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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Resilient Ways to Beat the Heat

What better way to beat this sticky, gooey heat than with an interesting read. Need to add to your gardening book collection? Kick back under a shaded tree or seek that AC and check out Annie’s pick by Carol Deppe, ‘The Resilient Gardener – Food Production and Self-reliance in Uncertain Times.’ I have yet to make a big dent in the book but what I’ve scanned through so far, I like. The book’s premise is ‘the five crops you need to survive and thrive – potatoes, corn, beans, squash and eggs.’ Deppe breaks down these five components in its own section with chapters on soil, labor and exercise and water and watering. That’s a must-read chapter just about now! So take a peek at this book published by Chelsea Green Publishing from White River Junction, VT. Or check out the author’s website for more information.

To wrap up this sizzler, if you are looking for a great place to find used gardening books, check out a hidden jewel on Route 9 in West Brookfield, MA called the Book Bear. They may not have AC so call ahead and check (508) 867-8705 for that and their summer hours. But the extensive collection of books, specifically gardening books is one not to be missed. Bring cash or a check as they don’t accept plastic.

Moshe Waldoks' quote seems appropriate for the closer. “A sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected and smile through the unbearable.” This heat is pretty much unattractive, unpleasant and unbearable but not unexpected for July. So for resiliency, stay hydrated - keep cool. Don't forget to grab a good gardening book. That’s it in a sun ray!

Image of book cover for ‘The Resilient Gardener’ from the Internet

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