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A Great Read

July 5th, 2012

I read a lot of books, there’s always a stack on my coffee table of books I’m reading, those to be read, and some that I’ll probably never get around to reading. Most of the books I read are about gardening and permaculture. Some a great, some are OK, and some never get finished. One of my most recent finds is quickly becoming one of my favorite gardening books. It’s an old book, I came across the title while reading The Art of French Vegetable Gardening. The method of companion planting and crop rotation they said she used sounded fascinating.

Companion Planting: Successful Gardening the Organic Way by Gertrud Franck is phenomenal. If you’re into companion planting, organic gardening, permaculture, herbs and gardening in general I think you will LOVE this book. I cannot even begin to explain her methods, they are detailed yet simple. This book will definitely be read over and over again!

Do you have any books you read over and over again? What are they?

7 Comments to “A Great Read”
  1. daisy on July 5, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I’ll have to look for this one. Thanks for the recommendation.
    Books about everyday skills are treasured here. I also enjoy reading and rereading books on organizing.

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  2. Sherri on July 5, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Thanks for the suggestion. I always happily re-read John Seymour’s books on gardening and self sufficiency. He was a brilliant man and to this day, is my first pick (by far). That’s saying something, as I’ve read a LOT of gardening books in 22 years of learning and making mistakes :)

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  3. Nebraska Dave on July 5, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Susy, I have read garden books and magazines for over 40 years. Homesteading and gardening books have alway held my interest. I’ve tried it all and keep coming back to good old Ruth Stout’s method of deep mulch gardening. It’s especially good since I’m advancing into the golden years or as they call it now the mature generation. I just call it plain gettin’ old. Some of the older books are still the best aren’t they. I’ll have to check out some of your recommendations.

    Have a great day reading about gardening.

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    • KimH on July 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Im a total Ruth Stout fan too, Dave. Been reading all those books for about the last 35 years as well.. As they say, there’s nothing new under the sun. Or not much anyways. ;)

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  4. Miranda on July 5, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Oh man, you should see our apartment. EVERY surface is covered in either A. felting materials, B. knitting projects/handspun yarn or C. books. Lots of books. Books about raising pigs. Books about raising goats. Books about gardening, farming, business or sewing. It’ sa little out of control.

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  5. Janet on July 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Just ordered it from your link =) How did Monday go with the woman looking at your place?

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  6. KimH on July 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I have about 700 books I read & read again… and thats not including the ones I borrow from the library.. sigh..
    I really need to thin the herd but I get conflicted every time I pick a book up to put in a “to go” box and wind up doing nothing.
    Last time I did a ruthless job of thinning my books was 14 years ago when I moved 1200 miles. I pared my probably 1000 count of books down to about 200-250.
    I have no plans to move in the near future.. so I guess I’ll keep trying to thin them out. I have quit buying.. mostly. ;)
    Mostly I’ve purchased newer fresh vegetable cookbooks, a homesteading book, and a natural cleaning book.

    My very most favorite book is probably “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran. The Bible is up there too. Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss is another though I havent picked it up in years & years.
    Living, Loving, & Learning by Leo Buscaglia is another really wonderful book that touched my heart & spirit when I most needed to read it. ♥

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