Last Day For Digging Deep Cyber Book Party and Giveaways

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If you don’t know by now, I’m throwing a party. It’s a celebration for the publication of the 10th Anniversary Edition of Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening.

And today, December 8th, is the LAST DAY to participate in trying to win an awesome giveaway.


Before I get into the nitty gritty of the party, I want to share with you why I chose to create an updated 10th Anniversary Edition. Originally when published in 2004, Digging Deep was groundbreaking. It was one of the first books – if not the first – that used gardening as a conduit for experiencing creativity as a rich and dynamic lifetime journey.

Digging Deep works with you from the inside/out on designing the garden and life of your dreams. My 7 Stages of Creative Awakening will take you through the steps of removing self-doubt and replacing it with strategies that will help you trust your instincts, let your imagination run wild, take risks, envision and design the garden of your dreams, reclaim your playfulness, and live the life you’re meant to— one filled with joy, well-being, and creativity.

Overflowing with tips, exercises, and resources, this instructive and inspirational guide is even more vital in today’s technology obsessed culture than when originally published. As we spend more time indoors and at the computer, we are becoming increasingly ‘nature deprived’.

The results from a recent survey funded by Disney revealed that 65% of U.S. parents see it as a “very serious” problem that kids are not spending more time outdoors. Parents concerns about nature are only second to bullying, the quality of education, and obesity.

Need I say more? There are a plethora of studies about the significant negative effects that not spending time in nature has on our physical and mental health.

The truth is this: If we want ourselves and future generations to experience rich, dynamic lives filled with meaning and connection, we have got to spend more time outdoors; being in nature and gardening.

The beauty and one of the benefits of Digging Deep is that it offers gentle step-by-step tips and bite size changes on how to bring gardening and nature into your everyday life.


In celebration of this party, I’ve priced the Kindle edition of Digging Deep at the ridiculously low price of .99  for the week of the giveaway. My suggestion is to get onto Amazon (as soon as they switch the price) and order one for yourself so that you don’t forget to do it before it jumps back to its regular price

Kindle edition priced at .99 for this week only!

Kindle edition priced at .99 for this week only!

There are 8 garden bloggers posting.


Dee Nash- Red Dirt Ramblings

Helen Yoest- Gardening With Confidence

Jenny Peterson – J Peterson Garden Design

Rebecca Sweet- Harmony In The Garden

Debra Prinzing- Debra Prinzing website

Brenda Haas- BG Garden

Jan Johnsen- Serenity In The Garden

Fran Sorin – Fran Sorin website, and Gardening Gone Wild

On every blogger’s website, there will be giveaways.

The companies who have donated prizes are:


Baker Creek and Digging Deep cyber book party giveaway

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds- 19 handpicked varieties of veggies and flower

Baker Creek Seeds –  19 handpicked varieties of vegetables and flowers bundled together. You have 8 chances to win this prize on 8 sites.

The varieties include:

Red Express Cabbage produces early, solid, split-resistant oval heads on compact plants. Precoce d” Argenteuil Asparagus is a gourmet variety that is highly esteemed in Europe for its delicious stems that can be balanced white with rose-colored buds. Quadrato d’ Asti Giallo Pepper is a giant yellow bell pepper with a sweet and rich flavor. Alaska Shasta Daisy Wildflower is an easy-to-grow perennial with large, white daisy flowers with bright yellow centers. Munstead Strain Lavender is a compact perennial that seldom exceeds a foot in height. Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomato is a beautiful orange beefsteak variety that is flavorful and superbly sweet. Pink Accordion Tomato has large, pink fruit that is ruffled like an accordion and excellent for stuffing. Red Hat Mexican Hat Wild Flower is a colorful perennial with red flowers that look like Mexican hats. Lemon drop Hot Pepper is a seasoning pepper from Peru that ripens to a clean lemon yellow with slightly citrus-y heat.  Rattlesnake Pole Bean is easy to grow and produces lots of green pods that have purple streaks and good flavor. Jumbo Pink Banana Squash produces large yields of large pink banana-shaped fruit that can weigh 10-40 pounds.  Ping Tung Eggplant is a Taiwan variety that produces sweet and tender purple fruits that are superbly delicious. Tigger Melon is small in size, fragrant, and a beautiful vibrant yellow with brilliant red zigzag stripes. Minibel Tomato is an indeterminate variety that produces bite-sized fruits that are sweet and flavorsome.  Royal Golden Watermelon has tasty pinkish-red flesh that is sweet, crisp and refreshing. Black Krim Tomato produces juicy, dark red-purple fruit with rich sweet flavor. Chioggia Beet is an Italian heirloom with light red skin and beautiful rings inside, like red and white candy stripes. Broad Leaf Sage is used in Europe and America to flavor many meats, stuffings, vinegars and more. Patisson Stripe Melange Squash is an ornamental mix that contains fruit in many colors with many being striped and warted.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company carries over 1700 varieties of open pollinated herb, vegetable, and flower seeds.  They carry one of the largest selection of seeds form the 19th century, including many Asian, European, and South American varieties.  All Baker Creek seeds are non-treated, non-hybrid, non-patented, and non-patented.

