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Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise Hardcover – February 15, 2011
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“Not only does Owens make an utterly convincing case––in terms of health––for getting out your shovel and creating a vegetable garden, her enthusiasm for the sheer fun of the endeavor is bound to win you over.” —Ruth Kassinger, author of Paradise Under Glass
“Michele Owens is truly the most eloquent, cosmopolitan, and opinionated garden writer since Katharine White. In Grow the Good Life, she makes a passionate and compelling case for returning vegetable gardening to its rightful place in the day-to-day lives of every American family. It is a witty, entertaining, and highly persuasive read.” —Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants
About the Author
Michele Owens is a cofounder of Garden Rant, one of the most popular and influential gardening blogs. Her articles about gardening have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine and Organic Gardening. She lives in Saratoga Springs and Salem, NY.
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Knowing next-to-nothing about gardening, I asked her which book I should start with?
She recommended "Grow The Good Life" ...and I'm glad she did. The book provides a philosophical "push" to get you out of the armchair and growing your own food. It's written in something of a first person narrative.
Lots of fun. Highly enjoyable. As I write, I've got two containers of organic spinach, cilantro and basil pushing up soil, in the yard. Mmmmmmm.
Other reviewers have commented that the author tries to push a political agenda with this book. I disagree. The only agenda in this book is to get people to grow food in their backyards. It encourages a respect for nature and a return to a slower, simpler life in this crazy high-tech, super fast-paced world we live in. There's nothing partisan about it. That said, the book does have some science in it - so if you don't believe in evolution or you think global warming is a conspiracy, this one's not for you.