Book reviews

Digging Deep: Book Review and Giveaway

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I planted my first garden by the book. Actually, I consulted several books, obsessing over plant heights, color palettes, bloom times and more over the winter as I designed and redesigned my garden on paper. I wanted to do it "right": prepare the soil right, choose the plants right, arrange them right, plant them right, [...]

Good Berry, Bad Berry: Book Review

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My family picks wild strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and elderberries. We pick what we know and leave everything else alone. I've always suspected there were more edible berries out there than we know about, so when I was asked to review Good Berry Bad Berry: Who's Edible, Who's Toxic, and How to Tell the Difference [...]

Gardening Books To Give Or Get

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Henry Nicholson Ellacombe believed that every great gardener reads a lot of gardening books: I have always found that a lover of gardens and flowers is also more or less a lover and reader of books. … and the more they love their gardens and their flowers the more they wish to read about them; [...]

The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden: Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews, Habitat gardening, Native/Invasive
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I picked up Roy Diblik's The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden from the library shelf because I knew the author supplied the plants for the Lurie Garden in Chicago, working closely with designer Piet Oudolf, and I wanted to learn more about the naturalistic style of gardening that both of these men espouse. Yes, there is [...]

Daffodil: Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews, Narcissus
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I've got daffodils on my mind. Daffodils and snowdrops. As another several inches of snow fall from the sky, and the temperature once again plummets below zero (Fahrenheit), my craving for spring grows ever stronger, and every night before getting ready for bed, I go to my happy place, the springtime of the mind. One [...]

What You Don’t Know About Bugs Could Make Your Garden Better

– Posted in: Book reviews, Habitat gardening, Interviews, Native/Invasive, Pests, Plagues, and Varmints

Jessica Walliser's new book,Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Controlrecently published by Timber Press, turns the gardener's view of insects upside down. Suddenly, they are no longer the enemy, but allies you encourage by the way that you garden. Jessica and I had a lively email "chat" that I hope [...]