straw bale gardens This is definitely an intriguing idea for gardening. It eliminates needing a tiller, prepping the soil, composting etc. It also raises the gardening bed up to an easier level similar to raised garden plans but without building frames and buying bags and bags of soil. This book has lovely photographs and good step by step instructions.

06. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, NonFiction · Tags: ,

American Grown by Michelle Obama, 272 pages, read by Brian, on 07/05/2012

Michelle Obama has written a gardening book that details her adventures in gardening at the White House.  Obama, not only talks about her garden but gardens from the past at the White House.  She also shows us other gardens grown in unusual places to help inspire all of us would be gardeners.  There are designs in the book to show where to plant and how to create a compost.  Anyone who loves gardening will enjoy this book.

19. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, How To's, NonFiction · Tags:

Month by Month Gardening in Missouri: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year by Mike Miller, 384 pages, read by Angie, on 01/02/2012

I had high hopes for this book and unfortunately it didn’t pan out. I thought it was too broken up; I really didn’t like how separated everything was in the book. I was also hoping for more information on what to plant and when and this one doesn’t really give you information on plants like I wanted it to. It also doesn’t have illustrations or photos to show you the different plants. Definitely could have been better.

19. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, How To's, NonFiction · Tags:

The Kitchen Garden by Alan Buckingham, 352 pages, read by Angie, on 01/02/2012

This is a really good guide on how to plant your kitchen garden. I liked the month-by-month steps on what you should do and the illustrations/photos were excellent. I liked the information on different crops and when you should plant what. I thought that was really helpful. I do wish there was more information on actually setting up a garden, but the book assumes you have a working garden space already. Overall, a very good reference book for gardeners.