Andrea Bellamy, author of the Vancouver blog Heavy Petal (tagline "from the West Coast Urban Organic Perspective") has a book out, which is reminding me of the early days of gardenblogging and how much I enjoyed reading hers (yes, there was a time when I was a loyal reader of gardenblogs; today, not so much).
Heavy Petal launched in June of '05, so it was one of the few around that inspired me and unwittingly encouraged me to start my own, a month later. I have fond memories of her wedding, the launch of her snazzy new blog design (by husband Ben, I believe), and of course, her pregnancy.
Some of the more intriguing categories on Heavy Petal include "Raving and Whining", "Resistance is Fertile", and "WTF?", which she says is for the bitchy voyeur in us all. (Thank you, Andrea, for daring to use a controversial acronym so prominently! Gardenbloggers can be soooo well-behaved.)
To catch up with Andrea I perused her blog category "The Book" and learned that writing a book had long been one of her dreams, as evidenced by a "mortifying" video taken on the night of her high school graduation.
The videographer asked everyone to say where they were going to be in 10 years, and I said something about living in a VW van and creating world peace. I KNOW. And I was completely sober. But I also said I was going to write a book. And now, just a few years later (ha!) I can check that off my list. Done.
That's exactly my reaction to the notion of writing a book, except for the part about doing it anyway, despite how scary it all is. But thankfully Andrea forged ahead – while raising a baby, no less – and the result is this marvelous book that's entertaining, extremely useful, and lovely. I recommend it highly.
There's a short (too short) bio of Andrea on the Timber Press website, but from the back cover of the book we learn that she's studied both garden design and permaculture, and has been gardening since childhood. She's "an active guerrilla gardener and a proud steward of a plot in her local community garden." She also gardens on the balcony of her family's third-floor apartment, so is well qualified to instruct us in the art of growing food in small spaces.
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Just leave a comment and I'll choose one at random (so don't worry about being clever). Suggested topics include growing food, why you need the book, or best of all, anything about Andrea and Heavy Petal. Entries close 6 p.m. Eastern this Friday the 14th.