A Life in the Garden

Tales and Tips for Growing Food in Every Season

You must sign in to see if this title is available for request. Sign In or Register Now
Send NetGalley books directly to your Kindle or Kindle app

To read on a Kindle or Kindle app, please add kindle@netgalley.com as an approved email address to receive files in your Amazon account. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Also find your Kindle email address within your Amazon account, and enter it here.
Pub Date Oct 01 2024 | Archive Date Oct 01 2024

Talking about this book? Use #ALifeintheGarden #NetGalley. More hashtag tips!


One of America's most well-known and bestselling gardening writers shares her reflections and advice on finding joy in the garden

In A Life in the Garden, horticultural icon Barbara Damrosch imparts a lifetime of wisdom on growing food for herself and her family. In writing that's accessible, engaging, and elegant, she welcomes us to garden alongside her. Personal, thoughtful, and often humorous, this book offers practical DIY insights that will delight gardeners, cooks, and small-scale farmers. With a personal and sometimes irreverent tone, Barbara expresses the pleasure she takes in gardening, the sense of empowerment she finds in it, and the importance of a partnership with the real expert: nature.

One of America's most well-known and bestselling gardening writers shares her reflections and advice on finding joy in the garden

In A Life in the Garden, horticultural icon Barbara Damrosch...

Available Editions

EDITION Other Format
ISBN 9781643261812
PRICE $40.00 (USD)

Available on NetGalley

NetGalley Shelf App (PDF)
Download (PDF)

Average rating from 6 members

Featured Reviews

5.0/5.0 ⭐

"A Life in the Garden" is a beautiful and informative book that seamlessly blends memoir, history, and practical gardening advice. Barbara Damrosch's personal anecdotes and humor make the reading experience enjoyable as she explores the joy, empowerment, and partnership with nature inherent in growing food for oneself and family.

The book covers various topics from planning and gardening to picking and using produce, all while being realistic about time and budget constraints. It also offers valuable insights into sharing and what to grow, with engaging segments on initiatives like the Edible Schoolyard and Farm Lunch. The photos, illustrations, and typeface add to the overall charm of the book, making it a delightful read for gardeners and enthusiasts alike.

Thank you to Timber Press and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book.

Was this review helpful?

I really loved reading through A Life in the Garden. This was one of the most practical and useful gardening books I’ve come across as someone attempting to make the transition from garden-dreamer to actual gardener. Can’t wait to recommend this to all our Florida gardeners this Fall!

Was this review helpful?

A Life in the Garden by Barbara Damrosch offers an engaging, informative, and entertaining way to learn about gardening. She talks about her experience not just in the garden but also in life, which provides the reader one of the most satisfying ways to learn about gardening.

I also found that the amount of relevant information she added was great for any beginner or intermediate gardener. As gardening season is picking up this spring, I found myself scrolling through the book for tips and tricks about planting shrubs and vegetables I haven't tried in the past. For example, did you know that blueberries thrive in acidic soil? The book even gave information on how to turn a neutral ph soil to a more acidic soil. I look forward to keeping this book close in my journey as a homegrown gardener.

Was this review helpful?

I loved A Lift in the Garden so much. It made me feel warm inside while I spent cover to cover learning the deeper understandings of growing. As a, somewhat newer gardener, it's always fascinating learning about topics such as the geometry behind a garden, how to properly feed the soil and the overall fundamentals of growing a kitchen garden in America.

My tomatoes and salad greens will hopefully turn out beautifully this spring season! I will owe it all to Barbara.

Was this review helpful?

This isn't just a gardening book. It's a 382 page manifesto on recapturing one of the best parts of the agrarian past---community food production---without giving up any features of modern life. After several chapters that make the case for personal and neighborhood vegetable/flower gardens, the author moves to in-depth treatments of soils, how to get the most from even a tiny space (for example, "...a whiskey barrel with a single paste tomato plant encircled by oregano and basil"), garden planning, useful tools, and scheduling plantings throughout the year. In addition there are chapters on sharing with friends, extending the growing season with protected areas, dealing with both pest and beneficial organisms, and overwintering gathered food. The final section, nearly half the book, talks about what to grow. In short, comprehensive!

If I may add a couple more references to this (which I've used and go back to regularly), check out the Old Farmer's Almanac garden planner (https://gardenplanner.almanac.com/ - $35 a year or just use the 7 day free trial) and Truelove Seeds (https://trueloveseeds.com/ - they grow and sell heirloom seeds from around the world).

Highly recommended.

Was this review helpful?

Readers who liked this book also liked: