This falls into the category of "really random things I read" but actually I liked it. Sometimes I'm tempted by the farm lifestyle. After reading the...moreThis falls into the category of "really random things I read" but actually I liked it. Sometimes I'm tempted by the farm lifestyle. After reading the book I am still tempted to move that direction someday but for now I haven't found a niche that is calling to me. (Well I really like my backyard tea but I've never dried it so I don't even know if it's good that way).
It's interesting to think about your food and where it comes from. I enjoy the local foods. Unfortunately I work most Saturdays and the few I have off I rarely wake up in time for the Farmer's Market. But there's something that's so natural and healthy about growing at least some of your own food.
This book profiled a couple of "Kentucky Proud" products. I've bought quite a few Kentucky Proud items and have never been dissatisfied.
I think some of the lessons about marketing and customer retention could translate into almost any profession. (less)
I skimmed the second half of this. I'm convinced that this author is from further north than me and doesn't seem to give any indication of their growi...moreI skimmed the second half of this. I'm convinced that this author is from further north than me and doesn't seem to give any indication of their growing zone which frustrated me. Also it kept saying to plant and harvest the same plants month after month after month. And I know you can plant in cycles but eventually it felt really redundant and started to confuse me.
The pictures are lovely, it has nice to do lists but I think something that is based on average date of last frost would be more useful. (less)
At first I thought "You Grow Girl" was going to be a disappointment. The introduction seemed to be very specific towards urban gardening. I'd read the...moreAt first I thought "You Grow Girl" was going to be a disappointment. The introduction seemed to be very specific towards urban gardening. I'd read the summary and the reviews online and while it talked a lot about "small space" gardening it never suggested the book was solely for the urbanites. There's even one point during the introduction that suburbanites seem to be all wealthy white women with too much time and money.
That's not me. I live in my parents garage because I can't afford a place where both me and my dog can live (and living without my dog is not an option. When you make a commitment to an animal its for life. End of story).
But the problem with the book seems to lie solely in the introduction (which FYI editors & writers you don't want to exclude a whole population with your introduction if your book isn't quite so slanted).
I've been wanting to review the book for a few months. The problem is everybody wanted to borrow it. Everyone who has looked at the book likes different things about it. Different projects have jumped out at them. The easy projects are one of the best parts about this book. They're practical, inexpensive and well explained.
Another thing I like about this book is that organic is not a huge scary word. I don't feel like I have to make a political commitment or life commitment to "organic." In fact my garden is not going to be 100% organic BUT I feel like I can go mostly organic and that's A-okay. I'm trying to cut out the miracle grow (manure here I come!) and I'm going to try some non-chemical pesticide options. But the soil I buy is not Certified Organic (it's Hyponex Topsoil which I've used for years and trust) and I just buy whatever seeds/plants suit my fancy. The book did not evangelize organic--at least not in an off-putting way--it just gave me my options.
Probably the best thing about this book is that it's made me willing to try new things. I've started seeds indoor this year (we'll see how that goes). I bought *gasp* organic seed starter rather than miracle grow. I used manure in my garden for the first time. My tomato plants are going to be heirloom because now I know what heirloom is. Overall the book has just broadened my gardening horizons without being fussy or pretentious.
It's got nice crafty projects without becoming a craft book. The pictures and illustrations are superb. It's a good gardening book for the beginner or dabbler. (less)
Better than expected. I'm always very skeptical but I actually liked this book. Practical advice, lists and an awareness that social media constantly...moreBetter than expected. I'm always very skeptical but I actually liked this book. Practical advice, lists and an awareness that social media constantly changes. Of course some aspects are already dated such as no information about Facebook Timeline but still a good book especially if you're involved in a nonprofit. (less)
As a knitter (not a Knitter as this book would say) it was an enjoyable read. While many of the knitting crazinesses I have not succumb to yet I can s...moreAs a knitter (not a Knitter as this book would say) it was an enjoyable read. While many of the knitting crazinesses I have not succumb to yet I can see that I have these tendencies.
It's told in little snippets (somewhat like blog entries) and it's perfect to read when you're feeling a little ADD (and perfect for commercial break reading!). Some knitting humor, lots of yarn and a few warm-fuzzies. Enjoyable & quick read. (less)
This book was unexpectedly delightful to read. I thought it would just be a dull educational guide, but I'm curious about heirloom plants so I picked...moreThis book was unexpectedly delightful to read. I thought it would just be a dull educational guide, but I'm curious about heirloom plants so I picked it up anyway.
It's actually quite interesting, not just telling about growing the plants but telling about the origins and history of certain plant varieties. To me that's fascinating, the people who grew these plants and the stories they carry with them. This book captured that growing certain plants isn't just about taste, sometimes it's about a sense of history or connection to your family. You might grow a certain tomato because it's what your grandma grew and that means something to you. That's kind of wonderful.
I grow very few plants from seeds. I tried...and failed pretty epically last year at the seed starting. But really, I loved reading this book. It's got delightful little stories but also practical facts about the heirloom plants it features. It's a laid back kind of book, not science heavy.
Just for honesty's sake I should admit that I only read the vegetable portions of this book. I'm just not a flower growing type of girl. I grow some, but it's edible plants that I truly find fascinating. (less)
A nice addition to . Whereas I read You Grow Girl straight through, this once I used more as a reference guide. It has valuable information and proje...moreA nice addition to . Whereas I read You Grow Girl straight through, this once I used more as a reference guide. It has valuable information and projects. I especially liked the recipes & preserving tips.
Sometimes I think these books are a little unfair for those of us who live in rural areas. They mention all these fantabulous plants, a huge variety, but I cannot find them locally. City folks may not have yards but they're spoiled by selection. I've spent two days looking for Lemon Verbena & turns out nobody in my general area has it. Luckily I'm going to a bigger town tomorrow and already have a store holding some for me. I plan to make my own tea but there is no way I can use the recipes in this book--too impossible to find all the plants. That's probably my only complaint. It makes finding the variety look easier than it is for people like me.
If you're only going to buy one of these books I suggest starting with "You Grow Girl" but I see the benefit of reading both. (less)
For quick NanoWriMo research this book served it's purpose perfectly. Gave me political/historical background with inset stories of female athletes. V...moreFor quick NanoWriMo research this book served it's purpose perfectly. Gave me political/historical background with inset stories of female athletes. Very interesting stuff. I could read more about Title IX. (less)