We have our Garden Giveaway contest winners! Email addresses of our 3 winners have been pulled from our usual Mexican basket-hat by He Who Hogs The Power Tools, and the lucky ones have been notified of their great fortune:

Thanks to Comtech, a CatStop goes to JCF (who apparently has a very specific pesky stray cat in mind for discouragement), a SquirrelStop to Queen Marlene (her songbirds will be happy!), and a SlugsAway goes to Peggie (they say everything is bigger in Texas, so I don’t want to see her slugs!).

Thanks for playing! Your prizes will go out in the mail this week, so cross your fingers for prompt and efficient postal service… And for others, less fortunate, who must now weep over their pest-ravaged gardens in disappointment: Better luck next time! And there will be a next time, you know it!

Original post 27 May 208

Now that our American friends have safely survived the family barbecues of Memorial Day Weekend — and we Canadians have had a full week to recover from the excesses of the legendary Two-Four Weekend — it’s time to turn our full attention to gardening season. And that means, of course, stubborn weeds and broken nails and Someone Else’s Cat using your salad mache garden as its private potty…

Cat Stop Fortunately, it’s also time for the Garden Giveaway, with 3 prizes of nifty hi-tech Pest Control products that don’t involve toxic sprays or explosives.

Forget those reflective warning tapes or rude noisemakers: we’re talking about more like what James Bond would use to deter his garden pests, if he stopped chasing glamorous Eastern Bloc spy babes long enough to plant a row of carrots…

Read the contest rules and details here, then enter for your shot at 3 great prizes for the gardener. Residents of Canada and USA only for this one, please… and the deadline to enter is Saturday, 31 May 2008, at 11:59 pm (Eastern).