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Books for Sale

We have a selection of used books for sale in our library.

To browse through the list, click on the links below:

Books for sale by title

Books for sale by subject

 

Bookends:

July Bookend

While chatting with a local gardener recently, we came to the realization that it can take a few seasons of trial and error before we get the hang of gardening in this part of the world, BUT it does pay off big time when we finally get to eat the veggies we planted, or see visitors are impressed with a colourful display of flowers.  

 
One of the things to be learned by newcomers to the Victoria area, and/or first-time gardeners generally, is that the growing conditions vary a good deal depending on where your garden plot is. For instance, is it sheltered from the prevailing winds? Or maybe it’s sheltered by your neighbour’s 60-foot trees and so that part of your plot isn’t so hot for growing roses . . .  
Whatever your situation, there’s a book for it! For instance, should you have quite a bit of shade, you might turn to a book we have in our library called “An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials,” which would solve the problem of having that neighbor with the tall trees. On the other hand, if you should happen to want to grow some plants for food, a reasonably shady spot is great for growing lettuce but, In order to produce a more well-rounded diet, you may want to check out “Garden Secrets” or “Vegetables of Canada.”  
 
If the siting of your garden is no problem and you have improved the soil to the point everything is thriving, you will probably be unable to control a temptation to try growing things in the winter (if only to annoy friends and family in the rest of the country!) Should that be the case, have a look at “Winter Gardening in the Maritime Northwest.” And then there’s Adrian Bloom’s “Year-Round Garden” for further inspiration. There’s also “The Northwest Cottage Garden,” but that one may be so comprehensive that it will take a good part of the winter to digest it all!
 
A final note: Keep a notebook of all the plants that tweaked your interest this summer, and then spend a rainy autumn morning in our library finding the facts you need to get planting next spring.

June Bookend

We probably haven’t stopped very often to consider that gardening is essentially a planning and working for the future. . . .what we plant and nurture today will be reaped somewhere down the road when the crop is harvested. And, after harvest time, we likely think about cover crops to preserve the topsoil and then possibly start the process of studying seed catalogs and other sources to discover what might be planted in the spring.

But we don’t always just consider our immediate garden plots. As we become more in tune with the seasons and the creatures that inhabit the fields and woods around us, we might begin to take an interest in such topics as ecological restoration, or biodiversity, etc. etc.

Even if we plan to just grow a few plants in our own small yard, we need to consider what is suitable for the site esthetically, practically. . . and neighbourly! There’s a cute story in a book picked at random from our library shelves that tells the story of a fellow who decided to plant only native plants in his garden. The neighbours had a suspicion that he was planting nothing but weeds, so he got a lot of labels with Latin names on them and stuck one beside each plant (even though they didn’t necessarily have any relation to the plants beside which they were placed) . The neighbours were impressed with the Latin, and that was the end of the negativity!

The book containing this story – and numerous others – is called “Tending the Earth – A Gardener’s Manifesto.” The back of the book has “an action alphabet,” several pages of additional notes, and even a source list if readers want to delve deeper into some topic or other. The author, Lorraine Johnson, has written a number of gardening/plant books. If they all are as informative and well written as this one, we look forward to some more good reading one day soon!