French Dirt: A small garden story

Books about adventures in travel and gardening can be inspiring, especially when reading about something familiar in another culture. "French Dirt" takes us to the south of France, where the author Richard Goodman and his Dutch girlfriend rent a large stone home for a year.

This new life included living in a very tiny village with all the challenges of being foreigners. The story of his garden begins 6 months into his stay there, while he sought to take part more in village life as spring started to appear in the rural setting.

This story follows the journey any vegetable garden takes, from the first preparation of the site, to fighting off summer's heat. Along the way we get to know individuals around the little town who make an effort to help him create this one-time garden. By offering advice, tools and time, the village gets to know this American, and he them.

For any gardener, this little book will remind us of our own journey in gardening, and that we should not make it alone, but seek out the help and advice of others.  For it is there that we can build strong ties along with great food.

You'll want to seek out this book to read and share. I recommend the 1st edition hardbound for it's quality deckle edge and cover.  It would also make a great gift for the gardener who likes to read now and then:

"French Dirt: the story of a garden in the south of France"
Richard Goodman
Publisher: Algonquin Books

1991 First Edition: 203 pages
ISBN-10: 0945575661 (original hardbound)
ISBN-13: 978-0945575665

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Daedalus Books Inc Remainders (March 4, 1993)
ISBN-10: 1857930967
ISBN-13: 978-1857930962

Paperback: 203 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books (April 5, 2002)
ISBN-10: 1565123522
ISBN-13: 978-1565123526

1 comment:

Jessica Cangiano said...

That sounds like an absolutely lovely book. I'm not a gardener myself (in large part because we don't have a yard with room for one), but I very much enjoy travel and memoir books alike, as well as learning more about gardening, so I'll definitely be checking to see if our library has this title (it's pretty small, so I doubt it, but you never know).

Thank you for the lovely recommendation.

♥ Jessica