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A Lifelong Gardener Looks Back


An image of seedlings by Steve Apps in "Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening" by Jerry Apps

For those who know the satisfaction of harvesting fresh, homegrown vegetables, or for anyone looking to cultivate a green thumb, Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press offers an account, both practical and philosophical, detailing the simple joys of home gardening. Step into the garden with writer and rural historian Jerry Apps with this treasure trove of tips, recollections and recipes, which combines Apps' hard-earned advice for garden success with a discussion of how tending a garden leads to a deeper understanding of nature and the land. From planning and planting to fending off critters and weeds, he walks us through the gardening year, imbuing his story with humor and passion and once again reminding us that working even a small piece of land provides many rewards.

A Family Affair

The cover of "Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening

Gardening has always been a group endeavor for the Apps family. In "Garden Wisdom," readers will learn gardening basics along with Jerry's grandchildren as they become a new generation of gardeners. They'll devour wife Ruth's recipes for preparing and preserving fresh garden veggies — from refrigerator pickles to rutabaga pudding. And they'll savor son Steve's beautiful color photographs, capturing the bounty of the family garden throughout the growing season.

What They're Saying About 'Garden Wisdom'

"Whether sharing boyhood memories, the times he spent gardening with his children and grandchildren, or his knowledge of growing vegetables and fruits, Apps combines memoir, useful information, and gardening philosophy with warmth and humor." ("Library Journal")

"Those who have also grown to love the slow rhythms and quiet satisfactions of growing one's own food will enjoy the company of his recollections. The collection is filled with humorous anecdotes and quiet observations of the cycle of life in the humble vegetable patch — plus an unexpected recipe for sorghum cookies. The pleasures he discovers in the garden come through on each page." ("Publishers Weekly")

"Want to know how to transplant tomatoes, hoe a row of rutabaga, or put up a peck of pickled peppers? There's an Apps for that!. … As informative as it is entertaining, Apps' heartfelt chronicle transforms the standard gardening guidebook into a deeply personal appreciation for nature's bounty." ("Booklist")

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:: Posted January 11, 2012

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