Kat’s Bookshelf

How to Spend a Sunday Morning

I was fortunate enough to have popped on Twitter just when Michelle Gervais asked if any bloggers out there wanted a review copy of  Fine Gardening’s Plant Combinations Vol. 4. I must admit that Fine Gardening magazine is a bit…

12 Days of Gardening Books–Day 10

I must admit that the more I see the work of Piet Oudolf, the more I love it. The simulated meadows of flowing grasses and waves of colorful perennials which look like nature only better. His designs remind me of…

12 Days of Gardening Books–Day 9

Have you ever marveled at botanical illustrations and dreamed of someday adorning your gardening  journal with your own illustrations? Back in 1991 I had such a thought. Several of the books in my collection are there merely because of their…

12 Days of Gardening Books–Day 8

Talk about a classic.  Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbshas held a position on my bookshelf for over 20 years and I still find a reason to dust it off at the beginning of each gardening season. This book contains all…

12 Days of Gardening Books–Day 7

I started composting a couple of years ago with moderate success. This was probably due to the fact that I was a lazy composter. Let’s face it, if you throw garden waste into a pile it will eventually rot. So…

12 Days of Gardening Books–Day 6

Another paperback to find a home on my shelf is Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System. Published in 1982 by Mary Appelhoff. If you have been pondering the idea of creating your…

12 Days of Gardening Books–Day5

Normally smaller paperback gardening books don’t find a home on my bookshelf. It’s not because they aren’t useful, but I find them more of a read and pass along book. This book however is one that I’m almost afraid to…

12 Days of Gardening Books–Day 4

More is good right? Who wouldn’t want more of something? Well how about more vegetables than you ever thought possible? Sounds a bit  like an infomercial line, right? But in this case it does have  merit. Yes, it is a…

12 Days of Gardening Books–Day 3

On the third day of gardening books,  we combine both practicality and beauty in a two for one. If I have one complaint about the Western Garden Book, it is its lack of photos of the plants it references. The…

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