Celeste’s Garden Delights: Discover the Many Ways a Garden Can Nurture You
By Celeste Longacre
It’s fun to follow Celeste around in her garden, as described in this delightful book. Celeste’s homesteading priorities dictated putting in her raised-bed garden before she got hot running water! She walks us through creating the garden, planting seeds, planting beds and planting in pots, then describes her gardening activities for every month of the year. She provides sections on each of the major vegetables, from asparagus to winter squash. We get practical advice for dealing with garden foes and for welcoming garden friends (mainly wasps, which eat aphids), as well as for composting and capturing rain water.
And what to do with all the bounty? We get basic instructions for storing and preserving by drying, freezing, canning and fermenting. The book closes with essays on building soil, keeping an inn, tending bees and renewable energy for the farm.
Beginnners as well as old pros will profit from this attractive contribution to the gardening world. Thumbs UP.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2015