I highly recommend The Quarter-Acre Farm, How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year by Spring Warren. When I picked up this book I thought it was a “how to” urban gardening book. I love to read those books to learn more about gardening. I personally am not planning on feeding my family for a year from my garden because I think the reality is, it would be way more work than I am willing to go to. I do admire people who are able to make that work for them. Think about the fresh tasting produce, extra nutrition, and lack of pesticides they must consume.
I was totally wrong, this isn’t another “how to” book. The author was actually a creative writing major in college and the book is more about her experiences learning how to garden to provide her family’s food. In the book she shared some hilarious experiences. I won’t give the stories away, but I will say she learned that snails can push with a force equal to ten times or more its weight. That can be a problem when there are many snails in an aquarium in your house.
She is a great writer and very captivating. I had a hard time putting the book down and it wasn’t a thriller. At the beginning of the book she talks about how she decided to try to provide all of the food for her family and how not everyone thought it was a great idea. She came up with some fun and creative solutions to problems she came upon along the way.
Mixed within the book are fun and unusual recipes to make using your garden produce. She mixes in some gardening advice from failed and funny experiences along the way. If you want an entertaining gardening book with some creative recipes mixed in, this is a great book to read.
If you have read this book, did you enjoy it also? Do you have a book that sounds similar you recommend?
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