New Crop of Gardening Books Sprouts Ideas

The 2010 gardening book season is in full swing and these three new titles will help gardeners of every level grow great gardens.

The first crop of gardening books to review arrived in my office this week and now I can’t wait for the growing season to begin.

I’m sure every gardener will find something they can put to use in each of the three new titles from Cool Springs Press, whether it’s a fabulous new recipe, a way to avoid plant problems or how to pinch a few more pennies.

I plan on writing complete reviews of each book over the next several weeks, but thought you might like an overview, just to whet your appetite.

Each attractive cover has an intriguing title, is aimed to a specific audience, and loaded with full-color photos, illustrations and all kinds of interesting tips, tricks and ideas. These are guaranteed to make gardeners want to get growing immediately.

Grocery Gardening: Planting, preparing and preserving fresh food is by Jean Ann Van Krevelen with Amanda Thomsen, Robin Ripley and Teresa O’Connor. One look at the big, bold green heirloom tomatoes that grace this book’s cover and you can imagine what’s inside.

Jean Ann and her co-authors created a complete guide to gardening–from garden planning to clever ways to preserve the harvest. Each edible describes how to plant and grow it, varieties, trivia and imaginative recipes.

If you (try to) garden in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah or Wyoming, then you need The Guide to Rocky Mountain Vegetable Gardening, by Robert Gough & Cheryl Moore-Gough. This is a terrific new regional gardening book.

The authors are horticulture experts and they know how to deal with our gardening challenges like short seasons, bad soil and drought. In addition to “fun facts” the book includes sidebars called “What happened here?” that address common vegetable growing problems and their solutions.

The Small Budget Gardener: All the dirt on saving money in your garden, by Maureen “Mo” Gilmer, gives cheapskate gardeners (like me) ideas on how to stretch every dollar.

I like her approach–gardeners should “start thinking as though you live thirty miles from town.” That means instead of running to the store every time you need something, stop and think about what can get the job done without spending a penny. I just may start with Chapter 9 on how to propagate free plants.

Stay tuned for in-depth reviews of each book. I’m looking forward to sharing them with you!


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Hi Jodi:

Thanks for mentioning Grocery Gardening. Hope you enjoy reading it. This book was definitely a community effort.

By the way, your readers can enter to win a free autographed copy at But hurry! A winner will be selected on Feb. 14. Best, Teresa

Hey Everybody!

This is your chance to win a gardening book you’ll want to keep in the kitchen–just be sure to enter before Valentine’s Day.

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