Eat Your Yard: Gardening Tips from Local Author

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Local writer and gardener Jennifer E. Beaver will discuss her latest book, “Edible Gardening for California,” at Gatsby Books on Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. Edible gardening—the practice of growing vegetables, fruit, and herbs in a dedicated area or mixed in with traditional flower beds—has grown in popularity as a money-saving way to enjoy delicious fresh food.

Long Beach-area gardeners can grow food year-round thanks to the region’s Mediterranean climate. People are hungry for advice on getting the most out their efforts, says the author.“We want to know the best tomatoes, the right kinds of fruit trees, and how to plant them so we can get more food for our families. There are only a handful of books specifically for California edible gardeners.  This is the one you can easily take to the nursery to get what you want.”

For both new and experienced gardeners, the presentation will cover some of the challenges of urban gardening, such as limited space; ways to start an edible garden without a lot of sweat and bother; suggestions for mixing attractive edibles in with an existing garden; and much more.

“Edible Gardening for California” is Beaver’s second book, joining “Container Gardening for California.” She is currently at work on “Vegetable Gardening for California” to be published in 2012. All three titles are from Lone Pine Publishing International.

Owned and operated by local California Heights resident Sean Moor, Gatsby Books is located at 5535 East Spring Street at the corner of Bellflower Avenue. Contact:562-208-5862,


One Response to “Eat Your Yard: Gardening Tips from Local Author”
  1. Nan K. Chase says:

    Don’t forget my illustrated garden and cookbook, called Eat Your Yard! Edible trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and flowers for your landscape.
    The book is written for gardeners everywhere, in every size yard. It describes features of 35 plants, and has about 40 cool recipes.
    Nan Chase