Harvest: Unexpected projects using 47 extraordinary garden plants, authored by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis and published by Ten Speed Press, is a beautiful book about planting a garden that is so much more than just an everyday kitchen garden. This book, divided by the seasons best to plant and harvest (early, middle, or late season) talks about different plants and their usefulness in both culinary and home decor.
This book touches on so much more than just the plants most people think of when they think of gardening, such as tomatoes and carrots. Harvest details planting edible herbs, bushes and flowers and gives a recipe or use of each plant in the kitchen, or as a way to freshen and beautify the inside of your home, as well as the outside. The photography in this book is beautiful; each page has a stunning picture of either the plant being discussed or the results of the recipe using said plant.
The only thing Harvestlacks is more in-depth information about the actual growing of the plants. While it does talk about the areas of the US that the plants grow, it doesn’t talk much about the practicalities of growing the plants in conjunction with each other. In addition, though it talks about the USDA hardiness zones that each plant thrives in, a map featuring these zones is nowhere in the book. Instead it lists a website you can visit to find the map. Easier would have been to simply print the map in the appendices or reference section to make it easier for the reader.
Overall, this book is bright and colorful, and a fantastic reference for those who would wish to make their yards and gardens practical and useful, as well as ornamental. I would recommend this book anyone who is looking to transform their garden from practical to ornamental.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Ten Speed Press via Blogging For Book in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Harvest: Unexpected projects using 47 extraordinary garden plants
Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis
Publisher: Ten Speed Press