During most of the year you will find me outside, usually in the garden during the gardening season. In the winter I try to get outside as much as possible. There is nothing I enjoy better than a beautiful blue-sky day to venture out on my snowshoes. We are blessed to be able to walk out our door and into the woods.I am also an avid reader. I always have more than one book that I am reading. During the winter months is when I do the most reading.
Mindscape by Timothy Z. Witmer is not a book about gardening but instead it is a book on “What to Think About Instead of Worrying”. I am reading this book in a small group I am in at our church and am really enjoying it.
Mud Season by Ellen Stimson is the next fiction book I will be reading. It sounds like a fun read – the story of how one women’s dream of moving to Vermont raising children, chickens and sheep and running the old country store pretty much led to one calamity after another.
Are you a fan of Joel Salatin? I am, I would love to take a trip to Virginia and visit his Polyface Farm. I recently started his book, Folks this ain’t normal. A farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People and a Better World. So far I am really enjoying how he writes.
Winter is also the time when I read about other peoples’ gardens and how they do things. As our garden is moving toward raised beds I want to be better at growing more in less space. The All New Square Foot Gardening should help me do just that. The author Mel Bartholomew has been teaching his proven Square Foot Gardening for over twenty five years! I’m sure I’ll learn something new.
Another technique I’d like to learn more about is Straw Bale Gardening. Last year I purchased the book by Joel Karsten on Straw Bale Gardening. Never found the time to read it. However when Joel talks about a method to grow vegetables anywhere, earlier and with no weeding I want to learn more!
For Christmas my husband gave me the book called The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. Yes, I want to learn more about essential oils. I have used them in the lip balm I’ve made and the hand lotion I have made. However I am sure I am just scratching the surface and have a lot more to learn.
As you may be able to tell I have many more books that I want to read then I will actually get to reading. As the saying goes, “So many books, So little time.” How true.
Are you a reader? What books have you been reading this winter?