Book Reviews

June 2020 ~ Wrap-Up

I must say this has not been the most productive month in terms of reading (or maybe in terms of anything). With strawberry season, work has been crazy and I’ve basically been on the work, eat, sleep, repeat cycle for the past three weeks. Ah well, hopefully this month will be better.  Anyway, enough of the chit chat. What did I read this month?

Pawsitively Swindled by Melissa Erin Jackson

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Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley

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The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm by Daniel Mays

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I also started reading The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, but I could not bring myself to finish it. I found that it was hard to follow and I could not connect with the main character.

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Book Reviews

The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm by Daniel Mays

This book is a little off-topic from what I usually read (or a lot…). However, this is a subject that I am genuinely passionate about. I do believe that there are big problems with our environment and I think that one of the solutions is linked to agriculture and the practices outlined in this book. Besides this, I love gardening and I thought this book would offer me some helpful tips. 

This book is perfect for those wishing to start a larger scale garden, but it can also be helpful for those who garden as a hobby. Mays gets right down to the science of things and also offers practical advice and methods. He goes into the specifics of soil health and ups of no-till vs. the downs of tillage. Further, he emphasizes biodiversity. Each plant offers something special to the ecosystem and when it is paired with other species that complement it, together they will flourish. Another thing that Mays mentioned was finances. Although I did not find this personally helpful, I think it could be invaluable to those who are interested in farming. Mays didn’t gloss over this part but rather was completely honest about his startup costs and about the challenges that come with beginning a new farm. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I definitely recommend it, even if you’re just a hobby gardener. It is full of pearls of wisdom that may open your eyes to some astonishing truths.  

Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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