2019, 144 pages
Gardening With Emma is an important book for many reasons. Not only is it written by a child (Emma is 13) for children, but it encourages them to get outside and get dirty while learning about sustainability, the importance of fresh, nutritious vegetables and learning about plants.
In Gardening With Emma, Emma provides other kids with some of the basics of gardening and plants before looking at topics such as garden supplies, bugs, growing vegetables and flowers, attracting birds and other animals, starting seeds indoors, sowing seeds outdoors, extending the growing season – and lots more.
Growing much of your own produce can help fight climate change and increase biodiversity which will become increasingly important and Gardening With Emma can be a good tool to achieve these vital goals.
Growing Your Own Tea Garden
2019, 144 pages
Years ago I grew some herbs specifically for tea which was fun – and tasted great. And I was thinking of doing this again when I came across the book Growing Your Own Tea Garden: The Guide to Growing and Harvesting Flavorful Teas in Your Backyard by Jodi Helmer. And after perusing this book with lots of plant suggestions for tea (and lots of photos) I’m more determined than ever to bring back my new and improved tea garden!
The book starts off with “A Brief History of Tea” before going into “Choosing Plants for Your Tea Garden,” “Brewing the Best Tea Garden” and “From Cultivation to Cup: Making the Perfect Cup of Tea.” The chapter on choosing plants covers the different teas (white, green, black and oolong) and then looks at teas made from leaves, flowers, fruits and roots.
I found the section on garden designs in the chapter “Brewing the Best Tea Garden” useful as it provides suggestions on what to grow in gardens designed for helping with a variety of issues such as sleep, fatigue, relaxing, immune boosts and more. I enjoy a nice cup of lemon tea so I was pleased to see what plants I could put in a “Lots of Lemon Tea Garden.”
The final chapter covers things such as brewing (including tools for DIY brews), preserving the harvest and recipes. While the recipes section is fairly short, it offers some interesting recipes for such teas as “Lemon Balm Blend,” “Immune-Boosting Blend” and “Weedy Brew.”
Growing Your Own Tea Garden is an informative and useful guide for those who like tea and who want to make their own.