I have just finished reading one of the best gardening books, ever! Jere and Emilee Gettle, of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, have a new book that has recently been released. The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally is a gorgeous hard-cover text loaded with full-color photographs and fantastic tips and gardening information for everyone – novice to seasoned pro.
After the Introduction, the book contains 8 information-packed chapters, (see below) an appendix, contact information for a variety of gardening resources and a complete index. The chapter titles are:
- Growing Up With Heirlooms
- The Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company
- Seeds in America
- Collecting Seeds Around the World
- How To Garden
- Seed Saving
- City Farmer
- A to Z Growing Guide
What’s different about this gardening book, when so many others are available? I’ve never read a more in-depth description of heirloom seeds and why they’re important. This book is for anyone who truly wants to understand the importance of heirloom seeds to our food safety. It’s common sense and logic, without a lot of sensationalistic hype. That makes it so much more credible to me, as I read through the heartfelt explanations and understand what they have learned from their own hands-on experiences.
I also like that whether you are just getting started and only have a pot or two on the deck or patio, or you have a giant garden with years of experience, there are tips, tricks and valuable information for everyone. There is actually an entire chapter devoted to city gardening and real encouragement for those who want to produce something amazing in their container gardens.
For me, the best part is the Growing Guide. This very detailed and informative guide has given me the confidence to try and grow vegetables that I had previously considered too difficult and an understanding of why I haven’t been successful with some others. The introductory section of each vegetable’s guide describes the plant and some of its history. This is followed by growing tips, then pest and disease information (with suggested help), seed saving tips for that specific vegetable and finally, in the kitchen, a section on the different uses of the vegetable.
I know this book is a resource that I will refer back to over and over, again and I’m excited that Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is going to give away a copy to a Busy-at-Home reader. To enter the giveaway, just visit Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and find a seed you would love to try growing or a piece of information that you didn’t know before. Leave a comment on this post, telling me what you’d like to grow or the new fact you learned. Hit the DO IT button on the Rafflecopter form, below, then ENTER and that’s it. Not only will you be entered in the drawing to win this book for your own gardening library, you will have opened some additional optional entries to help increase your chances. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I received a copy of “The Heirloom Life Gardener” in order to read it, test it in my own garden, and gather the information to write this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.