Category Archives: Book Reviews

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Book Review: Beautifully Sustainable

For many gardeners, the ideal yard is relaxing, beautiful, relatively low maintenance and good for the Earth. Douglas Owens-Pike has been creating this kind of sustainable landscape for 25 years…

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Book Review: Five Plant Gardens

This originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. In Five-Plant Gardens, 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants, Nancy Ondra outlines an approach for…

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Book Review: Soup Night

Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup, by Maggie Stuckey (Storey Publishing, 2013) isn’t a gardening book—though its author has two garden books to her credit…

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Getting Started Garden Guide: Review and Giveaway

Many northern gardeners are familiar with Melinda Myers, the Wisconsin-based writer, TV personality and horticulture educator who is the author of more than 20 books, including Month-by-Month Gardening in Minnesota,…

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Hot Off the Press: Permaculture for Vegetable Gardeners

The current issue of Northern Gardener includes a delightful profile of a Minnesota gardener who is incorporating permaculture principles in her home landscape. The idea of permaculture — permanent agriculture…

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Book Review: The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook

Each year, publishers release dozens of gardening books, many of which are useful or beautiful. At the same time, hundreds of cookbooks are published, and some of them are pretty…

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Book Review: Gardening By Cuisine

Gardening by Cuisine: An Organic-Food Lover’s Guide to Sustainable Living is the latest book by Patti Moreno, proprietress of one of the top urban gardening websites, Urban Sustainable Living and…

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Book Review: Edible Gardening for the Midwest

During our series on vegetable gardening, we suggested several books that are good choices for beginning vegetable gardeners. Edible Gardening for the Midwest is another solid option, if you are…