Book Review of "Farewell, My Subaru"

My husband loves gardening and has fantasies about owning a large plot of land and being a farmer. He drives me nuts, asking if he can keep worms on our second floor apartment balcony in La Jolla. My answer is no!

For now, he gets his little square box in the church community garden. I’m not a nature girl but did find a book title that caught my eye in the library. It was “Farewell, My Subaru”, written by Doug Fine. It caught my attention because that’s the brand of car I drive. The cover photo was cute, with a garden growing under the hood of the car.

Doug was previously a journalist who bought a piece of land as a bachelor with the intention of settling down and going green all the way.

This book was an entertaining, light-hearted read. His adventures began with car trouble, a flash flood, purchasing two goats and some chicks. The goats got into mischief but he grew attached to them. He had to convince the inspector that his property was a farm. He moved on to trying vegetable oil fuel, installing solar panels and a well, hunting and gardening.

As with many small town stories, there were local characters, including his hippie neighbor. Of course, they saw him as the character. He scared off the FedEx delivery man by wearing home-made body armor to fight off a rattlesnake. The locals got a few chuckles from this newcomer as they watched him adjust to his new life. He had to ask for help and learned by trial and error. He eventually figured things out and even found love along the way.

Doug loves his new life and wrote this charming book about his adventures. He included interesting facts along the way with some statistics. I still have no interest in farming but I’m sure if we moved to a small town, I’d find myself adjusting over time. At first, I’d probably look like the lady from “Green Acres”.

Somehow, in centuries past, people survived without cell phones, computers and telephones. They lived off the land and were productive with their hands. They actually spoke to each other verbally and wrote letters.

For garden enthusiasts, this is a fun read. There were a few swear words and adult themes in it so I wouldn’t give it to children but it could be an amusing gift to give.

Gardens That Need Less – A Book Review

If you are like me, then you want to grow your own organic vegetables, and have your own really cool garden, but, you also know that you hardly have time to spend making it perfect. But did you know that there are many time-saving ways to have your garden and eat well too, without it taking hours a day – it’s true. Let me explain. You see, what you need is an education in gardening and some sure fire tips to make you the local gardening expert. So, I’d like to recommend a very good book to you:

“Low-Maintenance Gardening” by Fiona Gilsenan – 1998 (A Sunset Book).

Are you interested in gardening, but also realize the need to save water? Perhaps you travel a lot and know that your lack of attention could cause the plants to all die? Have you considered the local critters in the area that might eat up your garden or the problems with insects that feast upon your plants? Well, if any of these things are serious issues for you to consider then you need to get this book.

One super feature of this book, is that it breaks things down by region so no matter where you live, there are tips and information for you. There are also many time-saving methods outlined in the book, to insure that you spend your time wisely. The book also has hundreds of easy to manage plant species that you can plant that work well together and require very little care or water.Whether you are looking for an oriental garden, vegetable garden, decorative garden or a total xeriscape, this book will be perfect for you.

Make a Garden, Build a Fence, Fix the Roof, Too – Just Read This Home and Garden Book Review

It seems more and more men are forgetting all the things our ancestors knew, simple things like building a home, doing plumbing, putting on a roof, making a garden, building a fence or installing a pool. But why do you suppose this is? Well, it’s because they don’t have too, once they make enough money to have a home, they just buy one, leaving all the work to someone else. This is good and bad. Good for the home builder companies, but unfortunate that America is losing these skill sets.

Of course, it really doesn’t have to be that way. You can learn how to do all these things, even if you’ve never been involved in doing it yourself. How so you ask? Well, why not by a book that has everything you need to know in it, with step-by-step instructions that even a sixth grader can comprehend. Let me recommend just such a book to you:

“The Practical Handyman’s Encyclopedia – Everything You Need to Know for Home Maintenance, Home Improvement and Up keeping Your House” by Larry Eisinger (1963).

The editor of this book Larry Eisinger has put together a fabulous collection of how to articles, with complete instructions, all of which are fully illustrated. Want to build a garden on a part of your property that is on an incline? No problem, build a terrace system, steps, fill it in with the right soil, even drip irrigation. How about new solar panels so that you can harvest the Sun’s energy and be a green energy consumer, again, no problem, it is easier than you think.

In fact, just about anything you wish to do from building shelves for the garage or facilities for your dog (a dog house) they are all in this book. Everything you need from tools to hardware all included. You need to buy this book and you’ll save thousands of dollars doing it yourself too. Think on this.