Fall into a Book, By Rosalie MacEachern
Atlantic Coastal Gardening, Grow Organic cover very different aspects of popular past-time
Atlantic Coastal Gardening byDenise Adams isnât so much a how-to manual as it is an enjoyable visit.
Now that the sun is finally here there will be no stopping gardeners who have had to bide their time through a cold, wet spring.
Atlantic Coastal Gardening (Nimbus, $29.95) by Denise Adams takes a look at the challenges of salt spray, sea winds and storm surges and offers a wide range of advice for gardening at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Adams, who is an art college graduate and has taught art, sociology and French immersion and more recently worked as a landscape and house design consultant, began gardening on a wind-swept property at Boutilierâs Point.
âGardening in proximity to the ocean does have particular challenges. If youâre a traditionalist or tend to adore formal gardens, be prepared to do things a little differently,â she suggests.
Adamsâ book isnât so much a how-to manual as it is an enjoyable visit to various gardens on Nova Scotiaâs South Shore and the authorâs own experiences. Itâs filled with gorgeous photos of seascapes, garden arrangements and close-ups of plants. It has sections on planting from seed and choosing mature plants, seaside soil, seaweed, microclimates, herbs, flowers and vegetables and finally, a chapter on nautical accents for the garden.
Grow Organic (Nimbus, $19.95) is the how-to choice in garden books if you have an organic garden in mind. Halifax gardener Elizabeth Pierce has her roots in the rich soil of the Annapolis Valley, but sheâs interested in gardening wherever possible.
âWith more and more questions surfacing about the safety of the foods we eat, many of them mass-produced, the need to know where our food is grown and under what conditions has never been stronger; witness the amazing growth of farmersâ markets in our province and elsewhere,â she writes.
Pierce begins her book by giving would-be gardeners a list of everything they have to think about before their trowels ever touch soil. It addresses where to put the garden and what to put in it, as well as when to plant and what tools to acquire.
Chapter two is all about preparing the soil for planting. And so the book goes along, explaining and advising on whatâs practical and preferable.
The final chapter is called Farmer Mentors of Nova Scotia and profiles the accomplishments of some very creative gardeners whether on big plots or small.
Rosalie MacEachern began reading history books as a child and the world opened up when she got her first library card. Childrenâs or adultâs, fiction or non-fiction, mysteries, biographies, short stories, cookbooks, political tomes and sports sagas all manage to engage her on a regular basis. She is a resident of Stellarton. If you have a book you would like to suggest, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.