Garden reads can get you in the spring spirit

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Whether you want to learn more about gardening or just read a book with a garden in it, here are 5 books for spring.

The Secret Garden

By Frances Hodgson Burnett

$3.95

Publisher: Signet Classics

Ages: 9-12

First published in 1911, this classic still has readers mesmerized. The New York Times says, “If this is magic, it is good magic.”  The garden is overgrown, but an orphan is determined to discover its secret. Before long, she finds an even bigger secret in the house where she is sent to live with her uncle.

Garden Spells

by Sarah Addison Allen

$5.99

Publisher: Bantam Discovery

The first novel by Allen has found an appreciative audience of the tale of two sisters and the magic of a garden at their home in North Carolina. Claire uses edible flowers in recipes that have an unusual effect on those who eat them. Her sister Sydney, who runs away then returns, finds her own kind of magic.

The Vegetable Gardener's Bible

by Edward C. Smith

$16.47

Publisher: Storey Publishing

As more people turn to growing their own vegetables (both for the health benefits and for the economic return), this comprehensive book is a godsend. Smith’s explanations are easy enough for beginners to understand. He includes plenty of sidebars and photos. One caveat: Readers say it’s best for northern climates.

Trowel and Error

by Sharon Lovejoy

$11.16

Publisher: Workman Publishing Co.

The sub-title, “Over 700 Tips, Remedies and Shortcuts for the Gardener,” lets you know what you’re getting in this little book. It’s packed with good info for the whole family (pesticide-free), so kids can get their hands dirty, too. Readers have found the writing to be entertaining, and the tips are good for beginner to expert.

Joy of Gardening

by Dick Raymond

$16.47

Publisher: Storey Publishing

Garden expert Dick Raymond, of the “Garden Way” television program, is considered by many readers to be the best of the gardening books out there. Raymond has work the soil in different parts of the country and has plenty of advice that gardeners say really works to help grow delicious vegetables.