Robyn Bryant
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April 24, 2013
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Eagle Library offers garden lovers some food for thought

"My philosophy is that if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."

- Cicero

This is a favorite quote with local gardener and former Eagle Valley Library District Reference Librarian Jan Fedrizzi. Thanks to her expertise, we have purchased several new, pertinent gardening titles.

Jan's suggestions "stem" from her involvement with CSU Extension Master Gardener program, as well as garden club "Gardeners on the Go."

The list includes current or recently revised books, which represent many facets of local gardening - soil concerns, vegetable and organic gardening, season extension, small space gardening, garden art/design and xeric information.

Here is a bibliography of our newest gardening books, along with Jan's helpful observations.

• "Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants" (2010) by Debra Lee Baldwin - shows imaginative uses for succulents in container gardens

• "All New Square Foot Gardening" (2006) by Mel Bartholomew - simplifies vegetable gardening with clear-cut information on building beds, planning crops, seeding, plant spacing, growing-up supports, covering beds for season extension, etc.

• "Four Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long" (1999) by Eliot Coleman

• "The Winter Harvest Handbook: year-round vegetable production using deep-organic techniques and unheated greenhouses" (2009) by Eliot Coleman - Grower guru Eliot Coleman has revolutionized market-growing in cold climates, and all his titles are recommended.

• "Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting and More" (2011) by Lorene Edwards Forkner - allows one to take a break from gardening chores and create a handmade accent.

• "The Truth about Organic Gardening" (2008) by Jeff Gillman - this notable author writes about soils, safety, and valuable information about when organic gardening is the best choice.

• "The Container Gardener's Bible" (2009) by Joanna K. Harrison and Miranda Smith - is an excellent guide to growing in all kinds of containers, conditions, and locations, along with suggested plant combinations.

• "Gaia's Garden: a Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture" (2009) by Toby Hemenway - is a perfect complement to sustainability.

• "Teaming with Microbes: the Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web" (2010 revised edition) by Jeff Lowenfels - is good for the gardener who is deciding what to grow, and whether or not to use chemicals.

• "Landscaping on the New Frontier: Waterwise Design for the Intermountain West" (2009) by Susan E. Meyer - is for home or business owners who are dealing with landscaping in the Rocky Mountains.

• "Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens: Drought-tolerant Choices for All Climates" (2011) by Lauren Springer and Scott Ogden - is a favorite reference by a notable husband and wife team, which has information about best choices for western plants.

• "Solar Gardening" (1994) by Leandre and Gretchen Vogel Poisson - is a classic book for extending the gardening season.

• "Curb Appeal Idea Book" (2006) by Mary Ellen Polson - this book has many helpful photos and drawings.

• "The Polytunnel Book: Fruit and Vegetables All Year Round" (2011) by Joyce Russell - polytunnels may be the future trend for year-round growing.

• "Organic Gardener's Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West" (2012) by Jane Shellenberger - has suggestions for organic growing in dry, mountain climate.

• "Vegetable Gardener's Bible" - 10th Anniversary Edition (2009) by Edward C. Smith - a one-stop reference for a fledgling vegetable gardener. Highly recommended!

• "Perennial Vegetables: from Artichoke to Zuiki Taro, a Gardener's Guide to over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-grow Edibles" (2007) by Eric Toensmeier - includes the unusual vegetables for the adventuresome.

I want to offer a special thank you to Jan for compiling this annotated list of materials that our libraries can offer our gardeners. Come check out these books of advice tailored for Eagle County!

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