Book Review – Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart’s Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers is an incredibly entertaining and informative book on an industry that most of us, well at least me, knew nothing about and pretty much took for granted.  The cut flower industry has rich lessons in history, economics, botany, biology,Continue reading “Book Review – Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart”

Book Review – Taming Fruit:  How orchards have transformed the land, offered sanctuary, and inspired creativity by Bernd Brunner

I’ve gone through several gardening books since the last post in the winter gardening book review series, but none of them were right for writing a review.  Not that they were bad books, but they were reference books that don’t lead to much to review.  They were useful if you needed them, but hardly theContinue reading “Book Review – Taming Fruit:  How orchards have transformed the land, offered sanctuary, and inspired creativity by Bernd Brunner”

Book Review – Good Bug, Bad Bug by Jessica Walliser

Good Bug, Bad Bug: Who’s who, what they do, and how to manage them organically (all you need to know about insects in your garden) by Jessica Walliser is a handy reference guide to common insects that you may encounter in your garden.  While the title is a mouthful, the book itself is quite compactContinue reading “Book Review – Good Bug, Bad Bug by Jessica Walliser”

Winter Book Review Series 2021-2021

Stuck inside thinking about getting out into the garden?  Here at Meneely farms we’re in the same predicament.  While we can’t get into the garden as much as we  like right now, not all is lost.  Winter is a great time to gain knowledge, prepare for the next season, and enjoy garden fantasies. Reading gardening/permaculture/growingContinue reading “Winter Book Review Series 2021-2021”

Book Review – The Plant Propagator’s Bible by Miranda Smith

I’ve been propagating plants in some form or another for 8 years now, starting off by starting seeds and going through to working with cuttings, division, and layering.  After reading Miranda Smith’s The Plant Propagator’s Bible, I can tell you that I still have a lot to learn!  This small book is jam packed withContinue reading “Book Review – The Plant Propagator’s Bible by Miranda Smith”

Book Review: Garden Secrets for Attracting Birds: A Bird-by-Bird Guide to Favored Plants by Rachel Lanicci

I almost didn’t get to this book from the large stack of books I checked out of the library, but I’m glad I did.  Garden Secrets for Attracting Birds: A Bird-by-Bird Guide to Favored Plants by Rachael Lanicci is an excellent resource for gardeners wishing to bring birds into their garden.  It is organized, informative,Continue reading “Book Review: Garden Secrets for Attracting Birds: A Bird-by-Bird Guide to Favored Plants by Rachel Lanicci”

Book Review – Deer-Resistant Native Plants for the Northeast

Here in Western Pennsylvania, gardeners face an enormous problem.  It’s a problem that can easily kill or ruin plants that gardeners have put lots of time and money into.  I have personal experience with this nuisance.  One year I planted 75 tulip bulbs in the fall and the following spring only about 5 tulips showedContinue reading “Book Review – Deer-Resistant Native Plants for the Northeast”

Book Review: Back to Eden: Landscaping with Native Plants

Back to Eden: Landscaping with Native Plants by Frank W. Porter is a great introduction to using native plants in the landscape.  It touches on several topics relating to landscaping and native plants that you would expect, and several that surprised me. The book starts with the “whys” of landscaping with native plants.  From havingContinue reading “Book Review: Back to Eden: Landscaping with Native Plants”