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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Garden Bloggers Book Club December Newsletter

And how is it going for everyone reading the December selection of the Garden Bloggers' Book Club? I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and time with family and friends.

For those who are new around here, or who are just getting caught up, our December selection is My Favorite Plant edited by Jamaica Kincaid. Remember, if you don’t have time to read the book, you can still participate by posting in December about your own favorite plant. The “meeting post” with links to all the entries I know about by then will come out around December 29th. Just leave me a comment when you have completed your post about the book or your favorite plant. (I'll confess at this point, my post contribution will be about my favorite plant!) I've already rounded up about 5 posts from different bloggers who have posted about the book or their favorite plant, but can accept an unlimited number.

Our motto for January is “Once you read a good book on soil, it will never be just “dirt” to you again” and the book selection is Teaming with Microbes, A Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis. If you can’t find a copy of the book at your local library or don’t want to actually buy it because it just isn’t your kind of gardening book, choose any book or article about soil, composting, or related topics to read and write a post about it in January.

And earlier we announced the February selection... Two Gardeners: Katharine S. White & Elizabeth Lawrence--A Friendship in Letters edited by Emily Herring Wilson. We had suggestions to read a book by Katharine S. White or Elizabeth Lawrence, and with this book, we can read writings by both authors.

Finally, now that it is officially winter, can spring be that far off? Hopefully not! If you have any suggestions for a March book, send them my way via a comment. Who knows, maybe you've been a good gardener this year and Santa Claus will bring you a new gardening book that would make a great selection for spring reading for all of us?

8 comments:

Sigruns German Garden said...

Carol, a nice Christmastime and a happy new year from Germany!

Sigrun

Colleen said...

Hi Carol,

I just did an entry over at ITGO. Here's the link:

My Favorite Plant--Common Lilac

Thanks!

Nan said...

Carol, I have two questions. One, how does one join the garden bloggers' book club? Maybe you said in another post that I haven't yet read?

And would you mind me listing this blog and your Ruth Campbell Smith diaries on my blog in my favorite blogs list?

Carol said...

Nan,
It is easy to join the book club. You just read the book and post something about it on your blog and let me know via a comment when you have done so. Then I'll include a link to your entry in a post later in the month. Or, if you don't have time to read the book, you can post something related, like this month post about "My Favorite Plant". Count yourself as a member now!

And Yes, please feel free to list my blogs on your blog, and I am happy to provide a reciprocal link to yours!

Sissy said...

I did get Feb's book, Carol. I didn't get December's but will try to partipate, anyways!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I am indecisive, but managed to post about my favorite plant(s) anyway! Here: http://blackswampgirl.blogspot.com/2006/12/my-favorite-plant.html

By the way, Carol, I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas!

Beverly said...

Carol, I just posted the Dec book, have a woderful holiday.

JEFF LOWENFELS said...

I AM HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT MY BOOK, TEAMING WITH MICROBES.

HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY IT AND REMEMBER THE MISTAKE ON PAGES 41/42: THE MORE HYDROGEN IONS, THE LOWER THE PH AND THE MORE ACIDIC THE SOLUTION....WILL BE FIXED IN THE SECOND PRINTING.

CHEERS,

JEFF LOWENFELS
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA