Reviews of Month-By-Month Gardening: Illinois, Indiana & Ohio
|Positive||ParkerOak||On Jan 26, 2016, ParkerOak wrote:
We gardeners are doers, experimenters, people who have tried, failed and sometimes succeeded. We have a lust for plants, a disposition for dirty hands, and a dreamer’s penchant for perfection. What do we need for a book that tells us what to do and when to do it? That notion is easily dispelled with a close view of a new book, Month-By-Month Gardening: Illinois, Indiana & Ohio by award winning garden journalist Beth Botts. Here’s a reference that is practical, comprehensive, grounded in solid horticultural science that leads the reader through all of the essential activities that every gardener should perform to grow flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs in the Midwest. In addition to month by month activities, each chapter addresses a recurrent list of topics: planning, plant information and care, watering and fertilizing, problem solving. Annuals, perennials, lawns, containers and woodies all receive comprehensive treatment. There’s a disposition toward organic gardening, many valuable sidebar explanations of basic management techniques, clear and pertinent photographs. This great looking book will inform even the most experienced practitioner. Of special note is the vibrant language of the text that advises, explains, encourages without every being preachy. Valuable appendices included timing charts, various pest and problem discussions, a glossary and resource index. This is a thorough book by a real master gardener whose monthly treatment will awaken novice, intermediate and experienced gardeners to activities that ignite interest and lead to fulfillment of those dreams we all have.
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