I remembered to set back the clocks all on my own! I am so proud. I am usually that goofball who shows up at everything an hour early in the fall and an hour late in the spring. But today I managed to get it just right.
I just have to be careful not to sprain anything patting myself of the back.
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Yesterday, "The Self-Sufficient Suburban Garden" by Jeff Ball arrived in the mail. I read through it last night while at work, and found it highly enjoyable. It is basically a five year plan on how to become mostly self sufficient for food on the average suburban plot. He talks about the standard intensive gardening practices with an emphasis on staying organic and tailoring your garden to the individual needs of your family. The entire tone of the book is very much like neighbors visiting over the fence, with Jeff freely admitting and laughing over the mistakes he has made in his journey to learn how to garden better.
"The Self-Sufficient Suburban Garden" is not a "nuts and bolts" kind of book. Quite often the author sends you out to look up information on your own. Rather, it is more of an IDEA he is selling. That even those of us who do not or cannot live out in the country can manage a surprisingly high level of self-sufficiency. Some of the information is a bit dated (the book is copyrighted 1983), but otherwise I think it would be a fun read for most of the gardeners I know.