Are You A Member of the Dirty Fingernail Club?


You won’t want to miss #gardenchat Monday 3/1 on Twitter for your chance to receive your own Dirty FIngernail Club shirt!
DirtyFingernailClub-ShirtsDirty Fingernail Club T-shirt Giveaway (value $18.95: American Apparel )

How to Qualify:

1. Participate on #gardenchat 9 -1o p.m. ET on Twitter .  Join in the conversation sharing about your gardening experience using social media networking site Twitter.

2.Tweet NOW  ( deadline 3/1/2013 at 10 p.m. ET)  ” @TheGardenChat I’m entering the Dirty Fingernail Club T-shirt Giveaway with @BonniePlants #gardenchat

3. Comment on this blog post if you grow veggies in your home or garden.  Feel free to ask any questions you may have for our guest host @bonnieplants .

If you qualify by participating in the activities listed above your twitter name will be entered into the drawing.  If your name is shared on Twitter #gardenchat at 10 p.m. ET be sure to contact @BG_garden with shipping information.   There will be 5 winners and they will receive a coupon code so they can order color and size with free ground shipping thanks to our friends at Bonnie Plants!


28 thoughts on “Are You A Member of the Dirty Fingernail Club?

    1. Bonnie Plants, Mary Beth

      That’s great! No space is too small. You can have a very productive edible garden on a sunny patio. Here’s an inspiration tour of container ideas if you like: We also have lots of 4×4 Raised Bed Plans in our gardening section, if you have room for that. Happy growing. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

  1. Melissa Boyd

    I garden in zone 8a. What tomato varieties are best for my area? Each year I fail. The only ones I get decent yield from (if the tobacco/tomato horn-worms leave them alone) are Cherokee Purple.

    Every year the past 5 years none of mine seem to do well. I practice crop rotation each year so they are always grown in a different bed. They are planted in beautiful composted soil with excellent fertility (confirmed by soil test with extension agency). I try my best to give them the right amount of nutrients, esp. calcium (after experiencing severe blossom end rot the first year).

    I have picked up plants from the local nursery, Bonnie’s at Lowe’s – which the ones I purchased there last year suffered terrible from a wilt virus or blight of some sort as the local nursery plants in a different bed were fine.



    1. Bonnie Plants, Mary Beth

      Hi Melissa. Thanks for writing! Your vegetable garden varieties are determined by your first & last frost dates, not so much by zones. That is great information for shrubs and perennials, to know what sort of winters they can withstand. Tomatoes will thrive anywhere when the sun is right and the temperature is warm. However, you will want to choose varieties that are known to do well in your geographic region. Seattle’s Best and San Francisco Fog are great choices for those in short, chilly seasons with foggy days. Talladega or Atkinson tomatoes are great for hot, humid Southern regions. We have varieties that can withstand somewhat higher summer temps than most varieties, called “Heat Tolerant.” With that in mind, check out our full list of varieties, categorized by benefits. You might also like our Tomato Chooser Tool that does the work for you: As for your soil, it sounds like you have a very common problem. Humid, rainy summer weeks or bacteria in the soil is hard to control. Crop rotation is key. You can also choose varieties that are resistant or stronger than others in that situation. Look for VFN and other codes on the labels. We have a category in the above link for tomatoes that are Disease Resistant. This article may explain more:
      Hope that helps! Gardening is so rewarding and we learn new things every day and every season. Don’t hesitate to write us on Twitter, join our Facebook page, or email our Ask An Expert service online. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

  2. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    I’m a Master Gardener and we have three generations of family gardening together. We have many perennial flower beds for our soul, and numerous raised beds all over our property where we grow all kinds of vegetables that feed our bodies throughout the growing season and the winter months here in New England. I would LOVE to win one of these shirts. Thanks.

  3. brenhaas

    I would love to wear this as my official gardening t-shirt : Alternating it with my #gardenchat t-shirt of course!
    Excite to follow everyone into the growing season 2013! Thank you @bonnieplants ( on Twitter ) for supporting the growing on #gardenchat Twitter chat forum! – Bren @BG_garden

  4. Jackie (@kroshey)

    I try to garden, but have mostly shade. I’m hoping that my gardening centers will have more Bonnie Pablano pepper plants this year. They are hard to find for me in East Tennessee.

    1. Bonnie Plants, Mary Beth

      If you ever have difficulty finding a favorite, ask the local garden center manager to request it from your local Bonnie rep. If it’s available, they’ll put it on the next truck and let the store know it’s there. These guys run wide open in Spring like Santa Clauses wearing green, but we do our best to get you the very plant you love to grow.

  5. Diane McCarthy

    I just moved from the Midwest and am going to learn this year how to grow veggies in a dry mountain climate. Right now I have herbs on a windowsill. Can’t wait for spring!

  6. Nicole wilkinson

    I have a community garden that I grow lots of veggies that I like to can and make for special dishes!!

  7. Carol Yemola

    I definitely have both a vegetable and flower garden. In fact, I have already started my tomato and pepper seeds in Jiffy mix!

  8. Jeavonna Chapman

    Are any of the Bonnie Plants (veggies) suitable for container growing? Sometimes it helps new gardeners to know which varieties grow in limited space. Thanks.

  9. Bonnie Plants, Mary Beth

    Hi Jeavonna,
    Yes! Absolutely. We added a neat feature to our website last year that lets you pick a pepper or choose a tomato variety based on the growing conditions. “Container” habit is a choice. Check out: for the Pepper Chooser and for the Tomato Chooser. So many plants are perfect for containers, from Arugula to Zucchini. An entire library of information on Container Gardening is available here: You might especially like the article “What Can I Grow in a Pot?” Hope that helps! See you on Twitter at 9p EST tonight! Bring stories of how you first began gardening and what you’re excited about for 2013. ~Mary Beth

  10. Handy Helen Sarah Burtch

    Bonnie plants are proven winners for this gardening virgin! Last summer I made a stab at my first garden. Can you say drought???? I would not be deterred and neither would my bonnie plants. I staked, sod cut, cultivated, added more than 20 tons of organic material and new dirt to my first ever 15×30 garden. I watered and prayed and irrigated and watered some more … And I had the most beautiful garden. Bonnie plants outlasted all and the harvest was delightful. I am so thankful. This ninja and her littles enjoyed every step, stage, and awe inspiring process our Bonnie plants endured and we can’t wait to start all over again!

  11. Kate {@outlawathome}

    I grow TONS of veggies, here in Zone 5b – Niagara, Ontario (Canadian Zone 7)

    I have a small greenhouse and urban lot. I just started an Urban Agriculture style permaculture market garden. I have bits and pieces in raised beds, and a few in-ground gardens, but primarily I grow in containers!

    I’d -love- to rock one of the t-shirts ;) and I’d of course post pics to my twitter & blog!

  12. Dottie Simmons

    Planted potatoes today. Onion plants just arrived, winter greens in greenhouse, garlic is up. Starts under lights… everything else has to wait!
    I’ve never seen BonniePlants locally – do you sell around N. Cal coast – Eureka area?

  13. Emily Hubbard

    I broke my ankle and won’t be mobile until after our last frost date–but my mom is coming to help put my garden together for me. I can’t wait to grow food for me and my family. I’m excited about the vegetables but my four year old wants to make sure we have strawberries and watermelons.

  14. Tom Mann

    Always grow our own, but not sure how things will go this year. Thanks for the chance, though! Good luck everyone!

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