The true university these days is a collection of books.
-Thomas Carlyle

Monday, 31 August 2009

A Vegetable Gardeners Year by Dirty Nails

As part of the 2009 Mini Challenges we had to borrow a library book and write a review about what we borrowed and read. I chose this lovely book because I was shortly going to Devon to work for a week on an Organic farm.
The book caught my eye straight away. It covers an entire chronological year with an entry over a few pages for each week. It covers jobs to do with various plants that need tending to that particular week, trouble shooting and observations. It also includes accounts of things that the author has noticed in the natural world. Clearly written by someone who loves nature and growing produce, the book has lots of charm and enthusiasm, as well as practical advice. Every page is complimented with line drawings relevant to the subject being talked about, whether they are butterflies, or a country signpost, or an apple on a tree.
This is a lovely book that was an absolute pleasure to read, both for a dip into, as well as reading huge chunks. It is not just for fellow gardeners, but for anyone who appreciates the natural world, seasonal observations and the cyclical nature of life. I really enjoyed it and will probably buy it in the future to use as reference and inspiration. It was a shame to give it back.
This completes #6 of the 2009 mini challenges.


Jeane said...

It looks like a lovely book. I can always use a few more tips for my garden!

Nadia said...

Sounds like an interesting book and sounds like you are going to have an interesting week working on an organic farm. Crikey you are going to Devon, how neat! I used to live in Exeter and remember riding the trains and looking out to a sea of greenery. Hope you have a great time!!

Leah said...

Thanks for dropping by Jeane and Nadia, it is a really lovely book. The Organic Farming holiday was brilliant, totally loved it, gorgeous farm. Going back again next May!

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