Book & Product Reviews

Do you have children more enamored with McDonalds than vegetables? How about children who spend most of their days indoors playing video games and watching TV? The truth is most kids today are spending more time indoors than outdoors. Children suffer from nature deficit disorder and as a result many children don’t know how to garden. But help is on the way with Steve & Emma Biggs’s book, Grow Gardeners.

Steve and Emma Biggs Grow Gardeners

Written on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

It’s so frustrating to see so many untrue and unrealistic garden practices being perpetuated in the gardening world. So, it was a pleasure when I came across C.L. Fornari’s Coffee for Roses … and 70 other misleading myths about backyard gardening.


Written on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

I love going to Garden Writers meetings, I get to see other garden writers, editors and photographers, listen to the latest and greatest in the garden writer’s world. I am, however, ambivalent about receiving goodie bags filled with garden product. The organizers of the GWA meeting emphasized that in exchange for getting these “gifts,” we are obligated to write about them. Some of these products are great, but others…not so much.

Make Tree & Shrub mycorrhizal inoculant

Written on Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

With all the negative press out there on global warming, it’s refreshing to read a book that offers solutions and hope. Kristin Ohlson’s “The Soil Will Save Us” covers how scientists, farmers and foodies are healing the soil to save the planet.

the soil will save us book Kristin Ohlson

Written on Thursday, April 16, 2015 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Flower shows are usually full of inspiration. Canada Blooms 2014 was no exception. For soil-oriented gardeners like me, containers caught my eye: log planters, vertical wall planters and picture frame planters.


Written on Monday, March 31, 2014 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Because of all the marketing hype around this book, I was a little leery reviewing it.  I wondered if the book could match the marketing hype.  With every book review, I read the book from cover to cover. Then I wait. I let the essence of book percolate. Reviewing [amazon_link id=”1603425683″ target=”_blank” ]The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live[/amazon_link] took a while.  It’s a big, information-packed book (225 pages, not including appendixes and index, which are an extra 20 pages).


Written on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

A couple of weeks ago, Fern Richardson sent me her book — [amazon_link id=”1604692413″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage, and Herbs[/amazon_link] — to review.

 I know a thing or two about balcony gardening. Not only have I gardened on balconies for years but I also wrote the Toronto Star’s “Condo Gardening” column from May 2006 to January 2009. And I have to tell you upfront, this is a great resource book for balcony and small space gardeners. Fern Richardson knows her stuff.

 


Written on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Remember I talked about letting Nature guide you with gardening tasks? Well, another sign has popped up. The serviceberries are blooming…it’s time to plant potatoes.


Written on Monday, April 16, 2012 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

I immediately liked and enjoyed Anne Wareham’s provocative book, [amazon_link id=”0711231508″ target=”_blank” ]Bad Tempered Gardener[/amazon_link] I had a running internal dialogue for days (which is good…plenty of thinking/discussing/cursing the material in this book). But I found it hard to write a thoughtful in-depth review. Something about the book didn’t feel right to. So, I re-read it again, slowly.


Written on Thursday, September 1, 2011 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Every once in a while I come across a gardening reference book that reads like a delicious novel, filled with fabulous conversational writing, sage advice, and enlivened wit leafy villains, thugs and heroes. What delightful book is this?

It is Jodi DeLong’s recently released book, [amazon_link id=”1551097982″ target=”_blank” ]Plants for Atlantic Gardens: Handsome and Hard-Working Shrubs, Trees and Perennials[/amazon_link], released by Nimbus Publishing! A fabulous collection of plant profiles….


Written on Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva