Posts in category "Garden Books"

Gardening with Herbs in Chicago for the Year of the Herb

Gardening with Herbs in Chicago for the Year of the Herb
2012 is the Year of the Herb in Chicago. The candidates for this year’s One Seed Chicago election were all herbs. This year’s One Seed Chicago winner will be announced at the Green & Growing Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory on April 28th. Several groups and community gardens will be growing and celebrating this... Read more »

11 Gardening Books to Give a Gardener for Christmas 2011

11 Gardening Books to Give a Gardener for Christmas 2011
Picking off a gardener from your holiday shopping list can be tricky. Do you buy them plants, gift certificates, tools, or gloves? What if they don’t like what you buy because it doesn’t appeal to their gardening styles? Well, garden books, for the most part, can help you avoid all of that because gardeners are... Read more »

Garden Books for Wannabe Urban Farmers

Garden Books for Wannabe Urban Farmers
These three books were recently sent to me by publishers to review. Instead of reviewing them individually, I’ll group them together in this post as they would be beneficial to urban gardeners interested in hobby farming, urban farming and growing their own in a kitchen garden. Michael and Audrey Levatino are not farmers by profession, they... Read more »
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Chicagoans Don't Fear Soil, Just Bad Gardening Advice

The weekend that the Chicago Flower & Garden Show opened Mike Nowak had Michele Owens, of Garden Rant, on his radio show to promote her book, Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. Mike started the segment by giving the book and author high praise. Then irony... Read more »

Christmas Gifts for Current and Former Chicago Gardeners

Christmas Gifts for Current and Former Chicago Gardeners
Co-op Hot Sauce With Christmas around the corner you’ll soon be scrambling to find the perfect gift for the gardener on your list. This holiday season consider giving a gift that not only your gardening friend or family member will enjoy, but one that will make a difference in the lives of your fellow Chicagoans... Read more »

Garden Book: Farmer Jane

Garden Book: Farmer Jane
I  have to be honest here and admit that I accepted the review copy of this book simply because I thought the book cover was nice. When I received the book I realized it was not what I was expecting. It is a profile of 26 women involved in sustainable food movement. “Is this really... Read more »
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Garden Book: Grow Your Own Vegetables

Grow Your Own Vegetables by Carol Klein is a good and comprehensive vegetable gardening book. How good is it? I’ve been carrying it around with me all winter, reading passages while riding the CTA, that I forgot to write about it.  I received a few vegetables gardening books to review this year and I think... Read more »

Garden Book: Lives of the Trees by Diana Wells

Diana Wells is probably my favorite garden author around.100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names is the first book by her I read and one I read cover-to-cover just about every year. She has a way of weaving botanical, historical, mythological and literary references about plants into tight chapters that make you feel like... Read more »

Garden Book: Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail

Before the term “garden blog” was even coined there was Gayla Trail’s You Grow Girl. A few years back when I discovered the internet was good for things besides playing online games I stumbled upon You Grow Girl. While the site and blog seemed to be populated mostly by hip, urban and crafty young women,... Read more »
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Garden Books: Gifts for Gardeners

Garden books make great gifts for the gardener on your holiday list. Here are a couple of recently published books I recommend that you can find at the local bookstore. 1.Container Gardens: 50 Recipes for Year-Round Gardening by P. Allen Smith. Reviewed here on this blog. Great for urban gardeners/container gardeners. 2. The Garden of... Read more »
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