Category Archives: Book Reviews

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Best Books for Bird Gardeners

Are you a “bird gardener?” Many gardeners love the natural world and also enjoy it by hiking, biking, fishing or watching birds. As a home gardener, you are in a…

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Best Books for Building Soil

During the Minnesota State Fair, I gave a talk on the best books for new gardeners.  For me, it’s hard to recommend just a few books, so I’ll be posting…

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Hot Off the Press: The Seed Garden

Edited by Lee Buttala and Shanyn Siegel; written by Miceala Colley and Jared Zystro To celebrate its 40th year of collecting, preserving and sharing seeds, Decorah, Iowa-based Seed Savers Exchange…

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Hot Off the Press: Cultivating Garden Style

This review appears in the July/August 2015 issue of Northern Gardener. If you’re tired of being told exactly how to create the most beautiful containers or the most efficient compost…

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Epic Tomatoes: Book Review and Giveaway!

This review originally appeared in the March/April 2015 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. With Epic Tomatoes, How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time (Storey Publishing, 2015),…

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The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms

This review originally appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of Northern Gardener The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms (Storey Publishing, 2014) By Stephen Russell Are you looking for a way…

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Hot Off the Press: Homegrown Tea

Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes by Cassie Liversidge Author Cassie Liversidge grew up around her parents’ plant nursery, and that history and…

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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…