There isn’t much better than reading a book about gardening on a cold, dreary winter day. It gets the gardening juices flowing. One idea leads to another and pretty soon pen is to paper feverishly making notes of possible plans, plants and projects.
I was excited to sit down the other day with 101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-Friendly Solutions to Improve any Garden by Shawna Coronado. This easy-to-read book is chock full of do-it-yourself projects (or hacks) for the garden.
It is divided into ten sections covering everything from building better soil and caring for a garden organically to growing herbs, flowers and vegetables in containers or in the ground. There are also plenty of hacks for re-purposing common items to make a patio and garden prettier.
The book is best for gardeners just beginning their journey down the garden path, but even seasoned gardeners will find hacks that spark garden dreams and inspire new ideas. My imagination ran wild when I read Hang a Recycled Chandelier in Your Garden. I can’t wait to create a new sitting area in my shade garden using the wall of a shed. The possibilities for projects using recycled materials to furnish this new outdoor room are spinning around so quickly in my mind, I am positively giddy.
Inspired by Hack a Planting Guide with Flour, I started thinking about the perennial borders on one side of my home that need reshaping. Instead of struggling with a garden hose to lay out new bed lines, why not use flour?
Some of my other favorite hacks from 101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-Friendly Solutions to Improve any Garden included saving heirloom tomato seeds by squishing them between paper towels, using flowers from herbs in salads, and turning garden tools into garden art.
I was so happy I loved Shawna Coronado’s new book. Truth be told, we have been friends for several years. She is passionate about organic gardening, living a green lifestyle, and making a difference in the world. Learn more about Shawna here.
If you want some helpful hints to be a better, more environmentally responsible gardener or just need a dose of gardening inspiration this winter, get a copy of Shawna’s book. Enjoy it and then get ready to garden with me!