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  • Beer and Butterflies, Hops and Commas January 26, 2015
    This is the time of year I think most of us gardening folk are itching to get back out there tending to our plants and critters.  I’ve been taking inventory of my seeds, shopping around for new bee boxes and bird houses and mentally designing new flower beds.  Since my brother and I spend so […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beau […]
    Judy Burris
  • Florida Winter Birds January 23, 2015
    I’ve had two recent avian visitors that for me are a real treat.  You see migrating birds aren’t exclusively a phenomenon of northern climes.  Florida also has migratory visitors, some merely passing through and some that stay a few months but don’t breed here. If you prepare a Florida winter wildlife garden to their liking, […] We love hearing from you! Ple […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • The Undisclosed Location January 22, 2015
    I love January in Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains. Recent rain has brought new life to the drought-stricken soil, and new spring green seedlings are sprouting up everywhere. Trails are still wet one week after our 1-day rainstorm.  After waiting all year for rain, native plants waste no time in asserting themselves. This month, the air […] We lo […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • Dead Wood is Not Dead Weight January 21, 2015
    Dead wood from trees provides abundant habitat for wildlife in your garden. We talk often of the value of native trees in your wildlife garden. Trees provide all manner of ecosystem services, and provide food and shelter for many different kinds of wildlife. In fact, native trees support vastly larger numbers of different species of […] We love hearing from […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Arbor Day? Yes! And It’s All About Florida Trees! January 16, 2015
    Florida weather puts us ahead of the April National Arbor Day planting curve.  The third Friday of January is officially designated as Florida Arbor Day (in Louisiana too!).   Tis our dry season, so I suppose we plant now to get the roots reaching deep for water before rainy season hits and makes it easy.  This […] We love hearing from you! Please click here […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Can I Make a Difference? January 15, 2015
    How many of you ponder this question? You’re living in a house with a small yard in an urban area. After you plant your tomato and pepper plants, there just isn’t much room left. You hung up a bird feeder – could you do more, you wonder? You hear about the problems with the bees […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • Resources for Planning Your Wildlife Garden January 14, 2015
    It’s the Dreaming Season–winter is upon us, and for most of us snow and cold are keeping us inside where it’s warm and cozy, and not outside working in our wildlife gardens. This is the perfect time to plan, and dream about, the steps we will take in our gardens in the coming spring to […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Start your rain barrels now January 12, 2015
    This is Old Man Winter’s time, which at a school can translate into a lot of indoor recess time and little to no garden time. Here’s a winter project to keep students’ minds on the gardens and focus their energy when they can’t get outside: Painting rain barrels. We have two rain barrels at Belvedere. Although we don’t use […] We love hearing from you! Pleas […]
    Stacey Evers
  • Planthoppers: Coming to a Lilypad Near You January 10, 2015
    I’m always trying to think ahead of ideas for articles here at Beautiful Wildlife Garden and Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens, two of the blogs where I regularly share tales of the flora and fauna finds in my own garden. In anticipation, I have been gathering photos which convey the biodiversity that American White Waterlily […] We love hearing from you! P […]
    Loret T. Setters

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Book Thoughts: Grocery Gardening

~If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive.

If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.~

One of the things I love most about gardening is the way it draws people together. United by a common passion for starting, growing and using vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers we gardeners “speak the same language.” There’s not competition when we collaborate, but a meeting and sharing of mindsets and methods. My garden friends are intelligent, encouraging and engaging…and they’re fun!

The book Grocery Gardening is an embodiment of the wisdom that comes from such gardening relationships. Authors Jean Ann Van Krevelen, Amanda Thomsen, Theresa O’Connor and Robin Ripley have created a vivid and informative compilation of facts, tips, photos, recipes and more in their shared creation. What’s more wonderful is Jean Ann’s acknowledgement of an estimated 50,000 others who contributed,  ”… in one way or another to this huge undertaking.” Inspiring!

In an age of “every man for himself” it’s a privilege to read  (and enjoy!) something that was born from a cooperative effort! This wonderful book is not only reference-worthy but a worthy reminder of the beautiful results of sharing, communicating and working together. A most valuable lesson.

As for the book itself, it’s simply wonderful! With clear, concise advice on growing a myriad of favorite garden vegetables and fruits, helpful nutrition information for each variety and recipes that will make your mouth water it’s a must-have for everyone. (Yes, everyone, not just gardeners!) The dialogue is engaging and the authors’ personal notes scattered throughout the pages are clever and funny. Grocery Gardening has personality! Treat yourself to a copy, you’ll be happy you did. I am!

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