Friday, May 18, 2012
Zine Review - Growing Things: A Guide for Beginning Gardeners
Growing Things: A Guide for Beginning Gardeners
In the closing thoughts to this zine, Joshua James Amberson (of Paper Airplane zine) writes “I think zines can be the perfect medium for learning the basics of a subject. Instructional books are often intimidating and offer too much information for the beginner (and I say this as a bookseller by profession). Zines are accessible and a good size for introducing a range of concepts.”
Concisely said! I for one prefer the format of zines for learning new information, then following up with books later if I choose to immerse in a subject. Growing Things: A Guide for Beginning Gardeners presents a wealth of information in just 40 pages. Readers will learn everything from preparing soil to planting seeds, watering, dealing with insects, harvesting seeds for next year’s crop, and much more. The six authors who contribute do an excellent job of demystifying gardening and related topics for those of us who have yet to cultivate a green thumb. With summer upon us, now is the time to garden … and it will feel great knowing where your food is coming from.
Growing Things: A Guide for Beginning Gardeners is available from ms.valerieparkdistro.com