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Marie is a gardener who writes, photographs, and speaks about gardening. Slightly irreverent. Always enthusiastic.
She has been gardening most of her life, from New York to California and back again. She is a Master Gardener emeritus, as well as a former Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Educator. Her writing has been featured in newspapers and magazines throughout the country and she has appeared on Martha Stewart Living Radio and National Public Radio. Marie has been the gardening expert at About.com for a decade and served up no-nonsense tips for 5 years at her own site, Practically Gardening. She has recently switched her focus to the beautiful Hudson Valley, where she has lived most of her life.
To date, Marie has written two books:
Growing vegetables requires regionally specific information—what to plant, when to plant it, and when to harvest are based on climate, weather, and first frost. The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Northeast tackles this need head on, with regionally specific growing information written by local gardening expert, Marie Iannotti. This region includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The southernmost parts of Ontario, New Brunswick, Novia Scotia, and Quebec are also included.
Monthly planting guides show exactly what you can do in the garden from January through December. The skill sets go beyond the basics with tutorials on seed saving, worm bins, and more. This book also includes a comprehensive gardening primer and an A to Z of edibles—a detailed, invaluable source for the region’s tried-and-tested varieties.
The writing here is as crisp as the layout, which uses colored page edges and a simple, slightly-New Englandy sense of style to get its point across. Best of all, it’s hard to think of anything NOT covered here… and yet there’s no sense of the text book in these pages, and only that homey feel one gets while actually gardening.
This book is everything a backyard gardener could want in an instructional guide… Whether you are a newbie gardener or a gardening veteran, there will be something to learn with this book. –Woodstock Times
Are heirloom vegetables more difficult to grow than conventional hybrids? The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables debunks this myth by highlighting the 100 heirloom vegetables that are the easiest to grow and the tastiest to eat.
Marie Iannotti makes it simple for beginning gardeners to jump on the heirloom trend by presenting an edited list based on years of gardening trial and error. Her plant criteria is threefold: The 100 plants must be amazing to eat, bring something unique to the table, and — most importantly — they have to be unfussy and easy to grow. Her list includes garden favorites like the meaty and mellow ‘Lacinato’ Kale, the underused and earthy ‘Turkish Orange’ Eggplant, and the unexpected sweetness of ‘Apollo’ Arugula.
Plant profiles include color photographs, flavor notes, and growing tips — everything beginning gardeners need to successfully grow a variety of heirloom vegetables.
Equally delicious, and deliciously dirt-filled, is THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO GROWING HEIRLOOM VEGETABLES: The 100 Easiest-to-Grow, Tastiest Vegetables for Your Garden (Timber Press, paper, $19.95), by Marie Iannotti. There’s no strict definition for what constitutes an heirloom vegetable, but most sources agree that open pollination among plants of the same variety is critical (as opposed to modern hybrids bred for industrial farming) and so is age — most heirloom varieties are more than 50 years old. Iannotti credits her father, a lifelong gardener, with passing along “an obsessive compulsion for heirloom vegetables.” She has a welcoming, breezy style and is refreshingly honest about the veggies that have let her down — “Strawberry” popcorn, “Moon and Stars” watermelon. “Every novice heirloom gardener should grow all kinds of beans,” she advises. This is a book for those who get no kick from Champagne, unless it’s served with ramps. –The New York Times Book Review
Interview with June Stoyer on The Organic View
nterview with Niki Jabbour on The Weekend Gardener
Interview with Mike the Gardener on The Vegetable Gardener
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