Disclosure: I was given a copy of the following books for review. No other compensation was received. Because surely, books are payment enough.
I love being outside, possibly even more than being in my kitchen. I bet you never thought you’d hear me say that, did you? But spring and fall are my time. Right now, there are things to plant, birds to watch, and coffee to be enjoyed on the porch. This is our first spring in this house and we are discovering all sorts of new things to love about it. The people at DK Books sent me a few books to help me enjoy our new space even more.
If you’ve been following along on my Instagram account, you will see that it’s a pretty regular occurence that something new has bloomed in our back yard and I have no idea what it is. The internet community has been incredibly helpful with identify most of my flora. After figuring out *what* it is however, it would seem I am on my own. Pruning & Training has to be one of the most comprehensive and easy to follow gardening guides I have found. The rose section alone covers just about every variable imaginable, including the differences between caring for new and old species.
We haven’t quite figured out where to put a vegetable garden here yet. The decision will have to be a pretty permanent one. The flower beds here have all been covered in a heavy landscaping fabric (through which nothing grows) and there are large granite rocks in the gardens that need to be considered. So, for this year, the vegetables are in pots. But growing things in pots is a totally different ball game than plunking them in the ground. On the other hand, I do hope to be popping stuff in the ground next season. Grow Vegetables covers ardens, balconies, roof terraces, and yards -in other words, just about every growing scenario you can think of. It even covers my favourite type of vegetables – heirlooms. Because I am not growing for quantity, I love the diversity and novelty of growing these old varieties. Grow Vegetables helps walks you through which ones are and aren’t worth the effort.
When it’s time to sit and chill out for a bit, we have a four-season sunroom from which to survey our backyard dominion. The elderly woman who lived here before us had a bird feeder installed just outside the windows. It attracts feathered friends all year round. Again, I really have no idea what half of these species are. Since I am not going to turn into a huge ornithologist anytime soon (I will leave that to my friend Mark), this Pocket Birds of Canada helps me identify who is visiting, tells me a bit about them, and I can continue to enjoy my coffee. It is small enough to tuck into the side pocket of the rocking chair so I have it on hand whenever I need it.
Outdoor Books Giveaway Time
The lovely folks over at DK Books are offering one of my fantastic Canadian readers two of these books – Pruning & Training and Pocket Birds of Canada – to help you get outside and enjoy our Canadian summer. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Contest closes June 13, 2017 11:59 pm ET. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Odds of winning will depend on number of eligible entries received. Good luck everybody!