Epic Tomatoes: Book Review and Giveaway!

This review originally appeared in the March/April 2015 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. With Epic Tomatoes, How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time (Storey Publishing, 2015), Craig LeHoullier has created a truly comprehensive guide to growing the vegetable that some consider the entry to a lifelong passion for vegetable gardening. LeHoullier…

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The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms

This review originally appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of Northern Gardener The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms (Storey Publishing, 2014) By Stephen Russell Are you looking for a way to broaden your gardening portfolio? Are you happiest when meticulously following instructions and then using the experience you gain to develop shortcuts or personal specialties?…

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Hot Off the Press: Homegrown Tea

Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes by Cassie Liversidge Author Cassie Liversidge grew up around her parents’ plant nursery, and that history and love of plants seamlessly blends with her knowledge of teas and tisanes in Homegrown Tea. This is a gardening book for tea lovers. It describes…

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Hot Off the Press: Gardening for Geeks

This review also appears in the March/April issue of Northern Gardener. Please don’t be put off by the name. Whether you consider yourself a geek or, like me, aren’t sure what that term means, this is a comprehensive gardening resource that is written for anyone who is willing to consider some new ways of gardening.…

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Book Review: Five Plant Gardens

This originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. In Five-Plant Gardens, 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants, Nancy Ondra outlines an approach for creating new gardens or revamping existing ones. Much like a great cookbook, it’s a wonderful concept—simple and yet almost infinitely variable—and it’s not just for…

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Hot Off the Press: Permaculture for Vegetable Gardeners

The current issue of Northern Gardener includes a delightful profile of a Minnesota gardener who is incorporating permaculture principles in her home landscape. The idea of permaculture — permanent agriculture — is to plant more perennial crops and to combine crops in a way that encourages beneficial relationships among the plants, insects and other life…

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