A Book Review
I met Jean Ann Van Krevelen through Twitter and she has become a great gardening friend. She is also one of the few Twitter peeps that I have actually met in person and I can say that she is just as nice in real life as she is in the virtual world. Jean Ann blogs in several places including Gardener To Farmer and Portland Foodie. If you Twitter, you should follow her. (At the time of this writing she has almost 3,500 followers. Whew!)
Jean Ann speaks to the reader as if she is talking to a neighbor over the garden fence. Her book is a combination of Victory Garden/Cookbook/Resource Guide all rolled into one. I love what she says in the introduction titled: “Can You Survive Without a Grocery Store?” As she is talking about America’s shift over the last 50 years from home gardeners to people who only buy their vegetables from the grocery store, she says this:
In her book, Jean Ann shows the reader how to reclaim their past and start growing food again. She covers all the basics such as raised beds, soil amendments, compost and small space gardening and then moves into how to handle pests and diseases using organic methods. The remainder of the book is Jean Ann’s “Top Ten (Eleven) Vegetables to Grow” featuring tips, special info and even recipes for how to use what you grow.
Growing Food was released a few weeks ago as an e-book that you can download to a Kindle. Today, it comes out in printed form. You can order the paper copy HERE. Or you can order the Kindle Edition HERE.
Growing Food is the perfect resource for anyone even thinking about growing veggies in their backyard. One read through and you can’t wait to get out there to get your hands dirty!