It's time again for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.…
Spring is trying to come here in the Northeast. My daffodils are fighting their way up through the snow.
And this makes me start thinking about planting and gardening and weeding (which, for those of you who don’t know me, I actually enjoy).
And, yes, I do have a slightly warped sense of humor.
That aside, I have a list of books you should try if you’re interested in gardening (or living off the land).
1. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
This book was fascinating. The author and her family decided to move away from where they lived to somewhere more conducive to being able to grow pretty much everything you needed to eat. They resolved to only eat things that were local and in season, if they used anything not from their own farm (this included eating out, so was a challenge). Each family member was allowed one exception (for example: coffee) to this rule. I got so involved with her story… it’s amazing. They even selected heritage turkeys, etc., and resolved to do their own butchering. A must read, IMHO.
2. Cooked by Michael Pollan
I suppose this is less about gardening than nutrition and eating, but I’m a huge Michael Pollan fan and reading about the origins of cooking and how the four elements of cooking affect food (and our bodies) was really interesting. He’s just such a common sense guy… I love everything he writes.
3. The Manual of Seed Saving: Harvesting, Storing, and Sowing Techniques for Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits by Andrea Heistinger
Heritage plants are tough to grow, honestly. They require more attention typically and frequently bear less fruit than the more common plants we’re used to. Growing heritage is a labor of love, as is collecting seeds to use for the next year. This book helps you understand how to do that and it’s very interesting and well written.
4. From the Ground Up: A Food Grower’s Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That’s Changing the Nation by Jeanne Nolan
This is more like that Barbara Kingsolver book, above, but can really inspire the desire to grow your own food. It’s interesting and a learning experience to follow her as SHE learns things. These are the types of non-fiction books I really like. Interesting and fun, but also one that teaches.
5. Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) by Angela England
For those of us who don’t think we have enough room! A Common sense guide.
6. Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
Learn all about the plants you want to grow! More “sciency” than the others it includes a depth of information that interesting and a must read for gardeners.
7. Mother Earth News
Okay, not a book. A magazine. But when we lived “off the land” years ago, this was our bible and it’s still relevant and useful today.
Do you have any suggestions for me? I’m always open to books on gardening!