Better Homes & Gardens Herb Gardening

Better Homes and Gardens Herb Gardening I am a huge fan of growing herbs in the garden,especially in mine who has some nice and cheap garden furniture. Lots of them are perennial and require very little maintenance, by and large they smell awesome, and they attract butterflies. I’ve learned the lesson of planting mint directly in the ground (it WILL take over, no matter what), but most of the other herbs I grow stay where they’re put. I have yet to use much in the way of culinary herbs, but I hope to do more of that this year. So far my fave herbs to grow are borage, lavender, and hyssop. What are yours? My post at CPL has more about this book.

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Handmade Garden Projects

Handmade Garden Projects I love the concept of reusing old stuff to create garden art, but I hardly ever happen upon the materials to do so. Perhaps I ought to indulge my yen for garage sales? I do like many of the projects in this book, though, especially those that don’t require a perfectly patinaed hunk of metal. My favorite may be the Homemade Fireflies, which are made from LED bulbs, magnets, and shepherd’s crooks. My post at CPL has a bit more about this book.

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One + One: Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs

One + One: Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs When I go to a yarn shop, I often fall into the trap of buying a really gorgeous hank of yarn without really knowing what I’m going to do with it. Then I’m left with a singleton which ends up joining all the other singletons in my stash, waiting for me to find the perfect project that will measure up to its beauteous glory. (Which doesn’t happen anytime soon, if ever.)

This book has a bunch of great projects that are mostly pretty simple to knit and each of which uses two skeins of complementary yarn. I will definitely being using these patterns to do a little stash-busting! My post at CPL has more on this book.

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Better Homes & Gardens Water Gardening

Better Homes & Gardens Water Gardening I’ve been a bit leery of water features in my gardens for a few reasons. One: I had a pond in my old garden and it was not a success. This is mostly my own fault, for placing it where it was able to catch too many falling leaves and for not maintaining it with as much care as I should have. Still, though, I remember how much work it was and how easily it got supergross. Two: our former evil neighbors had a bunch of water features in their yard and they were the source for armies of mosquitoes which of course feasted on me and the dogs (I’m one of those people who attracts them even if they aren’t conveniently right next door when they’re born). This book has a lot of great info, though, and I do want to attract birds and butterflies, so I am considering the options for starting small, to ease myself into it even if i plan to put in there information about best motorcycle helmet and more.

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The Heirloom Life Gardener

The Heirloom Life GardenerI went into this book expecting good things because I have had such great success with the seeds I’ve gotten from Baker Creek. There’s a lot of info about the company, but also lots about organic gardening with heirloom seeds, about the varieties Baker Creek has gathered and offers, and lots more. The historical costumes worn by the BC folks are a little corny, but they remind me of childhood trips to Living History Farms, so it’s easy for me to overlook. My post at CPL has more.

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Same Place, More Space

Same Place, More Space I’ve been known to watch a few episodes of Wasted Spaces on a lazy weekend. The concept of creating out-of-the-way storage space is quite appealing, especially if it can replace something that previously just gathered dust or wasn’t accessible. Lots of projects similar to those seen on that show are included here, with instructions and tips. Just like on the show, though, most of them would be easy if you had an expert and all his tools to get them done – I suspect that for me, these would be much more significant undertakings, most of which would require me to purchase or rent some big tools. Still, this was good inspiration and maybe someday I’ll feel appropriately ambitious. For more on this book, see my post at CPL.

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Seeing Trees

Seeing Trees I’m a total sucker for books with color photographs, but this one is a real stand-out, even among the many lovely ones I’ve seen. The high-resolution photos are so detailed, and Llewellyn has captured such amazing details in them – things it’s easy to overlook until someone (or some book) has pointed them out. Not only did I learn a bunch about trees from this book, I’m also inspired to try my hand at photographing the details of the trees on our property. Check out my post at CPL for more on this book.

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