use It Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do or Do With­out =-.

  24. Pam Says:

    If I find a post is inter­est­ing I also read the com­ments, though I rarely leave a com­ment of my own.

    I enjoy gar­den­ing and am in west­ern Col­orado zone 4. I am look­ing to expand my veg­etable gar­den this year and am look­ing for ideas and help so this book would be wonderful.

  25. Kate Says:

    I’ll answer all 3…

    How, if at all, do you read other com­ments on blog posts? Do you read them before respond­ing? Never read them? Some­thing else?

    I’ll read other com­ments if I think they’ll be inter­est­ing. Like on this post, I didn’t read the comments…but if some­thing dra­matic hap­pened to a chicken (dumb exam­ple) but I might read what oth­ers wrote.

    - After com­ment­ing, do you sub­scribe to the follow-up com­ments on that post?

    No, never. I fear my Inbox could be swamped with responses.

    - Do you return to a blog post after com­ment­ing to see what other peo­ple have had to say?

    Sometimes…but only if the topic itself was really inter­est­ing or if I know that the blog­ger always responds to com­ments. If I leave a com­ment from time to time on a blog for the author and I NEVER get a response from the author, I won’t go back and read the com­ments. If I see the author peri­od­i­cally reply to com­menters I do some­times go back to see if there are any follow-up’s.
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Dirty Money =-.

  26. Kate Says:

    I’ll answer all 3…

    How, if at all, do you read other com­ments on blog posts? Do you read them before respond­ing? Never read them? Some­thing else?

    I’ll read other com­ments if I think they’ll be inter­est­ing. Like on this post, I didn’t read the comments…but if some­thing dra­matic hap­pened to a chicken (dumb exam­ple) but I might read what oth­ers wrote.

    - After com­ment­ing, do you sub­scribe to the follow-up com­ments on that post?

    No, never. I fear my Inbox could be swamped with responses.

    - Do you return to a blog post after com­ment­ing to see what other peo­ple have had to say?

    Sometimes…but only if the topic itself was really inter­est­ing or if I know that the blog­ger always responds to com­ments. If I leave a com­ment from time to time on a blog for the author and I NEVER get a response from the author, I won’t go back and read the com­ments. If I see the author peri­od­i­cally reply to com­menters I do some­times go back to see if there are any follow-up’s.

  27. Tangled Gardens Says:

    Yes, I do return to a blog post to see what other peo­ple are say­ing. No I don’t sub­scribe to com­ments, too much clut­ter. I do occa­sion­ally read your older blogs in other cat­e­gories. It would be nice to see a response to a ques­tion on a blog but other than that it prob­a­bly isn’t nec­es­sary to respond. I like that your blog isn’t just about gar­den­ing. It makes it so much more per­sonal. Con­grats on the book!

  28. Jean Says:

    Robin, I am most eager to read your book so I’ll be happy to answer your ques­tions! I some­times read other com­menters’ com­ments, depend­ing on how many there are. I some­times sub­scribe to follow-up com­ments but usu­ally not. I rarely return to a blog post unless I asked a spe­cific ques­tion and am hop­ing for an answer. Con­grat­u­la­tions on your new book (if I haven’t said so already).
    Jean
    .-= Jean´s last blog ..Two More Good Rea­sons not to Top your Crape­myr­tles =-.

  29. Shannon Says:

    Con­grat­u­la­tions on the book. I look foward to read­ing it (for free would be fab­u­lous and appreciated!).

    I do a quick scan on blog posts if the topic is of inter­est. I’ll read fur­ther if I’m intrigued by them and want to fol­low the thread. If I’m going to com­ment, I def­i­nitely read them all before posting.

    Only rarely do I sub­scribe to the posts–it has to be some­thing where I’m look­ing for an answer or have an intense inter­est (it does hap­pen). My return­ing to a blog post is pretty rare.

    Hope the feed­back helps!

