Subtitle: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity
Carol Deppe, 2015, 265 pp.
When we got wind of a new Carol Deppe book, the staff started to jockey to see who could take home the review copy first. Carol’s specialty is figuring out fun, cheap ways to overcome obstacles that would stop most people. No land? Bad back? Drought? New killer tomato diseases? Gluten intolerant? Short season? No Money? With her unique combination of humor, innovation, own-to- earth observation, and learning (she has a PhD in genetics), she shows us how she has found ways around them all. And Carol never takes anything, including the stuff “everybody knows” for granted.
The theme of Tao of Gardening is cultivating Joy and Serenity along with your garden. But in Carol’s world, joy and serenity are directly tied to working efficiently, discovering new techniques, and preparing for unprecedented future challenges. So along the way, we learn about her new “eat-all garden” technique. We learn about preparing for the new strains of late blight that threaten heirloom tomatoes (and why it is so important never to put store-bought tomatoes in your compost). And we get a generous helping of recipes and labor-saving tips. You don’t want to miss “Thirty-seven reasons for not planting various vegetables,” which is a useful antidote to going crazy with you seed order!
APPROX WEIGHT: 1.25 lbs.
"There are many knowledgeable gardeners but very few wise ones. Carol Deppe is both. Her excellent new book, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, serves up generous portions of homegrown know-how gleaned from three decades worth of experimentation. It will, no doubt, make you a better gardener. What sets this book apart, though, is its potential for making us into happier gardeners by sharing the deeper life lessons our gardens have to teach. The Chinese word tao can be defined in different ways but my favorite is "path," and Carol Deppe shows us that the timeless path to health, happiness and wholeness cuts right through our own backyard, if we choose to take it."
—Roger Doiron, founding director, Kitchen Gardeners International