I’m so excited to receive my author copy of my newest book, The Small Budget Gardener (Cool Springs Press, 2010 $16.95). I think the whole garden world gradually became so fancy and so expensive that a lot of people just lost interest. But in my mind gardening is so inexpensive a hobby that everyone can enjoy growing things whether its for food or beauty. That’s why I wrote this book to help everyone get back to basics. In truth, gardening involves little more than soil, water, air, sun and plants, and if you read the book you’ll know how to get plants that are either cheap or totally FREE. Gardening is always more popular in hard times when our options are so limited, and in these periods millions discover for the first time an endeavor that will remain satisfying for the rest of their lives.