Authors in Bloom Blog Hop–I’m sharing some of my favorite Pinterest Gardening Tips



 Welcome to the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop!


This year’s grand prize is a  Kindle Fire or Nook (winner’s choice) along with a $25 gift card for the same.

We are also giving away a 2nd prize of $25 gift card.

***To win the grand prize, you must visit each and every author on the hop. *** 


I’m also giving away a $5 Starbucks Gift Card

(Open to USA residents 18 years or older. Click HERE for giveaway rules.)



I am  starting to really LOVE Pinterest. I’ve belonged to the site for a while now, but just recently started looking at the different stuff that site has. And I’m loving the gardening pins!

Here are a few ideas that I’ve found and pinned to my own board. (which can be found HERE).


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Reuse water that you have boiled your eggs in. This water contains tons of calcium that your plants will love. Just let the water cool and dump it on your plants. You can also use the egg shells, rinse them out real well, smash them up, then mix them with dirt and/or potting soil before planting any plants, or use in a compost pile. (Tip copied from PINTEREST)

I personally would never have thought of doing this!!! Even though I know egg shells are fantastic garden additives.




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Use pine cones in the bottom of a pot – makes them much lighter, better draining. (Tip copied from PINTEREST)

THIS I am definitely going to try!  I always use small stones that I’ve found in the garden or broken pottery. The only disadvantage I can see with the pine cones would be the potential oils and sap they could put into the soil, making it very acidic.





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Aspirin is a remedy for fungal plant problems, Black spot, powdery mildew, and rust are a terrible trio of fungi, which can attack and destroy your plants. Scientists have found that two uncoated aspirin tablets (325 milligrams each) dissolved in 1 quart of water and used as a foliar spray can thwart these diseases… 35 Pest, Disease and Weed Remedies–green and safe. (Tip copied from PINTEREST)

I always have trouble with fungal infections…. This looks like a great thing to try!


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.Slugs will eat cornmeal, even though it kills them. Put cornmeal in a jar turned on its side near the affected plants. (Tip copied from PINTEREST)

Always knew they were STUPID!!!!







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Just flatten a banana peel and bury it under one inch of soil at the base of a rosebush. The peel’s potassium feeds the plant and helps it resist disease…works for tomato plants too. (Tip copied from PINTEREST)

This has to be one of my favorite tips… Who would have thought to do this!!!








Gambling On A Secret, Sara Walter Ellwood, contemporary western romance, romantic suspense, cowboy romance, Texas romance, small town romanceGambling On A Secret

Book 1 of The Colton Gamblers

When Charli bets everything on a secret, will she find the deck stacked against her?

Former runaway-turned heiress Charli Monroe is hiding her sordid past and planning a future in Colton, Texas. Attending the local college for a degree in social work, she intends to raise cattle on her newly purchased ranch, which she plans to open as a home for troubled teens. Only a few glitches—the Victorian mansion is crumbling, the barn needs a roof, and her oilman neighbor wants more than friendship. When she meets Dylan Quinn, Charli is willing to take a chance on the town drunk to help her rebuild the rundown ranch.

Dylan has his demons, too. The former Special Forces commander can’t get past his ex-wife’s betrayal and the botched mission that left him with much more than a bad limp. Certain the greedy oilman next door to Charli wants much more than just her heart, Dylan’s even willing to stop drinking in order to protect her.

When things get dangerous and secrets of the past are revealed, is he only looking out for his new employer, or is she the new start he so desperately needs?

To read more about the Colton Gamblers Series CLICK HERE



contemporary western romance, texas romance, cowboy romance, romantic suspense,Gambling On A Heart

Book 2 of The Colton Gamblers


She once lost his heart on a bluff. Will she risk everything to win it back?

Beautician Tracy Quinn spends her days making the women of Colton, Texas beautiful, while living down the nickname of Olive Oyl, given to her by the only man she has ever loved—Zack Cartwright. She spends her nights alone, despite what her ex husband wants their friends and neighbors to think.

Ex-rodeo cowboy. Ex-bad-boy. Ex-Marine. Widower and single dad Sheriff Zack Cartwright can describe his life in exes. One ex in particular reminds him of what’s missing in his workaholic life: Tracy Quinn. For years since she broke his heart, he’s practically made avoiding her a second job. He still wants her, but can never go after her.

When cattle rustlers target her brother’s ranch, Tracy and Zack are stuck working together. Her son could use a positive male role model, and his daughter is wild for a chance at a “substitute” mom. But Tracy’s ex threatens to sue if she lets Zack near her son, and the Colton grapevine is abuzz with rumors about their past relationship. Is it worth the gamble to see if what they have is more than lust?

To read more about the Colton Gamblers Series CLICK HERE


Sara Walter Ellwood, ccontemporary western romance, cowboy romance, Texas romance, Native American romance, country music singer romanceHeartstrings


He’s determined to set things right, no matter the cost.

