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I come back to this book again and again, it is a wonderful source for ideas for indoor and outdoor gardening projects. Taken from Horticulture Magazine's monthly columns, and collected into one volume; this book has many illustrations, tips, and plans from indoor bulb growing to dividing iris, planting from seed, building raised beds, and seeding new lawns.
It is divided by season: each quarter of the year has certain projects of interest assigned. Spring brings us an article on safely unpacking mail order plants, spring lawn care, making compost piles, planting potatoes, rooting rhododendrons, planting strawberries, and growing rhubarb and gooseberries. Pruning lilacs is covered, as is rooting roses from cuttings; and planting a raspberry patch.
Summer introduces us to such projects as training climbing roses, trellising melons, installing a pre-formed pool, planting water lilies, making manure tea, and rooting buddlijas. Drying herbs is covered, and so is saving seed and preparing for soil tests. There are many more projects as well.
Autumn offers how to seed a new lawn, sowing cover crops, dividing daylilies, saving tomato seeds, storing gladiolus bulbs, winterizing roses and planting tulips, and making hardwood cuttings. There is a wonderful article on freesias indoors.
Finally, winter's projects include getting new houseplants from offsets; fighting indoor plant pests, dividing houseplants, mixing your own potting soil, grafting cactus, raising leeks, keeping an amaryllis, keeping a poinsettia, and repotting orchids. Restoring a grapevine and pruning fruit trees are additional articles.
There is too much to mention here. Get a copy, and curl up with a nice hot cup of tea on a winter's day and get to planning which projects you will work on in the coming gardening year!