This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

a give away!! - guess how many red chilis and win seed packet necklace

I'm excited to give something to my readers. I've gotten a lot from everyone: ideas, advice, friendship and just the pleasure of chatting about gardens. I hope I give gardeners information and encouragement, especially new gardeners. Maybe even inspiration. I think it's important that we're close to the earth and find simple ways to do things. And it's so rewarding to grow food.

Anyway, I was given a beautiful "seed packet" necklace by Shari Dixon. She's an artist who incorporates flowers and herbs into her hand crafted jewelry. My pendent is a camomile seed packet and I love it!
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Shari gave me three seed packet necklaces to give away. SO, we need a contest! To stay on the topic of gifts, yesterday I posted a picture of a bowl of dried red chilis that I plan to give as gifts.

How many chilis are in the bowl??

The three seed packet necklaces will go to the three people who guess closest to the actual number. Just reply to this post with your guess and I'll post the winners in one week - Sat, Nov 29. Sorry, USA only and one guess per person.



Blogger Nathalie said...

The necklaces are so pretty and I'm always so jealous of your harvests!

I'm guessing... 68.

November 22, 2014 5:33 PM

Blogger Dianna said...


November 22, 2014 6:54 PM

Anonymous Lynn said...

432 - I always plant too many cheyennes! But they're so useful! I've never used 'em in pepper jelly, but it's now in mind for next year...

November 22, 2014 7:28 PM

Blogger Kylene said...

Those necklaces are so beautiful!

You are an inspiration to me, by the way. I don't live somewhere I could have an outdoor garden and I don't get enough light through my windows to keep many plants happy. But SOMEDAY I'm going to have a garden and until that happens, I'm learning as much as I can by reading blogs like yours!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to "lurk" around and watch what to do when I get my own patch of earth. :)

As a wild guess on those red peppers, I'm throwing out the number: 133.

November 22, 2014 7:55 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Oh my. Everyone is so competitive!

My husband and I just counted the chiles and we each guessed before. Just for the record, I was off by 50 chilis and he was off by 2!!! Arrgh. He is strutting around the house now... Maybe we need a recount.

November 22, 2014 8:34 PM

Blogger Barb said...

I think there are 273 of those beautiful peppers.

November 22, 2014 9:19 PM

Blogger jsnkew said...


November 23, 2014 6:42 AM

Anonymous Janice in NY said...

I'll say 76 peppers.

November 23, 2014 8:08 AM

Blogger Janet Smith said...

My guess is 124 chili peppers.

November 23, 2014 10:37 PM

Blogger CJ's Veggie Garden experiment said...

Hi Kathy,

My guess is 116.


November 24, 2014 10:21 PM

Blogger Sarah said...


November 27, 2014 7:36 AM

Blogger The Delight of Home said...

98? ;)

November 29, 2014 5:21 PM

Blogger Tomato Thymes said...

Guess 156,

November 29, 2014 5:53 PM

Blogger kathy said...

So many guesses! The answer is --- 248 chilis.

The winners are Barb (273), Tomato Thymes (156) and Sarah (150).

If you are a winner, please email me at and let me know your mailing address.


November 30, 2014 7:33 PM


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