I remember reading about Gayla Trail's You Grow Girl years ago in a magazine. I had to get it. And while I've flipped through it many times over the years, this was my first time reading it from cover to cover.
You Grow Girl is very much a gardening book for beginners. And that's okay! That makes it a great all-around reference book. It covers activities in a typical gardening year, from planning your garden, planting your plants, growing them all season long, harvesting, and preparing for winter. Along with some great advice on a variety of topics (I learned all about mulching's benefits!), it's also got some fun gardening related craft projects that you can make.
My major criticism is that this book really is not meant to be read cover to cover (even though Trail tells you that you can in the introduction). It was really slow going (I started this book on May 29th; I've read two books in the meantime because I had a hard time motivating myself to continue reading it). If you do manage to read it cover to cover, it'll give you a great overview of what you should be doing in your garden all year. But rather than slog through, I recommend flipping through and reading the parts that you find interesting or need help with. You Grow Girl is much more enjoyable that way.
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.