The Planet Whizbang Idea Book for Gardeners
I usually find something negative to say about every book (along with lots of positives), but Herrick Kimball's The Planet Whizbang Idea Book for Gardeners
is an exception. This is self-publishing at its best --- quirky
but polished. If I had to say something negative, I'd beg for an
index, but the table of contents is really specific enough to help you
find projects within its pages. Other than that, there's nothing
not to love about the Idea Book.
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The instant you open The Planet Whizbang Idea Book for Gardeners, you'll be drawn in by the simple line drawings that are informative but also fun. Think of Bill Mollison's Introduction to Permaculture
and you've got the right idea. I don't know why, but projects
always look simpler with line drawings. However, if you want
photographic proof that Kimball's projects are possible, you'll also be
pointed toward a hidden website as soon as you buy the book, which
allows you to see plenty of photos of the author's work in action.
I'll write more about the
projects themselves in later posts, but suffice it to say that many
sound quite intriguing. Kimball also did a great job of excerpting
gardening advice from books and magazines of the 1800s, which is a time
when gardening was a serious fact of life for most people. I
thoroughly recommend the chapter by E.P. Roe titled "How to Grow
Strawberries of the Largest and Finest Quality" --- the method outlined
is nearly identical to the one I use, which produces berries so large
and delicious that everyone wants to visit us in May and June.
Okay, I did think of one more negative. Once you buy a copy of The Plant Whizbang Idea Book for Gardeners, you'll realize you need to buy two more to give away as gifts. But that's a good problem, right?