You don't really need a green thumb to grow your own vegetables, just a lot of commitment and a little know-how. We can't help with the commitment part, but for know-how, try the newly revised How to Grow More Vegetables (than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine) by John Jeavons (Ten Speed Press, $14.95 paperback). Based on biointensive and organic gardening methods, the book presents information for both the novice and experienced gardener. An extensive bibliography is included.Flavorful flowers
Once your veggies are growing, you might want to turn your attention to another incredible edible: flowers. Then you, too, can serve rice fritters with sage flowers or braised yucca flowers with peas. It's all in Flowers in the Kitchen: A Bouquet of Tasty Recipes by Susan Belsinger (Interweave Press, $14.95 paperback). Each flower is introduced by a photo, growing hints and instructions for preparing them for the colorful recipes that follow.
Tied in knots
Trying to figure out what to give Dad for Father's Day? Try putting a twist in that old standby, the tie. Royal Ties by Franz Schoeberlein covers the tie gamut with descriptions of basic styles, advice on what to wear when and tying instructions. Send a check or money order for $5.95 (made out to Becker, Van Cleef, & Schoeberlein) to: Royal Ties, 122
11th Ave., Indian Rocks Beach, FL
Tired of those same old boring acrylic glasses? Pack 'em up, send 'em to that back closet and pick up some new ones, adorned with jaguars on the prowl, howling coyotes, cool lizards or Aztec suns.
The glasses, made by Stotter, a
division of Graduate Plastics Co.
Inc., are available at JCPenney and pool stores.
_ NANCY PARADIS