April 4, 2012 in The Bookshelf
As we got into the car (for day #2 of kid free/dog free fun) I turned to my husband and said, “I understand the irony of wanting to go to the bookstore when I own a Kindle.” Really, I do. The thing is I don’t like to purchase the e-book version of garden books. I’ve amassed quite the collection of them and seeing it grow makes me happy.
I was after a book about urban homesteading. The name of the book escapes me, but it is something about urban homesteading and an amazon search is totally useless because there are no less than 400 books about that subject. The book I was looking for was not at the bookstore (shocking!), but as I was browsing around I found another book that I thought might look promising. The book is Free Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom. The book was actually suggested to me by a customer. I flipped through the book and at first I wasn’t going to purchase it. After all, I teach a class about backyard chickens on a near weekly basis. However, I’m always wanting to expand my knowledge about various topics so I bought it. Funny enough, today is virtual release party happening around the internets. I did not know that until I saw Erica mention it on NW Edible Life. In fact, if you are interested in the book head on over there. She has a giveaway for the book. Sadly I’m not giving away any free books since I’m apparently not that popular in the gardening blog set. I just bought the book so I also can’t give you a review on it. I’ll do that later.
My whole point with this was that I went to the bookstore yesterday and was fascinated by the selection of books. My how times have changed since I’ve browsed the gardening section of the bookstore. Now half of the books are about vegetable gardening and the other half are about growing pot. Back in the day they were about landscaping for aesthetics.
I was happy to see the large volume of veggie gardening books. I’m not sure exactly why there are so many books on growing pot. It really isn’t that hard. They call it weed for a reason. But the veggie books were great. I did some browsing through them and there are books geared for all levels of veggie gardeners. I have quite a collection of veggie books so I wasn’t in the market for any yesterday, but I’d like to go back and do a little further investigating. I suggest you do the same.