Grow Your Own is an event that celebrates the foods we grow or raise ourselves and the dishes we make using our homegrown products. Each month for the past year, it has been hosted by the talented Andrea @ Andrea’s Recipes.

This event has grown in popularity and henceforth will be held fortnightly, with different hosts. We are privileged to host Grow Your Own this fortnight. Thank you, dear Andrea, for the opportunity.


~ Make a dish that uses at least one item from your very own garden or farm and post about it. Your garden doesn’t have to be big. Indoor, outdoor and container gardens are welcome! If you hunted or foraged, those items are also eligible. You can also use something that was given to you, but the giver must have personally grown or raised the item. If you paid for it, then it doesn’t count.

Highlight the edibles you have raised, grown, or found and cooked with. Anything edible qualifies, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, sprouts, edible flowers, nuts, grains, legumes, dairy products, eggs, livestock …

Different regions will have different things available, so feel free to feature things unique to your area. (Rambutan trees, anyone?) We are all about celebrating variety!

~ Please make sure your dish is posted during the month of the event because we like to celebrate seasonal items.

~ Please send in your entry with a picture (300 pixels wide, height does not matter) using the ENTRY FORM below.

~ DEADLINE: the 30th of July, midnight, Eastern Standard Time.

~ One post per blog, please.

~ As a courtesy, please include a link to this announcement in your blog post as well as to Andrea’s Recipes, and then update later with a link to the round-up.

~ If you want to include one of the Grow Your Own badges in your post, feel free to grab one of these. There are several more in different designs at the bottom of this link. (Please upload to your own server/image repository.)


Within a few minutes of submitting your entry, you will receive a confirmation e-mail at the address specified in the form. Please make sure you enter your address correctly. If you don’t find our e-mail in your inbox, please check your spam folder. If you don’t see it there either, please leave us a comment on this post or contact us using the form on the right of the navigation bar.

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  1. Dee says:

    Wonderful event bee, Just gimme a plant and I can kill it …. I hate to say this , but I do not have a green thumb , I pick the sprouts !!:)

  2. lakshmi says:

    The only edible plant we grow is pasala keerai – looks so pretty, don’t want to pluck the leaves.

  3. Andrea says:

    Thanks for hosting, Bee and Jai! I hope to have some tomatoes and peppers ready to pick when I get back from vacation.

  4. Cham says:

    Wonderful, I ve few edible items grown in my garden… I will sure come up with something …

  5. Rachna says:

    what do u mean by “or found and cooked with”, is it for those who live in apartments and find things at the farmer’s market…. I’m stretching the event, aren’t I?? :) just asking….

    it means finding wild berries or mushrooms, not purchased.

  6. Manisha says:

    Dear Bee and Jai, we have rabbits that roam freely in my yard that D threatens to make soup of, from time to time. But I don’t care for rabbit soup much. Sprouts, you say? But I will need to pay for the beans…what to do? Dire dilemma you have thrown me into. Especially since not much will even germinate in the 15 days till July 30.
    [thinks - something v difficult to do on a hot summer day]
    I know! Can you please mail me something you have grown? That way you will pay for postage and I won’t have paid for it so it will count. Yes?

    done. but you will have to cook with it. – b.

  7. Pooh says:

    Yaay! Finally an event I participate in. I love you guys!

  8. Manisha says:

    Cook? You mean I can’t just chop it and eat it after taking pictures? Whatever happened to eating raw…

    I am guessing you are going to say no but it’s worth a try: if there is a buy-1-get-1-free deal, is the free veggie eligible for this event? :-D

    it’s time to block the IP again.

  9. Lakshmi says:

    Interesting event J&B. I am thinking of ideas ……

  10. sushma says:

    thats such a lovely idea…

  11. OhioMom says:

    Here in NE Ohio my little urban container garden is not quite ready to harvest from yet, but hopefully I can participate next month.

  12. enjay says:

    What a wonderful idea!

    I’m calculating..we’re moving to a place with a vegetable bed in September, so if I plant something then, I’d be able to participate in November, maybe..

    Its worth waiting for.

  13. Pooja says:

    For the first time in my life , i have planted something , that too when i live in apartment with no balcony :D . someone told me that tomato plant can still grow and i am seeing it growing without any sign of tomato flowers ha ha ha…
    Do you guys have any idea if tomato plant can do well in container too ??? I am totally puzzled abt that now.

    btw , the coriander seeds I just threw around tomato plant seems to do well. Anything with coriander can be a part of this ? I mean practically I use it to garnish all curries I make :D .

    yes, coriander used as a garnish works too, if you grew it.

  14. Meera says:

    Yaay!!! I love this event!! Hopefully, I will be able to meet the deadline. i am very excited.

  15. Laavanya says:

    I’m loving Manisha’s ideas – keep them coming… :)

  16. Manisha says:

    Laavanya, I would but she blocked me again. I had to do major tikdum to get this comment in.

  17. Meera says:

    I think I am confused. The rules say that you should not have paid for it. If I have saved the seeds of some vegetables and planted them, – does it qualify? I mean I paid for the vegetables. or if I am making sprouts, I have paid for the beans…..Sorry for my confusion. Can you please help me understand?

    you should not have paid for the final veggie that came from it. if you paid for the initial veggie that made this one, that’s fine.

  18. Manisha says:


    huh??? what exactly?

  19. Lakshmi says:

    Manisha’s question seems interesting….but I think nothing comes free..some or the other person in the chain or event would have paid for it.

  20. TexasDeb says:

    You have an amazing site- I really had fun poking around in here today. Thanks so much for being the first to guest host GYO. Looking forward to seeing how it goes.

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  22. sapna says:


    I have growing a few vegetables and I dont blog. Will you accept a few pictures of my garden for this event? Thanks.

    this event is just for bloggers. sorry, dear sapna.

  23. Lakshmi says:

    hi J&B,
    I have sent an entry to you. I have used sprouted kadale in it.

  24. noobcook says:


    I just submitted my entry thru the entry form. I know this may not be allowed, but I’ve made two blog posts about it (one on growing eggplants, and the other is the eggplant dish, and each blog post contains a link to the other) on my blog. Sorry for the trouble, I’m doing this because my post is kinda too long, and it also helps me categorise my blog content more clearly. Hope this is ok :)

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  26. Pallavi says:

    Hi ! This is such a cool event. I just posted something today that qualifies .. I have submitted. Eager to see the round up.

    Thanks !

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  31. arundathi says:

    finally grew something in my garden and seem to have missed the deadline! hmph!

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