Nurturing Your Inner Garden - Roxana Roshon, Naturotherapist, Ph.D.

Spring Reading

Posted March 2, 2024

Looking for some reading material to get you started with your spring planting. Here are some suggestions that Steve and I have finished with:

1. Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew (1981). Add to your collection for $12. This classic gardening book provides ideas for growing vertically and in minimal space. It contains  advice for beginning gardeners, plus suburban and urban gardeners with limited space. The square foot gardening system allows you to conserve water, soil conditioners, and labour, while producing a maximum amount of food. 

2. All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space by Mel Bartholomew (1981; Revised 2005). Add to your collection for $16. After being used for twenty-five years, the square foot gardening method has proven to be very successful in many conditions. In this edition, ten improvements are provided to save more time, work, and resources. This revised book contains lots of colour illustrations to encourage and motivate your gardening activities.
You can also learn more about Square Foot Gardening on-line.  

3. The Harrowsmith Illustrated Book of Herbs by Patick Lima. Water colour illustrations by Turid Forsyth (1986). Add to your collection for $10. This is a definitive guide to growing herbs in Canada and the northern US. Patrick draws from his expereince in the snowbelt of cnetral Ontario. He discusses herbs for the kitchen, tea, fragrance, colour, and shade tolerance. A few of my favorite herbs are borage, Egyptian onions, thyme, mint, callendula, comfrey, coneflower, violets, yarrow, garlic and common chives. From our library to yours! Reach out and let me know which book(s) are next on your reading list. Based on first come first served.