  30. Lisa Says:

    I almost always read com­ments. I find if I am going to try some­thing new,a book or craft etc. I read the com­ments and learn more tips.I return to a post some­times when I am try­ing some­thing new,more often I print the post.I love the book! I work at a big orange box store and have been peak­ing. I am build­ing a farm and skills.

  31. fern Says:

    I have cur­rently book­marked 36 gardening/nature blogs, many of which i found through Botanical.

    I’ll read other read­ers’ com­ments if the post is espe­cially inter­est­ing, but I’ll gen­er­ally read the post first, com­ments second.

  32. fern Says:

    And I usu­ally go through all 36 of ‘em every few days, when I need a lift from this dreary win­ter or am look­ing for inspi­ra­tion for my own blog.
    .-= fern´s last blog ..Cen­ten­nial Water­shed State For­est hike =-.

  33. Tara Says:

    I often read the com­ments, but not always. And I don’t sub­scribe to any­thing. As many of the oth­ers have men­tioned, I can’t con­trol my inbox as it is! A lot of times, I read com­ments and click on the links to the commenter’s blog. This is some­times how I find more blogs to be addicted to!

  34. Mardi Says:

    Robin, I LOVED your pre­sen­ta­tion on the art­ful veg­etable gar­den at the David­son Gar­den­ing Sym­po­sium! So fun to meet you in per­son. I have been inspired to raise chick­ens in my back­yard, and my chil­dren are so excited! Thanks for blogging.…

    Thanks, Mardi! It was great to meet you. Let me know how your chicken adven­tures go. I have a new chicken project and would love to hear your begin­ner stories.

    Robin Rip­ley

  35. Diane Says:

    I usu­ally skim com­ments and look for ones that say some­thing other than “So funny!” or “Me too!” When I do com­ment, I usu­ally don’t sub­scribe to follow-ups but I often return to the post in my fee­dreader to see if any­one else said some­thing inter­est­ing. I think keep­ing up with new posts plus fol­low­ing up on com­ments on old posts would be a full-time job; too much good stuff to read out there!
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..March: Chicago Flower and Gar­den Show =-.

  36. Debbie Says:

    Most of the time I don’t read com­ments… I think I read too many blogs to read all the com­ments too. If I do com­ment, I will rarely go back, unless I have asked a spe­cific ques­tion or some­thing spe­cific is being dis­cussed — but even then I usu­ally don’t. I do enjoy your blog, though, and I would love to read your book. I adore gar­den­ing books and can always find an excuse to add another one to my col­lec­tion. This one would be guilt free!

  37. Renee Says:

    –Some­times
    –no
    –Sometimes

    I want that book.

  38. Grace Says:

    I just found your blog a cou­ple of weeks ago. I grew up in MD, moved to the mid­west for 12 years, and just returned to the shore. I am eager to learn about gar­den­ing in the warmth again, and love the things your blog teaches me. I am just get­ting into pre­serv­ing my har­vest, I’ve only frozen toma­toes, corn and berries in the past. Your book is beau­ti­ful!
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..A short baby update =-.

  39. Grace Says:

    Ooh, I for­got to answer the ques­tions. I don’t sub­scribe to other com­ments, but I often return to see what every­one since me has writ­ten, and I do read those before me, before I reply, usu­ally…
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..A short baby update =-.

  40. Kate Says:

    I usu­ally don’t read com­ments, unless I am about to write one myself, then I’ll scan through and see what other peo­ple are say­ing. Though, I will read them some­times, if I think there will be an inter­est­ing discussion.

  41. Robin Ripley Says:

    Thanks every­one for respond­ing to my ques­tions about com­ments. Actu­ally, you’re telling me what I expected!

    The gen­eral con­sen­sus is:
    – You read the com­ments if it’s an inter­est­ing dis­cus­sion.
    – You will check back if you have asked a ques­tion, but you gen­er­ally don’t sub­scribe to com­ments because it clut­ters your email box.

    Thanks every­one for the input!

