With the arrival of winter in Maine, gardening moves inside and into the realm of the imagination. Gardeners exchange rakes and hoes for books, and turn from cultivating gardens to cultivating their (horticultural) minds. Its merely a coincidence that many of us enjoy receiving books as gifts.
Here are some of the gardening books Ive read this year and can recommend.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate Discoveries from a Secret World. By Peter Wohlleben. Greystone Books, 272 pages. $24.99.
Agggh. This is such a difficult time for an Alaska garden writernot to mention an Alaska gardener.
We are at the end of the season and it is just too darn difficult to predict just when the real end of it is here. And when you write a column several days in advance, that makes it even tougher. So, I have to go to the Garden Writers Rule Book.
That book says there are two safe, but important topics. The first is fall cleanup and the second is the need for winter lights. I have written every year about both. That won't stop me from doing so again.
First, the cleanup. My goals are to try to make things easier next spring, prevent any equipment from getting damaged and, of c