Here is a list of various books, both informative and for enjoyment, that I have read. I hope these books help make gardening as joyful for you as they have for me!
The Dirty Life – On Farming, Food and Love
By Kristen Kimball
I was trying to find a book about vegetable farming that wasn’t ‘how to’ but a story. I wanted to hear about someone else’s experience on starting a farm. I came across The Dirty Life. I was intrigued by its title and description. It was a good, easy and enjoyable read. Since I want to start my own vegetable farm one day, it made me remember that things aren’t always fun and that things do get dirty (pun intended!) and can be miserable, but as long as you keep working toward what you want then you can succeed. While I don’t think I would go as far to try some of the things they did (with the animals… I’ll let you decide!), I can never say never. I really enjoyed this book and if you have the chance to read it, I hope you do too.
Great Garden Companions
By Sally Jean Cunningham
In choosing this book, I was looking for something to help me learn more about solving garden problems without using pesticides, chemicals, etc. I wanted to learn about environmentally friendly and cheaper ways to accomplish this. The book was great! It was easy to read, with no crazy technical terms. The book covered everything from garden companions (good and bad), good and bad insects, and building/continuing your garden over the years. It also discussed both vegetables and ornamentals! If you do decide to take this as a read, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and that you learn something great along the way. You don’t have to be outside to get your ‘head in the garden’!
The Wisdom of the Radish
By Lynda Hopkins
I was really impressed with the thoughts and verbiage in this book. In reading it, I was really able to get a sense of who Lynda Hopkins was and what she was going through. It was great. Her use of cuss words was excellent and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! In reading this book, it has confirmed my want (and possible need!!) for chickens, but also confirmed my thoughts in the possibility of becoming too attached to them. It’s a part of life and of the farm though, according to Lynda Hopkins; and I completely accept that. I thoroughly enjoyed this easy read, having many laughs along the way.