Tess asked of my post about the Tightwad Gazette "I'm glad you posted this, I've heard of this book before but not got it, and this might be the trigger to do so. I'm interested to know how much it's oriented towards the American market - are the ideas transferable to England for example?"
In my opinion, the answer is yes. Amy Dacyczyan does occasionally discuss specific products that would be applicable only to Americans. However, on the other hand, she promotes a lot of ideas that are simply lifestyle changes. Another bonus about her book is while she doesn't preach philosophy or religion, her beliefs come through in what she writes and how she writes about it and her words and ideas are inspiring and convicting.
Even if you didn't come away with many direct practical ideas from the book, you would be inspired to look at what you do and how you do it and what you use to do it in a different way and be inspired to see how you could improve on your behavior by reusing or doing without or doing it differently.
In answer to those who may be wondering about my garden. My tomatoes were a total loss. :( Hubby asked me if I was okay with it. I am. I know that planting this early where we live is a gamble that some years pays off and some years doesn't.
After the snow we had two nights of hard frost. I had caught rain water in a barrel earlier last week and the ice that I found on top of it this morning was too hard for me to punch through with my hand.
I lost two of the six peppers. They were in containers on porch and I imagine that the house radiated enough heat so that once I covered them, they were okay.