Yesterday’s forecast proved true. The snow has been falling since morning, and nearly six inches (or more) have piled up out there. It’s cold. The roads are nasty. Thankfully, there’s really no reason for me to venture out. My pup and I have already walked the ‘hood and chased snowballs in the backyard, and now we’re both curled up on the coach, thawing our toes and dreaming of spring (I am at least, and I assume my pup is as well — she does LOVE a nice spring day; perfect for rolling in the grass). In other words, this is ideal weather for reading a good book. My books-to-read pile is stacked with a few new-to-me gardening books I’m especially excited about:

  • Two books about edible landscaping: The Beautiful Edible Garden, by Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner, and The Edible Landscape, by Emily Tepe. Because I’m always looking for new ideas!
  • One book about landscaping for year-round interest: The Nonstop Garden, by Stephanie Cohen and Jennifer Benner. Because even though this book is written for flower gardens, I’m certain I can apply some of it’s year-round landscaping ideas to my front yard vegetable garden.
  • And one book I’ve read before, and will likely read again and again and again: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver. I return to this book once every year or two. Love it. If you’re unfamiliar with the book, it summarizes Barbara Kingsolver’s year-long experiment in eating locally (and mostly homegrown) with her family in southwest Virginia. An entertaining and delightful read, and a great motivator for us vegetable gardeners as we wait for the snow to melt.

If you’re looking for a new read, here are a few round-ups of gardening books I’ve read and recommend:

What about you? Any gardening-themed books you’ve read recently (or are about to read) that have you especially excited? If so, I’d love to hear about them. Please share your suggestions below. Thanks!

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