So we are heading into the Big Chill. The gardens are calming down. Hopes of topping 100mpg are to be shelved until late spring’s mild temperatures return. Time to hunker down and do some Big Reading. Mia was concerned that I may be maxing out the hard drive between my ears, but then I reminded her all I have forgotten about turbo chargers, automotive suspension dynamics and tire tread compounds and she felt a little better.
Here is the current Winter Reading Interest List for 2006-7:
Deep Mulch Gardening
Currently en route through Amazon are Ruth Stout’s classic The No-Work Garden Book, who by some accounts is the American equivalent of Japan’s Fukuoka, a folk hero of mine. For a more modern take I also have Lee Reich’s Weedless Gardening coming and the library is tracking down Patricia Lanza’s Lasagna Gardening. I also intend to read F. H. King’s Farmers of 40 centuries. Tracking 4000 years of organic farming should take care of some of my hubris. Finally J.E.B’ Maunsell’s Natural Gardening looks to be a must read if I can find it. I am making Big Plans to No Till my gardens next year, which begs the question on why I am buying forged hoes and shovels imported from Europe… Once a tool guy always a tool guy I guess.
I have really only read 3 or 4 works on Permaculture, and only one by the founders. The fact that I have yet to read anything by Bill Mollison is shameful and needs remedying. So from his works I look to read An Introduction to Permaculture, and then move onto Smart Permaculture Design and if I fall backwards into a giant pile of money I will source the Big One: Permaculture: A Designers Manual.
Seeing as I will be charging for this next year, I should really bone up some more. Near the top of the list will be Gayle Weinstein Xeriscape Handbook, followed by Sally Roth’s Natural Landscaping. Others will certainly pop up, it seems that every book I read leads to three more “must reads”.
This should be easy- I made 2 cu yards last year. But I plan on hosting classes in both my Village and our Unitarian Church in 2007 so I should really become more of an expert. Rodale’s Book of Composting is the standard and again is en route. I will also be fabbing up several styles of bins ranging from my preferred uber simple wire fence $10 model to more socially acceptable cedar models in both one and 3 bin versions. Amazon rocks-I have 4 books coming and am only out $20 including shipping!
Are all gardeners this psychotic? No need to answer that…
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