Grow the Good Life
Michael Pollen's very knowledgeable advice: Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Depsite the growing interest in growing our own and the growing understanding of how important it is to eat clean, natural, healthy food, we Americans grow less than 2% of our own food. Perhaps it is because gardening is often made to look more complicated than it really is.
Michele Owens' book, Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise, explains that the simple act of growing food can be exactly this ~ simple! Her book offers advice around starting a garden with nothing but a shovel, seeds and mulch.
We love her straightforward attitude and her remark, "Thanks to my garden, I can take a small stand against everything I find witless, lazy and ugly in our civilization and propose my own more lively alternative" and from her book: Plant a vegetable garden. It delivers the kind of returns that make hedge fund managers green with envy.
So, for all of you interested in the simple, joyful, all-around satisfying act of growing your own ~ Michele's book comes highly recommended. Although Grow the Good Life offers a simple, less complex way to garden it is recommended for everyone from beginners to seasoned hands.