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Have you ever heard of the book The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart? If you haven’t for some reason, it is a fascinating dip into the world of Oligochaeta and the oligochaetologists who study them. In other words, the book is all about earthworms and the…unique…people who have dedicated themselves to studying worms. You would think that earthworms would make a pretty boring subject matter for a book, but the book was so popular and got so much praise (from big shots like Anne Raver at the New York Times) that Amy’s publisher decided to re-release it. Hence the review copy I recently received.

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This is a great time of year for gardening books. Publishers seem to know that we’re all hungry for spring and help us bide the time with book after book of delicious garden books. Beginners Illustrated Guide to Gardening by Katie Elzer-Peters definitely fits the bill. If you have decided that this is the year you will finally figure out this new fandangled gardening thing, Katie’s book is a great choice to help guide you.

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Great Book: Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too by Daniel Gasteiger

August 29, 2011
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If you just want a recipe for refrigerator pickles, then skip this book and Google it. But if you want information about living a more sustainable, self-sufficient, home-grown lifestyle, then Daniel Gasteiger has written your bible: Yes You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too. This is the sort of book that makes you feel […]

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Guest Post: Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London

July 7, 2011
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Please welcome author Helen Babbs (My Garden, the City and Me) to Life on the Balcony as she gives us a tour of her London rooftop garden and some of the creatures that visit her from time to time. In case you needed any more convincing, Helen’s garden is proof that you can grow almost anything, regardless […]

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And The Winner of Garden Up! Is…

April 9, 2011

Crystal! I’ll send you an email to find out where I can send your copy of Garden Up! Thanks to everyone who entered. It’s an excellent book, so I hope you’ll get yourself a copy and send me fab pictures of your vertical gardens!

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Great Vertical Gardening Inspiration and Information

March 28, 2011
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If you enjoy clever vertical gardening ideas (like planting a pallet garden) then I am sure you will enjoy a great book I was given called Garden Up! by Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet. It is chock full of useful advice from two very talented garden designers. Susan and Rebecca walk you step by step […]

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Balcony Garden Tips from Sugar Snaps & Strawberries Author Andrea Bellamy

March 7, 2011
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Photo by Sarah Cady I was flipping through my copy of Sugar Snaps & Strawberries last night, and rediscovered a great section with tips on container gardening on balconies and patios. If you remember from my previous review, Sugar Snaps & Strawberries is an awesome guide to growing your own food in urban spaces. Andrea […]

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What Santa Should Be Giving Every New and Aspiring Gardener…

December 20, 2010
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I am so excited to review and highly recommend fellow blogger Andrea Bellamy’s debut book: Sugar Snaps and Strawberries. Andrea–who can be found at one of my favorite gardening blogs, Heavy Petal–wrote an inspiring book for those with a can-do spirit but not much gardening space.

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My Three Favorite Little Hostas

November 29, 2010
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I’ve been reading through my review copy of The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack. It’s a great introduction to hostas, with a focus on plants that form clumps less than 15 inches tall, and some as small as 6 inches tall. The really great thing about the hostas featured in Little […]

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All Hallows Eve Advice for Surviving a Garden Gnome Attack

October 31, 2010
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On this, the afternoon before Halloween festivities get started, I have been reading through my review copy of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, by Chuck Sambuchino. Since this advice is of the utmost of importance and relevancy, I thought I would share three of Chuck’s ideas for protecting, defending, and doing hand-to-hand combat […]

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