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4th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

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Welcome to the 4th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop where you’ll discover a host of gardening tips and delicious recipes, plus some terrific giveaways, including the grand prize ereader and gift card!

To start off the hop, I’m going to share a tip on how to improve your rose bed by incorporating companion planting into your garden. Companion planting is basically combining plants that grow together in a harmonious or symbiotic manner.

Roses produce gorgeous blooms, but are often plagued by disease and pests. One trick to improve your rose plant’s growth is to plant it alongside garlic, because garlic will repel the unwanted beasts that might attack your roses. You can spray your plants with a garlic spray, however that might interfere with the glorious fragrance of your roses. Onions will also work well, because bugs (like many humans) are put off by the pungent scent. Birds attacking your berry plants and trees? Try garlic spray!

The stuff works. It also works in and around your vegetable garden. Only make sure to keep onions away from beans, peas and asparagus. Not friends in the garden.

Time for the giveaway goods! You have several ways to enter via the rafflecopter below and remember, to be eligible for the grand prize you must visit each and every blog on the hop over the next ten days. You don’t have to enter every contest but you must at least leave a comment on their Authors in Bloom Blog Hop post so I’ll know you were there.

Now get hopping and have fun! There are tons more tips and giveaways awaiting you…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy hopping!


58 thoughts on “4th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

  1. Karen H says:

    The giveaway is my favorite part but I do like the recipes too.

  2. Yay! Another companion planting enthusiast. I love working with nature instead of against it. She rewards us richly for our efforts. Thank you for hosting such a fun blog hop.
    casey 4 4 6 at hot mail dot com

  3. Isha C. says:

    Interacting with new authors is my favorite part.

  4. Mary Preston says:

    Finding new to me authors & their works is my favorite – anything else is the cherry on top.

  5. Joseph Hawkshaw says:

    Love her work and new ideas.

  6. Betul E. says:

    Discovering new authors!

  7. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love finding out about new authors!

  8. Shirley Talabock says:

    Finding new authors.

  9. Deanne Patterson says:

    My favorite part of the blog hop is the wonderful gardening tips. Who knew planting garlic next to roses would keep away pests ? This is an ingenious idea. Makes sense though, thank you for the tip !

  10. JeanMP says:

    Finding new authors, enjoy the recipes too.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  11. I love finding new Authors and new bloggers! >.<

  12. Virginia H says:

    I love blog hops you get to meet new authors and there is always great giveaways!

  13. Nancy Jones says:

    The recipes.

  14. Bonny McDevitt says:

    Meeting new authors is top of the list most definitly!

  15. Rita Wray says:

    I found the post interesting. I love working in my garden.

  16. Galinda Barefoot says:

    Great giveaway.

    1. Galinda Barefoot says:

      On Jennifer Chambers Blog there is no where to leave a comment, I did enter her contest.

  17. Vivian says:

    I love finding new authors, and I really like the gardening tips.

  18. Rose Milligan says:

    I’m not a gardener, but I love flowers.

  19. Vivian says:

    I love finding new authors, and I also like the gardening tips.

  20. Robbie Bauldree says:

    I liked the information about planting the garlic and onions to keep away insects.

  21. Kim Hampton says:

    My favorite part is learning about new books and authors!

  22. Ashley Applebee says:

    I love meeting new authors, learning about new books and learning new cool stuff!
    Ashley A

  23. Judy Cox says:

    The giveaways and finding new authors and their books~~~

  24. Rachel B says:

    the gardening tips. They are super helpful!

  25. Morgan Van Lier says:

    Discovering new authors and blogs

  26. sherry butcher says:

    I love blog hops because I get to meet new authors and the always great giveaways!

  27. bn100 says:


  28. Ashfa says:

    Discovering new authors!

  29. Shannon says:

    I love getting the gardening tips, perfect timing

    1. Shannon says:

      fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  30. Barrie says:

    I’m always on the look out for new recipes as I get bored with the same meals.

    1. Barrie says:

      Forgot to add my email addy:

      books4me 67 at ymail dot com


  31. Sarah M says:

    I love all the pretty photos. Very, very springtime-y! Hey, Dianne, do we need to leave our email address in the body of every comment for this giveaway, even if we’re not entering that blog’s contest? Also, I think I noticed that some of the hops do not have comments on their posts, so should we just go to their Facebook or something? :)

    Hoppity hop while I cool off from the gym! (…email is ___@___.___.___, fill in the blanks with smiles, alumni, cmu, edu)

    1. DianneV says:

      No email address required because it will be listed in the grand prize entry form. Also, if you enter an author’s Rafflecopter drawing etc., you don’t need to leave a comment. Comments only needed when you don’t enter. :) GOOD LUCK!

      1. Sarah M says:

        What if we can’t find a particular giveaway post? Wareeze Woodson and Living with the Muse are the ones I’ve had trouble with. Guess Wareeze could be a browser issue (I can’t click on ‘more’), but no clue about Living with the Muse. Any help/pointers to the pages for those two?

        1. Diane Elizabeth says:

          No real help or pointers to offer, but I ran into problems with two out of the first 10 and decided to stop. So it’s not just you having issues ;)

  32. Tammy says:

    Thank you for all the great tip about gardening tips and getting to discover new authors too. Thank you so mumuch.

  33. Tammy says:

    Thank you for all the great tips about gardening and getting to discover new authors too. Thank you so much.

  34. clynsg says:

    I do it because of the prizes, but I almost always find some authors and/or books that are of interest as well.

  35. Sandra Watts says:

    Checking out the authors and the books they have out.

  36. BookLady says:

    I love finding about new authors and visiting new blog sites. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

  37. angela smith says:

    i like getting gardening tips and finding new authors.giveaways are nice too

  38. Donna n. says:

    I always love finding new authors. that’s what I find great about this hop.

  39. Angela says:

    I love the giveaway and finding new-to-me authors.

  40. BookAttict says:

    What could possibly be better than finding new-to-me authors, expanding be TBR List AND possibly winning prizes? A perfect trifecta of fun!!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    1. BookAttict says:

      I was unable to post comments/no contest post on:

      Jennifer Chambers –

      Pens or Quills- Through the ages-A Search for Enduring Love-

      Living With The Muse (INTL) –

  41. Beverly Gordon says:

    finding new authors and reading about new books

  42. Jennifer Lowery says:

    I love meeting new readers and authors!

  43. Anubha says:

    The recipes and the Giveaway :D

  44. Jana L says:

    The gardening tips are very helpful. Thanks.

  45. Diane Elizabeth says:

    I love hops because I always find new-to-me bloggers and authors.

  46. Karrie says:

    I love finding new authors to read!

  47. steve weber says:

    My favorite part is how many prizes you could possibly win!

  48. Thomas Murphy says:

    My favorite part is finding new awesome blogs!

  49. Emily Endrizzi says:

    My favorite part of this hop is all the great prizes!

  50. Shadow says:

    Very cool! That tip will definitely come in handy! Thank you!

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