First let me express that I am a sucker for a good looking book. I am often drawn in by the cover. When I first saw this little jem it was as a kickstarter project that Microcosm publishing had posted on their facebook wall. Right away the picture of the peppers in a mason jar with the banner around it was something I knew I had to check out.
As soon as I received a copy of the book I knew right away that it would become an indispensable reference guide in my gardening/cooking/preserving arsenal. For a small, slightly larger than pocket size book, it is choke full of helpful information. There are charts for almost anything you would want to know to have a successful garden. From the cost of seeds versus starts verses buying at the grocery, to what plants to plant next to each other. There are beautiful illustrations that give you a clear idea of what the author is talking about. There are instructions on how to make things yourself which is extremely eco friendly and economically sound. This book is a great addition to any D.I.Y. library.
There are eight chapters that break down as follows:
Chapter one: Know. For those of you who like to weigh the pros and cons, Robyn makes it easy with some great reasons to grow your own food.
Chapter two: Start. Growing your food from seed is so satisfying and this book makes that easy, with clear easy to find information.
Chapter three: Grow. Details on all your favorite garden veg to help you get the harvest on the table.
Chapter four: Plant. Ideas for getting your little babies in the ground no matter where or how you live.
Chapter five: Plan. Knowing where to put what, with what and when to put it there can have a big impact on the success of your plants.
Chapter six: Make. Who says that you need to spend a fortune on gardening accessories. Do it yourself and save money and natural resources.
Chapter seven: Eat. One of my favorite sections. Recipes to use up your goodies listed by vegetable.
Chapter eight: Store. One of the most important sections. Keep your hard work from going to waste by storing it up for the winter.
What do you have growing in your garden? Did you start them yourself? Do you plan on putting things up for the winter? Let us know.
To celebrate the start of the book tour (by train, how eco minded) the author Robyn Jasko has kindly offered to give away a copy of her book to one of our readers. Also to make it even sweeter she is throwing in some seed packets of herbs for the lucky winner. To have a chance at winning all you need to do is leave a comment below. A winner will be picked at random next saturday and I will contact them to let them know they have won. Thanks and good luck.