Tuesday, August 20, 2019

To Till or Not To Till . . . plus a giveaway

by Lilly Jayne
from the Garden Squad mysteries by Julia Henry

August is hot. H. O. T. Hot. Much as I love gardening, and I do love gardening, at this point in the summer I've started to wilt a bit. So have my flowers. Tomatoes and herbs are still coming in, but there's an end in sight. While I power through July, in August I tend to garden early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The rest of the time I sit on the porch reading, napping, and enjoying my beautiful gardens.

To till or not to till. Should I keep fighting that weed, or call it a draw for this season? Am I being disloyal to my impatiens if I start thinking about where to put the mums I've been nurturing? When do the bright colors of summer fade into the autumn hues, and when should I start encouraging the change?

As an avid gardener, I know enough to enjoy every single day with my gardens, and not to live for tomorrow. One windy storm or the dregs of a hurricane could throw my best laid plans asunder. It's happened before, especially this time of year.

Same's true for people, don't you think? I can't help but think of my dear friend Harmon Dane. Earlier this spring we were making fundraising plans for the bird sanctuary he's building. Now he's not here to follow through on those plans. Who would have expected him to pass so quickly, and so unexpectedly?  Maybe Harmon's death is part of the reason for my wilting this August. I do so miss my friend.

Delia's been doing her best to perk me up, but the only things that help me get through troubled times are gardening and fixing what I can. Time to do both.

Tilling the Truth, the second in my Garden Squad mystery series, will be released on August 27! Pruning the Dead, the first in the series, is on sale as an ebook this month, in case you want to start the series from the beginning! Both books are also available as audio books.

Readers, I will be randomly picking two commenters on this post and sending them a copy of the book. Comments will be open through August 23. 

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for my video series, "Ten Tilling Truths"!


43 comments:

  1. I enjoy gardening and would love to win a copy of your book, thanks for the chance.
    babemomara@att.net

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  2. I admire anyone who can keep a garden. I'm pretty sure everything would die if I were the one in charge! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  3. I wish I could garden but alas I have too many allergies.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. I love to garden but my back doesn't so we have a little less each year. This sounds like a wonderful series. Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  5. While hubby loves to garden and thinks of it as relaxing, I say it's work. However, to get the bounty of the garden, all the sweat and work is well worth it. We have a good deal going on - hubby plants and does half the tending while I do some of the tending and work with the harvest to get it on the table or put up to enjoy this winter. Now I love my flowers. I'm happy that we now have our flower beds in place and prepping them for fall.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "Tilling the Truth". Thank you for the chance to win a copy! <3 Sharing and hoping.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  6. I enjoy gardening.Would Love to win.Thank you for the chance

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  7. I plant flowers in large barrels and this year planted tomatoes for the first time. I enjoy small projects. Thanks for this feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I’m looking forward to reading the second book! Teawithdanielle@gmail.com

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  10. This sounds like a fun series, even though I have a black thumb. Congratulations on the new release! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Don't enter me, but I can't wait for the second Lilly installment!

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  12. I don't do a lot of gardening, but I love to read about it. Would love to read "Tilling the Truth".
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. This sounds great l, although I don’t do much gardening. Legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

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  14. I am not a gardener and do not have a green thumb at all but I like reading books about gardening! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of "Tilling the Truth" acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  15. The last 2 years I've actually gotten my flower beds back together thanks to my neighbor. Looking forward to getting the fall colors out. Thanks for the chance. rjprazak6(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I tried to do my first vegetable garden this year, but it wasn't a huge success. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. I do love seeing others' gardens, since I kill everything I try to grow.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  18. I love other people’s garden...they are so beautiful. I definitely didn’t get the gardening gene, though. Plants run screaming from me! I am looking forward to the new book — I enjoyed the first one. Thanks for the chance. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  19. I loved Pruning The Dead and am excited for Tilling The Truth and they are in audio books as well, what could be better. Well I could win a copy of Tilling The Truth of course! I do love gardening. nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Sheryl, congratulations! Sending you an email for your address.

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    2. I got your email!!! I am excited!!!! Thank-you Julia! You've totally made my day!!!

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  20. I love your books. I look forward to your new book. Jcook22@yahoo.com

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  21. Cannot wait for this one...looking forward to reading! LaFonRC@aol.com

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  22. I do not have a green thumb but love anything that comes from a garden! tWarner419@aol.com

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  23. I would love to win and read this book! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Loved the first book and can't wait to read this one. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. I love gardening but am getting older to the point where it's getting harder and harder to do all I used to do. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  26. I love cozy mysteries and this one sounds fantastic!

    marthalawson8 (AT) gmail dot com

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  27. I'm not much of a gardener. About the only thing I can get to grow are the weeds. And, they do really well. Plants, not so much. But, I can read pretty good. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  28. I garden because I must.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  29. I have never really had much luck with gardening.But I would love to read this book. Thank you for this chance. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I have had a weird garden this year, lots of rain to start out. Now, I am finally getting some tomatoes, yea! And August means finding a huge zuchinni under those big leaves to make zuchinni bread! I am looking forward to reading the new book! Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. Love to garden maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. The book sounds good, will have to check it out. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  33. Gardening is my therapy. I wait for the day I can get outside to weed, plant, prune, etc. It would be delightful to win this book.
    Thank you for this chance. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. My husband is the one with the green thumb in the family. With my chronic pain issues I can't really help. Thank you for a chance at this giveaway. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  35. Around certain plants I am still weeding. Others, well, I have stopped for the season. When October comes though I will be doing a lot of clean up and transplanting some.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

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  36. wow! I have not seen this series before. This is exciting, thank you for the giveaway. queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  37. I grew up gardening with my mother and her big vegetable garden. I have always gardened, but fewer things than I used to have. This week I have been busy pickling. Beets, beans, carrots and cucumbers. Whew! I've only read the first book in this series, but really enjoyed it.
    gnluciow(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. Used to garden. Can't anymore. Miss it. deepotter at centurylink dot net

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  39. Love,love, love this series! It fills me with peace and happiness when I read it. Kkcochran at hotmail dot com

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  40. This sounds terrific! I'll bet Lilly Jayne can tell me what to do with our garden. The Mister and I argue about whether to till or not. Lol. I think he's just pushing those weeds back under to rise once again...but I'm not a real gardener, I only dabble. Mostly I eat the wonderful harvest. I'm sorry for Lilly's loss. When I read a book I instantly acquire new family and friends. I appreciate you sharing your world with us. I'm adding this to my short list! konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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