Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

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A lively, passionate argument for the backyard vegetable garden, drawing on science, history, and stories from the author’s garden.

 

Our parents saw supermarkets and processed foods as the height of convenience. But nothing is more convenient than grocery shopping in the backyard. A vegetable garden offers the best defense against rising food prices, the most environmentally sound way to eat, and better exercise than any gym. It will turn anyone into a wonderful cook, ...

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Overview

A lively, passionate argument for the backyard vegetable garden, drawing on science, history, and stories from the author’s garden.

 

Our parents saw supermarkets and processed foods as the height of convenience. But nothing is more convenient than grocery shopping in the backyard. A vegetable garden offers the best defense against rising food prices, the most environmentally sound way to eat, and better exercise than any gym. It will turn anyone into a wonderful cook, since nothing tastes more vibrant than homegrown. And it can take less time every week than a trip to the supermarket.

In Grow the Good Life, Michele Owens, an amateur gardener for almost two decades, makes an entertaining and persuasive case for vegetable gardens. She starts with two simple but radical ideas: Growing food on a small scale is easy, and it is absurdly rewarding.

With her wry, funny, and accessible approach, Owens helps beginning gardeners overcome obstacles that keep them from planting a few seedlings every spring. She explains why dirt isn’t dirty; the health benefits of growing one’s own food; and that vegetable gardens are not antithetical to the frantic pace of modern life, but simple and undemanding if intelligently managed.

Grow the Good Life is not just another how-to.  Instead, it will teach you the true fundamentals of vegetable growing: how to fit a garden into your life and why it’s worth the trouble.

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Editorial Reviews

Dominique Browning
…breezy, cantankerous and funny…Owens's warm, enthusiastic, bossy-boots tone will make you want to swipe your credit card in soil.
—The New York Times
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“Breezy, cantankerous and funny . . . O wens’s warm, enthusiastic, bossy-boots tone will make you want to swipe your credit card in soil.”
—New York Times Book Review

“Every once in a while, it’s good for the human spirit to bump into someone whose passions are undeniable, even indefatigable. Owens . . . is that indefatigably passionate someone.”
Chicago Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605295893
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michele Owens is a cofounder of Garden Rant, one of the most popular and influential gardening blogs. Her articles about gardening have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine and Organic Gardening. She lives in Saratoga Springs and Salem, NY.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What I've Hauled Out of the Garden ix

1 Why Don't Americans Garden? 1

2 Money

Better Than Berkshire Hathaway Stock Bought in '65 24

3 Flavor

If You Haven't Grown It, You Haven't Tasted It 44

4 Health

Eternal Youth's Not in a Fountain, But in a Garden 69

5 The Soil

Why Dirt Isn't Dirty 84

6 Beauty

Prettier Than Sod and Shrubs Any Day 113

7 The Kids

What They'll Take Out of the Garden 132

8 The Never-Ending Education

Why You'll Soon Be as Much of an Expert as Any Expert 150

9 Survival

How to Stay Adaptable in Uncertain Times 172

10 Happiness

The Best Reason to Garden 189

Acknowledgments 199

Suggested Reading 201

Index 203

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2015

    Wonderfully written!

    Anyone who loves gardening or even just the idea of gardening will love this book. She shares the good and the bad. It is absolutely one if my all time favorite reads!
    -Sam, 25 years old

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