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New Favorite Books on Garden, Food, and a Green Home

Posted Aug 23 2008 3:19pm
Recently I deleted a large amount of books from my Wishlist. I decided that rather than spend lots of money buying books I'm not totally sure I want, instead I would borrow them from the library first, look through them, and then choose to add them back onto the list if I feel they are a fit for me. This method supports me to be careful to select only the books I feel truly excited about and that I will use again and again. The down side is that I have a HUGE list of holds at the library, and sometimes they all become available at the same time, which can be stressful for me. But then again I do look through them faster than I would if I were buying them, and I get to dramatically toss the horrible ones to the side and triumphantly hold the best ones over my head with a shout of victory. But then there's the problem of all the books I'm adding back onto my Wishlist...

Here are just a few of my recent favorites:

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children . I LOVE this book. Sharon Lovejoy gives practical, specific, easy, and fun ideas for gardening with children. She suggests a variety of kid-favorite plants and garden themes, like the pizza garden, the moon garden, and the snacking and sipping garden. And it's got colorful cute hand drawings throughout it.

The Joy of Pickling: 200 Flavor-Packed Recipes for All Kinds of Produce from Garden or Market . I looked through several different food preservation books and this one stood out as my absolute favorite. Easy to read, simply designed, thorough, and it includes lacto-fermentation in addition to the usual canning and vinegar preserving. And lots and lots of good-looking recipes.

The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit . This book is not actually from the library. It (and the book below) was sent to me by Chelsea Green , a publishing company that benefits our world with superb books about sustainable living. This book features 36 home projects, some easy and some difficult, for both home owners and renters to live a less fossil fuel dependent lifestyle. The simple instructions alleviate the intimidation I feel when I hear people talking about renewable energy and green homes, cause now I know I can go to this book and look it up!

Fou r- Sea son Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year L ong . This might be my new favorite gardening book. Eliot Coleman caught my interest right from the start when he talks about how having a year-round garden gives you fresh veggies without the stress of planting a new garden every year and spending so much effort preserving the harvest. You just tend your garden, all year long. The book moves through all the usual areas of organic gardening (soil, compost, planting, planning, etc), but it's is a lot more specific than most gardening books I've read. And the emphasis is on how to garden so you've got freshies in every season.

I'll post more of my favorites as they roll in from the library. I really do have a giant list of holds.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Have any to add to the list?

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