The last person Abby Crawford wants to face down is country music superstar Seth Kendall. Last time she did, she flat-out lied so he’d go to Nashville without her. She’s never understood why their mutual best friend proposed, but she went with it so her baby wouldn’t be fatherless. Now she’s a divorced mother of a teenager, and secretly Seth’s biggest fan.

Seth is home in McAllister, Texas for his father’s funeral…and a chance to meet the daughter he’s never known. He’s willing to face the music of his own making and admit he’s known about his little girl all along. For fifteen years he’s kept his distance because Abby told him to follow his dreams without her, insisting she didn’t love him. But now he won’t leave until he knows his daughter and she knows him, even if it means facing the woman who broke his heart for good.

Confessing she’s lied about her daughter’s paternity all these years won’t be easy for Abby, especially with her ex blackmailing her to keep the secret. And Seth doesn’t know the hardest truth of all: Every love song he plays on his guitar still plucks her heartstrings.

To learn more CLICK HERE


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10. Judy Baker, Cowboys and Indian Romances 50. Cate Dean
11. Sharon Kleve 51. Lisa Lickel
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18. Gemma Juliana 58. Nancy Pi-Sunyer
19. Victoria Adams 59. Elena Williams
20. Daryl Devore 60. Scandalous Stories
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23. Brenda Maxfield’s Smart and Sassy Teen Reads (INT) 63. BloominThyme
24. Elizabeth McKenna 64. Margarita Matos (UF & Romance)
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  1. cmucha319 says:

    My husband has decided that we are having a garden this year. I don’t have a green thumb and all my house plants have pretty much died off. If these tips help out, maybe the garden will grow.

    cmucha319 AT yahoo DOT com

    1. Hopefully you have a beautiful garden! I can’t imagine not having tons of flowers and my veggie garden. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I will be making a garden with my fiance this year we love to work outdoors and plant a beautiful garden together. We work outdoors pretty much all spring and summer.

    1. Thanks for dropping by… Hope your garden is fantastic!

  3. I love those tips, especially the one with the boiled egg water! We have 12 chickens….and eggs galore. We are boil a lot to and have to get creative, so they don’t go to waste!

    1. I love the one for egg water too… I’m definitely going to be pouring the water from my Easter eggs on my houseplants. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Savannah Miller says:

    I knew a few of these tips, but not all of them. I love pinterest too you can find anything there!
    I had to smile at the cornmeal tip. When I moved into my home we had an ant promblem and my nanny told me to use cornmeal to kill them (I had a little guy and dogs so i didn’t want to put down ant poison) anyway I thought she was crazy, but it WORKED 🙂

    1. I’m just starting to really look at all Pinterest has to offer… There’s so much! I had no idea cornmeal could heart insects like this… Definitely going to use it when the slugs start munching on my tomatoes this year… Thanks for clicking!

  5. froggarita says:

    great tips!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Thank you for sharing such great tips! I had been using baking soda/water spray for the mildew on my cucumbers, but I’ll try aspirin, too, and see if that works better. And the slugs! That cornmeal idea rocks. I can’t wait to try that!

  7. npisunyer says:

    I didn’t know Pinterst had gardening tips. The pine cone one will be used this week! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thanks for such great tips!

  9. I love participating in these blog hops~ I always come away with a longer TBR as well as new bloggers added to my Bloglovin’ feed 🙂

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

  10. bn100 says:

    Nice tips
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  11. ladymagnolia99 says:

    I am getting great recipes and tips for gardening. We live way out in the country so we can’t have much of a garden. The deer will come and get all of our plants in the garden!!


  12. karenh43 says:

    Thanks for the gardening tips…although I’m not much of a gardener. My mom always tremendous luck with house plants and she said her secret to healthy plants was: add water to an empty milk carton (still with a tad bit of milk in it) and use that water to ‘feed’ the plants. Thanks for the book blurbs too.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  13. Joye says:

    I have used the egg shells for my plants for awhile now. I also put my coffee grounds on them.
    I like these hops since I learn so much and I get introduced to a lot of authors I have yet to read.

  14. Thanks for sharing your Pinterest tips with us,.. but eww those slugs are gross,.. & stupid lol. And thangs for having this giveaway! =)

    Take care & have a great day!! =)

    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

  15. Lisa Lickel says:

    Lots of great tips! I love the pinecone one.

  16. BookAttict says:

    Great tips!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  17. jeannie platt says:

    What great tips… Thanks for being part of the hop.

  18. Alisha sienkiel says:

    Great tips! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  19. BookLady says:

    Thanks for the great garden tips!

  20. kimberlykcomeau says:

    I love the banana peel suggestion. I’m trying that on my tomatoes this year. Thanks so much for sharing all those great tips.
    casey 4 4 6 at hot mail dot com

  21. Hi! Great post! Loving all the tips and books! 😀 Very nice! Thank you for sharing! 🙂
    ​And ​thank you for being apart of this awesome hop!

  22. Thank you everyone for stopping by!!

    CONGRATULATIONS Brandi Dagwan!!!! You are the winner of my prize of a $5 Starbucks Gift Card!!!

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