The Earth Moved, by Amy Stewart (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003; $23.95), is a fascinating book about earthworms and their remarkable achievements. The author has followed the path of Darwin in his awe of this lowly creature, which, if I understand the writings, is responsible for the civilization of mankind and the ecology of the planet.
Clever Gardening Technique
Garden Glove Care
To clean your garden gloves after working in muddy soil, simply wash your hands with your gloves on. Use a bar of soap, just as you would if you were washing skin. Once the gloves are clean, remove them and set them in a warm location to dry; the top of the water heater is perfect. Leather gloves will dry stiff, but once you put them on your hands, they will soften up in no time flat!