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My Vegetable Love: A Journal of a Growing Season Hardcover – October 10, 1996

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Home gardeners, cooks and nature lovers will savor this delightful account of the 1995 growing season in Iowa. Klaus, director of the nonfiction writing program at the University of Iowa, kept a daily record, March through November, of his large vegetable garden. Spring in Iowa City was unusually cold and wet; Klaus depended heavily on row covers to protect his young plants. Summer brought heat, drought and "critters"?squirrels, woodchucks, opossums and deer. Then, a bountiful harvest that extends to Thanksgiving. The book goes beyond tending a garden; Klaus interweaves personal details and concerns of his daily life: he writes about neighbors, his wife's probable recurring cancer, the last weeks leading to the death of his 20-year-old cat, generational conflicts in his department at the university and the meals he concocts from his vegetable bounty. Delectable.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Klaus, an experienced gardener and director of the nonfiction writing program at the University of Iowa, took a research leave in 1994 to write about his vegetable gardening activities in Iowa City from March through November. Explaining why he gardens, Klaus records daily not only the planting, tending, and harvesting of his garden but also the everyday human influences (family, colleagues, friends, pets) that often affect a gardener. For Klaus, vegetable gardening is part of a daily routine that links many experiences in the life of a writer, husband, and father. This thoughtful book is recommended for popular gardening collections.?Dale Luchsinger, Athens Area Technical Inst., Ga.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; First Edition edition (October 10, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395785871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395785874
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Linda Diehl Delia on January 27, 2013
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I stumbled upon this book because this author's name came up in a Great Course on writing great sentences, so I figured I'd see what he wrote. I love gardening, and I love vegetables, so I bought it. Since there is an entry for every day in the gardening year, I started it in March, intending to read one entry each day, like a devotional. Alas, I couldn't stop reading and finished it in no time. Absolutely love the tone, the daily minutiae of the weather, the garden, the author's neighbors, his wife, his life, what's for dinner. Like a long, long letter from a friend you haven't heard from in a year.
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I am growing my first vegetable garden this Summer and reading this book has helped shape my ideas and plantings, it has taught me numerous things about gardening and I can relate to the fears and worries, as well as the enjoyment and love for growing vegetables, and flowers. Thanks for a wonderful book!
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In this book, Carl Klaus keeps a daily journal during one growing season in his home garden in Iowa. In addition to gardening, he also touches upon his marriage, his wife's cancer, his impending retirement and his neighbors/community.

As a reader who can't get enough information on gardening, I really appreciated this longtime gardener's bits of wisdom. I find it fascinating to read not only about what and how he plants, but the mouthwatering meals he and his wife cook from those plants.

I think his passages on retirement would resonate much more with someone facing that issue. I had a hard time relating to that part of the book.

Overall, I have really enjoyed this book and have made so many gardening notes all over it you can barely see the pages.
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Gardening and plants are both my hobby and avocation.

I also work with educational programs for winegrowers - writing articles etc

Klaus' book is a good read on all levels.
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Quick shipping. Book arrived just as it was described. This was a great read especially for my wife and I as we are gardeners.
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