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Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening
by Jerry Apps
Step into the garden with writer and rural historian Jerry Apps. In this treasure trove of tips, recollections, and recipes, Jerry combines his hard-earned advice for garden success with a discussion of how tending a garden leads to a deeper understanding of nature and the land. From planning and planting to fending off critters and weeds, he walks us through the gardening ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 25th 2012 by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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A beginning gardener, or someone interested in a variety of homespun vegetable recipes will find this an easy, relaxing read. I paged through more than I genuinely read it, and in doing so picked up some bits of trivia (e.g., the introduction of certain vegetables to North America, folklore about companion plants, etc.). The writing moves rather slowly for me, with a great deal of detail about the author's family history of gardens, their specific locations on a site, etc. It reads neither like ...more
Jerold W. Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 30 books, many of them on rural history and country life. His nonfiction books include: Living a Country Year, Every Farm Tells a Story, When Chores Were Done, Humor from the Country, Country Ways and Country Days, One-Room Schools, Cheese, Breweries of Wisc ...moreMore about Jerry Apps...