Some of you may be familiar with my book, The Weekend Homesteader, which came out a couple of years ago. I'm currently putting the finishing touches on The Naturally Bug-Free Garden, which will be published by Skyhorse in spring 2015, and I'm looking for some first-hand accounts to expand the book's reach.
First-hand accounts of your experience with controlling pest insects in the garden without chemicals, combined with print-resolution photos, are most likely to fit the bill. I'm especially keen on hearing from folks who use livestock for pest control in the garden and from folks who have to deal with pests like slugs and grasshoppers that aren't much of a problem on our farm. So far, I've accepted submissions from folks who attract salamanders and toads with hugelkultur, who bring mantises into the garden with ragweed, and who use an array of flowers to attract pollinators. You can email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
. (Please only include one photo per email if the file are large --- otherwise your email will bounce.)
What's in it for you? You can win either the prizes mentioned in this post: http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/The_Naturally_Bug-Free_Garden_hits_prime_time/
or in this post: http://www.avianaquamiser.com/posts/Poultry_in_the_garden_contest/
(your choice). Plus, you'll get to see your name in print, and I'll include the URL of your website if you want. I wish I could offer you cold, hard cash too, but small publishers don't give big advances.
Thanks in advance for your submissions!