(Green) Thumbs Up!

Even though summer is nearly behind us, it’s not too late to think about gardening.  There are plenty of flowers and produce that can still be planted for a late fall harvest or springtime blooms.  If you’re brand-new to the plant scene, or want some fresh ideas on landscaping or growing your own food, take a look at some of the gardening books here at the library.

The All-New Illustrated Guide to Gardening is the classic guide for gardeners.  In addition to a clear format written in everyday terms, it has tons of pictures as well as easy-to-read tables and charts.  The plant encyclopedia is useful for deciding what to plant and when.  Best of all, the guide was  recently revised to reflect organic practices.  It’s a great reference gardeners will find themselves using time and again.

If you’re interested in growing an herb garden, Reader’s Digest has published The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs as a companion to the Guide to Gardening.  This guide focuses on all things herbal — from growing herbs, to choosing the correct herbs, to preparing them for various medicinal, culinary, and decorative uses.  It is not necessarily a holistic guide, but rather a practical guide for the common herb enthusiast.

Perhaps you would love to start a garden, but live in an apartment with limited space.  Grow Great Grub understands, and is here to help.  This book has great tips for the urban gardener.  If your backyard is the size of a postage stamp, or if it consists solely of a balcony, don’t fret.  This book has suggestions for either situation, including raised beds and varieties that do well in pots.  You’ll be harvesting your home-grown food in no time!

Maybe you already put your garden in the ground last spring.  What will you do with the crops you don’t eat right away?  You need an easy, tasty way to preserve these hard-won prizes.  You need Canning for a New Generation.  This book takes a fresh look at the time-honored practice of canning fresh fruits and vegetables.  It goes beyond the boring basics with recipes for pickles, jams, and chutneys that will make you glad you spent all that time in the dirt last spring.

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