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Book Review: Garden of Secrets Past by Anthony Eglin

Book Review: Garden of Secrets Past by Anthony Eglin: An English Garden MysteryMinotaur Books, 2011 I have been a big fan of Anthony Eglin’s books since reading the first English Garden Mystery, The Blue Rose. He caught me immediately with his protagonist, Lawrence Kingston, who was a learned and avid gardener as well as a […]

Book Giveaway Winner!

A winner has been chosen in our book giveaway contest for March. Facebook Fan Page member Minibox Farm has been selected randomly from the list of members from the Gardener’s Notebook Fan Page. Join the Fan Page and watch the blog here for upcoming giveaways.   Review: Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce by Cathy […]

What I’m Reading… Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It by Karen Solomon

You don’t have to be a proponent of survivalist training to understand the joys of preserving what food you are giving so you can enjoy it later, usually when the food would not be available otherwise. Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It runs the gamut of preserved foods. The title says it all and then […]

What I’m Reading…The Wild Garden by William Robinson

This is a new edition of Robinson’s Fifth Edition of 1895 edition along with extensive expanded material. There is a long commentary on the original work and dozens of amazing photographs illustrating Robinson’s concepts on “The Wild Garden.” The new material, including the lovely photographs, are by Rick Darke. I have what is best described […]

Elsewhere Online: The Dry Garden: ‘Reimagining the California Lawn’

I will try and catch up with the authors as they make their tour nearby. I could use a lot of advice like this in sprucing up my own garden. Seen in The Dry Garden: ‘Reimagining the California Lawn’ from L.A. at Home by Craig Nakano Maybe you want to remove your lawn. Maybe you […]

Giveaway: Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce by Cathy Thomas

“Like” the Gardener’s Notebook Facebook page before March 31, 2011 for a chance to win my review copy of Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce by Cathy Thomas. I will randomly pick a Facebook “fan” to receive the book. Review: Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce by Cathy Thomas Whenever I am talking with people […]

What I’m Reading…The Brother Gardeners by Andrea Wulf

The Brother Gardeners: A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf From the Random House web site… This is the fascinating story of a small group of eighteenth-century naturalists who made Britain a nation of gardeners and the epicenter of horticultural and botanical expertise. It’s the story of a […]

Moleskine Gardening Journal – Want, not need (SMILE)

While you certainly don’t NEED this specialized gardening journal, wouldn’t it be cool? This combines some of my favorite things, blank books, journals, writing, gardening, drawing. Who could ask for more?! I don’t keep a separate garden journal at the moment. I combine it with my general, “take everywhere” journal and a Google Calendar, but […]

Gardening Gift Guide #15: Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

#15 Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America One of my favorite parts of the garden are the birds it attracts — everything form the typical sparrows and morning doves to phoebes and even Cooper’s Hawks. The Peterson Guides are a great way to help you identify the birds in your garden and […]

Gardening Gift Guide #12: The $64 Tomato

#12 The $64 Tomato Listen to the Review It is a story as old as America itself. When we dream, we dream big. Big houses, big cars and, in the case of The $64 Tomato, big gardens. In this book, author William Alexander details his love/hate relationship with his garden. I knew I was going […]