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Two New Books from Cool Springs Press Help Gardeners Plant with Menu in Mind

Grocery Gardening and All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook

We can all grow some type of fruit, and even enjoy the process!

With the increased interest in buying local and the concern about the safety of the food supply, more consumers are looking to eat fresher and healthier food while saving money.

Cool Springs Press has published two new books that cater to gardeners at any skill level to bring the bounty of their home gardens to the dinner table. All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook and Grocery Gardening are reaching shelves now.

All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook, by bestselling gardening author Mel Bartholomew, offers more than 120 recipes using the food you harvest using his time-tested Square Foot Method. Bartholomew adds harvesting techniques and garden yield information for each of the seventeen vegetables, fruits, and herbs and adds penny pinching tips and square foot advice throughout the book.

There are millions of gardeners world-wide who practice the popular Square Foot Method. Best-selling gardening book author Mel Bartholomew introduced the method in 1981 and his book remains the best-selling gardening book of all time.

Record-Setting Success: Capitalizing on the popular Square Foot Gardening method, All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook is a perfect complement to the best-selling gardening book All New Square Foot Gardening with more than 2 million copies sold.

The Square Foot Gardening Method is truly the best way to garden for producing food because the yield is easily managed.

In the All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook, Bartholomew offers more than 120 recipes to enjoy the harvest from a square foot garden. The featured fresh fruits and vegetables offer healthy, cost-effective, and chemical-free additions to every meal. He adds harvesting techniques and garden yield information for each of the seventeen vegetables, fruits, and herbs and adds penny pinching tips and square foot advice throughout the book. Full-color images illustrate the fruits, vegetables and healthy meals throughout the book.

Grocery Gardening, authored by Jean Ann VanKrevelen and a team of culinary and horticulture experts - Amanda Thomsen from Horticulture, Teresa O’Connor from Gardening-How-To, and Robin Ripley, the national garden columnist for – uses a vast social media garden network to develop a plant list that provides robust flavor for the way we cook now.

The publishing model – listed by the publisher as “crowd sourced” – is the first title to-date using social media as the platform for the writing process. Tens of thousands of social media connections weighed in during the writing process with tips and frustrations – allowing VanKrevelen and team to create a book that addresses the most asked sustainable gardening questions.

Van Krevelen’s goal was simple—identify the 50 most useful and flavorful herbs and veggies and teach gardeners how to grow and cook from this best-of list.

The nation’s most followed gardener: VanKrevelen is one of the most followed garden communicators in the country. Through various blogs, Facebook pages, websites and Twitter profiles, VanKrevelen communicates with tens of thousands of gardeners each month. Named to the Top 50 People to Follow on Twitter and syndicated through the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, Van Krevelen used her social media connections with the industry’s best to conceptualize Grocery Gardening.

Spring 2010 Garden Topics with Jean Ann VanKrevelen:

Social Media: Changing the Landscape of our Gardens

Social media continues to be a hot topic as more and more people join social networking sites. New and seasoned gardeners alike are able to access information in real time, share wisdom with each other and discuss trends from around the world. There is no doubt that the use of social media has significantly affected our gardens, right down to the very dirt in our flower beds.

Gardeners turn to the web for all kinds of information, but there is no singular directory that helps them connect. Jean Ann offers tips and tricks for finding other garden-lovers across multiple social sites.

Fruit: The Stepchild of the Edible Garden

For many years, fruit has been pushed to the back of the gardening line. New gardeners speak of growing apples with a mixture of awe and dread. How can we grow the fruit we love, stand by our organic gardening principles and still have un-buggy fruit? The key is in choosing the right kind and cultivar of fruit for your region...and applying a little creative problem solving to the process.

“We can all grow some type of fruit, and even enjoy the process!” says Van Krevelen.

What to Buy and What to Grow: Letting Go of "All or Nothing"

Both new and seasoned gardeners can fall into the "all or nothing" garden, ending up feeling frustrated and vaguely guilty when they aren't entirely self sufficient. Grocery Gardening encourages readers to support their local economy by deciding which edibles to grow and which to buy. It asks readers to consider the origins of their food and its impact on our planet and teaches readers how to find fresh, local produce.

VanKrevelen and team never intended the book to end the discussion. They have invited readers to learn and experience more through podcasts, Fanpage discussions and online chats. They encourage all readers to reach out to them with questions, answers and their own stories. Grocery Gardening is their ultimate guide, but also a place to start the conversation.

Both books are available now from Cool Springs Press.


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