You just haven't seen much of me here because, well, great big piles of dirt and manure, and the ensuing back breaking strengthening, bicep building, digging of said dirt and manure by the seemingly endless shovel and wheelbarrow full is 1) heavily time consuming, 2) just not all that picturesque, and 3) tends to leave one, at the end of the day, without energy for anything other than a hot soak in the tub before falling over into bed.
After-dark stints in the garden by flashlight don't really make for the best of pictures, either, as if one would ever be inclined to even consider taking a picture at that hour of night while trying to finish up the last of the day's garden chores!
Yes, the daffodils and grape hyacinths really only just now began blooming in our garden this past Memorial Day weekend.
The house is now in such a state of disarray, abandoned so completely for the outdoors, that the dandelions the boys picked and placed in jars a couple of weeks ago have gone to seed on the dining room table, which is, itself, half covered in gardening books, catalogs, and several revised versions of our garden and greenhouse planting plans.
The garden beds are filled with dirt and manure. Leeks, onions, garlic, and cole crops have been transplanted. The pea trellis went up today and peas have been duly planted.
Oh, and I should mention that the two books above area couple of my favorites gathered over the years:
A Way to Garden: a hands-on primer for every season, by Margaret Roach (former gardening editor of MS Living), is out-of-print (and listed for used prices from $34.85 on up to $180.63!) but I was delighted to happen across her gardening blog filled with great info and beautiful pictures, under the same name as the book.
Organic Home Garden, by Canadian gardeners Patrick Lima and John Scanlan, also out-of-print, is a reprint of the version I picked up off the bargain table at the Trident, years ago when we lived and gardened just a few blocks away on Pearl Street in Boulder, CO. I had that copy, under the title The Natural Food Garden: growing fruits and vegetables chemical free, Well, that is until I lent it, along with several other gardening books, to friends and they accidentally were packed up with their things when they moved away. The books have since moved, in the past few years, from Montana to Wyoming to Tennesee and recently back to Montana again (although still an 8 hour drive away) never being unpacked, and until they are truly settled for good and can finally unpack their things, I won't see my own dog-eared, dirt-shmeared, heavily underlined copy.
Until then, I'll just keep checking it out through interlibrary loan and renewing it again and again as long as they'll let me do so. Scratch that. I've just clicked over and ordered a used copy under the original title(ISBN-13: 9781559582025), where, used, it starts at just $2.00 for a used copy as opposed to the new title (ISBN-13: 9781552979242) which currently goes for $47.00 up to $181.85 used!
Anyways. Neither of these books could stand alone on my gardening bookshelf, but they do stand out in that they inspire and inform me, year after year.
Do you have any favorite gardening books that you turn to again and again, old or new?