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Margaret Roach’s blog tour for her new book “Backyard Parables” has been going strong for two weeks, and I’m kinda late to the party.  But like any opinionated gardenblogger, I have things to say. At first I was confused by the title but soon learned that this book is a one-year gardening memoir, with how-to […]

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Posted by on January 25, 2013 at 9:37 am   This post has 8 responses.

Loads of Garden-Related eBooks for $1.99

If you’re sitting around in a post-holiday daze, wondering what to load onto the new ereader/tablet/laptop/smartphone you just got over the holidays, I have an answer!  To my delight, my publisher Algonquin has put a ton of ebooks on sale today.  Here’s a list of all the garden/nature titles...

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Posted by on December 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm   This post has 3 responses.

Drunken Botanist: The Video

Thanks once again to my Hollywood brother for this one, who actually managed to cast an actor to do most of the heavy lifting.

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Posted by on December 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm   This post has 6 responses.

Loving David Culp’s Layered Garden. Scheming to see the garden.

I’d never heard of perennials expert David Culp until his long-awaited book finally came out and I started seeing raves everywhere.  Then I learned that garden centers up and down the East Coast have long been fans of David through his work for Sunny Border Nurseries, a respected perennials...

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Posted by on December 14, 2012 at 8:41 am   This post has 8 responses.

My Dirty Little Secret

Dear Penthouse Letters: I never thought it could happen to me. I mean, me? S&M? NO WAY. Then I realized… Gardening, for me, was masochism. It’s true. For years, I was a virtual slave to plants I lusted after but couldn’t grow. How voluptuous were lilacs and peonies when...

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Posted by Andrew Keys on November 15, 2012 at 6:54 am   This post has 77 responses.

Marijuana growers and users “fired up,” too!

Marijuana’s Going Legal Hard to believe, but America’s long prohibition against marijuana may be coming to an end, at least in places like Colorado and Washington State, both of which voted this week to legalize pot.  And that’s for recreation, not for any medical purpose, real or phony.  In...

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Posted by on November 9, 2012 at 9:05 am   This post has 27 responses.

The State of Cannabis-Growing Literature

Ranter James Rousch recently lamented that Garden Literature is going Up in Smoke, based on his count of 87 pot-growing books currently on offer at the local Barnes and Noble.  I recently read one of them myself (to review, I swear!) – the excellent Supercharged from Timber Press, which...

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Posted by on November 2, 2012 at 8:57 am   This post has 9 responses.

Seven Nature/Garden Ebooks for $1.99

Hey, good news! Algonquin Books has picked a whole bunch of garden and nature ebook titles for $1.99 for the entire month of July.   The list includes two books from Diana Wells–Lives of Trees and 100 Birds and How They Got Their Names–as well as three lovely escapist narratives: ...

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Posted by on July 4, 2012 at 10:32 am   This post has 6 responses.

A Backlog of Books

  I’ve been in Portland for two months, living the good life as visiting faculty at Portland State University and occupying a swell apartment provided to me by Tin House.  I’m home now, but I’m nowhere near caught up.  Anyway, there are four books on my desk that I...

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 at 6:30 am   This post has 7 responses.

Michelle Obama’s American Grown

You don’t have to be a gardener or a even Democrat to love Michelle Obama’s first book – American Grown, the Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across American – like I do.  Caring about the health of our kids and of the land helps, though....

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Posted by on June 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm   This post has 3 responses.

Real People, Real Flowers: More 50-Mile Bouquet Fabulousness

Please welcome Debra Prinzing, author of The 50 Mile Bouquet, a documentary-style book that takes a fascinating and in-depth look at local, not global, flower-growing.  We’re giving another copy away, but you’re going to have to work for it–Debra asks you to post a photo of one of your own bouquets online...

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Posted by on April 26, 2012 at 4:22 am   This post has 16 responses.

Another Terrific Botanical Read for $1.99

This just in:  as part of Algonquin’s monthly round of $1.99 ebook deals, you can get Lucinda Fleeson’s WAKING UP IN EDEN for $1.99 in any of a number of ebook formats.  This deal is only good through April 22–sorry, I’m late getting the word out about this one–but it’s another great...

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Posted by on April 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm   This post has 4 responses.

Worms: A Love Affair

So several years ago, I wrote this book about worms.  There were no such books on worms at the time–in other words, there was no sort of narrative natural history that told the story of worms and earthworm science and the role that worms have played in ecology and...

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Posted by on March 21, 2012 at 5:06 am   This post has 192 responses.

Chicken Encyclopedia–We Have a Winner

Who could resist?  The Chicken Encyclopedia goes to Lisa Beckman for her totally charming chicken story.  Thanks for playing, everybody!   This isn't about our chickens but rather my neighbors who also raise meat goats. Just the other day she came home to frantic children because one of the...

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Posted by on March 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm   This post has 8 responses.

Rose’s Garden: A $1.99 eBook You Won’t Want to Miss

I'm thrilled to see that Algonquin has chosen Carrie Brown's beautiful novel Rose's Garden for their second round of $1.99 ebook promotions. This is a gorgeous book about a man left to cope with his wife's garden after her death. It's a sweet and tender love story, and she...

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Posted by on March 14, 2012 at 9:22 am   This post has 2 responses.

Have You Peed on Your Garden Lately?

Well, why not? Our favorite garden professor, Jeff Gillman, tells you how.  Well.  Not how.  I'm pretty sure you know how.  He'll tell you why, though! These and other amazing bits of information can be found in his clever and highly useful new book Decoding Gardening Advice, written with...

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Posted by on March 14, 2012 at 5:06 am   This post has 12 responses.

Home Depot to Stop Selling Books, and My Advice to Publishers

This just in from Publishers Weekly:  Home Depot has announced they will no longer sell books.  It may be that you never bought a book at Home Depot.  Last time I looked, they sold an array of how-to books on home improvement and gardening, some of which were fairly...

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Posted by on March 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm   This post has 23 responses.

The Chicken Encyclopedia

If you keep chickens, you probably already have a book or two by Gail Damerow. She's the author of The Chicken Health Handbook, which is the What To Expect When You're Expecting of chicken-raising. It is incredibly detailed, sometimes terrifying, and yet it is the first book we bought...

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Posted by on March 7, 2012 at 4:43 am   This post has 48 responses.

A Way to Counter Forces Beyond Our Control

This week, The New York Times ran a piece suggesting that tensions in Iran and Syria may soon bring us $5 a gallon gasoline.  Nothing any of us can do about that.   Frankly, over the last four years since the start of the Great Recession, it's hard not to...

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 at 6:24 am   This post has 17 responses.

The New Sunset Book is Here!

I feel like this every time a new edition of the Sunset Western Garden Book arrives. (I wish I could just embed that video–that would be so awesome–but copyright protections are just so sophisticated these days.  Go watch the first 30 seconds or so and come back.) Okay?  Yeah. ...

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 at 5:17 am   This post has 32 responses.
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