Authentic Haven Brand Soil Conditioner- 3 pack variety

Authentic Haven Brand Soil Conditioner- 3 pack variety


Authentic Haven Brand Soil Conditioner– 3 pack variety –  you have 8 chances to win this prize on 8 bloggers’ sites.

Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew, premium soil conditioner teas, are safe for all garden, indoor plants and soil types. Makes an excellent foliage spray.

You can extend your growing season by hydrating your seeds/bulbs before planting to enhance germination and stimulate root growth. Simply place your seeds or bulbs in a bowl or bucket of manure tea. Recommended hydrating time:
Small seeds 1 to 4 hours
Medium seeds 4 to 6 hours
Large seeds 6 to 8 hours


Nature Innovation Planters- 4 included in collection

Nature Innovation Planters- 4 planters for outdoor and indoor use

Nature Innovations– Molded from live trees, these planters are made from a high density polyurethane, lightweight, UV resistant, and incredibly durable. All Nature Innovations planters are individually hand painted and are 100% made in the USA.

Their prize consists of:

1 small 4″ vertical oak planter, 1- 11″ long horizontal planter, 1- medium 8″ vertical birch planter, 1- medium 13″ horizontal oak planter.

You have 8 chances to win this prize on 8 bloggers’ sites.

DeWit Gift Set- 1 chance to win

DeWit Gift Set- 1 chance to win on


It’s a gift set of tools from DeWit. All tools are hand made in Holland. This special prize is being offered on my site: Fran Sorin.

I will be offering 2 GIVEAWAYS on this site.

PRIZE #1– Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds – 19 varieties of veggies and flowers, along with a variety pack of Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew Tea

PRIZE #2– Natural Innovations- 4 indoor/outdoor containers

In order to be eligible for a giveaway on this site, leave a comment at the end of the post sharing how you envision using the giveaways. And if you haven’t done so already, sign up for GGW free updates on the upper right hand column of our home page.

In order to throw your hat into the ring 8 times, go onto every bloggers’ site, read their post, and follow instruction on how to participate. And remember to jump on over to my website, Fran Sorin, to be eligible to win DeWit’s Variety Pack Garden Tool set.

The giveaway will end on Monday, December 8th at 11:59pm. All winners will be announced on December 9th. Only U.S. residents are eligible.

If you enjoyed this post, in the spirit of generosity, please share with friends on social media. We want everyone to join in on the celebration!!

Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book."  

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology, she is also a gardening and creativity expert, coach, inspirational speaker, CBS radio news gardening correspondent, and Huffington Post Contributor.

Learn more about Fran and get free resources that will help you improve your life at

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Barbara morse December 2, 2014, 6:29 am

I garden at a community garden and will use the seeds in my plots as a demonstration garden to promote organic gardening and the use of compost tea. I will also provide a workshop for the public to learn more.

Helen Yoest @ Gardening with confidence December 2, 2014, 6:40 am

Thanks for including me, Fran! Loved your book!

Christina December 2, 2014, 7:42 am

I would love to use the seeds in my preschool teaching garden as well as any of the other products. My kids are learning so much as we explore nature there and learn to connect with it and grow our own healthy food. I hope we win ! Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on your book party. So excited for you!

Donna@GardensEyeView December 2, 2014, 10:53 am

Fran I am looking forward to winning those seeds…a great seed company. They will be perfect to use in my veg garden, and the planters are wonderful for adding more annual flowers and native plants to my patio for my wildlife especially the pollinators. Thanks for having the book party and thanks to all the bloggers and great companies who are part fo the giveaway!

