Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Inspiration For All of Us

One of our influences in vegetable gardening was reading Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. If you haven't read it yet, please do. It's the story of how Kingsolver's family moved to southwest Virginia from across country and committed to either growing or buying locally all the food they would eat for a year.

The book provides lots of background information on the potential benefits and consequences of our different food choices. It also tells the story (Kingsolver is a wonderful writer) of how their family managed to achieve their year-long goal.

To the point, to the point. There is a website for the book which shows pictures, shares recipes and even has an online index for the book. I also just stumbled across a new link on the site, Vegetable Yardscaping. Take a peek. For those of you who don't have a lot of space, you can read about what others are doing in their suburban neighborhoods in the way of gardening.

Do you have a corner you hate weeding? Do you wish you could add some landscaping, but don't want to spend money on bushes and perennials right now? Check out the link, be inspired and plant some food. Pin It


  1. Great post... This was the first book that got me motivated to make some serious changes. I am not even close to living locally...or growing all of my own...but am definitely on my way. And this book was part of the beginning of it all. One of my most favorites books ever.

    And thanks for the Yardscaping link! How did you KNOW that I've been searching for this info? I just told Chris (my hubby) this morning that I wanted to tear out one side of the lawn and grow edibles! He said no...but nothing is written in stone. He DID say, "Can't you just plant mroe stuff in the planter we already have?" Yes...I guess I could...but it's full of ivy. Maybe we'll just start with a fruit tree and some more rosemary...hmmmm....

    Have a great day! Keep those feet up!

  2. I *love* that book. And Barbara Kingsolver. Have you read The Poisonwood Bible? It was my first Kingsolver book. Loved it.

  3. Lily Girl,
    I have read Poisonwood Bible and Prodigal Summer and loved them both!

  4. That is the book that got me started. I'm rereading it this year slowly, in order of the months and what's in season.

  5. That's the book that got us started. I'm rereading again this year with the months and what's in season. I'm savoring every bit and dreaming of more land.


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