BACK­YARD BITES

Have your gar­den – and eat it too

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT - SPE­CIAL TO THE WHIG

If you’re look­ing for some fresh food this sum­mer, look no fur­ther than your own back­yard. These books will help you re­al­ize that din­ner is a lot closer than the near­est gro­cery store.

For­aged Fla­vor: Find­ing Fab­u­lous In­gre­di­ents in Your Back­yard or Farmer’s Mar­ket By Tama Mat­suoka Wong For­age for wild food and dis­cover de­li­cious ed­i­ble plants grow­ing ev­ery­where – in­clud­ing your back­yard – and how best to pre­pare them to high­light their unique fla­vors with this sea­son­ally- or­ga­nized field guide and cook­book. Ed­i­ble Land­scap­ing By Rosalind Creasy Since Rosalind Creasy pop­u­lar­ized the con­cept of land­scap­ing with ed­i­bles a quar­ter- cen­tur y ago, in­ter­est in eat­ing healthy, fresh, lo­cally grown foods has swept across the na­tion. More and more Amer­i­cans are look­ing to grow clean, de­li­cious pro­duce at home, sav­ing money and nat­u­ral re­sources at the same time.

Grow­ing Tasty Trop­i­cal Plants in Any Home, Any­where

By By­ron E. Martin and Lau­re­lynn G. Martin

Imag­ine a cup of cof­fee brewed from beans grown right in your own kitchen. Or juice from an or­ange har­vested from your liv­ing room. Or even a salad sprin­kled with olives plucked from a tree in your din­ing room. It’s now pos­si­ble in any cli­mate. This book cov­ers 47 va­ri­eties of fruit­ing plants.

Na­ture’s Gar­den: A Guide to Iden­ti­fy­ing, Har­vest­ing and Pre­par­ing Ed­i­ble Wild Plants By Sa­muel Thayer A de­tailed guide to all as­pects of us­ing ed­i­ble wild plants, from iden­ti­fy­ing and col­lect­ing to prepa­ra­tion. Eat your yard! By Nan K. Chase In­for­ma­tion on 35 ed­i­ble plants that of­fer the best of both land­scape and culi­nary uses. Ed­i­ble plants pro­vide spring blos­soms, col­or­ful fruit and flow­ers, lush green­ery, fall fo­liage and beau­ti­ful struc­ture, but they also of­fer fruits, nuts and seeds that you can eat, cook and pre­serve.

Ed­i­ble: An Il­lus­trated Guide to the World’s Food Plants

By Na­tional Geo­graphic So­ci­ety

An il­lus­trated walk through the world gar­den to dis­cover the story of some 250 food plants from field to ta­ble.

The Ed­i­ble Gar­den By Rosalind Creasy A beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion of flow­ers that can be used for cook­ery in­clud­ing can­died vi­o­lets and roses to dec­o­rate ap­pe­tiz­ers and cakes, nas­tur­tiums for a col­or­ful shrimp salad and day lily buds, pink clover and wild mus­tard flow­ers that are tossed to­gether in a spec­tac­u­lar stir- fry.

Stalk­ing the Wild As­para­gus By Euell Gib­bons Euell Gib­bons is one of the few peo­ple in this coun­try who has de­voted a con­sid­er­able part of his life to the ad­ven­ture of “liv­ing off the land.” The Flower wild foods he rec­om­mends in this book are widely avail­able ev­ery­where.

Fruit Trees in Small Spaces: Abun­dant Har­vests From Your Own Back­yard By Colby Eier­man Lus­cious peaches, crisp ap­ples, and sweet plums right off the tree are hard to beat. For gar­den­ers yearn­ing for the plea­sures of home-grown fruit plucked straight from the tree, this de­li­ciously en­cour­ag­ing guide cuts the sub­ject down to size.

How to Grow Peren­nial Veg­eta­bles: Low-Main­te­nance, Low-Im­pact Veg­etable Gardening By Martin Craw­ford Peren­nial veg­eta­bles are a joy to grow and re­quire a lot less time and ef­fort than an­nu­als. In this book, Martin Craw­ford gives com­pre­hen­sive ad­vice on all types of peren­nial veg­etable (ed­i­ble plants that live longer than three years), from ground­cover plants and cop­piced trees to plants for bog gar­dens and ed­i­ble wood­land plants.

The Mini Farm­ing Guide to Veg­etable Gardening: Self-Suf­fi­ciency From As­para­gus to Zuc­chini By Brett L. Markham This com­pre­hen­sive hand­book cov­ers ev­ery­thing you need to know about max­i­miz­ing and har­vest­ing the best veg­eta­bles you can pos­si­bly pro­duce.

Sum­mer read­ing is here! Sign up at any CCPL branch lo­ca­tion or on­line. The last day to turn in com­pleted read­ing logs for prizes is Aug. 13. For more in­for­ma­tion, ti­tle avail­abil­ity and read­ing rec­om­men­da­tions, visit www. ce­cil.ebranch.info, find the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary on Face­book, call 410-9965600 or stop by any branch.

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