Deb L December 2, 2014, 12:02 pm

First, thank you for having the special price on your ebook! I am looking forward to making a cup of tea and reading it.

I always have so many garden visions in my head that picking just a few to share is tricky – I can see filling the planters with blooms and herbs and arranging them near my chicken coop. I see there is a variety of asparagus in the seed collection – my asparagus bed will be in its 2nd spring this spring, and I am already envisioning another bed of delicious spears. As for the hand tools, the ones I have are great for my raised beds, but not so good at hacking into the clay-ish soil. I’m slowly expanding my growing areas, amending the soil, but it’s a slow process. I really can’t imagine not gardening.

Darlene Arnett December 2, 2014, 12:25 pm

have just discovered Baker heirloom seeds and love the catalog. ready to try their extra-ordinary seeds in my home and lake gardens. the planters will look great at our lake cabin right on the front porch where everyone can see them!!

Jen Y December 2, 2014, 1:30 pm

I love the planters. I have a log planter made from a real log but it’s coming to the end of it’s life. These look so real! I also love Baker creek seeds & buy something from them every year. I’d love to try some of these as well.

Michelle derviss December 2, 2014, 1:59 pm

Congratulations Fran !

Jennie Brooks December 2, 2014, 5:00 pm

I would use these wonderful containers to replace some of the containers i’ve had for several years that have gotten a bit dinged up by hail etc. Thanks!

Kathy December 2, 2014, 10:56 pm

I would plant the seeds by my kitchen door so I would watch them grow and pick when I need them.
The soil conditioner would be so good in my vegetable garden

Carol December 2, 2014, 11:09 pm

I can feel how well the tools will fit my hand as i use them to plant my heirloom seeds in my garden (my hands will still get dirty) to feed my family, watching the seedlings grow strong and healthy with the help of the “tea”. Ahhhhh…..Heaven.

Fran Sorin December 2, 2014, 11:17 pm

Helen- It’s wonderful having you participate dear Helen. Thank you!! xo-Fran

Fran Sorin December 2, 2014, 11:19 pm

Michelle- thank you! Do you know that your endorsement is listed in the front of the updated edition?

Diana Cote December 3, 2014, 1:11 am

I am trying to get my daughter to try veggies, i have been wanting to start growing some to help encourage her love for food, she enjoys cooking but growing is something she has not tried yet. I think it will be a great learning experience for her and very rewarding! 🙂

Anna STANGE December 3, 2014, 7:49 pm

I would use the seeds at our community gardens and add to our community seed library. We have two gardens in town, and this year our goal is to not only donate food to the local food pantry, but get some of those folks gardening with us!

Amber December 3, 2014, 9:48 pm

I would love to try to grow some of the seeds myself and I think the moo poo tea would be a really great too! Any seeds that I couldn’t use I would pass on to others who can use them.

cheryl evenson December 4, 2014, 10:15 am

Love to garden. We lost all of our dried foods from our gardens in a large 77,000 acre range, forest canyon fire. Needing to start over is a huge task.
Gardening is good for healing and for the soul.

Blessings to all of those who have gone before us, the tenders of the lands.
Merry Christmas all

Brooke December 4, 2014, 10:21 am

I’ve moved and am starting a new deep-mulch, no-till garden and I start my own plants from seed–so would love to win these; also do small container gardening on the deck. Thanks for the chance to win!

Christina December 4, 2014, 10:31 am


Laura December 4, 2014, 10:36 am

We have a vegetable garden and last summer was our first time using Baker Creek seeds and we loved them! It was also our first excursion into heirloom tomatoes and I fell in love with black krimm’s! I’d love to sow those seeds in my garden this spring as well as try my hand at growing tomatoes from seed. I’m also planting a large bed of flowers near our garden and the wildflower seeds would be amazing for that. Daisies are my favorite!

Edith Fruityy December 4, 2014, 10:51 am

We would use the seeds to make our garden even more attractive to the local kids who come to visit and learn about growing veggies. Some stay to help, some take veggies home to try out. Each little visitor in spring receives a seedling to care for the rest of the season

Lane Cook December 4, 2014, 11:10 am

My elderly next door neighbors really struggled to have a garden this season. It did not work out well for them. They ended up giving us lots of seeds and plants because they were not able physically to use them. My plan is to use the seeds they gave us and the Baker Creek seeds and plant and maintain a garden for them and my family. This would give us more seeds to share with each other and our community. Peace.

