What color is your thumb? According to the USDA, June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, it’s also a great time to get into your garden. What better way to boost the fruit and veg in your diet than to grow your own!? If you’re like me, the most successful plant is your garden is some variety of weed. I’m really good at growing those. In my attempt to tame the jungle, I’ve turned to these two books, they are both fun and practical.
Kiss my aster : a graphic guide to creating a fantastic yard totally tailored to you by Amanda Thomsen
This illustrated guide is really funny and actually gives good advice. It helps you decide which plants will work best for your gardening style and for your yard. From the publisher: "Who cares what the neighbors think? Kiss My Aster is a hilarious, irreverent, interactive guide to designing an outdoor space that is exactly what you want. Combining entertaining illustrations with laugh-out-loud text, Amanda Thomsen lays out the many options for home landscaping and invites you to make the choices. Whether you want privacy hedges, elegant flower beds, a patio for partying, a food garden, a kids play space, a pond full of ducks, or all of the above, you'll end up with a yard you'll adore. Forget about doing it the "right" way: Do it your way!"
The edible front yard : the mow-less, grow-more plan for a beautiful, bountiful garden by Ivette Soler ; with photographs by Ann Summa
If you have a small yard, or want a productive front yard that doesn’t anger your neighbors for begin ugly, try this book. It gives great examples of how to integrate ornamentals and edibles into your garden. The Edible Front Yard encourages you to consider climate, sunlight, and existing plants, trees and structures, not much is left to chance. This title is available in e-book form (because taking your iPad into your dirty wet yard is a great idea). I’ve been reading it in my clean-ish office, not in the yard, but this year I think I’m really going to make it happen, really.
How does your garden grow? Have you read any books that have helped your yard? Let me know in the comments.