Local writer and gardener Jennifer E. Beaver will discuss her latest book, Edible Gardening for California, at Gatsby Books on Saturday, May 14 at 2pm. 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 of their efforts, says Beaver. “We all love gardening but 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,” she said. “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 California Heights resident Sean Moor, Gatsby Books is located at 5535 East Spring St., at the corner of Bellflower Boulevard.