Most of us in the northern tier of states still have a couple of weeks left before we slip on our garden boots for good, never to return to a chair until next November.
So there’s still time to read some of the top-selling garden books at Amazon.com, where I’m seeing a real trend here. Let’s count ‘em down:
1. It’s been out for three years, but All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew still tops the charts. Of the 140 reviews, 104 gave it five stars. I think that’s because many people still want to garden, but they don’t want it to take over their lives . This is the 2006 edition.
2. I love Barbara Kingsolver’s novels. But Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, which she co-wrote with her daughter and husband, chronicles their year (along with another daughter) eating only locally grown foods. While not a gardening how-to, it does invoke a desire to do it. If only.
3. Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables by Mike Bubel and Nancy Bubel was published in 1991, but I think many will feel as one reviewer did: “My most recent interests all revolve around this new desire that I have to become more self-sufficient.”
4. Are we detecting a theme yet? Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long by Eliot Coleman, Barbara Damrosch, and Kathy Bray was published 10 years ago. Yet it’s number 4 today.
5. Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series) by Steve Solomon. ‘Nuff said.
6. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible: Discover Ed’s High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions by Edward C. Smith.
7. Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth and Kent Whealy.
8. Hmm … how’d this one get here? Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible by Jorge Cervantes. Hey man, 57 out of 62 reviews gave five stars. And it’s our second “Bible” in the top 10.
9. This sounds familiar: Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work by Mel Bartholomew. It’s the 2005 edition.
10. The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery.
Oh yeah. There’s a trend here.
Planting Queen tip: I still think veggies/fruits in containers is THE trend of the year. Check this out: McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers (Paperback)
by Rose Marie Nichols McGee (Author), Maggie Stuckey.