Switching to Spring (And a Gardening Book Giveaway)


For years, fall was my favorite season. Crisp air, pumpkins, all that sort of fall stuff.

But then something switched.


Shout it from the rooftops!

G !

The season of seasons.

Maybe it’s my old cold house made warmer by spring temperatures.

Maybe it’s because I’m now a confirmed walker, and there’s no walking like spring walking.

Or maybe it’s because in high school, I went nuts over e.e.cummings.

in Just-

spring          when the world is mud-

luscious the little

lame balloonman

whistles          far          and wee

But spring is now my favorite season.

What’s yours?

In honor of spring, a gardening book!

A gorgeous one written by Great Britain’s master gardener Alys Fowler.




Alys writes in her foreword:

Making The Edible Garden has been about finding a way to garden that is as gentle as possible upon the world. A garden that will please and feed me and still be a home for all others that visit it. By choosing to grow my vegetables alongside my flowers in a perfectly pleasing muddle that is polyculture, I have found a way that allows the best of all worlds.”

And from Viva Editions, the publisher:

Alys Fowler, author of Garden Anywhere, shares her expertise on floral food and edible landscaping, providing tips and tricks on everything from seeds to compost to preservation. You’ll learn how to:

  •       Mix trees, edibles and flowers in one space
  •       Sustainably forage for wild food
  •       Plant the prettiest vegetables for container gardening
  •       Grow and brew comfrey for “liquid love”
  •       Cook deliciously hearty harvest dishes
  •       Make gifts from the garden: canned jams, chutneys and fruit liqueurs

Giveaway!  Viva Editions, is offering a copy of The Edible Garden to one lucky Friend for the Ride reader. To enter, please leave a comment before May 15. U.S. only, thanks.

Meet Alys and see her garden here:



18 responses »

  1. Barbara, Once again I couldn’t agree with you more. Once upon a time fall was my favorite time of year until I developed fall allergies (in my 50s). What’s that all about? Now spring is my favorite time of year with new life popping out all over. Must be the new life in me with having grandchildren.
    Herb gardening has become something I’m able to do in my very shaded yard. I wonder if this book includes herbs. Will have to check it out.

  2. Spring has always been my favorite! (Especially this year) Rosemary didn’t survive the winter but other herbs are coming up! I’d love to win and read about container vegetables – I’ve had mixed success.

  3. So charming…we are just beginning to plan a new garden-veggies, herbs and flowers. It won’t be as ambitious as Alys’ but we’re pretty excited about it 🙂 Would love to check out the book. Thanks for such a fun giveaway.

  4. Agreed on Spring! I think contrast contributes to the delirium; February is so grey, and March so rainy. Spring feels like stepping out of a black-and-white shoebox and into a garden party of fragrance, birdsong, and color. Enjoyed the post, thank you!

  5. Would LOVE to win this book. It would very much compliment my current studies on health and nutrition. Hands down…my favorite season is spring. We got married in April when all the azaleas were in full bloom. Thanks for this cheerful post!

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