Would you like to win an Electric Car?

March 12, 2014
Learn how to grow your own vegetables

What have a basket of vegetables and an electric car got in common? Read on…

If you’re new to growing fruit and vegetables and would like the opportunity to win an electric car, here’s your chance.

I was delighted to once again be invited to write the projects for this years Operation GIY Nation campaign, having written the original six projects in 2012 for GIY Ireland.

Photo Credit: GIY International

2013 Winners! Photo Credit: GIY International

This year GIY have teamed up with Renault who will be sponsoring the programme and offering four lucky pioneers an electric car to drive throughout the four-month programme from May to August. But that’s not all. One of the lucky pioneers will get to keep their car which almost has me wishing I was starting again!!

What’s Operation GIY Nation all about?

Anyone can register for Operation GIY Nation and once you have, GIY will email you a copy of the monthly projects as a downloadable PDF along with growing instructions.

The projects have all been written to help beginners grow their own fruit or vegetables and with that in mind, can be grown in pots or directly into the soil, making them accessible for all. There’s even tips for children to help to get involved too. It’s free to sign up to Operation GIY Nation and although the list of equipment needed will cost a few euro, tips have been included on how to keep the prices down and of course, once you have the pots, seeds, plants or compost, you can use them again.

From all the entries, four pioneers will be chosen that everyone can follow on Facebook and twitter, enabling you to keep track of them as they share their experiences of growing their own food.

If you like the sound of this opportunity and would like to get involved, just hop over to the GIY International website by clicking this link and sign up!

It was lovely to read that the O’Donoghue family, winners of last years Operation GIY Nation, were thrilled to be able to wean their baby onto nutritious, home-grown food as a result of this project. What a better way to start!

Best of luck and if you do get involved, regardless of whether you win the electric car or not, I hope you enjoy the projects chosen for you and they help you on to the road of self-sufficiency.


  • Reply Lorna March 16, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Sounds great – Kate wants to grow some veg this year – just have to clear the raised beds of weeds from her. We have 3 but only one was used last year! A bit of work ahead of us!!

    • Reply greensideupveg March 17, 2014 at 12:16 am

      Ella enjoys planting the peas and beetroot the most, a couple of fine days and a bit of free time you’ll have it done in no time 😉


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