    Robin Rip­ley
    .-= Robin Ripley´s last blog ..Got Gro­cery Gar­den­ing? =-.

  42. Robin Ripley Says:

    Thank you, Grace!

    Robin Rip­ley

  43. Robin Ripley Says:

    Thanks, Mardi! It was great to meet you. Let me know how your chicken adven­tures go. I have a new chicken project and would love to hear your begin­ner stories.

    Robin Rip­ley

  44. Robin Ripley Says:

    Then happy birthday!

    Robin Rip­ley

  45. Layanee Says:

    Well, first, con­grat­u­la­tions on the suc­cess of the book. Yay. As for com­ments, I some­times read some but if there are many, I do not as who has that amount of time? I some­times check back to see if there is a response but not always, again, time. When I leave a com­ment, it is intended for the blog writer and since I am short of time, I know every­one else is also. Com­ments are the blog candy aren’t they?
    .-= Layanee´s last blog ..Nepal — Phase IV — Seti River Camp =-.

  46. Vicki Says:

    I gen­er­ally read the post and then the com­ments. If it is a topic I am very inter­ested in and if I have any­thing to add to the con­ver­sa­tion I will go ahead and leave a com­ment. On top­ics that do inter­est me a lot, I will come back to the blog and see what oth­ers have said. Con­grat­u­al­tions on the book. I enjoy your blog very much and look for­ward to read­ing the book. It is nice to see can­ning com­ing back into vogue. I don’t feel like such an odd­ball now.

  47. karen Says:

    I have just started a gar­den web­site to use as my brain dump!

    I am going to do a gar­den this year for the first time ever. I work all the time and believe get­ting out­side in the soil will be so healthy for me and pro­duce healthy edi­bles as a bonus!

    A friend emailed the link to your site and I posted it on my gar­den­ing blog so I wouldn’t lose it. I came back to your site today in my attempt to learn what I should be plant­ing at this time of year and learned about your book!

    I’m excited to read it and thank you for all of your help and the expe­ri­ence you share so beau­ti­fully here. I have a blog about real estate invest­ing so I know the impor­tance of get­ting feed­back to posts. I will def­i­nitely be fol­low­ing you and respond­ing to your posts in the future.

    Best of luck with your hot sell­ing book!
    .-= karen´s last blog .. =-.

  48. Joy Says:

    I scan com­ments if I’m doing research on a topic and a blog entry was returned OR if a blog entry is par­tic­u­larly inter­est­ing or asks for feed­back or more ideas.

    I don’t think I have ever returned to a blog entry to read follow-up comments.

    I never request noti­fi­ca­tion — too much email already.

  49. Krista Murphy Says:

    I like to read com­ments on a topic I am inter­ested in. I will usu­ally go back to look for responses if I leave a com­ment but do not subscribe.

    I attended your lec­ture at David­son Hor­ti­cul­tural Sym­po­sium this week and really enjoyed it! This is my first time vis­it­ing your blog — look­ing for­ward to fol­low­ing it more.

  50. Sherry Says:

    Won­der­ful about your book! It looks won­der­ful too. I will be sure and order one.
    I sel­dom read the com­ments oth­ers leave on blogs I am read­ing. If the blog writer leaves responces I will check the box for fol­low ups…
    Always good to catch up with you.
    Spring is try­ing to wake up!
    Sherry

  51. Stevie Says:

    How won­der­ful! I’ve been lucky enough to get a copy and I’ve read it cover to cover. I’ll be post­ing a review as soon as I fin­ish another recipe or two. Thanks for the great work!
    .-= Stevie´s last blog ..A Lit­tle More About Me: Inter­view =-.

  52. Francis Says:

    Gro­cery gar­den­ing! Ah yes! I love that book. I already own it and have used it many many times for ref­er­ences, etc.. it is super help­ful. Not sur­prised it is mak­ing it to top seller lists! I highly rec­om­mend it too. :)
    .-= Francis´s last blog ..Chef Knife Sets =-.

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.

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