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Book Wish List

As Christmas nears my family (and friends) start asking me what I want for Christmas. Usually I have a list floating around somewhere that I’ve been adding to all year, but that goes into hiding around birthdays and Christmas (because what’s life without a little mystery?).

To prevent that from happening this year, I thought I’d compile a list of books I’m dying to get my hands on. As an added bonus I thought it might help anyone else out there looking to get hold of some gardening books that are relevant to the Australian (and Victorian) climates.

First on the list is Seasons in My Kitchen Garden by Marcelle Nankervis (author of Smart Gardening).

In this book she details her journey of developing her 20 acre hobby farm into a potager garden (and has hens!). Marcelle lives on the Mornington Peninsula (not terribly far from me in the scheme of things) so I’m hoping some of her information regarding climate and planting will be useful for my region.

It’s available from a number of places including Booktopia, Bookworld and The Nile for around $30-$32. My preference would be to order it from Booktopia just because I’ve had good interactions with them in the past.

Second on the list is Jackie French’s Guide to Companion Planting.

This is a revised version of the Guide to Companion Planting that she originally published in 1991. Having already read Brenda Little’s Guide to Companion Planting I’m hoping this one will be as helpful. Booktopia is the only place I’ve spotted the new and revised version in stock (though I do have a sneaky suspicion that Diggers also stock it. It’s selling at Booktopia currently for around $15.

Third on the list is Practical Self Sufficiency by father and son team Dick and James Strawbridge.

Originally published for an English audience it’s been revised for an Australian climate and it’s been recently recommended to me. By far the cheapest place to purchase it online is The Nile where it’s only $25. Booktopia, Bookworld and The Nile all also carry it, but for around the $45 mark.

Last on the list is actually an American book about preserving fruit and vegetables. Called Saving the Seasons it’s written by Kevin West.

I haven’t read this one, but it’s received a number of rave reviews from bloggers who preserve food, so I’m dying to get my hands on it to see what it says.

Bookworld, Booktopia and The Book Depository all carry it for around the $35-$40 mark.

Have you read any of these books? Which books would you recommend?

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