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Growing Perennial Foods: A Field Guide to Raising Resilient Herbs, Fruits & Vegetables, by Acadia Tucker – Book Review

You may think of perennials as ornamental, but this book guides you through the process of planting and harvesting perennial foods. Great for new and experienced gardeners alike, "Growing Perennial Foods" is worth the purchase for the recipes alone. The book starts with a short primer on general gardening topics, including composting, mulching, planting, pruning, and fertilizing, as well as watering, supporting plants, and pest management. That's followed by individual plant profiles for a wide Continue Reading

Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere in Your Yard, by Mike Lizotte – Book Review

Mini Meadows is a short but fun read, with beautiful photos to complement the text. It’s well organized and written in a conversational style that makes it very accessible. It is a basic book, but inspiring, especially for those to whom gardening is new. And although there’s a lot of information presented, it’s not overwhelming. Continue Reading

‘Success With Hydrangeas, A Gardeners Guide’ by Lorraine Ballato – Book Review

This is an excellent book, both for the novice and the experienced gardener. It covers everything you need to know about successfully growing hydrangeas, including identification, care (fertilizing, watering, mulching and transplanting), handling insect and disease problems, and using hydrangeas in the garden. With beautiful photographs and well-organized, clear information it can be used a reference book when you have a specific problem or need specific information. Continue Reading

The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook – Book Review

While this book isn't a new release, it's a timeless resource for anyone interested in using more trees and/or shrubs on their property. It covers all the bases, from design considerations to choosing the right plant for the right spot to caring for your trees and shrubs after planting. Plus, there's a beautifully photographed dictionary of trees and shrubs that will have you eager to try new varieties in your own yard. Continue Reading

Essential Perennials by Ruth Rogers Clausen and Thomas Christopher – Book Review

Essential Perennials: The Complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the Home Garden By Ruth Rogers Clausen and Thomas Christopher. Photographs by Alan L. Detrick & Linda Detrick Timber Press Hardcover, 452 pages $29.82 USD This large book looks to be the new encyclopedia for people looking for information on herbaceous perennials. It’s over four hundred […] Continue Reading

Grow a Little Fruit Tree: Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees, by Ann Ralph – Book Review

Grow a Little Fruit Tree: Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees By Ann Ralph Storey Publishing Paperback, 168 pages $12.79 USD Author Ann Ralph is on a mission: to bring the art and practice of fruit-growing within reach, literally and figuratively, of as many people as possible. Her goal is to show you […] Continue Reading