Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Spring Sowing

This year, instead of my usual haul of perennials making the trip to MI with me, it will be vegetable seedlings. Why not take advantage of the greenhouse that I work at in the spring. This will be spring number three helping out there and the owner, Fred, has said that I can grow whatever I want so I might as well get the lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, brassicas, onions and flowers started.

I have a very large seed collection and it's time to get them all started. They won't last forever!

It's rainy today and will possibly become ice overnight. Oh joy.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Book Wish List for 2011

Over the past few years I have become quite the reader, considering I read a book about every two years before that. Now I read a book every few weeks, give or take. Mostly gardening and farming reference, I have only read one fiction, The Secret Life of Bees. Currently I'm reading Second Nature by Michael Pollan and Bringing it to the Table by Wendell Berry. I'm loving them both.

Here is a sampling from my extensive (maxed out) Amazon list.

And I Shall Have Some Piece There by Margaret Roach
A Way to Garden by Margaret Roach
The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
The Complete Guide to Small Scale Farming by Melissa Nelson
Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden by Eleanor Perenyi
The Garden Primer: Second Edition by Barbar Damrosch
Goat Song by Brad Kessler
Birds in Fall by Brad Kessler
Organic Manifesto by Maria Rodale
Deeply Rooted by Lisa M. Hamilton
The New Seed Starters Handbook by Nancy Bubel
The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoko
Farmers of Forty Centuries by F.H. King
The Hoophouse Handbook by Lynne Byzinski
The New Farmer's Market by Vance Corum
Market Farming Success by Lynne Byzinski

What books are next for you?