What Santa Should Be Giving Every New and Aspiring Gardener…

by Fern on December 20, 2010

in Book Review,Reviews

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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.

One of my favorite parts of garden books are the pictures, and Sugar Snaps and Strawberries does not disappoint! The photos are beautiful, and inspiring, but they’re also real, and attainable. You look at them and think “I can do this!” Another visually appealing aspect of this book is the overall design, it looks like a crafty person’s scrapbook and makes the book feel very approachable.

The next thing on my list of requirements for a gardening book is actionable information that I can implement right away. Even though I’ve been gardening in one form or another for close to twenty years, I felt refreshed and re-inspired by Andrea’s advice. I really appreciated the sidebars sprinkled throughout the book with quick “hey, try this” sort of tips. For example, on page 19, Andrea made a list of easy-to-digest info on making an edible garden beautiful, with ideas like “Aim for a variety of leaf shapes in your planting. Contrast crinkly leafed chard with fern like carrots and large leafed squashes with tall, slim straps of leeks.”

Andrea really does a great job of holding your hand as you create your vegetable garden, but respects you enough to point you towards a vegetable garden that is just as pretty as any flower bed. Someone who has never gardened before can pick this book up, follow Andrea’s advice, and be very successful. And those of us who have grown a tomato or two in our lives will find plenty of great ideas and advice to keep us flipping to the next page.

If you’re looking for a last minute gift for the gardener on your list, Sugar Snaps and Strawberries by Andrea Bellamy is definitely it!

p.s. One of the photos in the book depicts a canoe completely packed to the brim with a gorgeous vegetable garden. You really can garden anywhere!

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