Kim December 4, 2014, 11:27 am

i adore all the bloggers listed above! I would use the seeds and pots to plant, educate and share with the neighborhood!

Jamie December 4, 2014, 1:29 pm

Some of the seeds will be used in the animal care garden at the Nature Center where I work, as will the compost tea. Some will be used to make seed bombs, and some will be used by kids in terrariums made of pop bottles.

Melissa Rinier December 4, 2014, 3:22 pm

I will be gardening with my father and aunt this year. I can imagine planting all the great seeds and listening to the stories that my dad will share. And his knowledge of how and when to use the compost. I can see all of my cousins old and young helping out and huge picnics celebrating our harvests. Then my aunt and I will can and put all that good food up.

Jennifer December 4, 2014, 7:39 pm

I would love to use these seeds in my new garden at my new house!

Terri December 5, 2014, 12:12 am

Do not know how I have missed your book on Amazon, heading there right now to order. My garden is my life and is where I get to teach my friends and grandchildren. Last year was some wonderful colored carrots that surprised everyone. this year will include the purple one i saw earlier. keep up the great work, we need more cheerleaders!!!

Pamela Forgash December 5, 2014, 11:57 am

My son is beginning to enjoy the idea of gardening. He planted mammoth sunflowers and did wonderfully. this would be a fantastic gift to him, learning more about gardening. thank you for the giveaway!

Kristy Imschweiler December 5, 2014, 1:14 pm

As a new mom gardening during my son’s first year was tough and I wasnt able to produce the normal amount of natural, delicious and healthy food I am used to. But this year he will be two and it’s time for him to start getting his hands in the soil with me. I would love to use these seeds to start his lifelong gardening journey with me and his father. Who else will change the future of our children’s eating and recreational choices if we don’t?! I sure hope to win, thank you for the giveaway and congrats on your book. The current generation needs to see there is so much more to life than technology!!

Terri December 5, 2014, 4:42 pm

Just got my book from Amazon after walking through my brown garden. Looking forward to a comfortable chair and tea.

Tom Mann December 5, 2014, 8:41 pm

What a great assortment of prizes! We love fresh from the garden veggies, and are doing more and more container gardening. Thanks for the contest, and good luck, all!

Pam's English Garden December 7, 2014, 7:10 am

Love your book, Fran! The seeds I will use with my 11-year-old gardening grandson. the planters will look fabulous in my Woodland garden. Thanks so much for hosting this party! P. x

RD December 7, 2014, 12:36 pm

i’m getting ready to build a mini greenhouse and these giveaways would add great success to the outcome

melody December 7, 2014, 5:41 pm

I love fresh veggies and I have a wildflower garden so all of the seeds would be used next season. I have lots of potted plants and several of the pots are beginning to break down so some new pots would be great. I signed up for emails (and I have already bought the book)

Deirdre December 8, 2014, 9:31 am

Those planters would be lovely with miniature alpines or ferns. I have always focused on growing flowers and herbs, and would love to try my hand at growing vegetables. Love your book!

marmee December 8, 2014, 11:32 am

we grow our own food here on our farm so i would plant them in our edible garden…we call our victory potager. as for the containers my garden is full of pots in and around the farm. i love the way these would blend in naturally.

Betty C December 9, 2014, 1:50 am

My son and I share a garden and it isn’t terribly big so in addition to planting these wonderful seeds I would share with the church across the street who plants a community garden every year.

Fran Sorin December 9, 2014, 6:02 am

Hi Kristy- You are the lucky winner of The Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and Moo Poo Tea variety packs from the Digging Deep Cyber Book Party. I’ll need your mailing address in order to send them to you. Congratulations! Have a wonderful holiday. Warmly, Fran

Fran Sorin December 9, 2014, 6:08 am

Hi Marmee,
Congratulations. You’re the lucky winner of the containers. I’ll need your mailing address in order to get them sent out to you. Hope you love the containers as much as I do…..have a wonderful holiday! Warmly, Fran

marmee December 10, 2014, 1:02 pm

wow. i am super excited to receive these amazing containers. i think they will blend in seamlessly on our farm in our garden. thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the cyber book party. i appreciate your generous gift giveaways. thank you.

Fran Sorin December 11, 2014, 10:09 am

Hope you enjoy! Remember to take a photo of the containers once they’re filled up with beautiful flowers and post on my FB and GardeningGoneWild’s FB page. Have a wonderful holiday!! Fran

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