Books Recommended of Notice Newsletter
NEW BOOKS OF NOTICE
Growing Good Things to Eat in Texas
Profiles of Organic Farmers and Ranchers across the State
By Pamela Walker and Foreword by C. Allan Jones and Photography by Linda Walsh
The Complete Book of Garlic
A Guide for Gardeners, Growers, and Serious Cooks
By Ted Jordan Meredith
Published by Timber Press
A great new book about my favorite herb/food plant that enjoys near mythic status among cooks, chefs, diners, and enthusiasts of natural remedies. Garlic cultivation occupies over 2 million acres of farmland worldwide, yet even garlic fanciers are often unable to tell hardneck from softneck, or Purple Stripe from Rocambole.
Easy Gardens for North Central Texas
by Steve Huddleston & Pamela Crawford
Color Garden Publishing
Steve Huddleston is the senior horticulturist at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. This book is targeted directly at gardeners in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Ellis, Denton and Rockwall. I recommend it with a big asterisk. The plant information, for the most part is very good, although a great deal of it seems to come from other books by Pamela Crawford. The companion plant information is quite helpful for beginners.
On the other hand, the bed preparation, fertilization and pest control information in the book is old school and not strongly organic at all, as some of this book’s marketing has proclaimed. To these authors, organics is a second rate way to go and some of the least effective organic products are the main ones they mention. It’s been a long time since we’ve recommended Ivory soap and water, beer in a dish or salt spray. The explanations on compost and organic fertilizers are quite lacking and the pushing of one specific “time-release product” synthetic fertilizer all through the book is concerning. If Steve will agree to be on my radio show after reading this, we’ll debate these issues in more detail.
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