Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Garden Wisdom and Know-How

9781579128371Garden Wisdom & Know-How  - Everything You Need to Know to Plant, Grow, and Harvest
Published at Black Dog & Leventhal
About the book

The latest addition to the bestselling Wisdom & Know-How series is a complete home reference for everything you need to know about gardening - from soil and fertilizers to growing flowers and vegetables.

Garden Wisdom & Know-How is a large-scale practical guide to planting and maintaining a garden, indoors or out. The chapters are organized by topic—garden techniques and tricks, the flower garden, the edible garden, container gardening, garden design and landscaping, attracting wildlife, and so on—and packed with information. Readers will discover tips and techniques for maintaining a garden year-round; harvesting herbs; designing by bloom season; turning garden refuse into garden rewards; building teepees, trellises, and other plant supports; and much more.

Featuring handpicked selections from dozens of publications from Rodale Books, this massive collection is full of indispensable and trusted advice from some of the most respected gardening authors in the world. And with hundreds of black-and-white illustrations and photographs as well as step-by-step projects, key gardening resources, and essential information on countless plant species, Garden Wisdom & Know-How is a must-have volume for both the aspiring and the experienced gardener.

My Thoughts

Are you looking for a book that will help you with every aspects of your gardening activities?  If so, I think I have the book for you.  The Garden Wisdom & Know-How is the book that will help you with planting, grow and harvest your garden.   It contains a ton of information about almost everything that could happen in a garden.

Not only will is provide information about planting and caring for any type of gardens but it will instruct you on how to care for your lawn as well.    Did you know that mowing in a round or oval pattern saves time and effort simply because you don’t waste energy turning sharp corners?   Interesting isn’t it?   That’s the kind of information you will find in this book.

The book will provide more than 7354 charts, lists, tips, instructions, diagrams, and illustrations.  It covers everything you need to know about gardening whether inside or outside.

  • Getting started –introduction to planting and soil, compost and tools information.
  • Gardening Techniques and Tricks – see, buying, planting, mulch, propagation, pruning, seasonal care, watering.
  • The Flower Garden – bulbs, perennials, annuals, roses.
  • The Edible Garden – vegetables, fruits, herbs.
  • The Landscape Garden – lawns, groundcover, trees and shrubs, vines.
  • Gardening Indoors – houseplants, containers and pots.
  • Gardening to attracts wildlife – butterflies, bees, birds and small animals.
  • Garden design and Landscape – designing gardens and structures.
  • Garden Projects – plant projects, garden structures, for the home.
  • Weeds, Pests, and Disease – weeds, animal pests, insects, mites and diseases.

As a homeschooler, I am very interesting in learning and teaching my kids about tending a garden.   In this book I have all the information I need to care for a garden from start to harvest.   My favorite sections are probably the one which tells me how to attract butterflies which also contains information on raising butterflies as well as become a caterpillar detective and how to attract songbirds and hummingbirds.   

Though I am impressed with the information found in this book, there is one thing that bug me a lot…. the size of it! This book is gigantic and not easy to carry with you.   However, it is a wonderful reference for someone who is looking to have everything in one book.    I mean with all the information it contains what are the chances that you won’t find what you are looking for in the chapters?  The more I explore this book the more I wish I had a bigger acreage of land.    I see all the possibilities for gardening and more for our family.     But I will be content with what I have and plan according of our backyard.   I only wish they had tips and tricks on how to keep rabbits away from a vegetable garden…. because we do have some coming in our backyard –and yes we live in the city!

Garden Wisdom & Know-How is available at your favorite bookstore, even amazon.ca

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review purposes from Thomas Allen. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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