Monday, June 24, 2013

Garden Reads

It's a great time of the year to sit back a little and watch your garden grow. I have two wonderful gardening books to share with you today.

To Eat: A Country Life by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd
Joe Eck lives and gardens in southern Vermont. I've been lucky enough to visit North Hill and hear Joe and Wayne read from their books at past events.  Sadly, Wayne passed away in 2010 and this was the book he and Joe were working on at the time.

It's a delightful little book filled with short chapters on fruits and vegetables with charming illustrations by Bobbi Angell. I've only just started reading, but I can already tell that it is special. As soon as it arrived in the mail (a gift from my mother), I opened right up to the rhubarb chapter. I love how Eck and Winterrowd braid together history, growing tips, and culinary memories in each chapter. This particular chapter ends with a recipe for Rhubarb Custard Pie. Yes, please.

How To Move Like a Gardener by Deb Soule

Don't you just love that title? If you are interested in herbalism and gardening, there is no better source than Deb Soule. As soon as I heard that Deb was writing a new book, I pre-ordered it from her shop, Avena Botanicals. Deb just has a way about her. She is full of knowledge but humble and kind. The book is filled with gorgeous color photographs and would be a great book to add to your collection if you are interested in learning more about herbs, biodynamic gardening, and medicine making.

Which gardening books will you be reading this summer?


  1. Thank you so much for the book recommendations! I just peeked at "To eat" and I can't wait for it to come. Or to try out that Rhubarb Custard Pie recipe...

  2. Both look intriguing. Just for fun I've started reading Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy & the Indolent. So far Ruth Stout has me smiling.

  3. I actually just asked for "Backyard Medicine" for my birthday, thanks to your recommendation. "How to Move Like a Gardener" sounds like a book I would really enjoy as well (I might add that to my wish list). Thanks Shari.

  4. can't wait to check these out. i am due for a new gardening read. thanks S!