Northern & Central Midwest
Now that the weather is getting unpleasant, it's time to settle in for the winter months. What better way to avoid getting grumpy because you can't be outside than to read a book of garden-related humor. In Garden Lunacy; A Growing Concern (AAB Books, 2005; $26.95), author Art Volk looks at gardening and gardeners with a light touch of nonsense. He laughs at us and himself and shows over and over again just what kind of funny people we are. A must-read by the fire.
Favorite or New Plant
Cobra Green Bean
This is not a new plant but one I've grown for three seasons now and am thoroughly convinced is the best green bean there is. Garden seed ordering time is here, and the Cobra green beans should be on your tepees next summer if you can manage it. The beans are about 5 inches long, perfectly round, smooth, and dark green. The flavor is exquisitely flowery, and the sturdy vines produce copious amounts of beans throughout the summer.