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Slow Gardening: A No-Stress Philosophy for All Senses and All Seasonsby Felder Rushing
Synopses & Reviews
Doing something slowly means savoring what you do. However, in just a few generations, we've gone from eating mostly home-cooked food and gardening with mostly local resources to a fast-food culture and cookie-cutter "mow-and-blow" landscapes filled with unproductive and high-maintenance plants from afar. Sure, we've shed a lot of the menial labor it takes to put both food on the table and flowers in the garden, but at what cost to the Earth, and our own bodies?Slow Gardening to the rescue! The name was inspired by Slow Food, an international movement that promotes local food systems and biological and cultural diversity. In much the same way, a slow-gardening approach can help us all appreciate and enjoy our gardens more, year in and year out.Slow doesn't mean simple or lazy. In fact, it can actually involve more work, just spread out over time, and in a leisurely fashion. Well-known Southern gardener Felder Rushing offers a commonsense, friendly, one-foot-in-front-of-the-other approach that will appeal to gardeners no matter where they live. Slow Gardening, is more than a bunch of tips for easy gardening; it's more about thinking "long haul" and "taking it easy." Life has lots of pressures-why include them in the garden?
Thanks to the resurgence of home and community gardening, more and more people are discovering the pleasure of biting into a sun-ripened tomato picked right off the vine, the earthy smell of freshly turned soil, and the cheerful harbingers of spring such as daffodils, irises, and pansies. But they are also discovering that gardening can be a heck of a lot of work. So what happens when keeping up with the weeds turns into a full-time job? What do you do when gardening becomes stressful?Slow Gardening to the rescue! Inspired by Slow Food, an international movement that promotes local food systems and biological and cultural diversity, the slow-gardening approach can help us all appreciate and enjoy our gardens more, year in and year out.Felder Rushing, a well-known and truly one-of-a-kind garden expert, offers this practical yet philosophical approach to gardening - one that will help you slow down, take stock of your yard, and follow your own creative whimsy in the garden.Slow Gardening will inspire you to slip into the rhythm of the seasons, take it easy, and get more enjoyment out of your garden, all at the same time.
About the Author
Felder Rushing is a tenth-generation American gardener, raised into his teen years under the apprenticeship of a horticulturist great-grandmother who grew flowers, vegetables, herbs, and fruits without a hose or pesticides, and a garden club grandmother who garnered hundreds of blue ribbons for her plant breeding and displays. He is a longtime national director of the Garden Writers Association, member of the National Youth Gardening Committee, past president of several horticulture societies, and board member of the American Horticultural Society. He delivers more than eighty lectures each year and is the author of several books including Passalong Plants, Tough Plants for Southern Gardens, and Gardening Southern Style.
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