by Debra Horan
Owner, Booklovers’ Gourmet, Webster
Though it may not seem like it outside, spring is coming! Now is the time to start planning and preparing for garden season in New England. Whether your interest lies in flowers, vegetables or herbs, there are numerous titles out there to help guide you.
For some basic gardening tips try Trowel & Error: Over 700 Shortcuts, Tips & Remedies for the Gardener by Sharon Lovejoy. Some of the tips include sprinkling baby powder on seedlings to deter rabbits, cure plant viruses with milk, take a shower with your houseplants and use empty citrus fruit rinds as seedling pots. Weedless Gardening by Lee Reich introduces a system of gardening from the top down that protects the soil, eliminates heavy work and reduces water needs. Perfect for a low maintenance way to enjoy your garden!
If organic gardening is your thing, check out The Woodchuck’s Guide to Gardening by Ron Krupp, a Vermont organic gardener who focuses on our relationship with the natural world. Filled with lessons learned as well as surprises and frustration, it connects us with other gardeners and their discoveries. It is great for the beginner as well as the more experienced gardener.
The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs: 26 Herbs Everyone Should Grow & Enjoy by Charles W.G. Smith and Herbal Tea Gardens: 22 Plans for Your Enjoyment & Well-Being by Marietta Marshall Marcin show the direct connection between health and gardening using common herbs. The best part about them? All you need are a few pots and a sunny room, deck or porch to get growing and you’ll be reaping the benefits in no time! For something completely different there is New York Times bestseller The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart. This “spirited toast to the marriage of botany and booze” explores the plant origins of sake, scotch, tequila, rum and bourbon as well as other herbs, flowers, trees and fruits that have inspired other human concoctions.
Time to get digging!