Posts Tagged ‘garden books’


Summary of Buying a Little Green Book

February 5, 2014


I went again to the used book store and purchased this 1946 Sunset Flower Garden Book for fifty cents. It is tattered and worn, no doubt thoroughly used. Thumbing through the pages, I noticed several of the illustrations were colored with crayon. Clearly, the young and mature enjoyed this little green book and perhaps read it together, eager to plot out a family garden or single bed.


One look at the Contents and my interest was heightened. The book is small, but packed with boundless horticulture practices that encourage one to grow the tastiest, healthiest vegetables on the block, and ornamentals to die for.


Gardening books, like this one, hold a wealth of cultivation methods, and are keepers of illustrations, solutions, landscape ideas, and daytime dreams of yards small and carefree or grand and magnificent . . .


. . . yards full of progressive blooms, fragrances sweet, mild or strong. There’s no doubt this book represents professionals and the home gardener who have delved into horticulture through paper volumes and soil. How could I not purchase this little green book from 1946 with the inscription Kay Catherine Nille?

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Contest Update

July 22, 2010

Things are steaming up with the FIRST EVER, BOOK-GIVEAWAY contest. There’s still time to get in on the fun, or keep going if you’re already participating. 

Here’s a recap of the contest prize and rules: 

THE PRIZE:  My mint-conditioned copy (autographed to me) of The Earth MovedOn the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart. Amy Stewart is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Bird Watcher’s Digest, and Organic Gardening, and the author of From the Ground Up, Flower Confidential, and Wicked Plants

New Announcement:  Amy Stewart has a new book coming out in 2011, Wicked Bugs, so now is a good time to start collecting her ever-popular books for your library. 

Here’s how you can win

  1. You must be a subscriber to play, so be sure to sign up. It’s FREE!
  2. Get 5 or more of your friends, family members, and co-workers to subscribe to To qualify, you must sign up a minimum of 5 new subscribers. Be sure to tell everyone that it’s FREE.
  3. Entries will close July 28, 2010 midnight.
  4. After all of your friends have subscribed, email a list to me at,
  5. After the deadline, I’ll verify that each person is, in fact, a new subscriber.
  6. The person who has signed up the most subscribers is the winner. In the event of a tie, I will draw one name.
  7. The winner will be notified by email. The winner’s name will be announced on

Questions? Email: with Contest in the subject line.

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