Lucky Leprechaun Blog Hop

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on March 16, 2011

Lucky leprechaun giveaway hop badgeWelcome to my part of the Lucky Leprechaun Blog Hop!

What better way to celebrate the famed Emerald Isle than to learn to grow something?  And what better to grow than food?


After all, food, or the lack of it, is the reason the United States celebrates St. Patrick’s Day.  If not for the infamous Potato Blight, the millions of Irish who came to North America would likely have stayed in Ireland.  The potato did not originate in Ireland, of course.  It is native to the mountainous region of Peru bordering Ecuador.  Potatoes have been cultivated by the native peoples there for a long time, though.  When the Spaniards came, potatoes were one of the items they took back to Europe.

Potatoes were hardy and easy to grow.  They were also nutritious and filling.  Potatoes quickly spread across Europe and parts of Asia and Africa.  They went from being food for the rich to being the food peasants grew and ate.  In an area where land was at a premium, and a man’s labor belonged to his King, a family could grow enough potatoes to feed themselves in their few spare hours.

The problem with depending on any one crop, though, is a disease or pest can wipe out everything.  So it was with the potato blight.  In September of 1845, when the potato crops were harvested, peasants found that the potatoes looked normal when dug.  Within days, though, they were a stinking, rotting, mess.  Crops continued to fail through 1849, causing the death of a quarter of the Irish population from starvation and attendant diseases.

Many more Irish went to North America — first to Canada, then to the United States.  One in five died on the passage.  The others were subjected to humiliating quarantines and discrimination upon landing.   Signs saying NINA or “No Irish Need Apply” were common.

Even so, the Irish came and they stayed.  It is said there are more Irish here than in Ireland.  In fact, Ireland has its’ own version of the “right of return” for Irish coming back from the US, no matter when their ancestors migrated.

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the contributions of the Irish to the US, I am giving away a copy of my eBook, Preparing a Vegetable Garden From the Ground Up.

Gardenbookfrontcoverthumbnail Available in print Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu. or eBook, this book walks you from choosing the site of your garden all the way through what to do after the harvest. Buy a copy for yourself or a friend today!

To enter:  simply leave a comment on this post.  Make sure I have your email so I can contact you if you win.  Contest runs from 12:01 am CST March 17, 2011 until 11:59 pm CST March 20, 2011.  I will draw a winner before noon on Monday, March 21, 2011.  If they have not verified their address by Wednesday, March 23 at noon, I will draw again.

One extra entry if you follow me publicly on Google connect and leave a comment to that effect.

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Mystica March 17, 2011 at 12:52 am

I would love to learn from you – any tips would be welcome but I do live in a tropical country but I am sure that agriculture has lots of things in common all over the world. Thank you for this giveaway
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Jel March 17, 2011 at 3:02 am

Thanks for this giveaway!


Misha March 17, 2011 at 6:28 am

Great contest! I’m in and I am follower – misadevilgirl.


Bonnie R Paulson March 17, 2011 at 7:39 am

nice site!

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Suzanne Adair March 17, 2011 at 8:30 am

I plant a summer veggie garden every year, but this year, it won’t include tomatoes, bell peppers, or eggplants. Those veggies and white potatoes all belong to the Nightshade family, and I apparently have a food allergy to that. 🙁 But other veggies such as green beans, field peas, and squash are still “in” for me.

Please stop by my blog, also on the Lucky Leprechaun tour.

Suzanne Adair


Betty - Reflections with Coffee March 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

Perfect book for my daughter-in-law.

+1 I’m now your 35th Google Friend follower

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Mary March 17, 2011 at 10:15 am

Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

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debbie March 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

I love gardening books.


Judy Cox March 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm

My husband would love this!! He does all the gardening and planting in the family.

I am a follower-judy



Kulsuma March 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Thank you for the giveaway!:)
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Sarah March 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm

This is a great explanatio of how to tie a book into St Patrick’s Day.
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Cindi March 17, 2011 at 11:45 pm

My dad will be 93 this year, and he and my sister are already planning
their yearly garden. Both of them would really enjoy your giveaway
Many thanks, Cindi


Cindi March 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I follow you publicly via Google Friend Connect. (windycindy)
Again, many thanks to you!


Jan Messali March 18, 2011 at 12:46 am

I follow you via GFC
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Russell Davison March 18, 2011 at 5:59 am

We grow our own potatoes. It’s a full-time job to keep them free of disease. However, the taste of our home-grown potatoes always seems to be better than the ones that we used to buy from our local supermarket in Basel.


Melissa March 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

How perfect–I just bought my first house with a yard and want to start my first garden this Spring!!

+1 I’m a new GFC follower

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Megan Kyser March 19, 2011 at 2:05 am

I follow with gfc and would love to win!

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Stacie Amelotte March 19, 2011 at 4:20 am

Thanks for the giveaway!’


Stacie Amelotte March 19, 2011 at 4:21 am

Thanks for the giveaway!’
I’m a new follower too 🙂


Christy March 19, 2011 at 8:24 am

Thanks for the chance to win!

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Rea March 19, 2011 at 10:45 am

Enter me please 🙂

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E.J. Stevens March 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! + 1 GFC follower. 🙂
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Estella March 19, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Thanks for the chance to win!

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JHS March 20, 2011 at 1:59 am

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Lora1967 March 20, 2011 at 3:07 am

I am an advocate for fighting illiteracy and books that i win are read and given to Middletown High school library. They would LOVE to have this book. Thank you for the giveaway
chaarmedone1512(at)aol(dot)com. I am a new gollower Lora1967


Allie March 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

GFC follower as Sweetshenanigans


Lisa Richards March 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Gardening and reading constantly fight it out as my favorite things to do.

I’m a new follower-Lisa Richards

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Robin G March 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm

While I am not quite ready to start a garden yet, I definitely plan to have one in the future. This would be great to read up on before I get started. Thanks for the giveaway!


Lu March 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I could really use this! I am planning on having a vegetable garden in my backyard this year. Please enter me. Thanks!


Samantha Cheng March 21, 2011 at 1:05 am

Haii!!! I’d love to learn more about growing food! 😀 So far, tomatoes are the only successful “crops” in my backyard -.- Thanks for the giveaway!


Samantha Cheng March 21, 2011 at 1:06 am

Oh oh!!! Did I mention that I’m a GFC follower? Well, I am! Thanks again!!! 😀 (follow under “Samantha Cheng”)


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