Postcards from the Hedge book review
Postcards from the Hedge is filled with garden stories, but more importantly, life stories. When I 1st started reading it, I was afraid that it was going to be to ‘garden-y’ for me. But, the more that I got into the book, the more I could see that every story was very relatable to life, not just gardens.
Jill Appenzeller writes paragraphs about her life through stories of her garden. She is an avid gardener, and you can read her love of her hobby in every page. The book is divided up into the 4 seasons, and the paragraphs are very easy to read because they are just a few sentences. The style of the book does take some getting used to; it actually reminds me of facebook or twitter entries because they are so short (that is a good thing in my mind-especially with a 3 year old underfoot!) and I could easily pick up the book to read a few short paragraphs at a time. Just like postcards!
One paragraph that hit home for me was a really quick one about how her mom always had tissues in her pockets, so she could always tell what jacket was her mom’s because of the tissues. My mom does this, too! And, just like her mom, sometimes the tissues get washed with the clothes & lint is being picked off clothes for a week. I really enjoyed that little paragraph, as well as the rest of the book. She talks about taking time to sit and enjoy the garden – don’t just work in it all the time (sounds like life again!).
My husband and I have our 1st real vegetable garden this year. And let me tell you, we planted everything under the sun. Corn, artichokes, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkin, watermelon, zucchini, spaghetti squash, potatoes, onions – you name it, we planted it. We decided to just go for it. Almost everything is doing great. The zucchini and pumpkins are doing especially well – we have had many many zucchini – 2 over 18 inches long! So, the point is, I liked this book because we are really working on our garden this year, too – and she is very knowledgeable and I am learning some things, too. I liked the fact that I could pick this book up and just read for 2 minutes and it made me smile.
The book is available on Amazon. Pick up a copy-you won’t regret it!
I received no monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own and were not edited by anyone. Thanks to Parent Reviewers for a copy of the book to review.