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review 2018-01-17 10:02
The Plant Hunters: The Adventures of the World's Greatest Botanical Explorers
The Plant Hunters: The Adventures of the World's Greatest Botanical Explorers - Carolyn Fry

First - this is a gorgeous book.  Generously and fabulously illustrated, at least half the pages are eye candy.

 

Second - it's really well researched, although it does lack a citation / notes section at the end, an unfortunate oversight.

 

Also unfortunate is the writing.  It's dry.  So, so dry.  Think academic history text dry.  If I had to guess, I'd say it's a case of severe editing; trying to pack huge chunks of history into small 1-2 page sections.  The result is a litany of names and dates guaranteed to make the most interested eyes droop.   

 

Luckily, the illustrations go a long way towards perking up a reader's attention.

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review 2014-12-31 03:11
Small Space Organics: Creating sustainable, edible gardens
Small Space Organics - Josh Byrne

A very comprehensive (very) overview of creating a sustainable, edible garden that strives to be carbon and water usage neutral.  Lots of great information here that would apply to any gardener anywhere (finally, I found easy-to-understand pruning information) although the charts for growing times and harvest times would be useless to anyone not living in the Southern Hemisphere.

 

My only complaint is that while the book had lots of great full-colour photographs, it didn't have any of the completed project as a whole.  I really wanted to see the big picture - including the outdoor bathroom!

 

Will be handy reference as I continue to experiment.

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