Category Archives: Book Reviews

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The Writer’s Garden Book Review and Giveaway

I don’t think it’s a surprise that many writers are also gardeners. Being outside and in nature gives the mind the freedom to rest or roam that writers (and other…

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Book Review: The New Midwestern Table

Park Rapids resident Amy Thielen’s book isn’t about gardening, but it’s a volume Midwestern gardeners will want to have close at hand as they preserve and eat up the abundant…

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Book Review: Preserving by the Pint

For many gardeners, canning is a way to say, “Winter — take that! I will continue to enjoy my garden no matter how much snow you throw at me.” And,…

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Hot Off the Press: Pollinators of Native Plants

This review originally appeared in the May/June 2014 issue of Northern Gardener. If you are serious about native plants and pollinators, this is the book for you. Entitled Pollinators of…

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Book Review and Giveaway: Groundbreaking Food Gardens

Groundbreaking Food Gardens (Storey 2014) by Canada-based blogger and garden writer Niki Jabbour is one of the best books for beginning (and experienced) food gardeners that I have seen in…

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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…