March here and the temperatures have finally turned a corner (hopefully they stay that way). Listening to snow drip off the roof is the best sound after a long, cold winter.
For this country girl, spring means getting chickens, planting the garden, and dreaming up landscaping projects. I start to plan my jam making, hitting the farmer’s markets and curling up in the shade of my favorite tree with a good book.
Here are a few favorite books that deal with the lifestyle side of gardening and food.
Amy has always wanted a garden and in this memoir you follow her failures and success as she plans and plants her first garden in her bungalow in a California beach town.
Jenna grew up a suburbanite, but after living in Knoxville for a bit she longed for a homestead. This book follows her trails with living a bit closer to the earth: raising rabbits, chickens, and bees. growing a garden and learning how to cook up her bounty.
After moving from the desert to a farm Barbara and her family start on a journey to eat only local or homegrown food for a year. Part memoir and part investigation in to real food, this is a must read for everyone.
MaryJane runs a beautiful organic farm in the hills of Idaho and it is her goal to connect us to our food and the farming heritage that is in all of us. Reading this book puts you in a dreamy state with thoughts of hand churned butter and vintage embroidered towels.
Once your ground is thawed and you are ready to start raising some of your own food this book is pretty invaluable. It has advise on everything from chickens to bees, tips for the garden and then recipes on how to preserve your harvest.
Do you have any favorite garden books?