Book recommendations

Grow Your Soil! – Diane Miessler

With good humor, a light touch and simple instructions this book walks the novice and the expert through the how’s and why’s of building healthy soil to feed the microbes responsible for growing delicious, nourishing food.

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival – Katrina Blair

There’s extraordinary nutrition for whole body health and immune-system nourishment in the plants around us, many of them we often call “weeds”. This is an authoritative resource, written in a clear and compassionate voice and provides an expansive perspective as we consider which plants to keep and which to pull in our gardens.

Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening – Will Bonsall

The title speaks for itself, written by the founder of the Scatter Seed Project. Will was featured in the film Seed: The Untold Story.

Around the World in 80 Plants: an edible perennial vegetable adventure in temperate climates – Stephen Barstow

A delightful sharing of 80 select perennial vegetables from around the globe that are treasured nourishing edibles in their home communities, and which thrive in the author’s Norwegian garden (where he has a collection of over 2,000 such plants). Engagingly written by a renaissance man who in equal parts scientist, ethnobotanist, gardener, foodie, and artist.

Paradise Lot: two plant geeks, one-tenth of an acre – the making of an edible garden oasis in the city – Eric Toensmeier, w/contributions from Jonathan Bates

If you ever doubted that you could make something grow “from nothing” this funny, endearing story is for you. And, there’s plenty of information to take away as you design your own edible oasis.

[More to come…]